I enjoy this show very much and a 6.5 rating doesnt seem right !
HBO (ended 2011)
|The only way this would get a rating of 1 by anyone is if they haven't even watched it. anyone outside of the demographic (whatever the hell that is) would at least give it a two or three. i've been telling everyone to watch this. i think the writing is top notch. and yeah, if this was on a network station it would be doomed for sure. glad to hear they've renewed it. it just drives me crazy on HBO and showtime; the seasons are relatively short and you have to wait so long for the next one to start. but this one is definitely worth coming back for.|
|And how can you turn your nose up at a cast like this?|
My question exactly! I don't think you can. Jason Schwartzman is both smart, clumsy, and nerdy, just what you'd imagine him to be for a role like Jonathan Ames. Otherwise, too, the show is just pretty much perfectly cast. I didn't use to be much of a Ted Danson fan, but I think I've just about changed my mind because of Bored to Death.
I can completely understand why some people would rate this 1 and personally I would say 6.5 is about right as the show does come off a bit pretentious or at least Jason Schwartzman gives that feeling and it would turn a few people away from it completely. I do enjoy the show especially the latter episodes and I think it will become a cult classic and I really do hope that it goes on for at least 4 seasons as it is on hbo this is probably the best we can hope for.
I seriously don't believe that the comedy is toointelligent for most people but rather the pretentiousness of it just turns A LOT of people away from it, I know for myself and several of my friends that it's one aspect of the show I don't enjoy about it. Also I'm sure a lot of people talk this up so much that it could never live up to the expectations of a new watcher.
I was never one to claim this show was too smart for some people, I tend to give people more credit than that. Perhaps I was wrong.
The pretentiousness you and your friends feel brings the show down, is completely, 100% manufactured. It's subtle and it's intentional. And no one does faux pretentiousness like Jason Schwartzman. It's his trademark. But it's all tongue in cheek. And to not get that is really to not get the show at all, as it's this faux pretentiousness the main character exudes that basically sets the foundation for the show itself.
He's narcissistic, he's insecure, he's self-deluded, he's lonely and he's depressed. He creates the persona of a private detective to feel better about himself and give his life some purpose as well as impress his ex. But without the pretentiousness the persona unravels and he has to face his depressing reality again. It's a defense mechanism.
Whether you get that or not, the show is still incredibly smart and funny and it very much accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to get you to laugh at your own neurosis and insecurities. They're showing us that very human, very flawed people can and are likable, imperfections and all.
Part of the genius of this show is its subtlety, it certainly fooled some into believing it was truly pretentious. Unfortunately, that same genius may lead to its demise. Let's hope not...