Tom Goes to the Mayor

Cartoon Network (ended 2006)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 17

    Joy's Ex

    Aired 9/25/06

  • S 2 : Ep 16


    Aired 9/18/06

  • S 2 : Ep 15


    Aired 9/11/06

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    Glass Eyes

    Aired 9/4/06

  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Couple's Therapy

    Aired 8/28/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tim Heidecker

    Voice of Tom Peters

  • Eric Wareheim

    Voice of The Mayor

  • Craig Anton

    Voice of City Council Member

  • Stephanie Courtney

    Voice of Renee the Receptionist / Joy Peters

  • Ron Lynch

    Voice of City Council Member

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  • show Description
  • Tom Peters is full of ideas. The Mayor is eager to embrace almost any proposal, as long as it is accompanied by a snazzy Powerpoint presentation or a cool musical number.Tom Peters is a would-be entrepreneur and civic do-gooder in the eccentric small town of Jefferton. He brings his crackpot ideas to The Mayor, who invariably endorses them. From there, the show explores the comedic possibilities of government machinations, provincial thinking and tragically misguided civic pride.Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the show's creators, met in 1994 as college freshmen at Temple University, helping each other out on film and video coursework. After graduation, they continued to work together, working in both New York and Philadelphia on strange short films. One of their first projects, Tom Goes to The Mayor, a short, dry conversation about a proposed buffet restaurant, was included in Penn University's Institute of Contemporary Art and selected by the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema as a short film. In 2001, Tim and Eric compiled "Tom" and several others shorts onto a tape that they sent to all their comedy heroes, including Bob Odenkirk. He liked it. Together, these three developed Tom Goes to The Mayor as a TV series, which they pitched to Adult Swim, while Tim and Eric continued to make short films and perform in comedy showcases. In early 2004, Adult Swim gave the greenlight to the series. Tom Goes to The Mayor has a unique animation style. Tim and Eric take still photographs of real actors, processing them with a computer filter. The various still poses are strung together to tell the story, in a fashion not unlike a school filmstrip. No "lip flap" and very little actual movement of arms, legs and objects are used. As a result, the series sets a new definition for the phrase "limited animation," and establishes a compelling visual style.The show was renewed for a 17 episode second season which began on June 5, 2006 and concluded on September 25, 2006.Season 1 and 2 DVDs are due out by Spring 2007 according to Tim and Eric's website.Theme Song Jefferton alive! Jefferton alive! The Mayor: (spoken) Hi. I'm the Mayor, and my door is always open for you! Jefferton alive! Tom Peters: (spoken) My name is Tom Peters and I'm full of ideas. Community spirit! The Mayor: (spoken) Hi, how are you? (laughs) Shopping! Food! Free to be, Being free, Jefferton alive!moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • [Tom and the mayor try to convice city council to take up the idea]
      Tom Peters: Well, basically, I've done a lot of research, and, um, we think that the best way to protect our youngest citizens in Jefferton here is to... surround them with, uh, bear traps.
      The Mayor: Wonderful, Tom, wonderful.
      Tom Peters: It's basically for their protection, so I don't know why you wouldn't want to do that. Of course, obviously there's a little bit of risk, so, um... actually, a lot, uh, a tremendous amount of risk, um... I hate to say it, but I will guarantee that a number of kids will be injured or possibly, um... killed in the project...

    • (The Mayor watches "Scared Safe," a TV Program) Mike Foxx: (on TV) My name is Mike Foxx, and I've lost 13 of my own children--4 to wind poisoning, 2 to sand rash... The Mayor: Oh. Mike Foxx (on TV) ...5 to deadly crickets, and at least 6 to a mysterious drifter who looks and sound like this guy. (a picture of the Mysterious Drifter pops up who looks like Mike Foxx in disguise) Mysterious Drifter: (on TV) This is the sound of my voice. The Mayor: Oh, no.

    • (Tom shows The Mayor a picture of his family) The Mayor: Tom, that looks like a lot of fun. And look at those boys. Tom: Ok. The Mayor: They look just like you. Tom: Well, um, they're not actually mine. They're from Joy's previous marriage, but-- The Mayor: Ooh. Oh.

    • (The Mayor addresses the City Council at Gulliver's Buffet) The Mayor: Now, you can easily see how important this new mayor's hat is to the entire township, and to me. Thank you very much.

