I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

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I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
Title screen has a light blue background and the name of the show is in a retro light pink script.
Genre
Created by
StarringTim Robinson
Opening theme"Big Flame (Is Gonna Break My Heart In Two)" by Doris Wilson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producers
ProducerJay Patumanoan
Running time16–18 minutes
Production companies
  • Lonely Island Classics
  • Irony Point
  • Zanin Corp
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23) –
present

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is an American sketch comedy series created by Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin, with Robinson also starring in most of the sketches. The first season premiered on Netflix on April 23, 2019, while the second season was released on July 6, 2021. The series was renewed for a third season in May 2022.

Synopsis[edit]

Most of the sketches revolve around someone making an embarrassing mistake in a social or professional setting, then refusing to admit to it and instead stubbornly attempting to convince everyone that they are right and the people around them are wrong.[1] The series leans heavily on cringe comedy,[2][3] with elements of surreal humor.[4] It also incorporates toilet humor, though this often serves to be subverted in unexpected ways.[5]

Production[edit]

The series is executive produced by Robinson and Kanin alongside Lonely Island members Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Guest stars include Samberg, Vanessa Bayer, Kate Berlant, Julia Butters, Will Forte, Patti Harrison, Paul Walter Hauser, Tim Heidecker, Conner O'Malley, Bob Odenkirk, Sam Richardson, Cecily Strong, Brandon Wardell, Fred Willard and Steven Yeun. The first season premiered on April 23, 2019.[6]

After the release of the first season, the series was renewed for a second season on June 19, 2019. Production on the second season was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was eventually released on July 6, 2021.[7] The series was renewed for a third season on May 6, 2022.[8]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16April 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
26July 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [9]
11"Has This Ever Happened to You?"Akiva Schaffer, Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
An awkward exit at a job interview. A very specific legal problem. Things get ugly at the "Baby of the Year" contest. A gift receipt causes stress. Guest stars: Sam Richardson, Vanessa Bayer, Steven Yeun.
22"Thanks for Thinking They Are Cool"Akiva Schaffer, Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John Solomon, Jeremy BeilerApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
A nifty new tug-friendly T-shirt. The prank doesn't go so well. An airline passenger gets creepy. Guest star: Will Forte.
33"It's the Cigars You Smoke That Are Going to Give You Cancer"Akiva Schaffer, Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
A magic show opens up a marital rift. Interesting ideas at a car design brainstorm. A fill-in organist at a funeral. A very esoteric charades player. Guest stars: Fred Willard, Cecily Strong, Tim Heidecker.
44"Oh Crap, a Bunch More Bad Stuff Just Happened"Akiva Schaffer & Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
A service dog gets super friendly. Ebenezer Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas way-future. A man takes a bumper sticker way too literally. Guest star: Sam Richardson.
55"I'm Wearing One of Their Belts Right Now"Akiva Schaffer & Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
A hot dog-shaped car crash. A co-worker latches on to an expression. Music studio riffing goes awry. An excuse for tardiness spirals out of control. Guest stars: Rhys Coiro, Patti Harrison.
66"We Used to Watch This at My Old Work"Akiva Schaffer, Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
A solution to equine-related emasculation. A problematic game show mascot. Baby shower planning gets heated. A weird place to hold an intervention. Guest stars: Andy Samberg, Kate Berlant.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [9]
71"They said that to me at a dinner."Alice Mathias, Zach Kanin, Akiva Schaffer, Jeffrey MaxTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John Solomon, Patti Harrison, Brooks WheelanJuly 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)
An unplanned meeting leads to lunchtime chaos. A prank show goes awry at the mall. The "Little Buff Boys" competition. A ghost tour guest goes too far. Guest star: Sam Richardson.
82"They have a cake shop there Susan where the cakes just look stunning."Alice Mathias, Mike DivaTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonJuly 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)
An office dispute over shirt patterns. A little lie about the ice cream store escalates quickly. A man suspects a baby is aware of his checkered past. Guest stars: Patti Harrison, Bob Odenkirk.
93"You sure about that? You sure about that that's why?"Alice Mathias, Zach Kanin, Akiva Schaffer, Zachary JohnsonTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John Solomon, Patti HarrisonJuly 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)
A professor really regrets his dinner order. The Carber hot dog vacuum. "Detective Crashmore." A hat has its day in court.
104"Everyone just needs to be more in the moment."Alice MathiasTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John SolomonJuly 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)
An offhanded joke leaves a husband guilt-ridden. An attempt to ease tensions during a trip backfires. A pants-centric website with a specific purpose. Guest stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Conner O'Malley, Mike O'Brien, Lilan Bowden, Brody King.
115"Didn't you say there was gonna be five people at this table?"Alice Mathias, Zach KaninTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John Solomon, Patti HarrisonJuly 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)
A novice driver in a parking lot. Defying the rules of credit card roulette. Celebrity impersonators get unruly. Date night at a cosmos-themed bar. Guest stars: John Early, Tim Heidecker.
126"I need a wet paper towel."Alice Mathias, Zach Kanin, Akiva SchafferTim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John Solomon, Patti Harrison, Mike O'BrienJuly 6, 2021 (2021-07-06)
A mistaken identity at work. The new "Tammy Craps" doll. Some interesting instructional videos during a driver's ed class. An attempted ear-piercing. Guest stars: Patti Harrison, Julia Butters.

