Wilfred: Season 1, Episode 1

Happiness (23 Jun. 2011)

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After a failed suicide attempt, Ryan notices that he sees the neighbor's dog as a person dressed dog costume.



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Young lawyer Ryan Newman is unemployed, feels a sissy failure, had diabetes and his medication contributes to suicidal tendencies. While waiting for a menial job his bossy sister Kristen is arranging at the hospital where she works, Ryan agrees to mind new neighbor Jenna Mueller's beloved dog Wilfred, only the canine talks to him, even appears like a costumed human. Ryan feels better having someone to mind and even with rude criticism mixed into primordial suggestions to get a life. Written by KGF Vissers

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Wilfred tells Ryan the truth about what he really is exactly ten minutes into the first episode. See more »


Ryan: What do you want?
Wilfred: I want my goddamn ball.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Smart pilot of mass hilarity
24 June 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

You have to watch it to believe it ! Considering its strange concept I knew the show would be weird but nothing could have prepared me for such an Unidentified Televisual Object ! Moreover the short trailer where we see Ryan (Elijah Wood) meeting the "human dog" (Jason Gann) for the first time is only the tip of the iceberg. And be prepared to both melt and burn in your seat because Wilfred is comedy at its finest ! First I would trade one of his numerous funny jokes for a barrel of monkeys in a human suit ! Second it reminded me of Hung because it proves that TV can be both smart and entertaining. From characters you instantly care about to the coverage of deep social science topics there's enough substance to fill the emptiest mind. What's the meaning of your life ? Why do you get up in the morning ? Do you live in fear ? Can you throw a ball - act, and how far ? Do the decisions you make depend of the others ? If you pay attention the number of questions it raises is astronomical but the good news is that its twisted humor makes everything accessible and enjoyable. Third ? Fourth ? Who cares ! The other element that should convince you to check out the pilot is the casting. Wood is on fire, or on the moon, and it's obvious he's delighted to play Ryan, a thirty something years old guy who is as sad as an undead flower. As for Gann (garoo ?) he is… the dog ! In the one hand we have an unknown talent imported from Australia and in the other a playful actor who has unleashed his weapon of mass hilarity on TV. As for the actresses their characters have potential. The girl next door probably has some dirty secrets, the sister is certainly remotely controlled by aliens and the waitress… well she should make you want to be a dog ! Last but not least the whole human nature debate was really the home-run I hadn't expected. How do animals see us ? More Human Than Animal ? Is Robbie a zombie ? The ultimate truth is that Wilfred is a religion so it's time to suit up ! Just believe in Dog bloody hell !

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