Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown
Premiere date: June 28
Wilfred, a dirty and bizarre comedy about a suicidal downer (Elijah Wood) who thinks his neighbor’s dog is a profane Aussie dude (Jason Gann) wearing a goofy costume, is undoubtedly an acquired taste. In fact, many critics panned it last year, criticizing Wilfred for its propensity toward jokes about canine sex and four-legged squatting—you know, the kinds of comedy targets that unashamed dumbasses such as ourselves laugh at uncontrollably. While partaking in an uncontrolled substance or two.
It’s not exactly high art, but Wilfred, which begins its second season in late June, is nonetheless comical, powered by the convincingly awkward and deranged rapport between Wood and Gann. Really, there’s no other way to describe a friendship that requires the human to hump a stuffed giraffe in order to rid an imaginary man-dog of his (or its?) sexual inefficiencies. Try waiting for that to happen on The Big Bang Theory. —M.B.