(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)
Why I added it to my queue: Because this is just one of the many television shows I've missed over the years by not owning cable, and which I'm trying to get caught up on via DVD through my Netflix account. (Other reviews coming soon, for example: Deadwood, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and more.)
The reality: HOLY F-CK THIS IS THE CREEPIEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN ON TELEVISION AND I DON'T HAVE EVEN THE SLIGHTEST CLUE HOW IT MANAGED TO GET ON THE AIR IN THE FIRST PLACE. And that's because show creators Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim manage to do three things simultaneously here, which I have literally never seen another person even attempt in the entire history of the moving visual image: their show is at once a typical edgy sketch-comedy show, full of the kinds of inappropriate scatalogical humor and the like that you might see on The State or the Upright Citizens Brigade or any of another dozen shows like this that have been on the air over the years; but then each episode is infused with these multiple moments of abyss-staring David Lynchian horror, the kind of extremely unsettling looks at the black pit of the human soul that you would typically find only in dour indie dramas showing in the middle of the night at obscure film festivals; but then the whole thing is wrapped up in the style and conventions of authentically recreated fourth-generation copies of 1980s and '90s videotape, and not only that but with all these bizarre and nonsensical editing touches added, literal random moments of eyeballs going inside out or freeze-frames of awkward poses. The whole thing adds up by the end to what is very literally the creepiest, weirdest thing I have ever seen on television in my entire life, but a show that still made me laugh out loud on a pretty regular basis; and sure, the shtick had gotten real old by the time I had gotten to the 5th season DVD, but I have to admit, it's pretty amazing that this ultra-trendy gimmick felt so fresh for four entire years in the first place. A show that easily out-freaks what had been until now the freakiest show I had ever seen, the now woefully forgotten Wonder Showzen from early-2000s MTV2, it is well worth your time to go back and view the entire run of Tim and Eric if you never have before. Tell your resulting nightmares that I said hello.
Strangest piece of trivia: Heidecker and Wareheim are the directors of that series of surreal Old Spice commercials that have made such a splash in the general culture in the last few years.
Worth your time? Abso...lutely!
P.S. And a few more clips today, just because I can...