From 'Glee' to 'FlashForward' to 'V' to 'Modern Family,' counting down the new season's best shows
#4 - 'Bored to Death'
"Bored to Death" (HBO) - Premieres Sunday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 p.m.
When The Fien Print gets around to reviewing "Bored to Death," we'll say this again: Skip the first episode of HBO's new comedy. Yes, it establishes the story -- Jason Schwartzman plays a poorly motivated writer who procrastinates by becoming a Raymond Chandler-style detective -- but it won't take you long to catch on in Episodes Two and Three. The pilot is sluggish and tone-deaf, but subsequent episodes are funny, making the most of Schwartzman's awkward charm and brilliant supporting players including Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. OK, fine. Watch the pilot if you need to, but don't judge. Come back for subsequent episodes and you'll find one of the fall's smartest, most off-kilter comedies in this Paul Auster-esque existential whodunnit.