Based on the short film by actor / writers Adam Zwar and Jason Gann, Wilfred is a “dog” (guy in dog suit) who belongs to “Sarah”. When she brings home “Adam” from a Powderfinger concert he is confronted by her bong-smoking pet.
Like the father of the bride, or possibly the ex-boyfriend, the cynical Wilfred gives “Adam” a good going over. He makes sure “Adam” knows who’s in charge around “Sarah’s” inner-city home, metaphorically pissing in his corner and calling the shots. “Adam” is so confronted by Wilfred’s abrasiveness that he pretty much falls into line, sharing a bong and watching a DVD of “Face Off” with the mutt.
There’s no explanation for why Wilfred is a guy in a dog suit, or why the character talks and acts human. But who cares? It’s a suspense of disbelief that works on it’s own four, or two, legs. Be warned, however, this dog drops the F and C word more than Naomi…
This isn’t fall-about comedy, but it doesn’t intend to be. It’s for those who are fed up with routine and safe comedies that fit neatly into network television. Borne of independent filmmaking, it’s nice to see Wilfred maintain a renegade air.
I can’t wait till some conservative radio hosts invariably dismiss it as “Uni humour on taxpayer money.”
Wilfred is decidedly Australian and perfectly SBS.
He deserves a decent walk-around the block.
Wilfred premieres 10pm Monday March 19 on SBS.