Bored to Death – TV Review


Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwarztman) is a published author who is struggling with his second book. His girlfriend has left him, he is smoking a lot of weed and drinking a lot, and decides to become an unlicensed private detective, advertising on Craig’s list. His best mate, Ray (Zach Galifianakis) draws a cartoon called Super Ray and struggles with his relationship with his wife and baby. Jonathan’s other best mate is George (Ted Danson) the extremely wealthy owner and editor of a magazine. All three make terrible decisions, often whilst stoned, and get in and out of crazy scrapes.

This show is so ridiculous and unbelievable, and yet something about it makes it seem so real. It was created by the real Jonathan Ames, but follows a fictional world that the character Jonathan Ames lives. For me, it’s the best thing Galifianakis has done, and I’ve always enjoyed Schwartzman’s work. But it is Ted Danson who is my absolute favourite – especially when he is so stoned and giggly that he can barely stand up. Danson is awesome, and just seems to taking on better and more varied roles as he ages. I’m looking forward to more.

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