Bored to Death 3 Seasons 2009

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Jonathan is enlisted to retrieve a sex tape that a female escort is using to extort money from a married man. With Ray and George in tow, Jonathan ends up in a motel room with the escort, who attempts to blackmail him as well.

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October 25, 2009

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The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer

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    1. Stockholm Syndrome (Series Premiere) Numbed after his girlfriend leaves, writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) places an ad offering his (unlicensed) services as a private investigator. Within hours he gets his first case--searching for a missing girl.

    TV-MA 30min September 14, 2009
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    2. The Alanon Case During an unsuccessful attempt to win back Suzanne, Jonathan gets a new case: a woman named Jennifer (Kristen Wiig) wants him to tail her boyfriend Gary (Peter Hermann) to see if he's been unfaithful.

    TV-MA 29min September 27, 2009
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    3. The Case of the Missing Screenplay An ill-advised late-night tryst undermines Jonathan's chance to rewrite a Jim Jarmusch script. Meanwhile, George is flummoxed when he runs into his sexy ex-wife Priscilla and her arrogant new husband, fellow publishing magnate Richard Antrem.

    TV-MA 27min October 4, 2009
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    4. The Case of the Stolen Skateboard Jonathan falls for his latest client, the mother of a boy whose skateboard was stolen by a bully. Meanwhile, Ray helps a lesbian couple start a new family, to wife Leah's chagrin; and George has a nostalgic 'armpit crush' on a young publicist.

    TV-MA 23min October 11, 2009
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    5. The Case of the Lonely White Dove A smitten Russian parolee contracts Jonathan to track down a chanteuse known as 'the Lonely White Dove.' Meanwhile, George decides to get in touch with his feminine side as a way to drive sales of his sagging magazines.

    TV-MA 30min October 18, 2009
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    6. The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer Jonathan is enlisted to retrieve a sex tape that a female escort is using to extort money from a married man. With Ray and George in tow, Jonathan ends up in a motel room with the escort, who attempts to blackmail him as well.

    TV-MA 30min October 25, 2009
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    7. The Case of the Stolen Sperm Jonathan and Ray investigate a lesbian black-market scheme; George publishes a scathing editorial directed at his rival, Richard Antrem.

    TV-MA 26min November 1, 2009
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    8. Take a Dive In the Season One finale, George, Jonathan and Ray step into the ring for a grudge match against their publishing rivals. But later, the women in each of their lives offer up some pretty compelling reasons why winning a fight isn't everything.

    TV-MA 29min November 8, 2009

Product Details

Genres Mystery, Comedy
Director Adam Bernstein
Supporting actors Ted Danson, Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Conboy, Anthony DeSando, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Patton Oswalt
Season year 2009
Network HBO
Executive Producer Jonathan Ames
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. A Bowen on October 29, 2009
Format: DVD
Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) is a freelance writer with one novel under his belt, a 447,000 rating on Amazon, and serious writers' block. He writes the occasional article for his friend George Christopher (Ted Danson, in a hilarious role), the bored-to-death editor of an Esquire-type magazine. Meanwhile, his buddy Ray (Zak Galifianakis)is a frustrated graphic novelist, comic-strip artist trying to hawk his work, with meager results. Zak's girlfriend Leah controls his every move, while Jonathan's girlfriend Suzanne moves out after Jonathan refuses to clean up his act according to her straight-edge wishes, i.e., no drinking, no pot smoking.

After losing his roommate/lover, Jonathan is unable to write, and suffers from a serious case of the doldrums. He mopes around his apartment, doing very little but reading Raymond Chandler novels and getting smoked up. Schwartzman is very good at conveying this bright-guy-turning-into-a-loser character. Apparently inspired by the Chandler novels, he decides to try his hand at being a private eye himself. Despite having no background whatsoever in police work, he figures he has nothing to lose and advertises on craigslist as an "unlicensed" private detective. He hopes that by doing this he will pad his bank account, as well as find inspiration for his writing. Thus, the hilarity ensues.

The series is stylish, with lots of allusions to Raymond Chandler potboilers, complete with gorgeous, troubled dames, topcoats, hats, and all the Chandler-esque parafernalia. Jonathan hasn't a clue as to what he's doing, but somehow his escapades all work out, with George and Ray as his Keystone cops sidekicks. Each episode is done tongue-in-cheek, requiring a large dose of literary license from the viewer.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on July 23, 2010
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Fun series but you have to wonder about the sticker price as it only ran for 8 episodes. Fortunately, HBO plans to air another season, so if I were a shrewd customer, I would wait to see how it pans out. The show has a lot of potential, but had barely warmed up before it was over. Really love the interplay between Danson, Schwartzman and Galifianakis, especially in episode 6 where they stake out the beautiful blackmailer. Some fun cameos as well, such as Jarmusch making a surprise visit in episode 3: The Case of the Missing Screenplay. Bebe Neurwith pitches up in three episodes. Oliver Platt appears as Danson's rival and the lovely Laila Robins as Danson's ex in the closing two episodes.

Here's a list of the episodes:

Episode 1: Stockholm Syndrome
Episode 2: The Alanon Case
Episode 3: The Case of the Missing Screenplay
Episode 4: The Case of the Stolen Skateboard
Episode 5: The Case of the Lonely White Dove
Episode 6: The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer
Episode 7: The Case of the Stolen Sperm
Episode 8: Take a Dive
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on November 15, 2010
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I'm ambivalent about season 1. a little too Raymond Chandler/cartoony. but I did watch most of it so I started watching Season 2 which is the most hilarious tv show I've ever seen. Ted Danson is sure not the same one-note sitcom character he used to be. All three of the main characters and great and the guests are great and the writing is wonderful. so watch season 1 just to get in the swim before you really dive into season 2.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
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If "Bored To Death" were a rotten series, it would be SO easy to make a joke about the title. Fortunately, Jonathan Ames' HBO comedy series dodges the bullet -- its mix of comedy, mystery and Ames' own personal experiences is hilarious, the writing is excellent, and Jason Schwartzman heads a brilliant little cast that manages to charm you as they make you laugh.

Writer Jonathan Ames (Schwartzman) is depressed when his girlfriend moves out. So after seeing a Raymond Chandler novel, he goes onto Craigslist and advertises himself as a private eye: "I'm not licensed, but maybe I'm someone who can help you."

Surprisingly, there are some takers. Ames ends up taking on several small-time cases, mostly centering around people/things that are lost or stolen -- a sister who vanished, a boyfriend who may be cheating, a script he accidentally lost himself, a stolen skateboard, a Russian convict who wants to find his true love, a blackmail tape, and lesbian con-artists who are... well, stealing something rather personal.

And while he does all this, Jonathan is dealing with the problems of his own life, such as his lingering love for his girlfriend and his stalled second novel. His friend Ray (Zak Galifianakis) is struggling with his controlling girlfriend Leah and his graphic novel career. And Jonathan has to babysit his insane boss George (Ted Danson), the owner of the magazine he writes for, who has his own set of weird personal problems (and frankly he doesn't seem to live in the same world as the rest of us).

"Bored to Death" is one of those comedy shows that doesn't really resemble anything else on TV -- it has a distinctly arty, New York flavor, but avoids seeming pretentious just because its lead characters are so earnest.
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