The chemistry between Wood and Gann is clear form the first episode and this was something I found lacking in the Australian original. You want to keep watching and see how Ryan, Wood's character, adapts and grows from being a suicidal loner giving up on life, to engaging his neighbors and co-workers because of his unlikely friendship with a talking dog. At times you wonder if Wilfred has Ryan's best interests in mind, but he's always there to pick up the pieces. The way Gann acts like a dog, like when he yells at people and Ryan can hear what he's saying while everybody else hears just barking is funny, and leaves you wondering what dogs are really saying. Although sometimes dark and crude, this is the story of an unlikely friendship between a man who may or may not be insane and his neighbor's pet who Ryan sees as a man in a dog suit.
A very interesting show, though Wilfred is a bit immoral (I guess most dogs are, but it is raunchy with the human portrayal), but I've been a fan of Elijah Wood for 20 years, and he is a great actor and plays his part very well in this series (one of the main reasons I watch this show, and look forward to every episode). I like the storyline, and the mystery of Wilfred, and I can't wait to see how everything unfolds in it's last season (Season 5). I have purposefully not seen the Australian version so nothing is given away. I'm sad that the series is ending, but it is sometimes best at five seasons, especially when the creators had a plan that actually has an ending in mind and knew this was going to happen). Even Seinfeld ended before it was too late and the show became "old."
I love Wilfred. The first and second season was hilarious. I wasn't too thrilled with the third season. In order to get the full hilarious effect you must remember that only Ryan and the audience see Wilfred as a man in a dog suit. Everyone else sees a regular pooch.
I like many different types of shows, though sitcoms and primetime TV dont usually fall into that list. I enjoy british comedies such as Coupling, Monty Python, The IT Crowd, and US shows such as Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, etc. This shows commercials and clips always made it seem bizarre and perhaps a show for the junkies of the world, perhaps it is, but its not JUST for them. I feel this shows humor ranges from subtle, to feel-good/inspiring, to in-your-face, twisted. Some might see a cheap laugh, or what they might consider to be one, but I feel everything in the show has thought behind it. I don't find any of the characters that 2D at all, and there is plenty of character development and relatable feelings throughout. Theres plenty of shock value, and a feeling that there is a silver lining around the gloom in life. I would suggest this show to anyone that needs a laugh, plus anyone thats an animal lover, or hater, or might have been depressed, someone that loves to express one self, someone that wants to tell of their boss or family member....really, anyone should be able to enjoy this show provided they aren't offended by fiction or cursing.