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Genre  Sitcom
Directed by  Andy Ackerman
Country of origin  United States
Network  FOX
4.3/10 IMDb

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Created by  John Mulaney
Composer(s)  Chris Allen Lee
First episode date  5 October 2014
Writers  John Mulaney
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Starring  John Mulaney Nasim Pedrad Seaton Smith Zack Pearlman Elliott Gould Martin Short
Cast  John Mulaney, Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short, Elliott Gould, Seaton Smith
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Mulaney is an American sitcom that premiered on October 5, 2014 on Fox. Stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney created the show and starred as a fictionalized version of himself. At the beginning of each episode, and sometimes throughout, Mulaney would perform stand-up comedy to the studio audience. The show suffered from low ratings and poor critical reviews, and was cancelled in January 2015. The last episode aired on February 15, 2015.

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Premise

John Mulaney is a comedian living in New York City with his roommates—Jane (Nasim Pedrad), a personal trainer with emotional issues, and Motif (Seaton Smith), a fellow stand-up comedian. John often receives advice from his Jewish, elderly neighbor Oscar (Elliott Gould), and visits from his annoying, odd friend Andre (Zack Pearlman), a small-time drug dealer. John's life changes when he's hired as a writer for Lou Cannon (Martin Short), an eccentric, legendary comedian and game show host.

Main

  • John Mulaney as John Mulaney, a standup comedian and writer for Lou Cannon
  • Nasim Pedrad as Googoosh "Jane" Parvana, a personal trainer
  • Seaton Smith as Gerald "Motif" Goods, a standup comedian
  • Zack Pearlman as Andre Van Horn, a drug dealer
  • Elliott Gould as Oscar Glass, neighbor to John, Jane and Motif
  • Martin Short as Louis "Lou" Cannon, a game show host and John's boss
  • Recurring

  • Fortune Feimster as Mary Jo
  • Julie Klausner as Donna
  • Guest stars

  • Maria Thayer as Amanda the Doula
  • Dan Mintz as Mintz
  • Lorraine Bracco as Vaughn
  • Penny Marshall as Tutti
  • Nora Dunn as Patty Mulaney, John's mother
  • Pete Holmes as Father Trey
  • Nick Kroll as Jesse Tyler Munoz
  • Bailee Madison as Ruby
  • Dean Cain as himself
  • Production

    The show was originally taped as a pilot for NBC, but was not picked up. Mulaney re-tooled the pilot, and then pitched it to Fox, who picked the show up with a cautious six-episode commitment. Fox later ordered an additional ten episodes. A trailer was released on May 12, 2014, along with an announcement that the show would air Sunday nights at 9:30 p.m., replacing the Seth MacFarlane sitcom, American Dad!, which moved to TBS. The series premiered October 5, 2014.

    On October 18, 2014, the day before the third episode was supposed to air, Fox announced it was cutting three episodes from its order. This resulted in the production of Mulaney to be shut down, as the thirteenth episode had already been filmed and production of the fourteenth was about to begin. Less than a month later, Fox moved Mulaney into the 7:30 PM timeslot where Bob's Burgers had been airing. The season ended on February 15, 2015 and Fox announced Mulaney's cancellation shortly thereafter.

    Reception

    Even before Mulaney aired, critics were wary of the direction of the show. After viewing the show's trailer, Eric Dodds with TIME magazine penned an article called, "8 Ways the Trailer for Mulaney Resembles Seinfeld," and said it could "trigger a little déjà vu." In regards to its multi-camera format, Canadian magazine Maclean's asked, "why would a cool comic pick such an uncool format?"

    Ultimately, the show was universally panned by critics, with most reviews drawing unflattering comparisons to Seinfeld. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a "rotten" score of 17%, based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states, "John Mulaney, we know Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld was funny. Mulaney, you're no Seinfeld." On Metacritic, the show has a score of 38 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." James Poniewozik with TIME magazine said the show "seems like something a dutiful student might have produced for his final project in his 'Tropes and Themes in the 1990s Sitcom' class." Robert Bianco with USA Today called the sitcom a "misfire." The show was named the fourth-worst show of 2014 by Entertainment Weekly.

    Mulaney fared poorly commercially as well, with the series premiere only getting 2.3 million viewers, the weakest scores for any of the fall's series premieres. The episode from December 21, 2014, became the lowest rated episode, with fewer than 1 million views; the January 18, 2015 episode, airing after the NFC Championship Game, became the highest-rated, with over 3 million viewers.

    References

    Mulaney Wikipedia


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