Bored to Death

Season 1 Episode 1

Stockholm Syndrome

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2009 on HBO

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  • Stockholm Syndrome

    Stockholm Syndrome was a fantastic beginning to this quirky and fun series. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of interesting characters, a good story and lots of laughs. It was sad to see Jonathan's girlfriend break up with him, the reason was serious yet amusing. George and Ray are awesome in their own ways. Jonathans first case was intriguing and I liked how everything played out. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!
  • Start of a promising series. IF taken in the right direction.

    I decided to watch this show because of the cast primarily as the idea itself didn't attract me as much but it didn't totally suck. Nevertheless, the idea of the show [ a struggling writer out of bored and/or lack of inspiration decided to be a private investigator ] is not so well played, at least in the pilot. This guy could be anything really, the single "writy" thing about him is that he caries a book around. [ and yeah, the are some writers related analogies but in reality, anyone could do that. ]. I would definitely like to find out more of what kind of write is he and what's his all about.

    The secondary characters : his friend Ray [ Zach Galifianakis ] and boss George [ Ted Danson ] could be the wild card of this show but so far we haven't see anything but tiny glimpses of their personalities and they weren't actually included in the story, nevertheless,that can be a good thing as too many shows are giving us instant gratification.

    What i really liked about this show so far is that it has a certain atmosphere that captures the mood of the characters - confused,bored, slightly depressed - making the action seem really plausible although the case presented in this episodes was yawn-inducing.

    Well,not much more to say except for the fact that i do hope the characters will be more bounded in the next episodes and we'll see them as a team or something close. I can see George really buying into the idea but Ray,although he creates a super-hero world in his comic,will probably not be thrilled. The whole episode left me with a wait-and-see feel and the promise of more for the next episode.That plus the fact that it's a HBO series will make me tune in the next week.

  • Should be a great series

    Broken up after his breakup with his girlfriend Suzanne, Jonathan Ames reads through Farewell My Lovely, his favorite book by Raymond Chandler. Enlivened by the novel, Ames places an online advertisement as an unlicensed private investigator. His first unwitting client who seeks his services is a 19-year-old girl looking for her missing sister. Bored to Death looks like a really promising new comedy series from HBO. Love the cast they all do well in there roles. Funny premise good writing and well executed. I cant wait to watch mor of Bored to Death. I think this will be a great series.
  • This show can only get better.

    What's It About?: Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames goes on Craigslist and posts an ad as an unlicensed private detective. He then takes on cases involving missing persons, domestic issues, etc.

    If you're a fan of droll humor, then this might be a comedy series you'd grow to love. IMO, it showcases an amazing lead cast (Schwartzman, Galifianakis, Danson) and the characters play well off of each other. Ames' first case is not that interesting, but fits well with the show's brand of humor. The show features New York City, particularly Brooklyn, as its backdrop and plays loads of indie music. Oh, and I love the opening credits!

    Verdict: I'm neither disappointed nor too thrilled with the pilot, but this one's a keeper. I'm hoping Galifianakis is used more in future episodes. I'm also looking forward to some familiar names (Kristen Wiig, Oliver Platt, Parker Posey) as guest stars. It's on HBO, so the chances of it staying on air are higher (I hope).
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