It's hard to describe this show. It's the American version of a popular Australian sit-com. And it's so sick, it's funny. Here's a Wiki statement about the US reception.
Critical reception of the US adaptation of Wilfred was comparable to that of the original Australian series, with generally positive reviews. Review aggregator website Metacritic gives the series an average of 67 out of 100. Curt Wagner, writing in Redeye (The Chicago Tribune), said: "Stuffed with absurd situations and piles of bad taste, Wilfred is the strangest new show on TV. And the funniest." David Wiegand, in the San Francisco Chronicle, said: "Wilfred works on many levels, something that may not become apparent until after you stop laughing."
Some of the less positive reviews included Mike Hale, who wrote in the New York Times: "Some shows aspire to cult status; this one goes straight there, practically bypassing the need to be broadcast at all," but concluded: "Gann’s bits of doggie business ... are reliably humorous, but beyond that the show doesn’t offer a lot of bark or bite." Tom Gliatto of People Weekly also gave a less positive review, saying, "The show is The Odd Couple redefined by psychosis and whimsy. I'm not wagging my tail." Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly named the show as one of the worst shows of 2011, citing "dog-costume sight gags and panting punchlines about doggy sex."
The series premiere hit a positive note with viewers and curious watchers as it became the highest ranking debut sitcom ever for FX Networks. It continued to remain in the top 10 shows for Thursday night cable television throughout the first season.
Don't know why this is part of the quote, but it's my comment.
If you like slightly edgy, slightly sick humor, give it a try. Seems as if a lot of people liked it. It's been renewed for a second season.
2. I think they get away with it because the dog does it.
I crack up when he resorts to doggyness… chasing bubbles, peeing all over everything, turning around before lying down, going apeshit over a tennis ball. There's just enough of that to take the sting out of the meanness.