Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Comic duo's horror parody is dark, unpredictable, and weird.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show parodies horror films, and it's obvious to its target viewers that its intent is to make you laugh with its weirdness as much as it is to give you the chills. It also suggests that dangers lurk in visible places. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The stories typically see a dominant character taking advantage of another's naivety or compliance.

Violence

Spooky scenarios and creepy cut-'em-ups are often tempered by an air of comedy, but some stories feature more traditional horror scenes. In one episode, a doctor snips off patients' toes and eats them, for instance. In another, a man is buried alive. 

Sex
Language

Occasionally "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some alcohol consumption at parties and other social settings, and adults sometimes smoke on-screen.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories is a horror-inspired series from the comic team behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Violence is the show's biggest concern, but the stories run the gamut from mere suggestions of danger to more traditional scares and bloodiness. In many cases, though, the show's general weirdness keeps the content from being really disturbing for the older crowd.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 14 year old Written byorchidflame October 10, 2014

Strange tales maybe too strange for some viewers

I watch this show weekly. They're pretty decent for the 17+ age group. Some of the content is very iffy, in my view for my younger teen, though. Things tha... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRistarFTW February 7, 2015

I was watching the toes episode and my reaction....oh my god.

Hey I'm 12 Years Old And I Like To Mess Around On Adult Swim When Nobody's Looking, And I Watched And I Was Like Is He Gonna Clip His Toes And He Stab... Continue reading

What's the story?

Purveyors of comic oddities Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim return to TV in TIM & ERIC'S BEDTIME STORIES, a collection of contrived nightmares set within the norms of everyday life. Populated by everyone from disgruntled neighbors to cannibalistic family doctors, these stories suggest there's more to suburbia than meets the eye. The vignettes are styled after The Twilight Zone and feature the duo's characteristic deadpan delivery as well as accomplished guest stars such as Bob Odenkirk and M. Emmet Walsh

Is it any good?

Tim and Eric's unique style is an acquired taste, and not everyone will be sold on it. This is true in their focused comedy work as well as in this new hybrid of humor and horror, which intentionally keeps viewers unsettled and often vacillates between mildly disturbing concepts and more in-your-face violence.

In other words, much as in their previous series, you never really know what you're in for when you watch Bedtime Stories. It could be merely a parody of neighborhood life with a dark side, or it could be an all-out nightmare come true. If theirs is a style that tickles your fancy, though, you won't be disappointed in this new stretch of their talents. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not this show works for its intended audience. Is it scary, if only in parts? Is it trying to frighten viewers in the traditional sense? 

  • How has the Internet changed how celebrity status is earned? Does its accessibility open new doors for average wannabes? What is the potential downside of this kind of insta-fame? 

  • Teens: Have you seen this pair's other works? How does this effort compare? Do you like their style? Why, or why not?

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