Bored To Death is a new American comedy series that premiered on HBO last year in 2009. It’s created and written by Jonathan Ames and in the show you follow the character with the same name played by Jason Schwartzman. Who I just so happen to be a huge fan of.
The show takes place primarily in Brooklyn and NYC. It’s basically about Jonathan whom is an author struggling to write his second book and his life of being an unlicensed private detective trying to solve mysteries and crimes. Basically in the first episode we see Jonathan get dumped by his girlfriend(played by Olivia Thirlby) because he’s “indecisive”, “smokes too much pot”, and “drinks too much.” Ha, epic. Sounds like something me and my friends would write.
Afterward in his empty apartment after his girlfriend moved out taking almost everything, he finds a detective novel in his closet. It gets him the idea to start a craiglist ad as an “unlicensed private detective.” Thinking no one would read it, he didn’t pay much mind to it. Little did he know, his ad became quite popular and eventually getting a lot of cases.
The show also has a great supporting cast with Zach Galifianakis as Ray Hueston who plays his crazy best friend and a struggling cartoonist. There is also Ted Danson as George Christopher whom is a magazine editor, player(duh), Jonathan’s Boss and friend. Closer by the end of the season Jonathan tells him about his private detective life and they all eventually go out and solve cases together. And it’s hilarious! Did I mention all of them are huge stoners?
The cases include finding missing peoples, blackmail, kidnapping and so on. Jason Schwartzman just plays a brilliant character. He’s such a funny guy if a little bit clueless. Watching an untrained man going out to solve mysteries based on just what he read in books is comedy in itself. Every time he’s getting himself way over his head. But there is more to just cases with Jonathan. There are also side stories of him trying to get back his girlfriend, getting over his girlfriend, and even finding new love. He’s just such a likable and nice character. By the end of the first episode you love him.
Each of the supporting characters have their own subplots throughout the season, all of which are just as good as the main plot with Jonathan. Subplots with George (Ted Danson) meeting and falling in love again with his ex-wife. The one he considers to be the one who “got away.” His wife just so happens to be married to one of his biggest rivals from an opposing magazine GQ. Then there is Ray (Zach Galifinakis) and his subplots consist of him struggling with his comic career and his relationship with his girlfriend. And a few other things I don’t want to give away.
With a highly likable cast, great plot, good comedy, and smart writing this show should be watched by everyone of age who likes a good noir/comedy. And by anyone who’s a fan of anyone in the leading cast. Jason, Zach, and Ted make for quite an hilarious team in their stoner adventures. I never thought I would get three of my favorite actors into on television show.
The season only runs for 8 episodes with each episode being about 29 minutes approx. Unfortunately I wish it was a much longer season, because its all so damn good and funny.
I highly recommend anyone interested pick up season 1 on Dvd or Blu ray. And if you’re on the fence check out season 2 this sunday @ 10:00pm on HBO. I’m highly looking forward to it. Looks to be better than the first. If you enjoy what you see, you need to check out the hilarious first season and how it all began.
Overall I’m gonna have to give this a solid 8.5/10. Why not higher? Because It’s only 8 episodes!
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