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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: "How he solves anything is a mystery."

    Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), a struggling Brooklyn writer with a drinking problem, tries to cope with his recent breakup with his girlfriend by reinventing his life. On a whim, Ames decides to emulate his idol novelists Dashiell Hammett and
    Raymond Chandler by posing as a private detective and offering his services through an online ad. Soon enough, he takes on various cases of unwitting clients, satisfying some while failing others.

    The HBO original comedy is based on Jonathan Ames' short story of the same name, which is included in his book The Double Life is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction and in McSweeney's Issue 24. The cable series also stars Ted Danson (Damages, Becker) as George Christopher, Jonathan's magazine editor, and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as Ray Hueston, Jonathan's best friend.
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Reviewed by: Jennifer Armstrong
    Oct 25, 2010
    100
    Bored has its distinctive brand of slapstick noir down pat. Its charm is in the details. [9 Oct 2010, p.69]
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  1. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    This show is so funny. I absolutely love it. I find the storyline interesting with hilarious twist. They have such an awesome cast. Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis are both so funny. Ted Danson is definitely my favorite character. Collapse
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    So far this season has shown that the show has a long life ahead of it. It is just as funny, if not funnier, as the first season. The cast is so perfect it's amazing how well put together everything here is. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2010
    8
    At first the series seemed not very original (a neurotic New York Jewish author turned amateur detective), a tad pretentious and not especially funny, but the subdued, deadpan humour, amusingly absurd situations, oddball supporting characters and nuanced, sincere, performances do grow on you. I'm thoroughly enjoying the Season 2 of "Bored to Death" and I hope they get renewed. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2013
    8
    Remains charming, delightful, and hilarious. The chemistry between the main cast is strong and they play off each other so well you get some genuine laughs. 8.1/10 Expand

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