Review: Season 3 of “Wilfred” packs the laughs

Review: Season 3 of “Wilfred” packs the laughs

Review: Season 3 of “Wilfred” packs the laughs
June 21
15:45 2013

 Preston Barta / Film Critic

 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

With “The Office” and “30 Rock” laid to rest, television has been in dire need of some good comedy. Thankfully, we are heading into the season that is sure to pack the laughs. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is returning in the fall and “Wilfred” is back on tonight at 9 p.m. on FX with back-to-back episodes.

Going on its third season, “Wilfred” continues to cement itself as one of the most engaging and comical shows on the tube. The humor hits all kinds of areas— sometimes its quirky and sarcastic, other times it’s dry, vulgar and weird. No matter what twists and turns that come along the way, you cannot help getting sucked in by its gravity.

Elijah Wood, best known for playing Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, reprises his role as Ryan, a troubled young man who receives guidance from his neighbor’s talking dog. Donning the dog suit once again, gifted Australian actor Jason Gann portrays the titular pooch. The always fun Fiona Gubelmann, who previously appeared in “Parenthood,” is Jenna, the girl next door and Wilfred’s owner. Dorian Brown, who plays Ryan’s uptight sister, Kristen, rounds off the talented cast.

Is Wilfred the same lovable scoundrel we’ve come to know, or has he overstayed his welcome and marked your couch as his? Thankfully, the first few episodes are some of the best of the series. They answer questions that viewers were left with from the previous season, it opens a whole new can of questions and it plays with theories that we have all thought of at one time or another over the course of the show.

Besides the way it works your brain, one of the most compelling aspects that has always made “Wilfred” a good show are the life lessons within. Wilfred challenges Ryan and teaches him things in his own obscure and diabolical way, perhaps causing viewers to stop and reflect on their own life.

The banter between Ryan and Wilfred is better than ever this season, providing the calcium that your funny bone needs. The laughs reach their peak when Gann displays Wilfred’s dog antics, whether he’s cursing at a cuckoo clock, which in reality is a dog barking, or doing “the nasty” with household furniture.

Fans of the show should rest easy, the writing is sharp and the performances are alluring as they always are. Season three is off to a great start, and I look forward to what mischief this crazy canine will conjure up for Ryan as the series continues.

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