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Bored to Death

HBO?s hipster noir finds its groove

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Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis
Barry Wetcher

Now in its second season, Bored has its distinctive brand of slapstick noir down pat. Its charm is in the details—the polyamory-related breakup at a downtown burlesque club, the criminals who drive a Zipcar—and in the Woody Allen-esque dialogue. When Jason Schwartzman?s Jonathan is kidnapped by crooks whose plans he foiled on a private-eye mission and they offer him a choice between naming his client or being tortured, he replies, ?That?s a terrible choice.? Given the added genius of Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis as his unlikely buddies, the true terrible choice would be skipping this show. A