History Series / BoredToDeath

23rd Mar '17 9:56:57 AM nieunieux
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An {{Creator/HBO}} {{Sitcom}} created by Jonathan Ames that first began airing in September 2009. It stars Jason Schwartzman as [[AuthorAvatar Jonathan Ames]], a non-licensed private detective who [[ArcWords believes he can help people]]. After breaking up with his girlfriend Suzanne and discovering that she was the only thing he had, Jon puts an ad on Craigslist hiring himself out as an investigator. He attempts to juggle this life with working for a magazine run by George Christopher, a middle-aged man who is actively attempting to recapture his youth through drugs and sex. Jon's best friend, Ray Hueston, is a comic-book artist with relationship issues who begrudgingly helps Jon in his exploits any way he can.

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An {{Creator/HBO}} {{Sitcom}} created by Jonathan Ames that first began airing in September 2009. It stars Jason Schwartzman as [[AuthorAvatar Jonathan Ames]], a non-licensed private detective who [[ArcWords believes he can help people]]. After breaking up with his girlfriend Suzanne and discovering that she was the only thing he had, Jon Jonathan puts an ad on Craigslist hiring himself out as an investigator. He attempts to juggle this life with working for a magazine run by George Christopher, a middle-aged man who is actively attempting to recapture his youth through drugs and sex. Jon's Jonathan's best friend, Ray Hueston, is a comic-book artist with relationship issues who begrudgingly helps Jon Jonathan in his exploits any way he can.



* AbortedArc: In the season 2 finale, Jon is trying to decide if Nina should move in with him. She is never mentioned again in the third season.
* AffablyEvil: Jon starts a friendly conversation with the man who's taken hostage the woman Jon's been hired to find in the pilot. They end up smoking pot together before the cops bust in.

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* AbortedArc: In the season 2 finale, Jon Jonathan is trying to decide if Nina should move in with him. She is never mentioned again in the third season.
* AffablyEvil: Jon Jonathan starts a friendly conversation with the man who's taken hostage the woman Jon's Jonathan's been hired to find in the pilot. They end up smoking pot together before the cops bust in.



* AlwaysABiggerFish: Jon, Ray and George escape a violent thug accidentally when they crash into the back of a police car.[[TooDumbToLive While high.]]
* AmateurSleuth: Jon becoming one of these is the premise for the show.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Jon, Jonathan, Ray and George escape a violent thug accidentally when they crash into the back of a police car.[[TooDumbToLive While high.]]
* AmateurSleuth: Jon Jonathan becoming one of these is the premise for the show.



* ArrestedForHeroism: The end of the first episode, subverted as Jon gets off with a warning.

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* ArrestedForHeroism: The end of the first episode, subverted as Jon Jonathan gets off with a warning.



* {{Blackmail}}: In one episode, Jon is hired to get back a sex tape from a woman who serially seduces men and blackmails them with the evidence. In another, Jon is blackmailed into throwing his boxing match against Louis Green when someone finds George's Viagra bottle.

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* {{Blackmail}}: In one episode, Jon Jonathan is hired to get back a sex tape from a woman who serially seduces men and blackmails them with the evidence. In another, Jon Jonathan is blackmailed into throwing his boxing match against Louis Green when someone finds George's Viagra bottle.



* ChekhovsGunman: In the first episode of season two, Jon helps a cop by breaking into an S&M club and erasing its member database before a police raid (Said cop is on the member database.). In the season finale, the same cop returns and helps Jon solve a case.

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* ChekhovsGunman: In the first episode of season two, Jon Jonathan helps a cop by breaking into an S&M club and erasing its member database before a police raid (Said cop is on the member database.). In the season finale, the same cop returns and helps Jon Jonathan solve a case.



** Jon's mother really has her head in the clouds.

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** Jon's Jonathan's mother really has her head in the clouds.



* DisguisedInDrag: Jon at the spa.

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* DisguisedInDrag: Jon Jonathan at the spa.



* GoneHorriblyRight: George sent Jon out to have a great youthful time so that she would realize that she wouldnít marry her 60 year old fiancée. Unfortunately Jon did exactly that.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: George sent Jon Jonathan out to have a great youthful time so that she would realize that she wouldnít marry her 60 year old fiancée. Unfortunately Jon Jonathan did exactly that.



** The man who was impersonating Jon's reason for becoming a private detective.
--> '''Jon''': Jesus! That hardly qualifies you.

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** The man who was impersonating Jon's Jonathan's reason for becoming a private detective.
--> '''Jon''': '''Jonathan''': Jesus! That hardly qualifies you.



* IrrationalHatred: Itís never explained why Louis hates Jon so much

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* IrrationalHatred: Itís never explained why Louis hates Jon Jonathan so much



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[ItMakesSenseInContext After accidentally almost killing Dick Cavett while trying to get the curtain to drop on Jon's segment]], Louis was arrested, lost his job and ended up working as a busboy at Richard and Sons where Richard delights in humiliating him ForTheEvulz
* LaserGuidedKarma: Louis's segment in The New Dick Cavett Show was canceled in favor of Jon's. The revelation caused him to go through serious SanitySlippage.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[ItMakesSenseInContext After accidentally almost killing Dick Cavett while trying to get the curtain to drop on Jon's Jonathan's segment]], Louis was arrested, lost his job and ended up working as a busboy at Richard and Sons where Richard delights in humiliating him ForTheEvulz
* LaserGuidedKarma: Louis's segment in The New Dick Cavett Show was canceled in favor of Jon's.Jonathan's. The revelation caused him to go through serious SanitySlippage.



