Tom Goes to the Mayor
Created byTim & Eric
ComposerDavin Wood
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30 (and 2 pilots and 1 special) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Tim Heidecker
  • Eric Wareheim
  • Bob Odenkirk
ProducerJonathan Krisel (S2)
Running time11 minutes
Production companies
Original networkAdult Swim
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseNovember 14, 2004 (2004-11-14) –
September 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)
Related showsTim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Tom Goes to the Mayor is an American adult animated series created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim.[1] 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.[2] Bob Odenkirk noticed the show's potential, and began producing it for Adult Swim.[3]

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."[4][5]


Tom Peters (Tim Heidecker) has just moved to Jefferton, an unpleasant, rundown town filled with strip malls and buffets. Episodes usually focus on Tom going to the mayor (Eric Wareheim), hence the title of the show, with various ideas for business and civic endeavors, and the Mayor tweaks those ideas and causes them to backfire in horrible and destructive ways, leaving Tom to answer for them.

The show features a crude but 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
Main characters the Mayor (left) and Tom Peters


Main article: List of Tom Goes to the Mayor episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113November 14, 2004June 12, 2005
217June 5, 2006September 25, 2006
SpecialJune 12, 2005

International broadcast

In Canada, Tom Goes to the Mayor previously aired on Teletoon's Teletoon at Night block[7] and later G4's Adult Digital Distraction block.[8] The series currently airs on the Canadian version of Adult Swim.

Home media

On April 3, 2007 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 Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
Tom Goes to the Mayor – The Complete Series – Businessman's Edition[9] April 3, 2007 30 This 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.


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 652. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ ""Tom Goes to the Mayor Returns" cast listing".
  3. ^ ""Tom Goes to the Mayor" trivia and quotes". Archived from the original on 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Tom Goes to the Mayor granted second season." MSNBC. 2006-05-31.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Tom Goes to the Mayor The Complete Series (2007)
  7. ^ "Cartoon Network originals swim onto Teletoon". Media of Canada.
  8. ^ "G4 Launches ADd - Adult Digital Distraction". 8 June 2009.
  9. ^ Tom Goes to the Mayor – The Complete Series – Businessman's Edition Taken from: Archived 2012-10-17 at the Wayback Machine