    • (Tom and The Mayor put on a musical to convice the City Council) J.B.: Traps all day and traps all night. Traps can snap and rip and bite. Put a bear trap here, put a bear trap there. Traps can go most everywhere. Kyle: Traps all day and traps all night. Me love traps with all my might. J.B.: You can set it and forget it. Kyle: But don't ever let it get you in the arm. Oh, no. J.B.: It happened long ago. Kyle: Careful with that trap in tow. J.B.: You know, traps are real and forged in steel. Pappy taught me on the trapping wheel. These bear traps. She be my master. (The Mayor laughs from the audience) They clink and clank like a stab from a shank. Suddenly, there hence a stank. It was I. (Kyle sniffs) What a disaster. City Council Dolls: Child safety is our code. J.B. & Kyle: Put some bear traps in the road. City Council Dolls: Never shall we fear or fight. J.B. & Kyle: We guarantee they'll snap real tight. (Music swells) Well, you must admit that it's a real man's trade. We'll admit that it's a real man's trade. Tom: (spoken) Ok, cue the balloons. (balloons fall down) J.B. & Kyle: It's a real man's trade. We'll admit that it's a real man's trade. (all the City Council Members hold up "Yes" signs) Admit it's a fair trade.

    • Terry: My inhaler!

    • Tom: I think I got BM in my pants.

    • Bartender: (laughs) Well I got a Christmas message for you, why don't you take your "I came up with the t-shirt and Jesters stole it from me" attitude, and the chip on your shoulder, and the mean look in your eyeball, and the sour lemon vibrations, (screams as loud as possible) and why don't you take it outside cause we don't need that at this time of year in my bar. (the bartender throws Tom into a mud puddle)

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    Notes (40)

    • Tom Goes to the Mayor was shown in an independent film festival as well as in a gallery for video art in Philadelphia and on Tim and Eric also sent copies of Tom Goes To The Mayor to a few of their idols, such as Bob Odenkirk from Mr. Show, who liked it so much he talked his old partner David Cross to cameo in the sequel: Tom Goes to the Mayor Returns. Bob later worked with Tim and Eric to make the shorts into the [adult swim] series.

    • In this episode, Tom Peters is named Tom Bradley and Renee the Receptionist is named Denise.

    • This episode, as well as Tom Goes To The Mayor, cannot be seen on network TV, because the both of them are the animated shorts that started the TV series, but they can be viewed at

    • This episode, as well as Tom Goes To The Mayor Returns, cannot be seen on network TV, because the both of them are the animated shorts that started the TV series, but they can be viewed at

    • Gulliver's, as seen in Bear Trap Brothers, was first seen in this episode.

    • Available for download here in both Windows Media and Quicktime formats.

    • The power point presentation indicates Tom's wife is named Tammy, whereas later she is named Joy.

    • Total run-time is 00:06:30.

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    Trivia (25)

    • In this episode, Tom has a beard where in 'Tom Goes To The Mayor Returns' and the 'Tom Goes To The Mayor' series, he doesn't.

    • The Mayor was watching Scared Safe on his computer, which is just a fictional show made for this episode.

    • Tom's ideas are -Tuna Store -High Schools -Child Safety

    • Right after Tom shows The Mayor the picture of his wife and kids, the picture is suddenly on The Mayor's wall.

    • Although this is Terry's first appearance on the show, he is seen in the opening credits of every episode on the back of the Mayor's scooter.

    • The Mayor's check was worth $300,000.00

    • Tom's ideas are -WW260 -History: A Feast -General Patton's Grille

    • The plaque on the giant toilet that the Mayor made for Tom said "Tom Peters A Friend 1969 -" leaving a place for his death.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Zynx: Zynx is mayor of Jefer-town!
      Zynx has apparently gone from lowly appliance store owner to mighty Master Blaster of Mad Max fame.

    • When Tom's guesses for the value of the birds are wrong, he gets slimed, much like in the show You Can't Do That on Television.

    • How Much? is an obvious allusion to Antiques Roadshow, where people bring in antiques to be appraised.

  • Fan Reviews (63)
  • Grandma is showing some leg in the rocking chair. Nobody has picked up that cat vomit on the windowsill. The baby is eating the TV antennae. WE WATCH AS THE INEVITABLE ENTROPY OF THE SUBURBAN LIFESTYLE PLAYS ITSELF TO DEATH VIA PRIDE, VANITY, AND SLAPSTIC

    By rpr9999, Jun 21, 2005

  • Animation At Its Worst...

    By DojinFan_2K, May 31, 2009

  • I have never seen a show like this one -- I love it! Even though it may not appeal to everyone, its writing, pacing, and wonderfully twisted style is genius creativity, in my opinion. Bravo!!

    By pes37, Aug 01, 2005

  • If you don't like it.....

    By quantumtheo, Sep 28, 2005

  • It's a crude style of animation that must allow for optimum personal spending, since they obviously dont fund the show much. The humor is quick and witty and catchy as well. The long pauses are hilarious, and the skew they put on pronouncing certain words

    By wahS, Oct 04, 2005

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