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[Bored to Death], the unlicensed thread

DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
edited September 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
HBO's new comedy Bored to Death premieres tonight, but the first episode is online early for free.

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The protaginist, Jonathan Ames is a struggling novelist. His girlfriend just broke up with him and moved out ("Too much white wine and pot" he laments). Unsure what to do with himself he picks up an old detective novel posts an ad on craigslist advertising his services as an (unlicensed) private detective. Between Jonathan's... inexperience, his boss's substance abuse problems, and his friend's dysfunctional relationship, this has the makings of a fun show.

Personally I enjoyed the premiere and will be adding this to my DVR. :)

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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    After Pushing Daisies' cancellation, I didn't think another off-beat detective show would come around for a while. Hopefully this is around as good as that and Andy Barker P.I.

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  • UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    It's pretty good, I enjoy the cast immensely and so far looks promising, though not a complete riot by any means.

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  • SlicerSlicer Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Pretty promising show, I think I'll enjoy seeing where this goes.

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  • flamebroiledchickenflamebroiledchicken Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The pilot wasn't laugh-out-loud hilarious, but the premise definitely has potential. I don't really like the main character, hopefully he becomes less whiny and spineless as the show goes on.

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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Yeah, I don't think I can stand an entire series based around a mopey Jason Schwartzman taking on detective jobs for no real reason at all beyond boredom.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Checked this out for my sister, who is a massive Scwartzman fan. Not bad. The second episode was miles above the first, at least in terms of funny. I can see it going well if they think of some more interesting cases.

    I tittered a bit when he grabbed all the condoms.

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  • SliderSlider Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Thanks for the reminder. I've been wanting to watch this show. It's difficult to make a good comedy. By far one of the funniest shows I have seen in a LONG time is the British series The IT Crowd. Check it out.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Not even remotely alike, but the IT crowd is decent enough.

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  • Grim OutlookGrim Outlook Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    haha this was pretty good. the pilot definitely made me want to check out another episode.

    i don't get why he was freaking out when the guy was threatening him with a lighter, was it because he was high?

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The show is pretty good, but suffers from overuse of a Indie Soundtrack

    But Ted Danson as the weed smoking weird boss? Zack Galifinakis as a neurotic Webcomic artist? And Scwartzman kinda ties it all together. I hope this gets to have a long run, because it feels alot like a comfort show, that doesn't suck

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  • Grim OutlookGrim Outlook Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    did schwartzman write the theme song for the show?

    i know he's in that solo band coconut records, it sounded kind of like him.

    also jonathan ames created the show and then named the main character after himself.

    i guess i'd do that if i made a show.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I find the music to be a little generic, so it never distracts. But I'm not big on the New York scene, so I'm probably missing a lot.

    The show is actually based on a short story Ames wrote, with himself as the main character. But Ames is known for writing personal essays and memoirs, so himself being the main character wasn't that big of a deal, just that he explicitly names himself in a fiction story (as apposed to a non-fiction essay about himself, or a fiction about someone else, but probably still about himself).

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    no its just feels like it belongs, timewise, like 4-5 years ago because of the soundtrack

    but other than the humor is kinda of awesome, point in case second episode
    where
    schwartzman asks if hes gonna get herpies on his hand
    that kinda got me

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  • Grim OutlookGrim Outlook Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    the second episode aired already?

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    no, no it hasn't

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  • WashWash Sweet Christmas Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Second episode was good, too.

    Quite good.

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  • HyphyKezzyHyphyKezzy The Best On MarsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Thane wrote: »
    no its just feels like it belongs, timewise, like 4-5 years ago because of the soundtrack

    but other than the humor is kinda of awesome, point in case second episode
    where
    schwartzman asks if hes gonna get herpies on his hand
    that kinda got me

    A legitimate concern, good thing there were gloves handy. Every scene with the colon cleaning guy was golden.

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    i hope we get some more Galifinakis air time though, i know its like 28 minutes run time, but i kinda need to see the everyday life of manic depressive webcomic artist Zack Galifinakis

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  • WashWash Sweet Christmas Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    HyphyKezzy wrote: »
    Thane wrote: »
    no its just feels like it belongs, timewise, like 4-5 years ago because of the soundtrack

    but other than the humor is kinda of awesome, point in case second episode
    where
    schwartzman asks if hes gonna get herpies on his hand
    that kinda got me

    A legitimate concern, good thing there were gloves handy. Every scene with the colon cleaning guy was golden.

    I am going to find all your treasures.

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  • DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Season 2 confirmed.

    Ted Danson is really making this show awesome.

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    the way the write the episodes really make me wish that it was a 60 minute format

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Third episode:

    No mystery. It's nice that they're not married to that formula, but it does seem a little early to switch things up. It's still episodic, so there was no plot reason not to have a mystery. Whatever.

    A bit of gratuitous nudity. It's HBO.

    The episode was fun. Harper Lee gag was a little out of left field, but I chuckled in retrospect.

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  • WashWash Sweet Christmas Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    "Hey, Big Nose"

    I really like this show. So perfectly cast.

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If anyone is wondering what Brooklyn hipster get togethers are like, well they're like this episode. This is a really good show.

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  • Grim OutlookGrim Outlook Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    i wish this show was an hour long, i always feel like i'm really getting into the story and then the episode just ends.

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  • UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Very much agreed. Half hour is far too short for this show.

    I like BtD quite a bit, but I don't think it's going to go more than one season. Also this most recent episode is probably the least funny so far.

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yeah we all think it needs to condense more or expand its runtime.

    Also its been renewed for a 2nd season, and HBO usually stands by these things

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  • UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Good! Hopefully they can get some interesting stories to run together over the course of a few episodes. So far it has been a non-mystery, and two very small ones. I'm looking forward to some serious business where we see him in over his head, even if that as a premise is a little cliche.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Au Revoir Simone in the soundtrack and Parker Posey as a crazy vegan?

    I think I'm in love.

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  • ThaneThane Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If anyone had any doubt whether this show was worth it, really, watch the latest episode. It manages its time alot better, and you get Ted Danson/Zach Galifinakis team up, which was pretty awesome.

    Also Patton Oswalt guest appearance, as a spy gadget store owner, which seems like hes being set up as Scwartzman "Q" of sorts. Wasn't really in form, or the writers flubbed his character, but he has real potential as a future guest star

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  • DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If George becomes more involved in Jonathan's investigations this will get epic.

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Is anyone still watching this show? I'm just taking a breather from The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer. It was causing me to hyperventilate. I think I need to pee too.

    It's so goddamn funny.

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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Season ended a few weeks ago. I thought it was a pretty solid series overall and look forward to its return. Ted Danson is golden.

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I think it's... I dunno, my inner autistic just needs to compare and rank everything, I need to compare this to Community or something. This show is so damn good!

    Kind of reminds me of the shit me and my rich friends did in China.

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  • Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Last episode was the boxing one, right?

    Pretty good all around. Hope it gets another season and we can see some more Patton.

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I just finished episode six. Two to go. All the characters are great, Ted Danson's character is my favorite I guess.

    My first real exposure to Zach Galif... something... was The Hangover. It's still weird seeing him as the (most) responsible one. He's awesome too.

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  • DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Guess what's back after Boardwalk Empire tonight....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyv60DGvS1o

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    WOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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  • WashWash Sweet Christmas Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Hehe

    Spastic wizard

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  • DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    "Don't tell me how to write!"

    Man, that was a great episode.

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