Wilfred Review: A Door Opens

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Through two episodes, Wilfred is not at its funniest when the show makes lewd remarks. And it's definitely not at its funniest when Ryan and his new canine pal smoke up, an act that lost its shock value after their time toking together.

Instead, both on the premiere and on this week's "Trust," I most enjoyed the instances when Wilfred verbalized the ways in which we all assume a dog things.

Ryan, Wilfred and Jenna

Last Thursday, he dug holes in a panic because he thought Jenna would return. Here, he defended his owner to the extreme because that's why we love these animals so much as pets, right?

They are blindly, adorably loyal.

It's a bit ironic. For a show about a dog that looks and acts like a man, I most look forward to the moments where he gives us insight into the animal world.

Wilfred also took a few liberties with its premise this week. He is just a dog, right? That's what everyone not named Ryan sees? So then how can he snap a photo of topless women on a beach? Are they actually seeing that take place? Or is it for the viewers at home and there's not really a camera in his hands/paws?

It's confusing. The show needs to better explain just how its concept works. Family Guy doesn't care to do this when it comes to Brian because that's a ridiculous cartoon.

But Wilfred appears to be aiming for more. It wants to pass along a few messages and have a profound impact with each episode. But that's difficult to accomplish when I spend most of my time trying to figure out what everyone aside from Ryan is seeing.

Overall, an improvement here over the pilot. I still don't feel about Wilfred the way the title character feels about Jenna, but I'm not ready to give up on the series either.


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I agree with you. I've just finished watching the first 2 episodes on Hulu (episode 3 isn't available yet due to an 8 day delay before they have the right to stream it), and I find myself constantly wondering what the other people are seeing. The camera bit didn't really bother me as much as Wilfred chopping down the fence with an axe... It's not a huge deal, and I realize that I've got to suspend my disbelief if I'm going to enjoy this or any show, but I just wanted to let you know that you aren't alone on this...


Before you crap on someone's work maybe you should try proof reading your own.


no offence but i think the whole humour lies in us now knowing wether how he does things.

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