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Bored to Death - S02E02

Comedy . Crime . Mystery

Jonathan is hired by Richard Antrem, George's nemesis and boxing foe, to investigate Richard's suspicions that his wife Priscilla, George's ex, is having an affair. Jonathan's insecurities resurface when Stella announces she's not over her first love. George has a new female urologist; Ray plots to win back Leah by penning a comic book.

Episode Title: Make it Quick, Fitzgerald!
Airs: 2010-10-3 at 09:00 pm
  • Verne Gay

    Bored sometimes lags and drags, as if it took a few tokes, too. But when it's funny--and Bored certainly can be--it's a winner.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    HBO sent out three advance episodes of Bored to Death, and by the third one (also the best one) I felt confident that Schwartzman was exactly where he belongs--in Brooklyn, in a cafe, watching, and worrying.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Yes, Bored To Death may be a parody of noir, or maybe it's a dramedy that dips into detective novel tomfoolery, but most of all, it's a story that revels in the realm of those strange overgrown children who use artistic pursuits to justify their weak little whimpering selves.

    Salon Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    HBO's Bored to Death sneaks up speedily, an eight-part comic enterprise that's soon transformed into flat-out inspired comedy.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Ted Danson recurs as a skewed version of himself on Curb, and on Bored to Death, he's a pot-addled cross between Seinfeld's Mr. Peterman and Donald Trump. What a pleasure to find some humor in a culture that makes that guy a hero.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Bored to Death is as idiosyncratic and delightful in its own way as “Curb Your Enthusiasm."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is a bit like Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," filtered through the sensibility of a Whit Stillman and sprinkled with "Flight of the Conchords"--and yet it feels new, because it is so completely itself, consistently itself, a mix of romance, adventure and stoner comedy (there is a lot of pot about) that never abandons the world the rest of us can recognize.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Bored to Death is good, very good--but it's pilot isn't, so it wouldn't be terrible to miss it or see it late.

    Time Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    In the end, it all amounts to pretty much the same thing: a half hour with a self-sabotaging wit. A nice side effect is that both "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Bored to Death make you feel better about yourself.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The series gets better with each episode, and the characters become funnier and more interesting when you come to know (or pity) them along the way.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    We're totally hip to the fact that the real reason to watch remains Ted Danson's titanically louche magazine editor.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The pilot's a little slow. But a few episodes in, I found I wasn't bored a bit.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    In other words, don’t hate it immediately just because it isn’t “Curb,” because if you love “Curb” you might eventually like Bored to Death.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    If the imitation is pale, it's also competent. And Schwartzman's wistful but inept romanticism is hard to resist.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Daynah Burnett

    These political hiccups are unfortunate, but not deal-breakers. Bored to Death is undeniably smart, and so it could very well be laying the groundwork for all these wincing moments to be properly unpacked by an apt post-modern femme fatale (mom?).

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Nancy Franklin

    Not all the tweaks in the plot work well, but most of the series’ flaws are masked by the excellent casting and the good writing for three central characters.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Bored to Death (created by real-life novelist--but not private dick--Jonathan Ames) as a whole is so dry in its comedy that there's very little margin for error. (Like the "Star Trek" movies, I found myself enjoying the even-numbered episodes and struggling through the odd-numbered ones.)

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Sunday's premiere is a little dull, but future episodes have more entertainment value. Still, you have to be a fan of neuroses humor for Bored to have much comedic impact.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The result is a mildly alluring dark comedy. Schwartzman is difficult to like, but he always has been. The show is lifted greatly by "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis as Jonathan's strange friend, Ray, a comic-book artist with a complementary set of his own strange-but-cute neuroses.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    At various points, Bored to Death seems nicely restrained, curiously deadpan, and just flat. It is moderate, and it is middling.

    Slate Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Danson is so typically deft that he makes Christopher's raging egotism and arrested development engaging. Zach Galifianakis gives a similarly nuanced performance as the put-upon best friend of magazine writer and would-be detective Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwatzman). Danson and Galifianakis, however, can't quite make up for the fact that Ames and his various pursuits are juvenile and predictable.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    I’d like to say the self-consciously literary Bored to Death lives up (or down) to its title, but it really doesn’t even leave that much of an impression.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Adam Keleman

    In its current attempt to capture the meandering lifestyle and mindset of thirtysomething losers, Bored squanders its noir framework and aesthetic prospects, consequently inducing yawns.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Bored prefers droll to funny. Almost implicit in its tone is the attitude that viewers should be satisfied merely hanging out with the literati of New York, flawed though they might be, and not hope for compelling stories and charismatic characters, as well.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ultimately, Bored feels like a rather wan, younger, low-stakes version of Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery"--and winds up demonstrating the gap between literature and television.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Bored is TV that's tailor-made for people who hate TV. It won't make you laugh, but it will make you feel hipper than the room, and for some, that will be enough.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    He's supposed to be a neurotic slacker who escapes into this cool new world, but even there, he still comes off as a neurotic slacker. You want smack him and tell him to go sit down. And if you did, he probably would.

    New York Daily News Full Review