Wilfred Review: A Collar Made In Taiwan

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Like each and every episode that has come before it in the first season, Wilfred relied heavily on its titular man-in-dog-suit throughout the majority of "Anger."

Unlike our beloved Editor-in-Chief here at TV Fanatic, I have actually been enjoying Wilfred, so I will be taking over reviewing responsibilities for the FX comedy from here on out.

Wilfred and Ryan

Comedy is extremely subjective, which is why I completely understand why Matt Richenthal might not have enjoyed the show. His main complaint in past reviews is that the show has been one-note. It's hard to argue with that, but the difference between the two of us is that I absolutely LOVE that one-note.

Wilfred the character is head and shoulders above Wilfred the show at this point. Sure, it's tough to peg down what he actually is, and when he switches from dog to man, but it is THAT grey area that makes this man-like dog so hilarious.

The inability of the audience to figure this character out is most of the genius that Jason Gann and the Wilfred writing team have come up with.  My favorite moments of "Anger" were when Wilfred was simultaneously acting like a human and like a dog.

For example: Wilfred was chasing a fly around the house like a crazy dog, but also explaining to Ryan that the fly was talking shit about him like a human being.

Also: Wilfred giving Kristen a rat as a gift, because that's the way a dog would think, but presenting it in a nicely patterned box as any sane human would do.

This week, we witnessed a very jealous Wilfred, who was angry about the fancy "made in Taiwan" collar Ryan's previous dog had worn. The jealousy in and of itself was quite humorous, but it also gave way to Wilfred's entire Sneakers act, which was also fantastic.

Some other non-quotable highlights: Wilfred putting his ears up like a fancy hairdo, Wilfred snuggling and licking Ryan's ear, Wilfred accusing Bear of pushing the Ouija Board, and of course Ryan finally going off on his sister.

And finally, after checking out some of our favorite Wilfred quotes from "Anger," let us know what you thought of the most recent episode.

Wilfred: I'll kill you! This fly's been acting like a total d**k all morning. | permalink
Wilfred: Ryan, remember when I told you a few weeks ago that you are a total p***y? Well I just wanted to apologize for not emphasizing that enough. | permalink
Wilfred: I once cracked a Nazi skin head in the face with a beer bong, and you know what he did to me? Belly rub. | permalink
Wilfred: After I went to sleep, you somehow managed to get some sort of homo chip planted in my brain. | permalink

Review

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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (12 Votes)

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Wilfred Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Ryan, remember when I told you a few weeks ago that you are a total pussy? Well I just wanted to apologize for not emphasizing that enough.

Wilfred

I'll kill you! This fly's been acting like a total dick all morning.

Wilfred