So, at least for the summer, I have a new favourite show. The second season to Wilfred just started about two weeks ago, and I’m already hooked. Starring Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, and Fiona Gubelmann, Wilfred is the story of a man and his dog—Except in this case the dog belongs to the neighbor.
And is a guy dressed in a dog suit.
The premise is simple. Ryan (Wood) tries to commit suicide and fails, and next thing he knows, the dog belonging to his hot neighbor Jenna (Gubelmann) is a guy dressed in a dog suit. That’s Jason Gann, the titular character of the show. He’s had a lot of practice in this role, too, as he played Wilfred in the original Australian version, which ran for two seasons.
I have yet to find the Australian version for comparison. I hear it’s less buddy comedy than the US version, and gives equal weight to all three characters.
I watched season one after my friend Brady told me about this funny show about a guy in a dog suit. I have a feeling Brady only finds it funny because every time you look at the screen, there’s a guy in a dog suit.
Brady’s sense of humour hasn’t seemed to grow past the age of twelve.
But the show is very clever. I send much applause to showrunner David Zuckerman, whose previous credits include Family Guy and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The show is funny but not in your face ha ha look at me I’m being funny, which is my impression of most comedy on TV nowadays.
Ryan is a neurotic, shy fellow, awkward in social situations, and — wait this sounds more familiar than I care to admit … Wilfred is seven, smokes, and constantly bangs a gigantic teddy bear he got in episode 4.
Season one follows the downfall of Ryan from hot-shot lawyer to unemployed dog-sitter. His older sister had gotten him a new job at the clinic she works at, except Ryan instead decided to kill himself. Wilfred convinces him to not take the job, and the adventure of a lifetime begins!
Of course, Ryan likes Jenna, but the real story here is the relationship between Wilfred‘s two stars. Their adventures include stealing marijuana plans from the next door neighbor, breaking up Jenna and her boyfriend (played by Chris Klein), and of course playing with a laser pointer. But by the end of the first season, Ryan destroys the lives of the people around him and suffers another mental breakdown.
Season one also had some notable guest stars, including the guy who lost a tooth in the Hangover, and the sailbot guy from Mallrats. Oh, and Mary Steenburgen (Back to the Future Part III, Stepbrothers) plays Ryan’s mother in one episode. She’s CRAY CRAY to the point where she sees her pet cat Mittens like Ryan sees Wilfred. Also, Mittens is played by Rhea Perlman (Cheers).
Season two is two episodes in (though the first appears to just be a preview to season two), and I think I am mostly loving it because Allison Mack (Smallville, many young men’s dreams) has been in both episodes. Oh, also, Robin Williams (Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man) plays Ryan’s psychiatrist, leading to a hilarious meta-scene.
Season two will most likely run for 13 episodes, perfectly leading directly into the new fall schedule, which for me will include silly shows such as Doctor Who and The Walking Dead. And I don’t think I could find a better way to spend my TV summers.