The Mayor: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)

Season 1
The Mayor

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The Mayor gets off to a promising start in its first season, elevated by a charmingly hopeful tone and political humor that reaches amiably across the aisle.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 163

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Air date: Oct 3, 2017

Courtney runs for mayor as a publicity stunt and unexpectedly wins the election in the series premiere of this comedy about an aspiring rapper who finds himself with a new career in politics.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2017

Courtney visits his old elementary school and wants to save their music program, so Val educates him about how he needs to work the system in order to do this. Meanwhile, Jermaine proudly embraces his new role as communications director.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2017

Courtney's ability to lead is questioned by the citizens as well as his own staff, so he takes an unconventional approach when dealing with Councilman Ed Gunt in order to turn public opinion in his favor.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2017

As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community's first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn't address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2017

Fort Grey's public transportation comes to a crippling halt due to the bus drivers' union strike, and Courtney's outmatched by a fierce Transit Union lawyer. Meanwhile, Dina and her best friends look forward to taking a sick day to pamper themselves.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

Courtney dates an old flame with ulterior motives, alerting him to new hidden agendas he faces in his personal life. Meanwhile, Rev. Ocho Okoye tries to get a hesitant Dina to join the church choir, and this leads to a soulful result.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2017

As the mayor's office plans a tour for the California governor's official visit to Fort Grey, an old rap video of Courtney resurfaces that puts potential funding for their city in jeopardy, leaving Courtney and his staff to make a decision to stay true to himself or issue an apology. Meanwhile, Dina finds herself in an unwanted competition with her friend Krystal.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2017

After Courtney and his crew discover the historic music venue in Fort Grey, Tito's Ballroom, is closing down due to increased rent costs, he attempts to save the club by sponsoring a music festival and enlists Bay Area rap legend E-40 to headline the event. However, Ed Gunt opposes keeping Tito's open, which leads Courtney to an unexpected way of winning him over. Meanwhile, Dina becomes choir director and realizes her teaching style might be preventing her group from singing in perfect harmony.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2017

After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn't have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical "It's A Wonderful Life" moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle

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Air date: Jan 9, 2018

As Courtney focuses on a campaign to spend more of Fort Grey's budget on senior citizens, a rival movement led by Ed Gunt makes the townspeople question Courtney's trustworthiness. When Dina appears on a talk show to help turn the public's opinion back in Courtney's favor, she makes a surprising comment that creates an awkward tension between the two.

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Season 1 of the comedy series is centered around the life of Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall), an aspiring rapper who decides to run for mayor in his hometown as a means to promote his struggling career in music; when he unexpectedly wins the election, things get complicated. As he tries to figure out how to balance music and politics, he's helped by friends and family: Val (Lea Michele), his chief of staff, Jermaine (Bernard David Jones), his best friend and director of constituent services, and Dina (Yvette Nicole Brown), his mother and nosy postal worker.


Brandon Micheal Hall
as Courtney Rose
Lea Michele
as Valentina Barella
Bernard David Jones
as Jermaine Hardaway
Marcel Spears
as T.K. Clifton
David Spade
as Ed Gunt
Kristen Johnston
as Police Chief Fox
Thomas F. Wilson
as Governor Fillucci
Arsenio Hall
as Rev. Okoye
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Critic Reviews for The Mayor Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (14)

It's here to subtly remind viewers of what politicians are meant to do, while entertaining them with clever humor and human stories.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Mayor can be preachy and predictable, but is also spirited and reasonably amusing in this opening scene-setter.

Oct 4, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

All in all, it's one of the more promising debuts of the fall TV season. But it's also an expression of faith in a system, and a political future, that badly needs the hope.

Oct 4, 2017 | Full Review…

This show needs to slow down, take a breath, develop the characters and most of all, make certain Hall is on screen most of the time. He's pure charisma. His show's a pure muddle.

Oct 1, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Producers Jeremy Bronson (Speechless) and Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs have done the impossible: created an entirely un-cynical political parody.

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

It's practically begging to be the heir to the Modern Family throne: earnest, family-friendly, smart. (Sleep with one eye open, The Goldbergs.) It's even more sincere than Speechless, and almost as political as black-ish.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

With a talented cast, solid writing and an optimistic view, this series should flourish.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Without a doubt, this is the best new comedy of the season.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

In a word, The Mayor is charming, pairing a super-likeable cast with a fun and instantly engaging premise that it wastes little time diving into (the election results come in by the eight-minute mark).

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The pilot doesn't encourage viewers to return for episode two.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The Mayor is a sweet show, one that takes an on-the-nose concept-someone runs for public office in order to be famous, but then actually wins-and imbues it with so much heart and humor.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The premise is strong. The cast is good. If only it were funnier. Because the first episode isn't as funny as it should be.

Oct 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mayor: Season 1

  • Feb 06, 2018
    It started out alright, and ended alright, but in the middle it was just not that great. Not that the beginning and end of the season were that great, either! I think my favorite episode is probably Episode 11 (The Lockdown.!) The ending should be satisfying enough, for fans who realize that it wasn't the planned ending! I'm not sad that this was cancelled. By the way, I'm not sure if I already had a review written out before for this, or not! I thought that I saw a rating, and words/text, but it didn't load up, I don't think? I think that that's what happened? I don't honestly fully remember. I think that I accidentally clicked out of this, or something, when it happened. Yeah, maybe that's that was it!
  • Jan 02, 2018
    BEST TV SERIES EVER! I am a huge fan of Lea Michele and love her in this show! However, I also really like the actors who play Courtney Rose and his mom and his two best friends from high school! This show has made me like other things than just Disney Channel again! Thank you so much ABC and Lea Michele!
  • Dec 11, 2017
    Cute a little formulaic but nice to see people working together to make the community better. Really like the engagement between TK (Marcel Spears), Jermaine (Bernard David Jones) and Val (Lea Michele).
  • Nov 20, 2017
    One of the best new TV comedies I've seen in years. Cannot recommend it enough -- the cast is absolutely fantastic.
  • Nov 14, 2017
    This TV show has the correct balance of funny and seriousness. As it tackles the idealism of the reality of the way people ives, it has its funny moments.
  • Nov 01, 2017
    I want to like this. It's got a great premise and a great cast, but the music isn't great. There's like hardly any jokes. It feels like a Teen Nick show, dialogue and writing-wise. I'm hoping it gets better. I'm going to stick with it, regardless.
  • Oct 17, 2017
    A rapping mayor, no seriously, you put this bullshit on TV and for some weird ass reason it has an 89%, what the f***is wrong with you people, this shit belongs in the tgif files in the 90s and the sentence should be "Do you that dumbass rapping mayor show?" cancel this bull**
  • Oct 14, 2017
    Such a great show. Witty and fun and you should totally watch it.
  • Oct 11, 2017
    I must not be the target audience. I can see why it is popular with young people tho.
  • Oct 04, 2017
    Engaging and entertaining, with a very talented cast - I'm interested to see where it goes next.

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