Mr. Mayor: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Mr. Mayor

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Mr. Mayor's first term suffers from a lack of specificity, leading to broad jokes and wayward plots - still, a reliably winsome Ted Danson and a silly sensibility may be enough for some viewers.

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Critic Ratings: 31

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User Ratings: 48

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 7, 2021

Neil Bremer starts his first day as mayor of Los Angeles, where he faces new challenges on the job and at home.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2021

After visiting a marijuana dispensary in support of his legalization plan, things go awry for Mayor Neil Bremer. Neil puts Mikaela in charge of the mayor's office for the day.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2021

Jayden interviews candidates for an opening on the team. Neil gets sidetracked during a town hall and Orly has a shocking realization.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2021

A special assignment forces Jayden and Arpi to get to know each other. Neil sets out on a mission to reconnect with Orly after she gets into a little trouble.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2021

Mayor Neil rolls out a new safety initiative as Arpi trains him for his most challenging task yet. Mikaela and Tommy realize the clock is ticking for them to find love.

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Critic Reviews for Mr. Mayor Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (20)

Danson doesn't have to be high to elevate the material, but hey, it also doesn't hurt.

Jan 8, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The cast is good, with the ping-ponging of barbs between Danson and Hunter particularly enjoyable... But there is no cohesion, no clear target, no sense of what exactly this show is aiming for -- yet.

Jan 7, 2021 | Full Review…

As it stands now, neither Danson's impeccable timing nor his internal vat of charisma can compensate for the teeth-grinding sameness of Mr. Mayor.

Jan 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Wan, worn, predictable, "Mr. Mayor" feels like a misfire in the early episodes.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Danson takes the spotlight and shines once again, playing a character who's clearly delighted by the job he ran for, and won, on a whim.

Jan 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock created the series, but you'd never know it. It's part bland workplace comedy (set at the mayor's office) and part unfunny political satire.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Mr. Mayor feels more fully formed and sure of itself straight out of the gate, and it hasn't left as much room for improvement.

Jan 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Though it's not quite as good as 30 Rock, the stars' repartee has a familiar ring, and their show will likely last longer.

Jan 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Has some very funny moments, and a growing chemistry among its ensemble.

Jan 12, 2021 | Full Review…

To me it's like a show that wants to be a combination of 30 Rock and Parks [and Recreation], but lacks the charm of the latter.

Jan 11, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Because they didn't attack the political angles with more edge, Danson's character is nothing more than the same kind of slightly bungling boss that has been a part of sitcoms for decades.

Jan 8, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Most of the framework is borrowed from elsewhere, and most of the offensive-but-not-really banter is too toothless to work as real critique. It's funny but isn't lasting or really impactful.

