Wilfred is an unusual sitcom that isn’t for everyone.
But for those that get it, they’re in for a barking good time.
Wilfred was an Australian sitcom broadcast on the network SBS downunder, a network reknown for their very left-of-centre, uncensored and open-minded shows. The show is about a dog who can talk to some humans and is a cynical, manipulative, smoking, pot-smoking, chocolate cookie fan of a dog.
And now FX has made an American version, starring Elijah Wood.
I’m not a fan of America remaking popular Australian and British shows, as the funny is often taken out. But after the success of the Office, I decided to give Wilfred a go, and I’m glad I did. It’s weird, peculiar, sometimes crude, always clever and honest, and it still features the Australian dog (or Australian man in a dog suit). But the thing I like is it’s not exactly a remake. The dog is the same, the premise is the same but this is about different characters and taken in a different direction. So maybe TV is actually getting smarter?
The titular character, Wilfred the dog, was created by Jason Gann, who plays him in both the Australian and the US version. Personally, I enjoy the show. Although, judging from the state of Wilfred’s fur, he sure looks like he needs a spa day with some high end, organic and luxury dog shampoo and conditioner, to make that fur shine, Hollywood style.
If your’e a fan of dogs (who isn’t?) and you love weird, edgy, smart TV, give Wilfred a whirl.
Wilfred is on FX every Thursday at 10pm. Check it out if you dare.