Wilfred (American TV series)

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Television series
German title Wilfred
Original title Wilfred
Wilfred US logo.png
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2011-2014
Wilfred Productions
length 22 minutes
Episodes 49 in 4 seasons ( list )
genre Sitcom
idea Jason Gann,
Adam True
music Jim Dooley (Season 1)
Jeff Cardoni (Seasons 2-4)
First broadcast June 23, 2011 (USA) on FX
first broadcast
February 24, 2013 on ProSieben Fun

Wilfred is an American television series that premiered on June 23, 2011. It is based on the Australian SBS One series of the same name . The main role Ryan is played by Elijah Wood and the co-inventor Jason Gann is, as in the original, the eponymous dog Wilfred . The series was adapted by producer David Zuckerman on behalf of FX Network and started on June 23, 2011 on FX. In Germany, the series was first on the Pay TV transmitter ProSieben Fun broadcast. It has been broadcast on German free TV since June 2013 on ProSieben . The broadcast in the late evening program was canceled in 2014 due to poor audience ratings. In 2016, the episodes already shown were repeated in the night program and then the remaining episodes were broadcast.


Wilfred is about the young man Ryan and his neighbor's dog. At the beginning Ryan is suicidal and tries to kill himself in the first episode. Ryan's neighbor Jenna asks him shortly thereafter to look after her dog for a day. Ryan is amazed to see Wilfred as an Australian man in a dog costume, while everyone else in Wilfred sees just a normal dog.


main characters

  • Ryan Newman, the depressed protagonist of the series. He failed in his legal profession and was on the verge of suicide before meeting Wilfred.
  • Wilfred Fazio Mueller, Jenna's seven year old dog. He protects his owner and manipulates Ryan, for whom he becomes a mentor. He smokes cigarettes and marijuana , drinks beer, eats junk food and is prone to other vices. While Ryan and the audience see Wilfred as a man in a dog costume, everyone else sees him as a normal dog.
  • Jenna Mueller, Ryan's attractive neighbor and Wilfreds owner
  • Kristen Newman, Ryan's older and controlling sister

Minor characters

  • Spencer, the unfriendly and noisy neighbor
  • Drew, Jenna's obnoxious friend that Wilfred doesn't like
  • Lisa, the local hospice passes
  • Nick, Jenna's old friend

Guest characters



Based on the critically acclaimed Australian television series of the same name, Wilfred was adapted on FX's behalf by Family Guy producer David Zuckerman and also produced by FX Productions. Executive producers are Zuckerman, Rich and Paul Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz and Joe and Ken Connor from the original Australian series. Wilfred co-inventor Jason Gann and Randall Einhorn serve as co-executive producers. Einhorn directed ten episodes of the first season and Victor Nelli, Jr. directed three. The pilot was shot in the summer of 2010, written by Zuckerman, and directed by Einhorn.

Compared to the Australian version - which equally focused on Wilfred, his owner and her boyfriend - the American version is presented as a buddy comedy between Wilfred and Ryan. After good ratings , the series was extended for a third season, which was broadcast from June 20 to September 20, 2013 on FX. The fourth and final season was broadcast from June 25 to August 13, 2014 on the US cable channel FXX .


The casting of Elijah Wood as Ryan was announced on June 29 of 2010. Ryan is described as "an introverted and troubled young man who struggles unsuccessfully to find his way in the world until he forges a special friendship with Wilfred, the neighbor's dog." The series co-inventor, Jason Gann, plays again the role of the eponymous dog Wilfred, a character described by Zuckerman as a mixed breed dog from " Labrador Retriever and Russell Crowe in a binge." Fiona Gubelmann plays Jenna, Wilfreds owner and Ryan's neighbor who works as a local news producer. Dorian Brown was also cast as Kristen, Ryan's controlling and condescending older sister.

Cast and dubbing

The German synchronization is created for a dialogue book and the dialogue director of Christoph Seeger by the synchronous company Rainer Brandt Film Productions GmbH in Berlin .

Role name Actress Voice actor
Ryan Newman Elijah Wood Timmo Niesner
Wilfred Fazio Mueller Jason Gann Tobias Müller
Jenna Mueller Fiona Gubelmann Susanne Geier
Kristen Newman Dorian Brown Antje von der Ahe
Spencer Ethan Suplee Gerald Paradise
Drew Chris Klein Viktor Neumann
Lisa Rashida Jones Vera Teltz
Nick Charles Esten
Dr. Ramos Nestor Carbonell Peter Flechtner

Episode list

At the beginning of each episode, a quote is displayed, which refers to the original title.


Wilfred got average to positive reviews and has a Metascore of 67/100 on Metacritic . David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, " Wilfred works on many levels, something that only becomes apparent after you stop laughing."

Web links

Individual evidence

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  10. Fiona Gubelmann as 'Jenna'. FX , accessed August 8, 2011 .
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  14. David Wiegand: 'Wilfred' review: Show could be man's best friend. San Francisco Chronicle , June 22, 2011, accessed August 8, 2011 .