Elijah Wood's 'Wilfred' a bizarre gem
June 24th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Elijah Wood's 'Wilfred' a bizarre gem

After watching Thursday night's premiere of "Wilfred," I'm not sure there's enough to sustain a long-term series, but there's more than enough to keep me watching.

Elijah Wood stars in FX's remake of the critically acclaimed Australian series of the same title. Co-creator Jason Gann reprises the role of Wilfred, a dog who is seen by Wood's character, Ryan, as a man in a dog suit.

The show began with Ryan trying, unsuccessfully, to kill himself by swallowing a cocktail mixed with medication. At one point, he was interrupted by the yammering of what he believed to be his neighbor's boyfriend.

When the neighbor, Jenna, showed up at Ryan's doorstep the next morning, she asked him to watch Wilfred, and before long it became clear - to Ryan, at least - that this was not a side effect of the drugs (which turned out to be placebos).

In between musings on some of the habits of dogs, Wilfred was able to read Ryan like an open book and offer up sage advice from a canine point of view. Soon, after doing unspeakable things to the property of another neighbor who had threatened him, the once-suicidal Ryan discovered that he never felt more alive.

That's when the big twist took place: Wilfred planted Ryan's wallet at the scene of the crime.

Yes, I laughed out loud at some of the silly humor here. Despite the opening, it's not as dark as one might expect. At the moment the show's intriguing, if only because you just want to know the reason why Wilfred appears to Ryan this way. I worry, though, that the dog jokes may wear pretty thin after a few weeks.

The two biggest highlights here are the performances by Wood and Gann. Gann, especially, is extraordinary in this role, and hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of what he can do in the future.

Did you enjoy last night's premiere as well? What's your theory about Wilfred? Share your view on an iReport, tweet me your thoughts or comment below.

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  1. Giti

    That seems really weird. I think the ccenopt's interesting and I'll definitely watch the first few episodes. It's going to be odd seeing Elijah Wood again: I've only ever seen him in LOTR.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bray

    anybody know where I can get a wilfred costume for halloween?

    September 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    This show rocks my socks off. Not really, but it is quite hilarious! All my friends have been raving about it as well as myself. When Wilfred destroyed the evil vacuum...freaking classic. 😛

    August 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anonymous

    I love, love this show. It's refreshing and different, not like the other dribble on networks nowadays.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    one of the funniest things on tv right now ....excellent and about time you can have some "foul" language on tv. who the hell let's their kids watch it if it's what they consider adult in their house? so many puritans around

    August 29, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. LovetoLaugh

    I love Wilfred. There's finally something different on TV and I laugh out loud at this show. I hate that so many people are "politically correct" in their humor these days...I say, "get a sense of humor and remember how to laugh".

    August 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Masked Lizard

    Been meaning to watch it, but was otherwise engaged. Saw it last night. My wife and I were rolling.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Feeniegal

    The promos made me want to see it. I haven't been disappointed. I love quirky shows like this.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Biff

    The Pavlov's dogs reference was hysterical last week with Wilfred blowing bubbles in his drink, only to prompt Ryan to fire up the bong!

    July 18, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. LJ

    Any show that hatefully attacks children & ladies with Turner Syndrome or any disability is not funny or worthy of your time.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scott S.

    I like it a lot. Both guys are great. I find it hilarious to think of a dog hitting a bong.

    July 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    I love the quirkiness of it and that there's a new program on that's NOT a stupid reality show for a change. When Wilfred suddenly switches from a worldly adviser to going crazy on the beach or chasing a lazer light it's hilarious. It's so rare for me to watch network TV any more but I really hope this series makes it.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Guestevez

    Thought the pilot was great but the two episodes following it is what really hooked me. Smart, and not TOO much low-brow humor.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christine

    Certainly way out of the box, but it's a welcome break from all the junk on TV these days(i.e reality shows).
    Can't wait to see more.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ProperVillain

    My wife and I watched this last night and it was brilliant! Really liked it. To the profanity police: If you don't like the language dont' watch it and block the TV-MA ratings so your kids won't either. It's called personal responsibility and good parenting...

    July 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gary in West Allis, Wi.

    Not to sound too midwestern but the language on some of the clips available is after midnight stuff. I really hope the writers can develope some really funny interaction with out the foul language.

    June 29, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Ever see the MA tag on the show? Hmmm...

      July 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth in Madison, WI

      Don't mind Gary. Not all of us in Wisconsin have a stick firmly lodged in our @sses.

      September 4, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  17. Sueso

    Enjoyed everything but the crude stuff....and the language. It's like, when you grow up, you learn that saying crude things just makes you look immature, people.

    June 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimboJones

      "It's like, when you grow up,"

      Most adults stop using the abominable "like" in their everyday speech. Pot, meet kettle.

      June 30, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bill

    I was a lil ticked when IFC stopped showing the Australian series but was quite elated when I heard it was restarting in the states. AND that the Wilfred was going to be played by the same actor... Can't wait for the next episode.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. romero

    omg Wilfred was Fing Hilarious!

    June 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. dave nelson

    A hallucinating hobbit? Fascinating!

    June 26, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  21. the boot

    that was a premo coiler... one of the best ive ever seen!

    June 25, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. kylie

    I am so glad this Aussie comedy gem has been lovingly remade in the US without the Australian edge destroyed. So glad that my US friends are able to enjoy this series, what a dry, sarcastic wit Adam and Jason the creators have.......Enjoy, and to think this all started as a 6min movie for Tropfest.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lori

    I loved it when Wilfred just all of a sudden started chasing the motorcycle with utter hatred...just died laughing!!

    June 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mah

    Elijah Wood is so hot in this show. I've never typically been attracted to him but he is a total babe with his hair that way and his giant soul-stealing eyeballs.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Owen

    I've seen the next two episodes and the show doesn't linger on dog jokes. But dogs do interesting things and to see Wilfred do them will be a hit with dog owners and lovers. What Wilfred does linger on is a perfect balance of raunchy humor, sentiment and heart. Nothing like I've seen before.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Booo

    I see the show has good reviews from those of you who watched it. I saw the promos during "Archer." A man in a dog costume doesn't draw my interest, even though I see one of the commenters here said that only Elijah Wood's character sees him that way...

    June 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheezfri

      Booo, I thought the series looked pretty stupid during the promos for it. I didn't understand what the show was supposed to be about. But then someone told me I "had" to watch the premiere, so I did, and I loved it. Just try to ignore the dog suit.

      July 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zevra

      I am with you on that comment. I have seen the previews and I cannot see my self on my worst day wasting my time watching this! Seems stupid

      July 21, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • DeePee

      It's actually very well written and is uncannily funny. Recommended for anyone with and sense of humor whatsoever.

      August 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Josh Noloc

    It's shows the human side of mans best friend...

    June 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. be quiet

    LOVED the first episode. Finally something that isn't your typical, cookie cutter BS show. Absolutely hilarious. Great acting, writing, directing...everything is spot on.

    I love that Wilfred isn't seen as a real dog through other the eyes of the other characters, and human only to Ryan. When Wilfred gave the waitress a motorboat I was dying! : )

    June 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kk

      I agree... I absolutlely cracked up during the whole episode. Not sure how long it will be funny but right now, I can't miss an episode.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. JT

    I meant to check this out but forgot. Hopefully they show it again at some odd time slot. I noticed Workaholics hasn't been on comedy central lately, did it get cancelled?

    June 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      was 10 episode season they signed for a 2nd as well tho, for workaholics.

      June 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RT

      Workaholics was picked up for a 2nd season a couple months ago and possibly a 3rd season already. Never fear, those crazy guys will be back. I can't wait to check Wilfred out later on.

      June 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  30. apples

    I thought this was a show about furries

    June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. milkiee


    June 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. GG

    Love this show. Right up my alley!

    June 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeGe

      My sentiments exactly. I don't know what it says about our personality type, but I'm digging it.

      June 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. LBW

    I thought it was cute and funny. Definitely not for children. Elijah has been acting since he was a child and he is good at his trade. Love those blue eyes.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Destany

    I thought the show was funny and cute.I've always liked Elijah Wood and it was nice to see him play something different than the strange Lord of the Rings character.I'll definately keep watching.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  35. milkie

    I heard he is daring daniel radclife.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mary

    Why would you make such an idiotic sitcom and cancel LIE TO ME What revelation about intelligence in lala land

    June 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      Lie to Me was on Fox. Wilfred is on FX.

      June 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dog

      This show is great, 'Lie to me' was ok, plus they are on different networks. Wish they would have canceled 'Son's of Anarchy' over "Terriers". Terriers was a much better show!

      August 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Wow, just, just wow. How stupid can one person be? On top of slamming a great show in Wilfred, you can't even get the networks right? Geez. Someone needs to go back to school or something. Unbelievable that someone can this retarded

      August 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Dog, you do realize that SOA is the highest rated show in FX history?

      September 3, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |

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