Sit. Stay. Smoke. Now that's a good … man.
To everyone else, Wilfred's just a regular pooch.
"It's all about perception," Wilfred (Jason Gann) tells Ryan in the series premiere. "You've got to change the way you're seeing things."
To that end, Wilfred leads Ryan down a dark path of shady exploits that include breaking into their neighbor's house to steal his pot plants and leave steamy calling cards in his boots. To further the lesson about cutting loose and living dangerously, Wilfred intentionally leaves Ryan's wallet at the scene of the crime.
It's a hard lesson to learn, but slowly—and painfully—Wilfred teaches Ryan how to stand on his own hind legs.
Adapted from Gann's original Aussie show by "Family Guy" writer David Zuckerman, "Wilfred" works on many levels, the least of which are the jokes about bodily functions.
Then there’s the question of why Ryan sees Wilfred as a guy in a dog suit. Is it a figment of his imagination (like in the
No one questions Ryan when he assigns human qualities to the dog, because pet owners often treat their animals as people. But it's also fun watching Wilfred do all the "dogisms"—from walking in circles before sitting down to chasing a motorcycle to burying his snout in a waitress' chest. (And other things I can't mention here.)
Gann’s hilarious as Wilfred, both with the broad comedy and subtle voice inflections, looks and dogism movements. Wood plays mostly straight to Gann’s silly, but he does so perfectly. His timing is impeccable. Gubelmann and a surprisingly broad list of guest stars (
Finally, and this is my favorite part of the many layers at play, Wilfred's wisdom never gets preachy or corny, because he uses such tough love on Ryan.