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Bored to Death 3.04 "We Could Sing a Duet" Review

Bored to Death season three soldiers on with its latest "We Could Sing a Duet," a fun and emasculating half-hour that sees Jonathan working a case with his doppelganger as George shares an evening with his daughter’s boyfriend and Ray struggles with his responsibilities.  You’d be hard pressed to search for meaning in a comedy that makes its living on aimless stonery, but the chemistry of its three leads wins me over every time. It’s a bit on the nose to see each character struggling with subversion so directly, as Jonathan finds his identity stolen, George struggles with being bested both professionally and at home, and Ray copes with being a "Park Slope mom," but the charm of the entire series lies in each character wishing for more success than they actually have.  Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman all portray downtrodden so wittily, that all three dovetail well into a coherent whole.  Board to Death practically makes its living on creating rivalries for its leads, so I hope we see Brett Gelman’s Jonathan Ames doppelganger again as every bit the detective rival Louis is (or was) literary. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/3R2T_mg_zWw/101957

Bored to Death Recap: Dominating the Artisanal Scene

Ah, the doppelgänger episode. Since man first projected moving images in an episodic format, he also occasionally projected equivalent versions of those same images, only these images had evil-looking mustaches. Episodes with doppelgängers are easy ways for a show to comment on itself: See, our characters aren’t doing it, it’s these other guys who happen to look just like us (with mustaches)! A show like Bored to Death never really had a problem poking fun at itself, calling out the insanity of Jonathan’s schemes or the ridiculousness of Leah’s insistence that her children eat not a single bite of a hormone-filled chicken. So when Bored to Death goes all doppelgänger, the result hits even closer to home in its satire of Jonathan, George, and the bachelor diet consisting of white wine and avocados. Read More... //nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/11/bored_to_death_recap_dominatin.html