Wilfred

Here’s my Blogomatic review of Wilfred. It’s funny and that:

I can just imagine the pitch meeting: “So this guy starts dating this girl whose pet dog Wilfred regularly comes between them and causes no end of mischief. Oh, and the dog’s actually a selfish, maniacal, bong-smoking man in a dog suit who only the guy can talk to and understand.”

One of the strangest and darkest sitcoms I’ve ever had the privilege to be sent free copies of to write about, Wilfred is a singular television show in more way than one:  only two series were made of the original Australian show in 2007 and 2010, and its American remake actually features one of the original stars reprising his titular role. Created by writers/stars Jason Gann (the titular hound) & Adam Zwar (petty and put-upon boyfriend Adam) and director Tony Rogers, Wilfred successfully mixes everyday relationship troubles between Adam and his girlfriend Sarah (Cindy Waddingham) with jet-black humour in the form of Wilfred’s repeated attempts to ruin Adam’s life (and occasionally end it) and a healthy dollop of weed-addled arguments in front of the idiot box.

At first intimidated by one another’s proximity to Sarah, the pair constantly one-up each other’s feats of humiliation and deceit until a bizarre mutual dependency begins to form. The show is full of wonderfully sick observations of animal life given a human twist, from Wilfred’s S&M relationship with the giant teddy bear in his den to his attempts to murder a koala bear (a dwarf dressed in what is essentially a cheap Ewok costume). Wilfred’s foul mouth and constant misunderstanding of the English language rarely discourages Adam’s efforts to woo Sarah and create a place for himself in their family.

Relationships, like any comedy worth its salt, are key to Wilfred‘s success, Adam and Sarah’s ups and downs being just as funny and occasionally tragic as their malicious pet’s dark schemes and endless capacity for fornication – be it with dogs, cats or even the odd kangaroo – and despite the bitter struggle for Sarah’s (surprisingly liberal) affections between the two boys, rare tender moments can be found in between the dick and fart jokes. Which are, of course, then undercut by Wilfred’s betrayal of Adam’s trust and more dick and fart jokes.

Perfect for anyone with a mean sense of humour and a desire to know what dogs really think of your DVD collection, Wilfred is well worth a watch and is pretty much guaranteed to be unlike any other show you see this year.

Unless you’re watching the remake. Then they’d probably be quite similar.

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