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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

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  • Starring: Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Burns
  • Summary: Writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) decides to try his hand at becoming a private eye, while struggling to write his second novel.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Jonathan Ames (II)
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 20, 2009
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    Bored sometimes lags and drags, as if it took a few tokes, too. But when it's funny--and Bored certainly can be--it's a winner.
  2. 80
    Yes, Bored To Death may be a parody of noir, or maybe it's a dramedy that dips into detective novel tomfoolery, but most of all, it's a story that revels in the realm of those strange overgrown children who use artistic pursuits to justify their weak little whimpering selves.
  3. Ted Danson recurs as a skewed version of himself on Curb, and on Bored to Death, he's a pot-addled cross between Seinfeld's Mr. Peterman and Donald Trump. What a pleasure to find some humor in a culture that makes that guy a hero.
  4. 70
    Not all the tweaks in the plot work well, but most of the series’ flaws are masked by the excellent casting and the good writing for three central characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    At various points, Bored to Death seems nicely restrained, curiously deadpan, and just flat. It is moderate, and it is middling.
  6. Sunday's premiere is a little dull, but future episodes have more entertainment value. Still, you have to be a fan of neuroses humor for Bored to have much comedic impact.
  7. He's supposed to be a neurotic slacker who escapes into this cool new world, but even there, he still comes off as a neurotic slacker. You want smack him and tell him to go sit down. And if you did, he probably would.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Oct 25, 2011
    10
    Jason Schwartzman has tapped a gold mine with Bored To Death. Zack Galifinakas(The Hangover), Ted Danson(Becker) provide some of the strongest support to Jason and actor could ask for. The small family dynamic of the three on screen makes this one of the funniest shows on television. The rag tag team go about taking cases and solving often insignificant crimes all the often while on pharmaceutical or recreational drugs getting into trouble wherever they go. These cases are a product of Jonathan Aims the lead character who also is the name of the writer/ creator who is suffering writers block on his second novel and sets out to seek inspiration by taking away some of the control in his life. This is one of the great black comedys of the modern day. I rate it 10/10 and is a must see show Expand
  2. JayP.
    Sep 30, 2009
    10
    Loved it! I hope Bill Murray makes an appearance!
  3. StephR
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    An unexpected and accidental find, this show is fantastic. After a few episodes I was hooked and can't wait for season 2. The plots and characters are so strange and funny you're left wondering what is coming next. This is the best new comedy series I have seen in years, I tip my hat to HBO for giving it a chance. Expand
  4. KaylaV
    Sep 23, 2009
    9
    Jason Schwartzman is funny and uniquely charming as a character who goes out on the edge for a romantic notion that most people would only imagine. While Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis add an extra hilarious comedic element. The comedy never strays from a humor that we can all relate to. The pilot seems a little dull, but it is just setting the plot. I can invision these quirky and neurotic characters becoming more and more lovably hilarious in their own way. Expand
  5. BrianN
    Oct 12, 2009
    9
    Very witty show, well worth watching. Ted Danson's character seems like a more neurotic version of his Curb persona, but he delivers some of the show's best lines. Schwartzman's staying true to his Wes Anderson roots here and his character's stoner wisdom and puzzlingly needy behavior give the show that needed leg up over the network sitcoms. Good pick here HBO. Expand
  6. AlexNB
    Sep 28, 2009
    8
    Great new show. Great trio of a cast. Zach Galifianakis is a very funny man and Ted Danson is just the right amount of jokes and philosophical wisdom. Jason Schwartzman takes some time to grow on you but I think the show will ultimately improve. Pilot was good. Expand
  7. DouglasF.
    Sep 23, 2009
    0
    Terrible writing sinks this show. Lame jokes abound, and the scenes just lay there. I can't imagine this one will be around for long. Worst HBO series since John From Cincinatti. Expand

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