Comedy series I Think You Should Leave, which debuted in April last year and has already become a cult hit. Netflix has ordered I Think You Should Leave Season 3 which features Tim Robinson’s wacky and sometimes inappropriate observations of everyday situations. Former Saturday Night Live writer Tim Robinson helped create the show that runs between 16 and 18 minutes and is produced by Irony Point and The Lonely Island (hello Jake Peralta/Brooklyn99 fans). If these sound like fun facts, we’ve got more!
10 Things To See Before You Watch I Think You Should Leave Season 3
1. Renewed for Season 3 this May:
The absurd sketch comedy series I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson has been renewed for a third season on Netflix and filming has just begun. Show creator Tim Robinson returns as star and writer for the new season. The show’s first two seasons won WGA Awards for Comedy/Variety Sketch Series and is scheduled to return in 2022. Tim Robinson is also the co-creator of the show’s spin-off coffin flop Catches the Body Flaws at Funerals.
2. Series co-creator Tim Robinson is a former SNL writer:
The sketches are often about his personal life. For example, in one episode, Will Forte seeks revenge on a man who kept him awake for seven hours on a transatlantic flight.
Time Robinson is one of the main creators of the show. Robinson has written for Saturday Night Live and many other shows, and his work on You Should Go is both funny and endearing. He plays the grizzled old man trying to ruin a newly married couple’s flight.
In one scene, he defends a rat bite while refusing to accept defeat and has a dramatic monologue. Robinson is very good at playing characters with extremes and he does it brilliantly here. While this is a show too dark for some, you can’t find an absurd and satirical character.
It’s not just Robinson’s work on the show, actors also feature many SNL alums, full of incredibly talented people who make the show fun. The cast includes Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong and Steven Yeun. These actors are among the reasons the show’s popularity has skyrocketed.
3. Comedians love the script and writing:
After the show debuted, ratings for the first two seasons were incredibly high. They also scored 96% approval for the series, a record for a comedy show.
After a series premiere, other comedians gave it a thumbs-up. “30 Rock” is no exception. Other comedians praised the series, including Seth Meyers, who was Robinson’s longtime collaborator on Saturday Night Live.
It is possible to watch the entire first season in about the same time it takes to watch a single episode of SNL. However, no comedy this year has penetrated so deeply into viewers’ imaginations, not to mention their social feeds, loved by everyone from Conan O’Brien to LinManuel Miranda.
The series was a huge hit for Tim Robinson and his team because “I Think You Should Leave” were able to take home one WGA Award in 2020 and another WGA Award this year in 2022.
His unique approach to comedy helped him carve out a niche in the comedy genre and garner a cult following. It also featured familiar faces like Dan Powell and Andy Samberg. It’s been a while since a budding comedy show gained so much pop cultural momentum—the kind that inspire fans to create avatars and action figures, and lead critics to rate each individual sketch.
5. The second season is even better than the first:
Robinson put together the sketch comedy Get People to Go with Zach Kanin, who also worked on the series Saturday Night Live. In each episode, Robinson and his guest stars try to scare people. Other notable acting stars include Will Forte, Andy Samberg, and Vanessa Bayer. In addition, “People to Go” will introduce newcomer Cecily Strong and actor Jason Paradise.
6. Other former Saturday Night Live actors:
Netflix has renewed “I Think You Should Leave” for a third season. Tim Robinson’s sketch comedy is an instant hit with its quirky and fun takes on everyday situations.
“I Think You Should Leave” Season 1 included a cast of “SNL” alumni, including Will Forte, Andy Samberg, and Cecily Strong. Safe to say that the show features bizarre characters who have previously worked live on Saturday Night. There is also a segment on broken syntax and cover stories. It’s worth noting that there is another segment that features Tim Robinson.
The writers behind “SNL” have elevated the show to make even comedians laugh.
7. It is produced by The Lonely Island:
The Lonely Island is a comedy group based in LA who have several international hits. Their song “Everything is Awesome” was featured in Warner Brother’s film The Lego Movie and this song was a popular choice at Comic-Con for the many geek-centric dance parties. The Lonely Island videos are a combination of music, comedy and parody.
The Lonely Island has a unique history in comedy, from the release of the hit song “Lazy Sunday” in 2000 to the launch of YouTube. The three members of the group, consisting of Andy Samberg, J Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, have kept busy over the years, releasing three albums. Their film, Popstar: Never Stop, is their most ambitious project to date.
The group has an important understanding of the source material. The Lonely Island humor was perfect for the digital age with skits that have gone viral. For example, on YouTube, the video for “Poppycock” has over 150 million views. Their music videos have topped iTunes’ charts for 3 consecutive weeks where they can be viewed by millions.
8. Covid delayed the release of Season 2:
The series was renewed for a second season, but its release was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second season premiered on July 6, 2021.
