They started going downhill when they began putting too much emphasis on live action Tim & Eric lolrandom shit to cut costs (it was fine in small doses). Cancelling MDE and axing Metalocalypse were the last nails in it's coffin.
Hey, Tim & Eric are still, er.
These revolutionary avant-garde dadaist pranksters Tim and Eric are creating a devastating satire of mainstream America's most sacred cow: the tv sitcom.
Like, has not Adult Swim already aired at least three or four series based on the idea of satirizing dopey sitcoms? Tim & Eric have already done the postmodern sitcom...a lot. So they’ve admitted from every angle possible there’s no reason to make this but are leaning back, again, on their legacy as substance.
AVC: In the second episode, “Prunes,” you have one of the Beef Boys saying “LOL” and other hyper-modern jargon in a way that feels so hilariously unnatural. Was this a comment on the clash between the antiquated nature of the sitcom and the need to make it feel modern?
TH: Yeah, that’s us pretending we’re these grizzled veteran TV sitcom writers that are completely out of touch with everything. They’re very wealthy and live in Brentwood and are like, “What do the kids say now?” These 50-year old sitcom writers writing for a millennial character and getting that mixed up together.
This is pure projection by two guys who are out of touch because they've been living in LA as successful TV comedy guys for 15 years.
I also just wanna say: Listen, we all know family sitcoms are a pretty big target. It’s not the hardest thing to do. So from the beginning we said [Beef House] can’t just be a joke about how sitcoms are bad; that can’t be the only reason to do this show. You look at some sitcoms—you can call them sitcoms—like Curb Your Enthusiasm or It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia or Seinfeld, and those are examples where they were able to tell a situational story based on the same group of people in a way that was original and inventive and funny. So we’re like, can we do both of those things? Parody the family sitcom, put it in that style, but also do it so we’re not just telling bad jokes. We’re telling jokes that make us laugh, that make our audience laugh. I didn’t want it to feel like we’re just sitting here shitting on family sitcoms.
They're self-aware enough to be defensive, in any case "I also just wanna say: we know this is low-hanging fruit and other comedians have already done post-modern sitcoms but ours is different because it will have that special Tim & Eric flavor that's definitely still relevant."