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Wilfred (2011–2014)

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The story of a manic depressive man who inexplicably is the only one who can see his neighbor's dog as a full grown man in a dog suit.

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Series cast summary:
 Ryan Newman (49 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Wilfred (49 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Jenna Mueller / ... (35 episodes, 2011-2014)
 Kristen Newman (27 episodes, 2011-2014)


The story of Ryan, a depressed man who believes he is getting nowhere in his life and plans to kill himself. In the middle of his attempted suicide, he is asked to watch his neighbor's dog, Wilfred, but Ryan can only see Wilfred as a real person instead of an animal that everyone else sees. As they begin to bond more and become friends, Wilfred teaches Ryan a life lesson about people, love, and living. Written by Anonymous

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23 June 2011 (USA)  »

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Vilfred  »

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The main theme of Wilfred is composed by Jim Dooley. He chose to use broken and out of tune musical instruments as well as children and dog toys to help compose the melody. Jim received a nomination at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) in 2011 for Best Original Score for his use of unconventional devises. See more »


Referenced in Conan: Annie, Get Your Glock (2012) See more »

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The dark lingers within our midst.
4 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just when you thought this show is dumb-driven and gross-out funny, you are in for a treat. Because it is completely the opposite of what you might expect from a comedy series. It's ballsy, cynical, and devious bravado fuels the dark progression of the show.

Wilfred is a quintessential man-dog that boasts with evil and deceit in the most subtle way. I would say if human males can be just as free and honest as they can possibly be, their behavior would not be too far from Wilfred's. But in a law-bounded society, logic overpowers human instincts. His character largely reflects the human male simply because he is a dog. Considering that dogs are animals, Wilfred epitomizes the carnal nature of people. That is the basic reason why the show is brilliantly funny. Taking out all the concealment and embellishments of a person is absolutely impossible. However, I see that in Wilfred. The series is a typical case of "what's wrong and right?" in society. "Is Wilfred the protagonist or the antagonist?" Consequently, one might perceive Wilfred's character in a negative aspect.

The show gets more and more entertaining as I watch Wilfred leading Ryan's troubled life into a different direction and greatly influence his decisions. Ryan's personal reality becomes more vivid that it overcomes his entire life, better yet his whole existence.

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