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#1 Posted on 5.3.07 0310.48
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OK, we've given these both about a month now. I've tried, & given both more than a fair chance. Why are they still cluttering up my Sunday night [AS} lineup? [AS] tried that hideous barbarian thing, it didn't work, & it went away after one or two episodes. Why haven't these gone away? Tom Goes to the Mayor isn't very good, but it is a pretty innocuous waste of space. Squidbillies is mostly stupid, but maybe has one clever premise per ep that makes it OK to sit through. Clearly I've missed even the tiniest bit of amusement value in either of Saul or Tim & Eric.

How is it possible that the same people who brought us the Venture Brothers, Metalocalypse, Frisky Dingo & even Moral Orel ... a) approved this noise, & b) are continuing to run them? If I see one more commercial with Saul vomiting, I may do so myself.
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#2 Posted on 5.3.07 0819.16
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Glad someone brought this up, I had seen the ads on AS, and thought, this looks like some of the lamest shit on TV. But, being a fan of AS, I decided to check it out, and now AS offers many of their shows online.

2 shows, 30 minutes, and I laughed a grand total of 0 times. All Saul does is whine and throw up, and if Tim and Eric is supposed to be funny, I guess I missed out on getting that kind of humor. It wasn't even remotely humorous to make me crack a smile.

Come to think of it, the last thing that I've really enjoyed from AS is Boondocks, and I still watch it for the reruns of Family Guy, Futurama, ATHF, and the occasional Robot Chicken episode.
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#3 Posted on 5.3.07 0906.01
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I'm from the other side of [as], I watch the Anime, so I usually don't comment on the rest of the [as] programming. However, I think that the "adult" programming can be broken down into three categories. The following is not a complete list and is my opinion only:

Good
Venture Brothers
Futurama
Family Guy
Boondocks
Robot Chicken

Tolerable
Metalocalypse
ATHF
Squidbillies
Moral Orel

Utter Crap
Saul
Tim & Eric
12oz Mouse
Perfect Hair

There are alot more shows that could fit into either the second or third category (Assey Mcgee?!), but I haven't watched *ANY* episodes so I won't comment on those.

It seems like the guys at Williams Street suffer from split personalities, because the difference between the good and the bad is huge and it's hard to believe that the same group has created or licensed such a diverse range of quality. Maybe they need to step back and see what is and what isn't working. They can't be getting good ratings for Saul, can they?!
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#4 Posted on 5.3.07 0953.29
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    Originally posted by rinberg
    I'm from the other side of [as], I watch the Anime, so I usually don't comment on the rest of the [as] programming. However, I think that the "adult" programming can be broken down into three categories. The following is not a complete list and is my opinion only:

    Good
    Venture Brothers
    Futurama
    Family Guy
    Boondocks
    Robot Chicken

    Tolerable
    Metalocalypse
    ATHF
    Squidbillies
    Moral Orel

    Utter Crap
    Saul
    Tim & Eric
    12oz Mouse
    Perfect Hair

    There are alot more shows that could fit into either the second or third category (Assey Mcgee?!), but I haven't watched *ANY* episodes so I won't comment on those.

    It seems like the guys at Williams Street suffer from split personalities, because the difference between the good and the bad is huge and it's hard to believe that the same group has created or licensed such a diverse range of quality. Maybe they need to step back and see what is and what isn't working. They can't be getting good ratings for Saul, can they?!



I agree with your assessment except metalocalypse would be in the good category. At first I wasn't a fan but the show really grew on me (maybe I just like talking like Swishgar).

Adult swim has been really hit or miss lately with new stuff. I really wish they would bring in some fresh blood and start rotating the half hour shows during the week again (as good as futurama is I am getting burnt out). I think the problem is they are starting to think they are funnier then they actually are and are putting on shows they find funy without caring about whether they actually are funny.
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#5 Posted on 5.3.07 1109.25
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Me, I kinda think Frisky Dingo was a waste of space and evidence of further decline from the 70/30 folks.

I think "Tim & Eric" is a natural progression from "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and probably the show they wanted to do all along. I find there's usually one REALLY amusing thing per episode (and if you read Kim's blog, you'll be exposed to most of them), but to me last night's was probably the weakest of the four they've aired thus far.

"Saul" I could take or leave - I'm sure the grossout stuff helps bring the younger demos (or something). This is my brother-in-law's newest favourite show, but I think he enjoys it on a level I can't because he was brought up watching ALL of those Krofft productions.

Don't worry Emma, "Korgoth of Barbaria" debuts Real Soon Now ("Spring 2007"). Maybe it'll be completely different from the pilot! (Probably not!)

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#6 Posted on 5.3.07 1136.48
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I really liked Frisky Dingo. I thought it was a pretty great satire of both superhero franchises and corporate culture. I also like that there was a series that was actually serial in nature, with each episode building to the next one.
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#7 Posted on 5.3.07 1241.02
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    (as good as futurama is I am getting burnt out)


Adult Swim's got them for only 10 more months - maybe if they were around for longer (and they had half hour programming that drew as well), they'd take them out for a while. Since they're going to lose them to Comedy Central anyway, I guess there's no point to a breather.

I haven't watched as much Adult Swim in the last year, so I've got no opinion on the new shows, but it does still seem true that Williams Street people are still hyper sensitive to the ratings. If the rest of the audience isn't tuning it to watch, they'll bury the shows (like cheese) after their first season and try something else. Though something else may be wacky ina completely different way.
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#8 Posted on 5.3.07 1928.42
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I guess I'm in the minority here, but I really love both "Tim & Eric" and "Saul."
I hadn't watched Adult Swim in forever (except for Venture Bros.) and most of their new shows seemed just awful to me. I own all of the Futurama and Family Guy dvds, so that wasn't enough to bring me in. However, when I saw "Tom Goes To The Mayor" I fell in love and they at least had me for those 15 minutes. Both of the new shows are just as wacky and in the same vein as that so I'm more than happy to watch.
Anyhoo, I think Tim and Eric are hilarious and will gladly keep them on my DVR record list for as long as the show is on the air.
As for "Saul", I remember him from a Comedy Central show called Wanderlust which I was quite fond of so he's got plenty of goodwill built up with me as well.
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#9 Posted on 6.3.07 0035.54
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    Originally posted by HrdCoreJoe
    I guess I'm in the minority here, but I really love both "Tim & Eric" and "Saul."


*sigh* "Saul" has grown on me more than "Tim and Eric". Sort of like that odd fungus that just won't got away. I totally blame "Time and Eric" for getting that damn lyric stuck in my head.

"I sit down when I pee there's nothing that crazy about me."

Ugh...I need a brain flush from that it keeps looping in my head like a bad dream.
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