* MostWritersAreWriters: Though, while Jon is a novelist, Ray is a webcomic writer, and George is Jon's boss at a publishing company, writing isn't much of a plot point until season one's final two episodes.

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* MostWritersAreWriters: Though, while Jon Jonathan is a novelist, Ray is a webcomic writer, and George is Jon's Jonathan's boss at a publishing company, writing isn't much of a plot point until season one's final two episodes.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In "The Case of the Stolen Skateboard", after going through all that trouble to return a child's skateboard to win favor with his single mom, it turns out not only is the mom is uninterested, but Jon costs George a shot at romance and the ending strongly implies that Jon has the shit beaten out of him by skater punks.

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In "The Case of the Stolen Skateboard", after going through all that trouble to return a child's skateboard to win favor with his single mom, it turns out not only is the mom is uninterested, but Jon Jonathan costs George a shot at romance and the ending strongly implies that Jon Jonathan has the shit beaten out of him by skater punks.



* OneHitWonder: In-universe example, Jon's first and only novel makes him one of these. The second season highlighted his anxiety about his sophomore attempt, which gets rejected. But by the third season, he's promoting a published work, which seems to be getting acclaim in the publishing world.

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* OneHitWonder: In-universe example, Jon's Jonathan's first and only novel makes him one of these. The second season highlighted his anxiety about his sophomore attempt, which gets rejected. But by the third season, he's promoting a published work, which seems to be getting acclaim in the publishing world.



** After Jon was framed for murdering George while high, he noticed that everyone around him was giving him a death glare and surmised that he was being followed. Ray and Jon shrugged it off as a drug induced illusion. It turns out he was right.

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** After Jon Jonathan was framed for murdering George while high, he noticed that everyone around him was giving him a death glare and surmised that he was being followed. Ray and Jon Jonathan shrugged it off as a drug induced illusion. It turns out he was right.



* TheShrink: A Flavor One sends Ray into an [[CompressedVice extremely short-lived]] bout of self-awareness, which in turn causes depression. Said shrink goes on to "solve" all of Jon's issues in under five minutes, although [[spoiler:it might've been because he knew Jon wasn't there for advice and wanted him to cut to the chase.]]

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* TheShrink: A Flavor One sends Ray into an [[CompressedVice extremely short-lived]] bout of self-awareness, which in turn causes depression. Said shrink goes on to "solve" all of Jon's Jonathan's issues in under five minutes, although [[spoiler:it might've been because he knew Jon Jonathan wasn't there for advice and wanted him to cut to the chase.]]



* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Jon finds out that he and his girlfriend are half-siblings]]. However, it was LeftHanging due to the show being cancelled.

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* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Jon Jonathan finds out that he and his girlfriend are half-siblings]]. However, it was LeftHanging due to the show being cancelled.



* ThreeAmigos: Jon, Ray and George.

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* ThreeAmigos: Jon, Jonathan, Ray and George.



* WillTalkForAPrice: Jon frequently bribes people in order to gain information regarding a case.

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* WillTalkForAPrice: Jon Jonathan frequently bribes people in order to gain information regarding a case.
1st Mar '17 9:08:56 PM nombretomado
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* AsHimself: Creator/JimJarmusch and KevinBacon. Also Dick Cavett in season 3.

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* AsHimself: Creator/JimJarmusch and KevinBacon.Creator/KevinBacon. Also Dick Cavett in season 3.
18th Dec '16 1:07:35 AM melvni
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* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Jon and his girlfriend find out that they're half-siblings]]. However, it was LeftHanging due to the show being cancelled.

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* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Jon finds out that he and his girlfriend find out that they're are half-siblings]]. However, it was LeftHanging due to the show being cancelled.
29th Jan '16 12:37:47 PM Goldenface007
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: An interesting case. In the first season, all the episodes are "The Case of the [Blank]" or "The [Blank] Case" except for "Take a Dive" and "Stockholm Syndrome". For the rest of the series, all the episode titles are lines from the episode (with an [[ExcitedShowTitle explanation point in the second season]]), with the exception of "Escape From the Dungeon!" and the final three episodes of season 2.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: An interesting case. In the first season, all the episodes are "The Case of the [Blank]" or "The [Blank] Case" except for "Take a Dive" and "Stockholm Syndrome". For the rest of the series, all the episode titles are lines from the episode (with an [[ExcitedShowTitle explanation exclamation point in the second season]]), with the exception of "Escape From the Dungeon!" and the final three episodes of season 2.
29th Jan '16 12:36:44 PM Goldenface007
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* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Louis Green in season 3 has crippling deb, is bumped from the Dick Cavett show which he has spent his entire life wanting to appear on, gets arrested, and winds up working a menial job for Richard, who constantly berates him.

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* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Louis Green in season 3 has crippling deb, debt, is bumped from the Dick Cavett show which he has spent his entire life wanting to appear on, gets arrested, and winds up working a menial job for Richard, who constantly berates him.]]
29th Jan '16 12:34:13 PM Goldenface007
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* Foreshadowing: Some.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: Some.
28th Jan '16 11:49:40 PM Goldenface007
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* Forshadowing: Some.

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* Forshadowing: Foreshadowing: Some.
28th Jan '16 11:49:13 PM Goldenface007
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* Foreshadowing: Some.

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* Foreshadowing: Forshadowing: Some.
28th Jan '16 11:48:27 PM Goldenface007
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** Jonathan says he fenced in college in "The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer". He uses this skill in "Two Large Pearls and a Bar of Gold"
28th Jan '16 11:10:08 PM Goldenface007
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* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Jonathan's [[spoiler: real father]] has always wanted to say "The prodigal son returns".
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