I thought of Seinfeld, too. I don't agree about the time being so much more gentle, though. His show was written for adults, not people with the sophistication of fourth graders. It was funnier not using the M word. Remember the one about the spitting incident and Kramer? Kramer's reaction to having been hit. Jerry with a pointer discussing the angle of the spit. There must've been a second spitter. If they had spelled out the event (or, more specifically, the Oliver Stone movie), it wouldn't have been nearly as funny.
The main reason that I hate comedies is that they're dumbed down for idiots by explaining the jokes, thus ruining it for those who got it the first time.
I thought this was an excellent episode, and I liked that when the conversation got a little strange between Lawrence and Timmy, Lawrence asked for clarification. In far too many comedies, the misunderstanding would've been dragged out long after the misunderstanding had reached the point of absurdity, like an old "I Love Lucy" episode.