High school student Buffy Summers was “chosen” to take up the mantel of vampire slayer, a tradition that dates back millenniums. Portland police detective Nick Burkhardt, meanwhile, is a descendent of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, whose fairy tales are true stories of mythological creatures. Then there’s Tim Helsing, whose own lineage can be traced to legendary monster hunter Abraham Van Helsing of Dracula fame. While the former WB/UPN drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer and NBC series Grimm trace the efforts of Summers and Burkhardt as they fight the supernatural, the comedy webseries I Am Tim follows Tim Helsing in his own quest to overcome the demons of the real world.
“Goblins, bogeymen, vampires,” the webseries proclaims. “These are the creatures that live in storybooks. They hide in the dark recesses of our imaginations and to these people—these blissfully unaware human beings—they are the stuff of fantasies and nightmares. But what if I was to tell you it was all real?” Much like Buffy Summers and Nick Burkhardt, Tim Helsing (Jamie McKellar) patrols the streets of York, England, in an effort to keep them safe for the unsuspecting populace. I Am Tim differs from its predecessors, however, by not only being a comedy but a mockumentary as well, with filmmaker Richard Timmons (Own Loan) adding commentary to the proceedings throughout each installment.