Mulaney: Season 1 (2014 - 2015)


Season 1
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John Mulaney, we know Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld was funny. Mulaney, you're no Seinfeld.

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Critic Ratings: 42

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User Ratings: 112

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Air date: Oct 5, 2014

John, a struggling stand-up comedian, takes a job writing for a difficult game-show host in the premiere of this sitcom based on the life and comedy of entertainer John Mulaney. Meanwhile, John's roommate Jane tries to prove to an ex that she isn't crazy; and his other roommate Motif attempts to write a joke with a great punch line.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2014

John starts dating a doula who helps him deal with his fear of childbirth. Meanwhile, Lou's outrageous on-screen behavior warrants John's attention.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2014

John's neighbor Lapidus dies, and to honor him, John decides to use Lapidus' jokes for Lou's monologue.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2014

Mulaney wonders why Jane dislikes all of his girlfriends; and Lou asks for help planning a dignified death.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2014

John gets a visit from his devoutly Catholic parents. Meanwhile, Jane starts taking a certain medication to impress a guy, despite the unpleasant side effects.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2014

Jane's romantic relationship with a marine triggers guilt pangs in John and Motif for never having served in the military, so they sign up for a USO comedy tour. Meanwhile, Lou recalls how war and improv make for a hellish combination.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2014

Motif is put out and turns to his three girlfriends for support when John and Jane refuse to add him to the lease on the apartment. Meanwhile. the stooge Lou plants in his audience demands to be put under contract.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2014

John may find himself home alone over Christmas when he lets his resentment of actor Macaulay Culkin impact the holiday. Meanwhile, Lou learns that his network-host rival is planning a yuletide special to compete with his; and Andre gets mistaken for a puppet.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2015

Jane becomes Lou's personal trainer, and John begins to regret mixing his personal and professional lives. Meanwhile, Motif seeks Oscar's advice about his comedy routine.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2015

John is invited to participate in a celebrity roast of Lou and worries just how far he can turn up the heat, while Oscar tries to make Jane more My Fair Ladylike.

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In this comedy based on the life of comedian John Mulaney, John plays a fictionalized version of himself, a struggling stand-up comic living with roommates Jane (Nasim Pedrad) and Motif (Seaton Smith). However, John catches a break when he is hired as a writer for Lou Cannon (Martin Short), an eccentric and legendary comedian and game-show host.

Critic Reviews for Mulaney Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (24)

Mulaney is a comic, but he is not an actor. He could in theory grow into one, but he seems very, very ill-suited to it in the early episodes, awkward and stiff reading lines instead of talking to an audience. This is not his wheelhouse.

Oct 3, 2014 | Full Review…
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There are jokes that don't just hit the floor, they feel almost like a sitcom within a funnier film designed to parody bad TV writing.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

So the show seems either a subversive deconstruction of the laugh-track sitcom blueprint or a stupefying misfire built around the blandest star ever.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…
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This one is excruciatingly unfunny, despite the good-natured young talent at the center.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

John Mulaney is a great standup comic and former writer for Saturday Night Live. But he's created a humorless sitcom that feels like a bad Seinfeld ripoff.

Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…
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The series soars when it takes a broader view by pitting the self-promoting narcissism of the roommates against the smug windbaggery of the older generation. And it is, slowly but surely, finding its legs.

Sep 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Think it's easy to clone Seinfeld? Fox's dreadful, embarrassing misfire Mulaney proves otherwise.

Oct 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Mulaney... finds Mulaney surrounded by quirk, some of it good - Martin Short as his boss, Nasim Pedrad as one of his roommates - and some of it just annoying.

Oct 3, 2014 | Full Review…

In practice, Mulaney is fairly dire. It's an unfortunate reminder that the multi-cam format is an unforgiving beast that can swallow you whole if you aren't constantly feeding it jokes.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Mulaney's standup work and his Saturday Night Live resume reveal that he's a very funny guy, but this contrived, airless comedy is not a good vehicle for him.

Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The talented writer and comic performer John Mulaney turns absolutely stiff in a sitcom so unblinkingly modeled on Seinfeld that they make a joke about it every week.

Sep 29, 2014 | Full Review…

I got bored five minutes into the pointless pilot and annoyed when Mulaney sent me the first four episodes to see if it improved. To be honest, I didn't care and think viewers will quickly realize that there is nothing to laugh about.

Sep 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mulaney: Season 1

  • Jan 25, 2015
    Not funny. Just awkward. And I thought the Mindy project was kind of lame but this tops it.
  • Jan 11, 2015
    Totally underrated. A slow start, but over-all a hilarious series.
  • Jan 06, 2015
    I just watched the first season and I would like to see more of the show. It's funny and cute. Way better than a lot of other terrible TV shows out there that get continued for many seasons. nasim pedrad's character could be written a lot better - it seems like they don't know how to write for a woman, they made her seem like a really annoying vacuous girl which is a shame - we need more strong, awesome, funny females on the silver screen. Mulaney is very funny. The pilot episode is one of the strongest in the season. I think given a second season this show has a lot of potential to get better and better. I've been watching it on demand and I hope to see more of the show. I hope the ratings pick up so it doesn't get cancelled.
  • Dec 26, 2014
    I see a lot of Seinfeld in the reviews, but to me I wasn't reminded of Seinfeld, It is a first season for a new writer but it is quite enjoyable, not must see but I laughed.
  • Dec 21, 2014
    What I got to say about "Mulaney" is an okay of a comedy show. But I got to say that it's not the best one tho. There is moments that the jokes hits that will make you laugh, but there is moments that are so dull that the jokes just goes flat. The directing is fine. The screenplay is acceptable with some good writing.
  • Dec 21, 2014
    worst show I have seen in a very long time, it pretends to be funny.
  • Dec 18, 2014
    I get the comparisons to Seinfeld but Seinfeld in the beginning was also panned by critics and nearly canceled. I remember that Seinfeld was a great stand up but bad actor. It took a while to get the show to where it landed. I love Martin Short and Elliot Gould the most and hope Mulaney learns to relax his speech and mannerisms, but overall, I find it entertaining and the writing at times is quite wonderful. I hope they give it a chance like they did Seinfeld back in the day so I can watch it evolve.
  • Dec 01, 2014
    Mulaney is a great show. Similar to Sienfeld but more modern and less mean spirited. Sienfeld wasn't funny in its first season at all. This show has great potential and should be watched and rewatched.
  • Nov 18, 2014
    You know, this show really does remind me of Seinfeld. And that isn't a bad thing. Seinfeld is a hilarious comedian, and so is John Mulaney. I hold out hope for this show, I have confidence this talented writer will pull through.
  • Nov 16, 2014
    Mulaney is hilarious!

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