Time-travel and comedy, two things that go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, or rum and coke. We've seen the popularity of films like the Back to the Future trilogy, Bill & Ted's excellence in the genre, and Army of Darkness' following. Likewise, Dr. Who has been a mainstay of British television for more than fifty years.
And so it goes without saying that NBC's Timeless tries to get people to tune in as it deals with predominantly US history using a mixture of socio-political quips and jabs. Sadly, best efforts don't usually translate to unparalleled success as the series finds itself in limbo once again as NBC has yet to decide whether to renew it or not.
And it's all your fault. Why didn't you watch it?