Bored to Death: Season 1 (2009)

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Season 1
Bored to Death

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Slow to start, Bored to Death evolves into a lighthearted and off-the-wall noir comedy, with insightful characters that grow more layered with each episode.

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Critic Ratings: 38

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User Ratings: 94

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Air date: Sep 20, 2009

In the premiere of this noirish comedy, struggling Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) does his best to moonlight as a hard-boiled private eye after his girlfriend leaves him because of his habitual use of white wine and marijuana. Created by author and graphic novelist Jonathan Ames ("The Alcoholic").

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Air date: Sep 27, 2009

A woman (Kristen Wiig) asks Jonathan to find out if her boyfriend is cheating on her; George is desperate to alter his appearance before a big speech; Ray needs moral support for an alternative medical therapy.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2009

An opportunity to work on a screenplay with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch hits a snag when Jonathan leaves the script in a therapist's office following a one-night stand with the doctor's daughter. Meanwhile, George is surprised to learn that one of his ex-wives is back in town with her obnoxious husband. Oliver Platt guest stars.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2009

Jonathan hopes to mix business with pleasure when he falls for a woman (Parker Posey) whose son had his favorite skateboard stolen. Meanwhile, George is smitten with a young publicist at a restaurant opening, and Ray disappoints Leah by agreeing to be a sperm donor for a lesbian couple. Bebe Neuwirth guest stars.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2009

Jonathan is hired by a lovesick Russian ex-con to find a nightclub singer (Branka Katic) in Brighton Beach so they can rekindle their romance. Meanwhile, George hatches a plan to stimulate his declining magazine sales with women readers.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2009

George begs to tag along on a case when an unhappily married man from New Jersey hires Jonathan to retrieve a sex tape from a female escort who's trying to blackmail him, but the plan hits a snag when Jonathan becomes another victim of the extortion ring. Patton Oswalt guest stars.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2009

Ray is alarmed by the disappearance of the lesbian couple he's helping to start a family; Jonathan warns George not to provoke his rival, Richard Antrem (Oliver Platt), by belittling him in print.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2009

In the first-season finale, the Edition magazine team of Jonathan, George and Ray train for their pugilistic, triple-header showdown with Richard Antrem (Oliver Platt) and his GQ cohorts.

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In this noirish comedy, struggling Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) decides to moonlight as a hard-boiled private eye after his girlfriend leaves him because of his habitual use of white wine and marijuana. The series was created by author and graphic novelist Jonathan Ames. Cases in the first season include a man from New Jersey who hires Jonathan to retrieve a sex tape from a female escort who's trying to blackmail him; and a woman who wants Jonathan to find out if her boyfriend is cheating on her. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Patton Oswalt and Parker Posey are among the guest stars.

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Critic Reviews for Bored to Death Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (22)

Jonathan Ames may be bored to death, but that's no reason he has to take the rest of us with him.

Sep 20, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

As pot-smoking, fad-embracing George, Danson is operating on his own hilarious wavelength, and consistently steals scenes not only from Schwartzman, but from Zach Galifianakis.

Sep 20, 2009 | Full Review…

The show's lightness would be more bearable if the stories were sharper.

Sep 20, 2009 | Full Review…
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I'm happy Schwartzman has found a vehicle that's droll enough to capture his sensibility, but not too precious or willfully quirky.

Sep 20, 2009 | Full Review…

When it's funny - and Bored certainly can be - it's a winner.

Sep 20, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even if we're not exactly biting our nails to find out what happens with these three white dudes and their first-world relationship problems, the love letters to Brooklyn alone are worth the price of HBO.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Has the ability to surprise us and so far nothing is of the norm - which is a pleasant eye-opener for television shows these days.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The thing is, if you're going to name a show Bored to Death, you better make sure that it doesn't actually bore people.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a show that uses its first season to explore its own limitations, strengths and weaknesses, but doesn't really accomplish much over eight episodes.

Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Season one is worth checking out, but like most first seasons, you've got a number of rough spots.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I found it far more boring than funny, to the point that at least three times during my viewing of these two episodes I had to force myself to re-focus and pay attention, as I was mindlessly drifting to random internet browsing.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Those of us who watched Season One... felt like we were a part of something special; something off the grid, but better than practically anything on TV.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bored to Death: Season 1

  • Nov 14, 2020
    Great characters and unique atmosphere. This was an amazing show. One of my favorite in a long time
  • Sep 02, 2016
    Hardly any laughs, but a decent tone, writing, and style. The characters are also great, and everyone's performances are great, and I love the score.
  • Jul 25, 2016
    Quirky show; you get Schwartzman and Danson. Galidianakis actually works out his range here. It's a good little show about: a writer, or a detective, or a comic book artists, or a stoned businessmen; who knows its funny...
  • May 24, 2016
    Yes, the series is a little bit slow to start, but even the first episodes are charming and well acted. The last two episodes have some of the funniest lines you'll ever hear anywhere, anytime, by anyone. So well written.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Not too bad of a show, just alright

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