I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson drops April 23rd on Netflix.
[Ed. Note: Being that TV and City is on a bit of a hiatus, this article has not been edited.]
By Chris Flanagan
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is a Netflix Original comedy sketch show that revels in the awkward and then proceeds to push that boundary even further beyond its capabilities which produces humor through uncomfortable situations. Tim Robinson, whom most might recognize from his brief stint on SNL and Detroiters, utilizes a short and aggressive show-style where sketches maintain a fast pace and no episode is longer than 18 minutes. Robinson’s humor is well suited for this approach because the sketches are able to develop at his dictated pace and not dependent on a live audience for feedback or direction. It’s weird, strange, off-putting at times and… funny.
The best terms I can use to explain this show is that it is reminiscent of a live action version of Robot Chicken mixed with the Eric Andre show. Robinson maximizes every sketch for absurdity and awkwardness taking each to the brink every single time to then hit the landing and quickly move onto the next sketch. He expertly calls on his SNL friends, Vanessa Bayer, Will Forte, Cecily Strong and Andy Samberg while also bringing other celebrities such as Fred Willard, Herbie Hancock, Tim Heidecker and Steven Yeun who boost each sketch they occupy leaving you wanting more.
While I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is an acquired taste in terms of both comedy and Netflix original programming, it is not the type of show that should be experienced in a binge format. It’s short and fast runtime appears to be perfect for rapid viewing, however, I found the more episodes I watched in succession the less of an impact the latter sketches had on me because I had begun to anticipate what each sketch was going to do rather than just be surprised where they were leading me. This show, however, is perfect for watching when you have pockets of time in-between other shows or have nothing to watch. I thought I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson was a fun and easy watch that didn’t demand little to no investment from me as a viewer while providing several hilarious sketches and some that will haunt me for weeks to come (see Will Forte, airplane sketch). It’s short enough that if you give it a try and don’t care for it you can easily pull the ripcord and move onto something else, but I urge you to at least give it a try.
I give I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson a B.