Bored to Death: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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An amazing and under-appreciated show. Funny and sad, full of terrific performances, and none more impressive than Ted Danson in one of the my favorite performances of his career.Published 1 day ago by W. W. Spurgeon
This is one of my favorite series ever. Great story, great acting. Hilarious.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Off beat and VERY funny. We loved it. Ted Danson is great. Actually the whole cast is wonderful. Wish there had been a season 4.Published 2 days ago by Judi
I've only watched a couple episodes but it seems worth watching further. If you're tired of the same old crap all over TV and the re-runs this summer, give it a try. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Eric D.
Show could have potential but couldn't get past first episode. Was slow and only a few humorous things. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found it funny and touching. A lovable loser makes good story. It gets darker and more off color as it goes. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer