Television: Bored to Death

22 Jan

Bored to Death is my male-counterpart dream life realized.

As a child, along with half of Nickelodeon viewers in the 90s, I was obsessed with Harriet the Spy. I used to sit in trees and spy on my boring, old, yet nice neighbors, hoping for something exciting to happen. I even had a makeshift spy kit: My dad bought me special binoculars, I used a foldable mirror from Claire’s to spy around corners and I wore my notebook in my pants, just like Harriet.

Really. They are.

Really. They are.

(While searching for a relevant link for Harriet the Spy, I came across this amazing NPR article titled “Unapologetically Harriet, the Misfit Spy,” which is an awesome read.)

Jonathan Ames is the more realistic yet still fantastical version of our childhood spy Harriet. He drinks white wine, puts his private detective ads up on craigslist (because he’s a struggling writer) and gets himself involved into some good old-fashioned hijinks. Plus, his two best friends, Ray played by Zach Galifianakis and George played by Ted Danson, are so, so cool.

There’s something so sweet and well-intentioned about the show. All three of the men are smart, talented and good to each other. It’s a healthy and refreshing counterpart to the suffocatingly male-stereotyped days of Entourage.

Boy, girl, billy goat, whatever you are, you’ll like this show. If you haven’t seen it, you must give it a try!

 

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