Wilfred (U.S. TV series)
|Developed by||David Zuckerman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||20–22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Prospect Park
Fox Television Studios
St. Western Films
|Original channel||FX (2011–13)
|Original run||June 23, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Wilfred (Australian TV series)|
Wilfred is an American television comedy series which debuted on June 23, 2011, and is based on the Australian SBS One series of the same name. It stars Elijah Wood and series co-creator Jason Gann, reprising his role of the eponymous dog Wilfred. The series was adapted for the American television channel FX by Family Guy veteran David Zuckerman. Season 3 premiered on June 20, 2013. FX announced on October 2, 2013 that Wilfred's fourth season would be moving to FXX, and that it would be the show's final season.
The show follows a young man named Ryan (Elijah Wood) and his neighbor's dog Wilfred (Jason Gann). In the opening episode, Ryan concocts a drug cocktail in order to commit suicide. After this failed attempt, Ryan's neighbor, Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann), knocks on his door to ask him to look after Wilfred, whom Ryan sees and hears as anthropomorphic.
- Elijah Wood as Ryan Newman
- Fiona Gubelmann as Jenna Mueller, Ryan's neighbor and Wilfred's owner
- Jason Gann as Wilfred Fazio Mueller, Jenna's dog
- Dorian Brown as Kristen Newman, Ryan's sister
- Chris Klein as Drew, Jenna's boyfriend and later husband
- Dwight Yoakam as Bruce, a mysterious man from Wilfred's past
- Mary Steenburgen as Catherine Newman, Ryan and Kristen's mother
- Gerry Bednob as Mr. Patel, the Indian neighbor (Season 1, Season 3)
- George Coe as Gene, Ryan's neighbor (Season 1, Season 3)
- J.P. Manoux as Leo, Kristen's husband (Season 1)
- Ethan Suplee as Spencer (Season 1)
- Chip Esten as Nick (Season 1)
- Nestor Carbonell as Dr. Arturo Ramos, Kristen's boss (Season 1, Season 2)
- John Michael Higgins as Dr. Cahill, Catherine's doctor (Season 1, Season 2)
- Allison Mack as Amanda, Ryan's co-worker whom he briefly dates (Season 2)
- Steven Weber as Jeremy, Ryan's boss (Season 2)
- Eugene Byrd as James, Ryan's best friend in college and co-worker at Ryan's father's law firm (Season 2)
- Rob Riggle as Kevin Jesquire, Ryan's co-worker (Season 2)
- Randee Heller as Margot, Ryan's neighbor (Season 3)
- Kristen Schaal as Anne, Ryan's roommate (Season 3)
- James Remar as Henry Newman, Ryan and Kristen's father (Season 3)
- Ed Helms as Darrell (Season 1)
- Jane Kaczmarek as Beth (Season 1)
- Peter Stormare as Trashface (Season 1)
- Rashida Jones as Lisa (Season 1)
- Rhea Perlman as Mittens (Season 1)
- Gabriella Pession as Cinzia (Season 1)
- Eric Stoltz as Doug (Season 1)
- Bob Gunton as Warner (Season 2)
- Robin Williams as Dr. Eddy (Season 2)
- Brad Dourif as P.T. (Season 2)
- Don Swayze as the shady guy (Season 2)
- Gil Birmingham as Red Wolf (Season 2)
- Gina Gershon as Gloria (Season 3)
- Angela Kinsey as Heather (Season 3)
- Zachary Knighton as Bill (Season 3)
- Lance Reddick as Dr. Blum (Season 3)
- Jenny Mollen as Kim (Season 3)
Wilfred is based on the critically acclaimed Australian series of the same name and was adapted for FX by Family Guy veteran David Zuckerman. Wilfred is produced by FX Productions while the executive producers include: Zuckerman; Rich and Paul Frank; Jeff Kwatinetz; and Joe and Ken Connor from the original Australian series. Wilfred co-creator Jason Gann and Randall Einhorn serve as co-executive producers. Einhorn directed 10 episodes of the first season and Victor Nelli, Jr. directed three. The pilot episode was filmed in summer 2010, written by Zuckerman, and directed by Einhorn.
The casting of Elijah Wood as Ryan was announced on June 29, 2010. Ryan is described as "an introverted and troubled young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor's canine pet." Series co-creator Jason Gann also reprises his role of the eponymous dog Wilfred, a character described by Zuckerman as being a mixed breed dog who is "part Labrador Retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender". Fiona Gubelmann stars as Jenna, Wilfred's owner and Ryan's next-door neighbor, who works as a local news producer. Dorian Brown was then cast as Kristen, Ryan's controlling and condescending older sister.
Critical reception of the US adaptation of Wilfred was comparable to that of the original Australian series, with generally positive reviews. Review aggregator website Metacritic gives the series an average of 67 out of 100. Curt Wagner, writing in Redeye (The Chicago Tribune), said "Stuffed with absurd situations and piles of bad taste, Wilfred is the strangest new show on TV. And the funniest." David Wiegand, in the San Francisco Chronicle, said "Wilfred works on many levels, something that may not become apparent until after you stop laughing."
Some of the less positive reviews included Mike Hale, who wrote in The New York Times: "Some shows aspire to cult status; this one goes straight there, practically bypassing the need to be broadcast at all," but concluded: "Gann’s bits of doggie business ... are reliably humorous, but beyond that the show doesn’t offer a lot of bark or bite." Tom Gliatto of People Weekly also gave a less positive review, saying "The show is The Odd Couple redefined by psychosis and whimsy. I'm not wagging my tail."
The series premiere hit a positive note with viewers and curious watchers as it became the highest-ranking debut sitcom ever for FX Networks. It continued to remain in the top 10 shows for Thursday night cable television throughout the first season. It was picked up for a second season on August 6, 2011. The second season aired from June 21 to September 20, 2012. On October 31, 2012, Wilfred was renewed for Season 3, which aired from June 20 to September 5, 2013. On October 2, Wilfred was renewed for a fourth and final season which will air on FXX Summer 2014.
- Australia – Premiered on Eleven, June 28, 2011, in the Tuesday 9:30 timeslot, and currently repeated on The Comedy Channel in the Monday 9pm slot. Season 3 screened on Eleven on Sundays at 10.30pm.
- Belgium - Premiered on 2BE, March 21, 2013
- Canada – Premiered on October 31, 2011, in the Thursday 10 pm timeslot, as an anchor title for the launch of the FX Canada network.
- Ireland - airs on RTÉ Two since June 2013.
- Philippines – Premiered on Jack TV, March 20, 2012, in the 9.00 pm timeslot.
- United Kingdom – Premiered on BBC Three, August 16, 2011, in the 10.30 pm timeslot. Season 2 premiered on August 16, 2012, during the 10 pm timeslot, remaining on BBC Three.
- Latin America – Premiered on FX, November 13, 2011, in the Sunday 11.00 pm timeslot.
- Russia – Premiered on 2×2, August 27, 2012.
- Spain – Premiered on FOX, September 14, 2012.
- Portugal – Premiered on FX, February 13, 2012.
- 'Poland' - Premiered on FOX Poland, June 11, 2012, repeated on Eska TV from September 23, 2013
- Germany – Premiered on ProSieben Fun, February 24, 2013
- Turkey - Premiered on FX, March 1, 2013
- Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Premiered on FOX, March 2013
- Austria, Switzerland - Premiered on ProSieben, June 17, 2013
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