Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bored to Death - Season One - Review

Bored to Death: Season One

Starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson, "Bored To Death" is the story of Jonathan Ames (Schwartzman), a novelist whose girlfriend just left him and hasn't written anything new since his first book. When life seems to be it's most boring and Ames thinks he can't get any lower, he posts an ad on Craigslist offering his services as an unlicensed private detective. Joined by his comic book artist pal Ray (Galifianakis) and his insane boss George (Danson), Ames tries to balance his life as a struggling writer with taking on cases other private detectives would never touch.

Jonathan Ames is also the series creator, and writes the bulk of the episodes.

Right off the bat, the show is brilliant. It's a little slow starting, but after the second episode the momentum really picks up. Schwartzman is always a delight to watch on screen, and he and Galifianakis play a friendship that's very believable and ripe with comedy. The one who really steals the show, however, is Danson. His lines and delivery are so well timed and written that most of the gut-bursting laughter comes when his character is on screen.

Whether you like detective stories, like guys who pretend to be detectives, or just like the odd combination of Schwartzman, Galifianakis, and Danson, this series is a must watch.

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