Wilfred (2011)


I am a dog person. I love their sweet puppy eyes, their little doggie ears, and their unique personalities. There is something very special about the companionship my dog provides. He’s always so happy to see me and just seems so loving. I am probably a little crazy and I talk to him quite a bit during the day—sometimes I swear he understands at least 50% of what I say (likely because I mostly talk about food). He’s just an awesome dog. So, when I found out about the TV series, Wilfred, I had to watch it.

Wilfred (a remake of a New Zealand TV series with the same name) is a show about a man and a dog—only it’s not that simple. Ryan (Elijah Wood) is a depressed lawyer who tries to kill himself. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Ryan meets Wilfred, his neighbor’s dog. However, where everyone else in the world sees Wilfred as a dog, Ryan sees him as a man in a dog suit (it may sound weird, but it works in the series). What’s more, Ryan can understand everything Wilfred (Jason Gann) says and vice versa. While this alone is an interesting enough premise, if you add in the fact that Wilfred is a bad dog (he does drugs, commits crimes, and likes to cause trouble), you have yourself a really unique show.


Halfway into the first episode, I was hooked. Yeah, it’s a little weird at first to see Wilfred as a man in a cheap dog suit instead of a “real” dog,” but it works. However, it allows for interplay between Wood and Gann—both of whom are wonderful in the show. After a while, I became less aware that Wilfred was Gann in a suit and more willing to accept that he was just “a dog.”


Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Wilfred was that it puts the way people interact with dogs in a whole new perspective. One wouldn’t think twice if they saw a cute puppy licking a woman’s face—however, replace that pup with a man in a dog outfit and it is just creepy. Although you don’t have to own a dog to get some of the jokes on the show, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be familiar with a canine or two in order to get the most fulfillment from Wilfred.


It’s so refreshing to watch a show like Wilfred—one that is original and (dare I say it?) fresh. The cast is amazing and the writing is wonderful. The show is both a drama and a comedy. One moment I will be laughing and the next, it has me almost in tears. I should caution that Wilfred is for an adult audience—there is plenty of lewd conduct and raunchy jokes, so as cute as Wilfred looks, he isn’t for kids. However, I found it to be a superb show.


Thanks for reading and have a super duper day!


Score: A

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One Comment, Comment or Ping

  1. Dirk A Dirka

    It’s from Australia, not New Zealand

    June 5th, 2012

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