9. Reception and reviews:
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 96% with an average rating of 7.55 out of 10, based on 24 reviews.
The site’s critical consensus reads, “A gloriously absurd journey into the mind of Tim Robinson, I Think You Should Leave breathes new life into the world of TV sketch comedy”.
On Metacritic, the series has a rating of 86 out of 100 out of 13 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.
10. Tim Robinson’s life will help you understand the show better:
Here’s how Tim Robinson got his material for the show:
A few years ago, Tim Robinson had a strange encounter with a man dressed as the Easter Bunny. This was in rural Pennsylvania, where Robinson had taken his wife and two young children for a family vacation. We stopped at a mall and there was an Easter Bunny walking around and he was surrounded by kids, says Robinson. He was looking at my wife and I, and we were like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then we hear a muffled voice say, ‘ I’m just trying to get to my car”. Speaking of the guy in the story, it’s hard not to imagine it’s really Robinson trapped inside the suit, looking in vain for a worthy escape. In his endlessly loopable series of hit sketches Tim Robinson often plays hapless idiots who get stuck in invincible situations. But unlike the Easter Bunny, Robinson’s characters often react by doubling, or even tripling, on their own instincts.
In the first sketch of the series, a nice guy tries to get out of a job interview by pulling on a door that clearly should be pushed open; instead of admitting his mistake, he stubbornly continues pulling anyway, shattering the door and frame, and making the veins in his forehead pop. Which is so true in life, says Robinson. People say in their brains, ‘If I keep talking, or keep doing this, maybe this will go away.’ And never will. This only makes things worse”.
Is this why I Think You Should Leave has a skit of the guy who crashes his hot dog-shaped car into a store window, and then angrily tries to deflect the blame , all the while dressed in a hot dog costume. Then there’s Robust, a large game show mascot who isn’t sure what to do on stage and reacts by breaking things and beating up a contestant (a detail partially inspired, says Robinson, by his encounter with the Easter Bunny).
Everyone thinks the format of [writing] an outline is ‘A to B to C.’ What I think you should do is ‘A to B to F.’ It’s a little weird, but it’s not weird because it’s weird.
But another reason for the wild success of I Think You Should Leave, which recently garnered end-of-year accolades and award recognition, may just be Robinson’s opinions. We all respond to public humiliation with utter, mindless self-destructive fury: what is Twitter, after all, if not the hot dog-shaped car we willingly get into every day? There’s a lot of duplication happening across the board, notes co-director Alice Mathias. It’s a show based on the human experience. And even when Tim plays people who are really frustrating and passionate about all the wrong things, you can still support him.
Tim Robinson early life:
Robinson grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where his father worked in construction and his mother worked in Chrysler’s training division. As a teenager, he had his obsessions — punk rock, skateboarding, his Best of Chris Farley collection — but no plans for the future. College didn’t seem like an option: I don’t think I would have been able to get in, he says. In the late 1990s, his mother took Robinson and his future wife, Heather, to Chicago, where they saw a show at the city’s famous Second City Theater. He had never seen a skit show live. I remember walking out of there and being like, ‘Oh, this is what I want to do.’
When he returned to Detroit, Robinson noticed that there was a local Second City affiliated theater near his parents’ house. I was lucky to be there, he says, because I would have been afraid to say, ‘OK, I’m moving somewhere else to do this.’ And he definitely wouldn’t have the money. He started taking classes and, in his early 20s, began teaching improvisation—that’s how he met the teenager Richardson, one of his first students. It was a very quick friendship, says Richardson. During our lunch breaks, we were always talking and hanging out. And he helped me sneak into a bar on the corner of the theater – which wasn’t too hard to do in Detroit at the time. (The two also bonded over their love of Christmas and former singers; 1957 Holiday Special .)
In the following years, the two friends performed together in local productions such as Jerks at Warp Speed, in which Richardson played the bumbling captain of a Spaceship-like Enterprise, and Robinson starred as a malevolent supercomputer.
As a young comedy fan, Robinson would skate with his friends all afternoon, then return home to rewatch his copy of Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley.
Getting fired from SNL:
More than a decade later, after running through several comedy scenes, Robinson found his way to SNL, as a featured player. It was a miserable experience, one that found him struggling for a while on stage and doubting if he was really funny. Within a year, Robinson was dropped from the cast, and friends advised him to leave the show and leave New York for good. Instead, he continued on as a writer and, for the next three seasons, began tweaking comedic ideas that would eventually lead to I Think You Should Leave. Tim likes to prove himself, notes Zach Kanin, the show’s co-creator, who has known him since his SNL days. And when someone says, ‘Bad job,’ he lights the fire. And unlike the characters he plays, I Think You Should Leave, Robinson knows how to endure a very public and potentially humiliating ordeal without becoming a Chunky.