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 96% approval rating with an average rating of 7.6 out of 10, based on 25 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A gloriously absurd journey into the mind of Tim Robinson, I Think You Should Leave's bazaar of surreal skits breathes new life into the world of TV sketch-comedy."[10] On Metacritic, the first season has a 72 out of 100 rating from 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[11]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 8.8 out of 10, based on 28 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A triumph of sketch comedy, I Think You Should Leave's sophomore season dives deeper into Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin's strange minds with manically delightful results."[12] On Metacritic, the second season has an 87 out of 100 rating from 11 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[13]

Ben Travers of IndieWire described the series as "demented" and "outlandish," but ultimately "pretty great".[14] Fran Hoepfner of Vulture called the show "comedy perfection," writing that it is "silly, grotesque, loud, and absurd. What more could you want, really?"[15] In a less positive review, Joel Keller wrote in Decider that the series was "more miss than hit."[16]

In April 2021, Wired contributing editor Peter Rubin wrote that he had become obsessed with I Think You Should Leave, having watched the whole first season at least 100 times. He wrote that the show's sketches tend to revolve around "a character who is gloriously, spectacularly wrong—yet refuses to budge, lest they be humiliated by copping to their own wrongness" and that thus the show "isn't just a distillation of our personal insecurities, it's a condemnation of facade. It's an antidote, in other words, to the internet itself."[17]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Nominated [18]
Writers Guild of America Awards Television: Best Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series Jeremy Beiler, Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson, and John Solomon Won [19]
2021
Writers Guild of America Awards Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson, and John Solomon Won [20]
2022
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Short Form Live-Action Series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Won [21]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson, Akiva Schaffer, Ali Bell, Alex Bach, and Alice Mathias Nominated [22][23]
Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Tim Robinson Won
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk or Sketch I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Won [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Han, Karen (April 24, 2019). "The best way to spend 15 minutes on Netflix: this SNL's alum new sketch show". Polygon. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "'I Think You Should Leave...' and the cult of cringe comedy". NME. July 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Make America Cringe Again: Tim Robinson's "I Think You Should Leave"". The New Yorker. April 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Beck, Kellen (April 24, 2019). "I Think You Should Leave is Netflix's latest binge-worthy comedy". Mashable. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Martin, Garrett (April 23, 2019). "Netflix's New Sketch Show, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Is Brilliantly Weird and Uncomfortable". Paste. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Schroeder, Audra (April 24, 2019). "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is stubbornly funny". The Daily Dot. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Thorne, Will (June 19, 2019). "'I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Shanfeld, Ethan (May 6, 2022). "I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 6, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson Episode Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  11. ^ "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  12. ^ "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  13. ^ "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  14. ^ Travers, Ben (April 23, 2019). "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Review: Netflix's Demented Sketch Show Is Pretty Great". IndieWire. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Hoepfner, Fran (April 25, 2019). "Tim Robinson's Netflix Sketch Show Is Comedy Perfection". Vulture. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Keller, Joel (April 23, 2019). "Stream It Or Skip It: I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson On Netflix, A Weird Sketch Show By The Former 'SNL'er". Decider. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Rubin, Peter (April 23, 2021). "I Think You Should Leave Was Right About Everything". Wired. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 19, 2019). "Pose, Russian Doll, HBO Lead 2019 TV Critic Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  19. ^ Beresford, Trilby; Crist, Allison; Chuba, Kirsten; Lewis, Hilary (February 1, 2020). "WGA Awards: Parasite and JoJo Rabbit Among Film Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Lewis, Hilary (March 20, 2022). "WGA Awards: CODA, Don't Look Up Win Best Adapted, Original Screenplays". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  21. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (July 7, 2022). "This Is Us, Succession, Severance Lead 2022 HCA TV Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 8, 2022.
  22. ^ "I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  23. ^ Moreau, Jordan; Schneider, Michael (July 12, 2022). "Emmys 2022: The Complete Nominations List". Variety. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  24. ^ Hailu, Selome (August 6, 2022). "Abbott Elementary Tops 2022 TCA Awards". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2022.

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