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Two new live-action nostalgia shows worth catching on 'Adult Swim'

 The morale-boosting 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!'
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Date published: 3/29/2007

So here we are again. It's been two weeks, my tattoo is all healed, spring finally seems real, and Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" has released its first worthwhile show in a long time. And, on the same night, managed to premiere a second.

The two shows that I speak of are "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" and "Saul of the Mole Men." I guess it makes sense that I instantly fell in love with their shows when they premiered a little over a month ago. "Tim and Eric" is created by and stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who are also the men behind the already beloved "Adult Swim" series "Tom Goes to the Mayor."

The new show is a ridiculous sketch comedy show. It comes off as "Pee Wee's Playhouse" for the age of short attention spans. The show rapidly changes from fake commercials, songs and other nonsense throughout each 11-minute episode. Most skits star the show's two namesakes, though there have been cameos by the likes of "Weird Al" Yankovic, Brian Posehn, Paul Reubens and John C. Reilly. This show is the humor of "Tom Goes to the Mayor" with the spontaneity of "Robot Chicken" (another Adult Swim program), but sans-animation.

"Saul of the Mole Men" is a very overt throwback to "Land of the Lost." This show is a comedy today, but a few decades ago would have been a gripping action-packed program. The story revolves around a mission to the center of the Earth that goes terribly wrong within the first few seconds of the first episode. Three crew members are left alive: the "Partridge Family"-esque Johnny Tambourine, a robot and Saul Malone. Malone, a rock fanatic since he was a child, is the awkward star of this show.

Stranded at the center of the Earth, the crew must learn to coexist with the mole people, who already inhabit the area. The "special effects," costumes and makeup in this show seem to have been pulled right out of the 1970s--and I can't seem to get the theme song, performed by Trey Parker of "South Park," out of my head.

Both shows are currently still premiering their first run of episodes every Sunday night on Adult Swim. To get caught up on the recent episodes check them out at the Web site, AdultSwim.com.

Ryan Brosmer is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University.