A tv show review written by: Lee Sonogan
(2011-2014) Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Wilfred: All your questions will be answered, Ryan. Eventually. But the big answers are like those missing kids on the milk cartons. They don’t want to be found. They’ll turn up when they’re ready.
Being a black comedy the story is of a depressed man who inexplicably is the only one who can see his neighbor’s dog as a full-grown man in a dog suit. Based in an Australia SBS One series of the same name it stars Elijah Wood and Jason Gann who is replaying the same role of the dog. 49 episodes in its run it was created for the television channel FX and the creator was David Zuckerman from Family Guy.
I watched this tv show before the original Wilfred tv series. Only knowing the concept from ads on SBS, this tv show was even better than I first expected. Wilfred was originally a short film that played in film festivals internationally including the Sundance film festival in 2003. I first saw Jason Gann’s work in his Australian comedy series The Wedge and Mark Loves Sharon.
This show has unique storylines. The series premiere hit a positive note with viewers as it became the highest-ranking debut sitcom ever for FX Networks. Mike Hale, who wrote in The New York Times: “Some shows aspire to cult status; this one goes straight there, practically bypassing the need to be broadcast at all,”.
SPOILERS! The beginning of Season 4 is the first time Wilfred is shown as a menacing, evil creature. Season four is also the last season of Wilfred. In a June 2014 interview, Gann stated that he and Elijah Wood would be interested in a Wilfred film “if the story is there…”
An underrated comedy full of interesting philosophy and drama. Darkly funny, it is well written and well acted. Full of depth and talent it is definitely original in its style and approach. If you are not hooked by the first episode then the show might not be for you. The ending is good but I wish they did a couple more seasons. I recommend Wilfred to people who are passionate about strange and new ideas.
PS – I would rewatch this tv series again!
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