Wilfred: Season 1 (2011)

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Wilfred is proudly vulgar and offensive, but a sentimental undertone lends the show some pleasing poignancy.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2011

A drifting young man named Ryan (Elijah Wood) is asked to watch his neighbor's dog, Wilfred---who looks like a dog to everyone else but appears as a man (Jason Gann) in a dog suit to Ryan---in the opener of this live-action comedy, which is adapted from an Australian series and also starred Gann as wisecracking and pot-smoking Wilfred. Ryan could use a pick-me-up: He's supposed to begin a boring job and he just attempted suicide.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2011

It's like pulling teeth to get Wilfred to the dentist, but Ryan will do just about anything to get on Jenna's good side, so he deceives his new canine friend, who tells Ryan something quite disturbing about Jenna. Ryan also takes an insistent Wilfred to the beach, but it's no day at the beach for Ryan, who's fined for taking a dog to the beach.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2011

Ryan gets his wallet back (that's the good news) when his malevolent, porn-addicted neighbor Spencer (Ethan Suplee) shows up. The bad news: Spencer's looking for answers about who broke into his house. He's also looking for blood.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2011

Ryan tries to reconcile with his sister (Dorian Brown), and Wilfred is in for a shock at doggy day care as a result.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2011

Ryan volunteers at a hospice, but it's Wilfred who turns out to have a talent that's much in demand there. This gives him the leverage to make demands of his own.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2011

Against his better judgment, Ryan agrees to help Wilfred get rid of Jenna's alpha-male boyfriend.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2011

Ryan must swallow his pride when Wilfred pursues a new love interest., and Ryan meets a new romantic interest (Jane Kaczmarek) himself.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2011

Ryan has a guilt complex over the death of his childhood dog, and Wilfred, upon learning of it, goes to otherworldly lengths to help Ryan discover the truth about how the pooch passed on. Meanwhile, Kristen throws a party for her boss (Nestor Carbonell).

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Air date: Aug 18, 2011

Ryan's nutty mother (Mary Steenburgen) moves in with him after spending 20 years in a "wellness center" and bonds with Wilfred instantly, adding fuel to Ryan's already-considerable resentment of her.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2011

Wilfred is troubled by Ryan's tendency to keep to himself ("People are beginning to think you're weird," he tells him), so he sets out to make his human friend more sociable. Of course, Wilfred also has an ulterior motive.

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Tv Season Info

The first season of this unusual sitcom stars Elijah Wood as a man who sees his neighbor's dog as fun-loving human in a dog suit. Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann co-star.

Critic Reviews for Wilfred Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (20)

It was weird. But it's also hilarious -- and even a bit insightful.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a bizarre show that isn't without interest, charm or humor, but which in the end may be a little too much trouble to follow.

Jun 23, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Gann can be irresistibly gross at times while Wood is good at being hapless. Together they sometimes make quite a comedy team. Almost as good as Turner & Hooch.

Jun 23, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

He [Wood] is the perfect straight man in this offbeat, surreal, crude, and occasionally touching series

Jun 23, 2011 | Full Review…

It's crude and hilarious and clearly aimed at a young male audience.

Jun 23, 2011 | Full Review…

FX likes comedies with a dark streak, and this one certainly qualifies.

Jun 23, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In the world of crappy network comedies with the same dumb premises and unrealistic stories, Wilfred is a breath of fresh air, and a worthy tribute to the nature (and value) of our goofy, furry companions.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's an edgy and smart dark comedy, and after just one half-hour episode, I'm hooked. It's bizarre, but in a good way.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Though I'm intrigued by the complexities of Gann's character, I'm not entirely sold on Wilfred just yet, either. But I'll be watching nonetheless: Wilfred is too mind-bendingly strange to ignore.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

After the debut episode, I was ready to drop Wilfred off at the pound.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Practically cocking its leg and spraying its self-conscious wackiness all over you. Yet for all its over-eagerness to prove how crazy and out there it was, Wilfred has a puppy-dog charm that is hard to resist.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I love this show. I encourage, and nearly insist, that you watch it if you haven't already.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wilfred: Season 1

  • Sep 29, 2019
    Great concept on mans best friend.

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