A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 Jonathan Ames (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Ray Hueston (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 George Christopher (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Leah (22 episodes, 2009-2011)
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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20 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Aneidikeftos detective  »

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Eventhough they play lovers, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are really married. See more »

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On the last page of text in the intro, on the fourth line, there is a grammatical error. It reads: "... she would have been smart and gotten far away New York." but it should read: "...she would have been smart and gotten far away from New York." See more »

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Leah: That's a big word for you, you read it in one of your Comic Books?
Ray Hueston: No, I read it in my diary.
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Referenced in The Escort (2016) See more »

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Bored to Death
Performed by Coconut Records
Written by Jason Schwartzman and Jonathan Ames
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It's like a Wes Anderson TV show, with a pinch of Kevin Smith
30 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've got to say, I'm loving this show so far.

I've never seen a TV comedy show with this sort of sense of humour before, it reminds me, as my title suggests, of a Wes Anderson movie but with a pinch of Kevin Smith.

Imagine if "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zisou" was about a young writer-turned-unlicensed-private-detective instead of an over-the-hill documentary-maker, and throw in a scene from "Mallrats" every now and again and you get close to the feel of "Bored To Tears".

Jason Schwartzman is, IMO, the perfect choice for the lead role - he's almost reprising his "I (Heart) Huckabees" character.

Keep an eye out for little details - objects on screen, reactions of "extras", the lyrics in whatever song is playing in the background... there's alsorts of really funny things you might miss if you're only half paying attention.

I can't wait for the next episode!


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