Downward Dog: Season 1 Reviews

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May 22, 2020
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
Through a weirdly successful perspective, Downward Dog's weird gimmick premise becomes a good vehicle for telling stories about its female protagonist.
May 22, 2020
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
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 21, 2020
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
[The dog] is unfunny, uninsightful and - once the curiosity factor wears off, which is almost immediately - unwatchable. The humans in the show aren't much better.
July 18, 2017
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.
May 19, 2017
ABC's is set and made in Pittsburgh; its shallow-focus, art-directed photography and creamy palette, maintained from Animal's in-house original, sets it apart from other ABC series.
May 19, 2017
Its highest success is as a comedy of varying perspectives. The half-hour show's protagonist thinks and behaves differently than anyone around him because he is of an entirely different species.
May 18, 2017
The show has its fair share of problems out of the gate, but there's an earnestness and sweetness to this story of a woman and her four-legged best friend that serves it well.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.6/10
May 17, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2017
It's an obedience school's worth of obstacles, really, but a game cast -- including a beyond personable dog -- helps Downward Dog clear most of those hurdles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 17, 2017
I don't know how Downward Dog found its way onto a broadcast TV network's comedy slate, but after steamrolling through the four episodes made available to critics, I'm just thrilled it did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 17, 2017
Dog actually turns out to be a delightfully amiable summer companion: smart, funny, charming, with terrific performances from the always wonderful Allison Tolman (Fargo) as Nan and the completely irresistible Ned as her dog, Martin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2017
But hush my puppies if Downward Dog isn't one of the most pleasant and unexpectedly endearing surprises of this late spring season.
May 16, 2017
A sitcom about a talking dog may not bode well for the dawn of another golden age on network TV, but ABC's new Downward Dog defies several of the reasons you think you never want to see a talking animal show again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2017
Downward Dog has a good sense of the overlapping between pet ownership and relationships and never lets you forget the prism through which the show and Martin are looking at things.
May 16, 2017
This gentle comedy improbably works due to its pure sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2017
Downward Dog obviously could have gone very wrong. Instead it gets almost everything irresistibly right.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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