Bored to Death: Season 1 (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Sep 20, 2009
Air date: Sep 27, 2009
Air date: Oct 4, 2009
Air date: Oct 11, 2009
Air date: Oct 18, 2009
Air date: Oct 25, 2009
Air date: Nov 1, 2009
Air date: Nov 8, 2009

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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 (21)

Naming a tv sitcom Bored to Death is playing with fire. And in this new HBO gamble, the creators get burned because this is a show that lives up to its unfortunate name.

Sep 21, 2009 | Full Review…

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…
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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…

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