Tom Goes to the Mayor

Tom Goes to the Mayor
Created by Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Starring Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Stephanie Courtney
Craig Anton
Ron Lynch
Bob Odenkirk
Michael Q. Schmidt
Composer(s) Davin Wood
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 30 (and 2 pilots and 1 special) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Bob Odenkirk
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Dipshot Films (2004-2005)
Abso Lutely Productions (2006)
Williams Street
Original network Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV
Original release November 14, 2004 – September 25, 2006
Followed by Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job
External links

Tom Goes to the Mayor is an American animated television series created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim and YouTube in 2007- 2009 while also on Adult Swim. It premiered on November 14, 2004 and ended on September 25, 2006 with a total of thirty episodes.


Tom Goes to the Mayor began as a web cartoon on It was popular enough to get a web sequel, in which David Cross guest stars.[1] Bob Odenkirk noticed the show's potential, and began producing it for Adult Swim.[2]

Adult Swim has described Tom Goes to the Mayor as "one of the most polarizing shows" they have ever had, indicating that viewers "either love it or hate it."[3][4][5]


The show centers on Tom Peters (Tim Heidecker) who has just moved to the town of Jefferton, an unpleasant rundown town filled with strip malls and buffets. Episodes usually focus on Tom going to the Mayor (Eric Wareheim) with various ideas for business and civic endeavors only for the Mayor to tweak Tom's ideas and cause them to backfire in horrible and destructive ways, leaving Tom to answer for them.

The show features a crude yet distinctive limited animation style made by taking photos of the cast with different facial expressions and body language. The photos are then filtered using the "photocopy" image filter in Adobe Photoshop, resulting in monochromatic blue and white images resembling Ditto machine copies. There are some live-action scenes, usually on a television set within the show.[6]

Many characters, segments, and content from Tom Goes to the Mayor have resurfaced in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, including the Channel 5 Married News Team, the Cinco Company, Gibbons, and even a live action version of Tom Goes to the Mayor used as an opening for the episode "Pepperoni".


Main characters the Mayor (left) and Tom Peters


Home release

On April 3, 2010 the entire series was released on DVD. In addition to being available on DVD, Tom Goes to the Mayor is also available on iTunes.

DVD NameRelease DateEp #Additional Information
Tom Goes to the Mayor - The Complete Series - Businessman's Edition[7]April 3, 201030This three disc boxset contains all 30 episodes from the show's first and second seasons. Bonus features include Commentary on every episode, Making of featurette, Married News, Deleted Scenes, Music Jukebox, Deleted Art Slideshow.


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