Bored to Death: The Complete First Season

Bored to Death
The Complete First Season
(HBO Home Video)

HBO’s latest comedy “Bored to Death” is yet one more example that cable, not network TV, is where you turn for original shows.

The series centers on novelist and sometime magazine writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) who, out of boredom and on a whim, puts an ad on the Internet advertising his services as an unlicensed private investigator. The cast is rounded out by his buddy Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and his sometime boss, magazine publisher George (Ted Danson).

Though not exactly laugh-out-loud funny, “Bored to Death” is subtle, smart and wildly creative. Yet one more nail in the coffin of network TV.