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Mulaney - S01E03

Comedy
 

When John uses his late neighbor Lapidus' jokes for Lou's monologue, he finds himself willing to rob the man's grave to get more of his material and prove his worth at work.

 
Episode Title: Halloween
Airs: 2014-10-19 at 07:00 pm
  • Erik Adams

    When everyone gets a fair chance to play, Mulaney finds its right type of weird. The ingredients are here for a show that’s more than a showbiz satire or a four-friends-and-a-couch comedy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Scott Dransfield

    Mulaney often feels inauthentic and forced. However, one gets a feeling that like his smart stand-up material, Mulaney is aware of the awkwardness of his chosen format and is using it to his advantage. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.83]

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    The premiere is weak.... But by its third episode, the show is confident enough to make you think it might, as Seinfeld did, survive its rocky start. [3 Oct 2014, p.67]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Strain to be the next 'Seinfeld' much? But this one has a strong cast, and punchy one-liners.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Marisa LaScala

    The plots of the first episodes have none of the labyrinthine structure of classic Seinfeld episodes; they feel more like vehicles for prewritten bits. They’re funny, but they don’t sound like regular people talking. This artificial sensibility is exacerbated by various performances.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    [The premiere] 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.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The bad news: The first episode is a mess. The good news: It gets (somewhat) better

    New York Post Full Review
  • Diane Werts

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

    Newsday Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Though Mulaney the stand-up has a clear point of view, Mulaney the sitcom does not. It's a show about nothing, with nothing to say about that.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Although there are a few snarky laughs in the pilot, they can’t compete with the uncomfortable feeling that Mulaney, bless his heart, isn’t ready for prime time.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    We don’t dislike the characters. We just don’t feel compelled to watch them, because they often don’t feel much more real than the animated characters they’re replacing on Fox Sunday night.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Mulaney's ensemble just isn't powerful enough, and rather than jazz up so-so material, they somehow drain the energy from possibly funny moments.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Mulaney, a bland new Fox sitcom from former-SNL writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney, has a laugh track. This is, by far, the most interesting thing about it.

    Slate Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Mulaney feels dated, a throwback to '90s sitcoms that's out of place in Fox prime time in 2014. Maybe it would feel more at home on TV Land.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It’s in John Mulaney’s standup bits, thus far much funnier and authentic-feeling than anything in the scripted parts of Mulaney, that you get a hint of what that might be.

    Time Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Relaxed as he seems on stage, he's just that stiff when acting. And that, unfortunately, is most of the time.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jethro Nededog

    The live studio audience is just in your face laughing at the most unfunny, hit the ground with a thud, jokes being thrown left and right by a cast that should know how to deliver their lines better.... It doesn't really get funny until the third episode

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    There are also the Seinfeldean coinages and obsessions, but pushed forward and highlighted in a way that feels both self-aware and inept.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It rips off “Seinfeld” so aggressively that in Episode 2 it even makes fun of its own plagiarism. But one thing it forgot to borrow from “Seinfeld” was intelligence.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    A sitcom that feels dated enough to have come out of the way-back machine--and that too often seems to stop time when trying to watch it.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Of course, it all comes back to the writing, which is sometimes cringe-worthy here. 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. And the overdone laugh track doesn’t help.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    This contrived, airless comedy is not a good vehicle for him, nor is there much enjoyment to be found in the show's musty supporting characters.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The cast is OK, although Mulaney tries so hard to make them hilariously wacky that each one comes off as a version of Cecily Strong’s the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It's a laugh-free, stiffly performed weekly stroll through Mulaney's fictional life.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    This one is excruciatingly unfunny, despite the good-natured young talent at the center. The show feels thrown together, the story so choppy you’d think scenes were scrambled in the editing room.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

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

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    This is a messy disposable diaper of a comedy series whose star plays himself without any idea of how to act or write the part.

    Uncle Barky Full Review