Yes, Wilfred - which began on BBC Three last night - is a decidedly adult show. That's pretty clear from the get go when we see Ryan (Wood) printing out the third draft of his suicide note.
Adult doesn't necessarily mean mature, though - in this case, it's quite the opposite. There's a lot of fun to be had when you decide that your lead character is seeing his neighbour's pet as a man dressed in a dog costume, and Wilfred makes the most out of it.
That means we get a lot of gross-out humour - pooing in a detested neighbour's boot, casual peeing, jokes about possum bums and a grown man licking, nuzzling, and humping a waitress, who is only slightly disconcerted because, well, it's a dog.
But even if this stuff isn't to your taste - which it isn't for a lot of people - there's still lots to enjoy in Wilfred because the humour is perfectly balanced. The show's beautifully well-observed about doggy behaviour (I liked the moment where Wilfred circles the sofa before sitting down) but it has a lot of fun with it too. Wilfred needs water... but drinks it out of a glass. Wilfred digs holes in the garden when he's anxious... but uses a spade.
Jason Gann is fabulous as Wilfred, and clearly feels comfortable in the role (he played Wilfred in the original Australian series, too). This all leads to some chuckle-worthy moments - one of the highlights is when Ryan's incensed neighbour threatens that someone will be "getting their nuts cut off" and Ryan is worried, until Wilfred explains that the guy's talking about him.
Oh, and there's something ever so satisfying about the fact that Gann's nose is coloured in with black makeup. It's so wonderfully "fancy dress". Plus, Wood's "confused face" is a thing of beauty.
In fact, there's great humour throughout the show. Opening with the third draft of Ryan's suicide note is inspired, as is his attempt to top himself - it's so suburban to chug a pill-smoothie and smile.
And that suicide note gag works even better when Ryan gets fed up waiting to die and decides to revise it (after looking up "drug overdose" on Wikipedia). But this isn't comedy for the sake of comedy, either - in this opening sequence, we learn so much about who Ryan is and it sets things up perfectly.
The supporting cast is a lot of fun, too. I really enjoyed Dorian Brown as Ryan's frankly awful sister, who is the least maternal midwife (or doctor) I have ever seen on television. Hearing her throw out rather un-PC asides and complain that she has to eat with the hands that deliver babies is wonderful, thanks to Brown's fabulous snarl. Hopefully she'll get more to do in the future.
We didn't see much of Ethan Suplee as the annoying neighbour either, but he's exactly the sort of person you want on this show. And as for Fiona Gubelmann as Jenna, Wilfred's owner and the object of Ryan's affections - well. She put in a great performance in the first episode - ditzy (to a slightly annoying extent) but the perfect owner for Wilfred.
The thing with Wilfred, though, is that it's not quite content to remain as a slightly odd comedy. Instead, there seem to me to be layers running through that make things all very interesting indeed. The obvious one is that Wilfred's clearly arrived to help Ryan recover from his dark patch - to learn to seize the moment, as it were.
We learn that Wilfred enjoys life because he's true to his nature, he doesn't over think things, and he acts on instinct. It's all clearly meant to teach Ryan something, even Wilfred's speech about fear, which, in a nice touch, is copied from Dune.
That would be all very well, but what's particularly interesting is that Wilfred isn't always intent on helping Ryan. Their relationship is far more complex than that - we get hints of that when Wilfred becomes furious at Ryan for throwing his ball away and refuses to let him come in to spend time with Jenna.
He's already got such control over Ryan that when Jenna invites him in, all Wilfred needs to do is shake his head (Gann's great at being menacing even when wearing that ridiculous costume, by the way). And things get even more sinister when Wilfred plants Ryan's wallet next to the broken window, where the pair snuck into the annoying neighbour's house. It'll be interesting to see how this develops as the show goes on.
But the thing that really intrigued me about Wilfred was that it seems to be playing with what's real and what isn't. I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan actually turns out to have died after all in the last ever episode. There's a sense throughout that Ryan might be hallucinating or dreaming, but it's never quite clear what is going on (we get spooky dream-style fantasy music every so often, but that's not enough to convince us either way).
This is to the show's credit, and the writers know it. They play with this confusion so much, leading you to believe that you're about to get an answer and then switching it around again. At one point, Wilfred reveals that he knows Ryan's inner thoughts and claims that they are "one mind" - before explaining that actually he just read Ryan's suicide note (another chance for fun here, when Ryan realises that it might be a bit "effete" and he should write another draft).
Then later Ryan's sister explains that the medicine he downed can cause hallucinations - before revealing that she gave him sugar pills. Just when you think you know something, the show switches around on you, but it cannily avoids being frustrating and instead is just good fun.
That's not to say that the first episode of Wilfred was perfect. On a minor point, the drugs angle didn't seem to add much to the show (unless you find it hilarious to see a man in a dog costume smoking a bong, which you might). I suppose it does add to the generally trippy, hallucinogenic feel of the show.
The bigger concern, for me, was that this first episode didn't seem to have an awful lot tying it together - a bigger storyline, as it were. Of course, it was the first episode and Wilfred has a pretty complicated concept to introduce, so I'll cut it some slack. And it was an extremely entertaining 22 minutes, even if it was a bit loose. Hopefully we'll get more of a plot line in future instalments.
So despite some minor niggles, Wilfred looks like an extremely interesting new comedy for BBC Three, and I'll be interested to see how it develops over the coming weeks. But what did you think?
Wilfred airs on Tuesdays at 10.30pm on BBC Three and BBC HD.
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