If you really know Therefore Productions, then you also know that we’re all huge fans of Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!. And why wouldn’t we be? Dad jokes, explosions, gratuitous vomit, weird songs; we were hooked from the first season. I still remember Pat taking out his laptop years ago and telling me I just had to watch it.
The Awesome Show recently finished its 5th season (season Cinco if you know the joke). It’s been a pretty wild ride. Just the last episode, Man Milk, had appearances by Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Ben Stiller, Ted Danson, and LeVar Burton (from “the Star Trek”). You can watch Man Milk here at the Adult Swim video site.
One of the best things about the series is that the show really gets better with age. Tim and Eric have greatly refined their style and seem to keep taking bigger chances, perhaps encouraged by the response they’ve gotten already. Season five was no exception, with a decidedly more twisted tone. In a Vanity Fair article, Wareheim said:
Season Cinco represents a very dark side of the Awesome Show series. I think people are going to be very scared and very disturbed by it.
Considering the events of season five, especially the ending of Man Milk, that’s a fitting description.
Unfortunately, Tim and Eric have dropped a lot of hints that season Cinco may be the last. As disappointing as that would be, I can see that they might want to move on to different projects. I will, however, always be thankful for the series. The mere fact that the Awesome Show exists is a ray of hope to comedians with that kind of random, subversive humor. Even now, Tim and Eric’s style is creeping into the mainstream, the new Old Spice commercials being a good example. If this really is it for the Awesome Show, I can’t wait to see that Tim and Eric come up with next.