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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.
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.
Downward Dog obviously could have gone very wrong. Instead it gets almost everything irresistibly right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But hush my puppies if Downward Dog isn't one of the most pleasant and unexpectedly endearing surprises of this late spring season.
This gentle comedy improbably works due to its pure sweetness.
Audience Reviews for Downward Dog: Season 1
Mar 14, 2019Loved this show. The dog was so awesome. Seeing the world from his perspective. Why why did they cancel it?
Apr 05, 2018With 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, 2018ABC 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, 2017The 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, 2017Just binge watched this show, only to discover its been cancelled. So sorry - I really looked forward to seeing more!
Jul 28, 2017This show is one calm funny irony after another. What a refreshing change!
Jul 23, 2017This show is amazingly good and I've started to look at my dogs differently. Lol!
Jul 23, 2017Amazing refreshing show!
Jul 23, 2017Wonderful! 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, 2017I love this show it makes my soul smile and giggle!!!