HBO’s Bored to Death follows writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) as he struggles to write his second book. After his girlfriend dumps him, despite his unwillingness to stop drinking or smoking cannabis, Jonathan advertises his services as an unlicensed private investigator on Craigslist, determined to work as a detective on the side after finding inspiration from the pulp novels left, which he likes to read. Funny and offbeat, the series stars Zach Galifianakis as Ray, Jonathan’s comic book best friend, and Ted Danson as Jonathan’s editor, George Christopher.
Bored to Death is the perfect series after Only Murders in the Building. The characters in both series are quirky, and the shows find humor in bold personality clashes. Still, despite their differences, Jonathan, Ray, and George have a friendship, which is an aspect of the show that’s certainly reflected in Hulu’s crime series. Both series showcase friendships that span generations, lending each show a heart beneath its darker story elements.
Both series also have a meta element to how they tell their stories. “Only Murders in the Building” uses true-crime podcasts as a narrative device, while “Bored to Death” combines parody and homage to noir fiction. Unfortunately, Bored to Death was canceled after just three seasons, but as of this writing, you can enjoy the entire show on HBO Max. We promise you won’t be bored.