|From the opening credits of "Bored to Death"|
I knew I would like it right away when, in the cartoon-drawn opening credits, Ted Danson's character George hands a joint to Jason Schwartzman playing Jonathan, an insecure writer who tries his hand at being an "unlicensed" private detective after reading too many Raymond Chandler novels.
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down (with Olivia Thirlby).
Jonathan hilariously captures his prey with kindness, acting more as a psychotherapist than a detective much of the time. But as the series evolves he finds his courage, as does Ray, whose spoofy cartoon character "Super Ray" gains his powers when his huge penis touches a subway rail. (Yes, we're in New York City.) Ray and George bond over some weed-fueled revelations while they wait for Jonathan on a stake out, leading to more madcap adventures.
|Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman) and Stella (Jenny Slate) on a date.|
Mary Kay Place—who puffed pot in The Big Chill (1983) and I'll See You In My Dreams (2015)—plays a corporate executive at George's company who puts him through a drug test in the episode titled, "I've Been Living Like a Demented God!" (Other titles are, "Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away" and "The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!")
Lots of other funny folks show up in guest spots, like Babe Neuwirth, Kristin Wiig, Sarah Silverman, Samantha Bee, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, John Hodgman, Patton Oswalt, Stacy Keach (who played the bumbling cop in Cheech & Chong movies), and Kate Micucci from Garfunkel and Oates.
|Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson in "Bored to Death"|
Ray has a dalliance with a grandmother figure played by Olympia Dukakis (who played the pot-proffering landlady Mrs. Madrigal in Tales of the City), and Jonathan meets his match in Isla Fisher (Mary Jane from the Scooby Doo movie), who dazzles him with her detective skills.