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Maron - S01E06

Comedy
 

At an AA meeting, Marc becomes a sponsor to Manny, an ex-con just out of prison. Marc finds himself in over his head while he accompanies Manny to his old haunts.

 
Episode Title: Sponsor
Airs: 2013-06-7 at 10:00 pm
  • Hank Stuever

    The acrimony between the two men [Marc Maron and his father] doesn’t register as funny or entertaining. Louis C.K. has shown us, on “Louie,” what sort of deeper meaning can be mined in such deep contempt, but on Maron it just feels ugly and dull.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Maron is a little bit like the podcast without the guests, which is too much Maron. The best aspects of the show are the moments directly from the podcast, both the monologues and the joking around and interviewing other comedians.

    Salon Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    That he is a difficult character is not lost on Maron, or the collective superego that runs his show. Other characters--the supporting performances are shaded and excellent throughout and help take the edges off--find him difficult as well; they stand in for the audience, criticizing him on its behalf.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It can be claustrophobic; it can be, as Marc’s Twitter hater tells him in the first episode, “whiny.” But it can also be quite funny, as Maron’s instinctive kvetchiness runs up against the practicalities of life.

    Time Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s a likable, natural extension of Maron’s brand.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Luis Sanchez

    Though its narrative structure and atmosphere take a markedly different tack, Maron presents itself as a fair complement to Louie in that both shows concern themselves with refreshingly substantive masculine types.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The three episodes I've seen function as shaggy dog stories: not wildly funny, nor as dark and emotional as "Louie" so often gets, but amusing in spots and with a very clear voice.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Maron is short, funny and coherent.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Maron is his own acerbic, sad-sack self, and his new show is worth a look.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It takes what's great about the WTF podcast--Maron's smarts, his profound love of and understanding of comedy and the people who perform it--and adds a scripted, fictional element where Sally Kellerman can play his mother and Judd Hirsch can play his father and a bevy of real-life comics and friends can stop by to mingle the two worlds and it all works out marvelously and hilariously.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Maron, 49, seems to be effortlessly gliding through his angst, laughing only rarely while giving viewers far more reason to do so.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Daniel Kohn

    Maron is at its greatest when the comedian plays into the abrasiveness that lands him in trouble with others.

    Under The Radar Full Review