Downward Dog: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Downward Dog

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The adorable and insightful -- though sometimes grating -- titular pet elevates Downward Dog from its potentially "ruff" premise into a sweet, intellectual comedy.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 312

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Episodes

Air date: May 17, 2017

In the series premiere, a lonely dog tries to understand 21st century relationships.

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Air date: May 23, 2017

Nan installs an automatic dog door so she can take away Jason's key while still keeping him as Martin's dog walker, but it causes Martin to think he can open doors with his mind. Elsewhere: Nan's boss is uncertain about a new ad campaign that Nan pitched to the corporate bosses.

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Air date: May 30, 2017

Nan takes Martin to work to keep Kevin at bay after she gets frustrated with him due to his interference in her ad campaign development, however Martin takes a liking to Kevin.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2017

Nan tries to get a date with an attractive dog owner, but Martin faces a self-confidence crisis after interacting with his well-trained dog.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2017

Nan travels to NYC with Jenn and Kevin for a big marketing meeting while Jason watches Martin at her home. But Martin uses the opportunity to go on a trash-eating bender of epic proportions while Nan fantasizes about her romantic future in Gotham.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2017

On his seventh birthday all Martin wants is a nap, but his world is rocked when Jenn crashes at Nan's house for a few days with her new puppy. Meanwhile, Jenn and Nan try to forget their respective romantic dramas by hitting the town, finding inspiration when they hear local celebrity Deejay Devine sing.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2017

An algorithm impacts Nan's campaign hours away from its launch and threatens to torpedo the whole campaign. Elsewhere: Martin tries to take out his sworn enemy, Pepper, but sees unexpected results.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2017

In the season finale, Nan goes on a vacation and visits her estranged father's place in the country, only to discover he's selling the family home. Later: Dad takes Martin for a walk, but Martin runs off into the woods, hoping to prove he's wild and free like a wolf.

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In Season 1 of "Downward Dog," as Nan (Allison Tolman) begins to succeed in the workplace thanks to inspiration from her dog Martin (played by a rescue dog named Ned, who's voiced by the show's creator Samm Hodges), Martin struggles to cope with the separation from his increasingly absent owner. As Martin evaluates their changing circumstances, Nan reconsiders her relationships both at work with her boss Kevin (Barry Rothbart) and at home with boyfriend Jason (Lucas Neff). With so many new experiences coming his way, Martin starts to question his loyalty to Nan and yearn for a taste of freedom.

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Critic Reviews for Downward Dog Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (17)

The show's insight into the dog-owner dynamic is its most nuanced element, in many ways because of the way it spins a notoriously corny gimmick into something meditative and soulful.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

You don't need to be a dog lover to love Downward Dog. There's something universal about the sensation that comes from seeing the world a little differently.

May 17, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Downward Dog obviously could have gone very wrong. Instead it gets almost everything irresistibly right.

May 16, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Downward Dog is primarily for dog lovers. Only they can fully grasp what no one else does and which this new series so obviously does as well: Dogs are people, too.

May 15, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The episodes blend Nan's issues with Martin's issues beautifully, and, for the most part, quietly. There's not much farce here; just dry, wise observations about humans and dogs.

Jul 17, 2017 | Full Review…

A sweet little show, low key and more smile-worthy than hilarious, Downward Dog won't be for everyone. Animal lovers (count me in that group) are likely to find it adorable; cynics, unless they really, really love dogs, probably should stay away.

May 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What's surprising, though, is that Downward Dog is one of the better new network shows of the season. After watching the first four episodes, the show has been at turns charming, dramatic, and laugh-out-loud funny.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The problem with Downward Dog is that, although it's nicely scruffy around the edges, it's essentially a gimmick show with not enough funny lines to make Martin's sonorous narration appealing after you listen to him for more than 15 minutes.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

A talking animal sitcom might sound like a hard pill to swallow. To extend the metaphor, though, it's a pill slathered in lots of peanut butter - a treat that overwhelms the senses with pure joy.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

But hush my puppies if Downward Dog isn't one of the most pleasant and unexpectedly endearing surprises of this late spring season.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

This gentle comedy improbably works due to its pure sweetness.

May 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Honestly, Downward Dog is enough to make you go out and adopt a pet ... rock.

May 15, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downward Dog: Season 1

  • Mar 14, 2019
    Loved this show. The dog was so awesome. Seeing the world from his perspective. Why why did they cancel it?
  • Apr 05, 2018
    With high ratings from both critics & audience, how did this show get cancelled after only 8 episodes? Great cast & acting. Wonderful concept & deliverance, all through the viewpoint of the ever analysing dog mArtin. So sad tv networks don't give a new show a better chance to catch on. Bought the 8 ep series & now have it basically memorized.
  • Mar 02, 2018
    ABC really screwed the pooch on this one. It could have been a huge hit if they had aired it in good time slots and promoted it. Funny and sweet.
  • Aug 01, 2017
    The worst show in the history of television possibly. This show simply had no redeeming qualities, from a ridiculous premise and cast full of unlikable horrible people for characters to the overwhelming sense of depression, there is nothing to like here.
  • Jul 30, 2017
    Just binge watched this show, only to discover its been cancelled. So sorry - I really looked forward to seeing more!
  • Jul 28, 2017
    This show is one calm funny irony after another. What a refreshing change!
  • Jul 23, 2017
    This show is amazingly good and I've started to look at my dogs differently. Lol!
  • Jul 23, 2017
    Amazing refreshing show!
  • Jul 23, 2017
    Wonderful! Always look forward to the next episode and wish it was still playing. An introspective, passionate pup observes his human's behavior and has to tries to understand it, relate to it and reconcile it in his own neurotic mind! Super cute and creative and the dog actor is just perfect!
  • Jul 21, 2017
    I love this show it makes my soul smile and giggle!!!

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