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By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sharp sitcom has language, sex, dark humor.

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With all the basic ingredients for a successful sitcom covered, sharp writing and talented actors make this a joy to watch. Timewasters' unique twist is encapsulated in a quote from Jason during the pilot episode: "People like us never get to time travel!" By "people like us," he means Black people, and this comment immediately leads to some reflection. Why are Black people rarely included in time travel fiction? Timewasters is a brilliant example of what can happen when proven sitcom formulas -- which can come off as tired and overused in many newly released shows -- meet just a bit of innovation and a diverse creative team.

The biggest highlight of Timewasters is the performance of Daniel Lawrence Taylor as Nick. Yes, he's a great actor, but he also created the show and co-wrote most of the episodes (with Barunka O'Shaughnessy) and know this comedic world thoroughly. Timewasters is harmoniously ambitious, off-beat, and fast-paced, and the arc of each season is remarkably consistent. The show is funny, and every character in this world is totally committed to the rules that exist within it, and the actors inhabit it effortlessly. Don't fear that you're wasting time with this unique sitcom; it's easy to recommend as worthy of every minute.

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