A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?
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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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