At the same time, the surface uniqueness of the premise masks the fact that we have seen this kind of thing before — strip away Wilfred's doggy proclivities and you've got a familiar scenario: someone uptight and repressed meets an agent of chaos and learns to loosen up a little. Which is fine, but it does raise questions about how much mileage the producers can get out of the gimmick before things turn stale. I was already starting to grow weary of the show's spin on classic TV themes by the end of the third episode (FX sent out three for advance review). There's also some allusion to a Ryan-Jenna romance, which seems a bit pat, although the idea of Wilfred actively working to sabotage Ryan because he doesn't think they're a match has some potential. But however you cut it, for all of the weirdness, ultimately we have seen this before.
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