Bored to Death (2009–2011)
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Stockholm Syndrome 

After his girlfriend Suzanne moves out because of his failure to stop drinking and smoking pot, between-books novelist Jonathan Ames peruses his favorite Raymond Chandler novel, "Farewell, ... See full summary »



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After his girlfriend Suzanne moves out because of his failure to stop drinking and smoking pot, between-books novelist Jonathan Ames peruses his favorite Raymond Chandler novel, "Farewell, My Lovely," and is inspired to place an ad on Craigslist offering his services as an unlicensed private investigator. Within hours he gets his first case, involving a 19-year-old girlʼs desperate search for her missing sister. Despite the fact that he should be working on his second novel, and despite the fact that he is on deadline for a magazine piece, Jonathan heads out into the urban night to track down the girl, embracing his newfound noir-detective status. At the end of a very long day, Jonathan earns his fee - and finds heʼs got another case. Written by HBO Publicity

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20 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Early on, Jonathan reads the Philip Marlowe novel, 'Farewell, My Lovely'. Later, he stakes out the Velma Hotel. In 'Farewell, My Lovely', Marlowe is hired to find a woman named Velma. See more »


When his girl friend leaves at the beginning, she takes the clothes from the closet along with the hangers. A bit later when he opens the closet, the empty hangers are evenly spaced along the rod. See more »


George Christopher: Men face reality, women don't, that's why men need to drink.
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The Stockholm syndrome
6 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As the series begins, we watch Jonathan standing outside his apartment watching the movers take all of Suzanne's possessions into the truck. The moving company, Moishe's, strikes Jonathan as a funny name for that kind of enterprise. He remarks to the driver he didn't think Jews would be in that type of business, to which, the man asks him whether he is another self-hating New York Jew. He watches as Suzanne goes away with the movers.

Now alone in an empty apartment, Jonathan doesn't know what to do with himself. He picks up a paperback, Raymond Chandler's "Forever My Lovely", and can't put the book down. Suddenly, Jonathan gets an inspiration to go to Craig's List to offer himself as a private investigator, mentioning in his ad, he is not fully licensed. It doesn't take long before he receives a phone call from a girl who is looking for her sister that has mysteriously disappeared. Jonathan promises he will look into it.

Jonathan, meets his friend Ray to tell him about his break with Suzanne. Over coffee, Ray also has his own problems to share. His girlfriend Leah, a single mother, has asked him to babysit her children, and he left them alone in their house. Leah wants nothing to do with him.

George, the editor of the magazine where Jonathan works, has invited him to a party. George wants to see if his friend can bring him some pot. When they meet, George is surprised to see his friend has stashed the 'grass' inside one of his own empty Viagra prescription bottle! Jonathan gets sidetracked and arrives late at the affair where he is supposed to take notes for an article with opinion of the guests of the event. George's assistant tells Jonathan he missed all the A List celebrities and there's no one worth interviewing now.

Jonathan follows his intuition and calls someone to find out about the English boyfriend of the kidnapped girl. He is told by a bartender the guy can be found at a nearby hotel. Jonathan has to bribe the desk clerk , hoping he can find the missing girl. He gets lucky finally and breaks into the room where the young woman is tied to the bed and gagged. The fellow tells Jonathan he wanted to create a sort of "Stockholm Syndrome" so that the girl began to feel love for her kidnapper.

A witty beginning of this surprisingly excellent series created by Jonathan Ames. This chapter was directed by Alan Taylor who gets good acting from his three principals, and the guest cast. Jason Schwartzmann, who is the author's alter ego, does a good job with his take on this neurotic man who sees his love life suddenly die. Zack Galifianakis plays Ray, Jonathan's best friend. Ted Danson, a welcome addition to any series, appears as George.

"Bored to Death" takes another view at a group of troubled New Yorkers that appear to gravitate toward each other in search of friendship and perhaps happiness they only can find with similar souls. Mr. Ames is to be congratulated for the creation of the series.

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