Jan 8, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Mayor: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Funny and interesting 👍🏼
  • 6d ago
    I think people have this show entirely wrong. • The entire episode about NIMBYism, the 30 minute deep dive into the finer points of a bad pot trip, the nonstop jokes about people trying to be politically correct to a fault, the jokes about child promiscuity... yeah, I know what this is. At least in my case, I instantly spotted it as basically being a live-action take on South Park. Why is it so hard for everyone to figure out that's what it is? • And just like South Park, the premise is to cover extremes of contentious issues, with the public rabbling about a feature one each episode, with the aim to help people LIGHTEN UP! • Of course, with Tina Fey at the helm, it's not just a simple translation of an animated series from one form of media to another. In fact, it might be a coincidence that Mr. Mayor bears any resemblance to South Park at all, since she's kind of a genius and could easily come up with the concept on her own. • Watching Mr. Mayor feels as if Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's (another of Tina Fey's shows) parable about someone with convention-breaking wishes who won't take no for an answer, was adapted to a story about society as a whole. Where Unbreakable told audience members to keep believing no matter what, Mr. Mayor tells them not to get too caught up in everybody's drama. But Mr. Mayor retains the rather overt "educational" life lessons and plot thrusts, so I think Unbreakable would be a better comparison than 30 Rock, which had much more muted dalliances with philosophy. • Also, major kudos to the team for filming these so quickly - I'm willing to forgive slight lighting issues (the shots with the daughter in the car were, sadly, atrocious) to see topical content that's at most from 6 months ago. Which is another thing South Park does - they have a rapid, efficient production arm, so that things can be topical and current. I'm really impressed. • To people who say this show has no point, or that it's offensive: I'm guessing here, but I think this show is actually intended for you, to help you get away from the need for everything to have a point, and maybe loosen up a bit. • (And to people who say it's too samey because it's similar to 30 Rock or Parks and Rec: 30 Rock started over a decade ago, and Parks not long after! How old do you have to be for that to be too fast? If everyone kept your sense of time, we'd all think that 9 Star Wars movies over 50 years was too fast. Sheesh!) • All in all, I feel like Tina Fey has been injecting, wittingly or unwittingly, a long-running commentary about what the world could do to be a little happier each day into all of the things she does. I feel like Mr. Mayor is another rung of perfection added onto the formula. It may look similar to the other ones in the sense that a final submission looks similar to the drafts, but if you look deeper you'll see something that truly feels fresh, truly feels like it was made in 2020-2021, and deals with relevant things. • Honestly, I'm impressed and surprised that NBC greenlit this. It's like an Apple TV+ caliber "think piece" hidden inside a candy-coated comedy shell, and I applaud their bravery for supporting it in these exaggeratedly sensitive times.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    The show isn't funny, in fact it's incredibly cringeworthy. It believes that it's making hot button satire of politics with political correctness, but just comes across as a show your racist aunt might have on while she cooks. Not to mention the insanely terrible lighting that makes the show feel like it was made in a day.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    This is the next Parks and Rec, and I love it so much
  • Jan 18, 2021
    Terrible writing, stale jokes keep this series from getting my 'vote' of confidence. Unfortunately not Danson's finest hour - perhaps he should have called it a day after Becker.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    This show will get attention with Danson and Tina Fey's involvement. Although a fan of both, we found it impossible to twist our brains around to somehow enjoy it. Biggest problem with this aimless comedy was Holly Hunter's annoying character and presence. Too silly and no sign of chemistry between cast members. One might hope the show will age well, but I suspect it will just find a formula to be repeated weekly with little insight or innovation. In conclusion: too cringey and annoying to watch.
  • Jan 14, 2021
    I dropped this after episode one. Legit dogshit. thank you.
  • Jan 12, 2021
    Admittedly, I love Ted Danson, 30 Rock, and The Good Place, and this show is a great combination of those elements. The first two episodes gave me some true LOL moments with lines (especially by Moynihan). If you're looking for something serious and heavy, this is not for you -- but in a time when the rest of the world seems to be covering the gravitas of existence, I'm perfectly content with the silliness and purity of this show and its cast. Also, THE CAST! Ted Danson from Cheers and The Good Place is an obvious stand-out, but don't let that distract you from the others. Holly Hunter (ELASTIGIRL from the Incredibles), Vella Lovell (Mermista in She-Ra, Heather in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Kyla Kenedy (Dylan from Speechless), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales, We Bare Bears, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, SNL)... The diversity of the main ensemble is pretty good, and as a fellow Filipino-American, I especially love seeing Mike Cabellon on screen.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    My husband and I took in the first two episodes, and I'll admit that the pilot wasn't the better of the two. It had to go through the character intro of and backstory which drug it down. Ep 2 definitely had all the laughs. This show has a lot of potential. If I were calling the shots, I'd add more around-town reoccurring characters and 86 the daughter. She is obnoxious and the daddy-daughter dynamic adds nothing to the show (plus, it's more granddaddy-daughter with the age difference). For all the haters, give the show a couple more episodes before you abandon it.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    I enjoyed the show very much I seldom watch anything on prime time but this is a rare exception, I enjoyed Mr. Mayor very much.

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