Fireside Chat with Tim Johnson (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Talk show
Sketch show
Running Time: 60 minutes
Country: United States
Created by: Tim Johnson
Distributed by: Johnson Television
Starring: Tim Johnson
Belle Armstrong
Narrated by: Belle Armstrong
Seasons: 10
Photography: Color
Picture format: 16:9
Release Date: February 27, 2011 - present


Fireside Chat with Tim Johnson is an American talk/sketch show that premiered on February 27, 2011, and airs on WBC. Starring Tim Johnson, the show features announcer and sidekick Belle Armstrong, and music performed live on-set by Chloe Johnson and a group of musicians known as the Fireside Band.

First announced in 2010, the series has been critically acclaimed for its skits, humor, and hosting, although it has seen controversy for Tim's viewpoints, mainly his political views. It has been renewed to a twelfth season (2022).

Premise

In addition to featuring sketches parodying a vast array of subjects (for example, Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Donald Trump from Saturday Night Live, Tim portraying a stereotypical millennial who thinks the world owes him a living, and Belle Armstrong playing a valley girl named Ella who exploits various valley girl stereotypes to commit various crimes, starting with defrauding Mitt Romney's campaign during the 2012 presidential election), the show also features Tim sitting down and talking in a serious tone about recent events.

It's also in these serious talks that Tim has expressed many of his controversial opinions. He also reviews various non-Johnson shows, movies, and games, which are intentionally biased for comic effect; occasionally, though, he'll give a positive review to something he personally found good (such as Crazy Rich Asians and Undertale), or viciously tear into legitimately bad works (for example, his entire review of the now-banned Teen Titans Go! was a fifteen-minute rant against the writing staff for directly attacking and insulting their critics, and also theorized that the series was being used as a weapon to kill any show the Cartoon Network higher-ups deemed inappropriate or unprofitable, as well as the twisted morals being used to poison the minds of children and turn them into criminals; this episode aired days before Johnson acquired CN and Tim's theory was proven right, and another episode featured a review of the modern seasons of Family Guy (Seasons 7 to 18) in which he famously called them "the result of a once-clever show having been reduced to a steaming piece of s**t that would've gone on the Western Animation section of the 'So Bad, It's Horrible' page on TV Tropes had it not been for the first four seasons and the fact that it somehow still has a fanbase"; once Johnson acquired 20th Century Fox, Tim quoted this line during the announcement that Family Guy, The Simpsons, and American Dad! would all cease production).

Each episode has Tim talk to seven celebrity guest stars, with a performance by the Johnson Band, along with another performance by a musical guest star.

Seasons

Season First aired Last aired Episodes
1 February 27, 2011 December 25, 2011 44
2 January 1, 2012 December 30, 2012 53
3 January 6, 2013 December 29, 2013 52
4 January 5, 2014 December 28, 2014 52
5 January 4, 2015 December 27, 2015 52
6 January 3, 2016 December 25, 2016 52
7 January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017 53
8 January 7, 2018 December 30, 2018 52
9 January 6, 2019 December 29, 2019 52
10 January 5, 2020 ongoing 37

Broadcast history

COVID-19 pandemic

The Under Quarantine logo.

When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spread to the United States, Fireside Chat initially taped without an audience, with the applause and background laughing being provided by offscreen crew members. In addition, Chloe and the other Johnson Band members were set six feet apart from each other. However, when quarantine orders were put into place, Johnson instead started filming the episodes in his living room (with a chair next to his fireplace), with the guest stars communicating with Tim via Zoom. These episodes are labeled with the subtitle Under Quarantine, in a signature below the show's logo. When the state started loosening those orders, the show reentered production in the studio, with the seats set farther apart and a lack of an audience, while the house band played on a socially distanced platform.

Reception

A panorama of the set

Controversy