Friday, January 14, 2011

TV review – “Bored to Death – Seasons 1 and 2” (2009-10) ***1/2

Highly enjoyable shaggy dog series with Jason Schwartzman very well cast as a pot-smoking, wine-drinking novelist who moonlights as a private detective. There’s really nothing else quite like it on TV: Schwartzman investigates these light cases, has romances and deals with his ex, befriends a publishing millionaire with whom he shares a love of marijuana (Ted Danson), and hangs out with his comic book writing best friend (Zach Galifianakis). The series is clever and highly literate, with references to the New Yorker in amidst the masturbation jokes. Surprisingly, Danson ends up outshining Galifianakis – always up for something new and exciting.

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