|Created by||John Mulaney|
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lorne Michaels
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||October 5, 2014– February 15, 2015|
Mulaney is an American sitcom television series that ran for one season from October 2014 to March 2015 on Fox. It was created by stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The show features the comedian performing stand-up out of character to the studio audience. The show was canceled in January 2015.
The show centers around John (John Mulaney), a comedian living in New York City with his roommates— Jane (Nasim Pedrad), a personal trainer with emotional issues, and Motif (Seaton Smith), another comedian who is a ladies' man. John is often given advice by his flamboyant neighbor Oscar (Elliott Gould), and annoyed by his odd friend Andre (Zack Pearlman). John's life changes when he's hired as a writer for Lou Cannon (Martin Short), an eccentric legendary comedian and game show host.
Cast and characters
- John Mulaney as John Mulaney, a standup comedian and writer for Lou Cannon
- Nasim Pedrad as Googoosh "Jane" Parvana, a personal trainer
- Seaton Smith as Gerald "Motif" Goods, a standup comedian
- Zack Pearlman as Andre
- Elliott Gould as Oscar Glass, neighbor to John, Jane and Motif
- Martin Short as Lou Cannon, a game show host and John's boss
- Fortune Feimster as Mary Jo
- Julie Klausner as Donna
- Maria Thayer as Amanda the Doula
- Dan Mintz as Mintz
- Lorraine Bracco as Vaughn
- Penny Marshall as Tutti
- Nora Dunn as Patty Mulaney, John's mother
- Pete Holmes as Father Trey
- Nick Kroll as Jesse Tyler Munoz
- Bailee Madison as Ruby
The show was originally taped as a pilot for NBC, but was not picked up. The show was then picked up by Fox with a six-episode commitment. Fox later ordered an additional ten episodes. A trailer was released on May 12, 2014, along with an announcement that the show would air Sunday nights at 9:30 p.m., replacing the Seth MacFarlane sitcom, American Dad!, which moved to TBS. The series premiered October 5, 2014.
On October 18, 2014, Fox shut down production of the series by reducing the 16-episode order by three episodes. Filming for the thirteenth episode had just been completed prior to the order reduction, and the fourteenth episode was about to enter production. The show was canceled by March 2015.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|Andy Ackerman||John Mulaney||October 5, 2014||101||2.30|
|Stand-up comedian John Mulaney gets hired by comedian Lou Cannon as a writer on his show. Jane attempts to prove an ex-boyfriend she isn't crazy. Motif struggles to write a joke.|
|2||"The Doula"||Andy Ackerman||John Mulaney||October 12, 2014||107||2.19|
|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.
Guest starring Fortune Feimster as Mary Jo and Maria Thayer as Amanda the Doula
|3||"Halloween"||Andy Ackerman||Dan Mintz||October 19, 2014||110||2.25|
|As a tribute to his recently deceased neighbor, John uses jokes from his deceased neighbor, Lapidus, in Lou's monologue to prove he's a good writer in order to get his contract renewed. Meanwhile, Jane tries to get Lapidus' cheap apartment.
Guest starring Fortune Feimster as Mary Jo and Dan Mintz as Mintz
|4||"Sweet Jane"||Andy Ackerman||John Mulaney||November 2, 2014||102||1.63|
|John wonders why Jane doesn't like any of his girlfriends. Lou fixates on his death.|
|5||"In the Name of the Mother, and the Son, and the Holy Andre"||Andy Ackerman||Karey Dornetto||November 9, 2014||111||1.99|
|John's parents visit, forcing him to lie about going to church. Jane begins a new pill and suffers side effects.
Guest starring James Handy as Father Ed, Nora Dunn as Patty Mulaney, and Pete Holmes as Father Trey
|6||"Patriot Acts"||Andy Ackerman||Justin Spitzer||November 23, 2014||113||1.65|
|Jane begins dating a Marine. When feeling the pressure that he hasn't contributed to the military, John auditions to be in an USO show.
Guest starring Fortune Feimster as Mary Jo
|7||"Motif & The City"||Andy Ackerman||Rachel Axler||November 30, 2014||109||1.55|
|When Motif learns John and Jane are not adding him to the apartment lease, he leans on his three girlfriends for support. Lou's audience plant demands a contract.|
|8||"It's a Wonderful Home Alone"||Andy Ackerman||Dan Levy||December 21, 2014||112||0.99|
|John finds himself home alone for Christmas when he lets his resentment of Home Alone impact the holiday. Lou learns his rival is planning a special that will compete with his. Andre is mistaken for a puppet.
Guest starring Nick Kroll as Jesse Tyler Munoz
|9||"Worlds Collide"||Andy Ackerman||Karey Dornetto||January 11, 2015||104||1.32|
|John quickly regrets mixing his home and work lives when Jane becomes Lou's new personal trainer. Meanwhile, Motif turns to Oscar for advice on his stand-up routine.|
|10||"French Roast"||Andy Ackerman||Dan Levy||January 18, 2015||103||3.38|
|John becomes conflicted when he is invited to Lou's celebrity roast. Meanwhile, Jane takes lessons on how to be a lady from Oscar to impress a new date.|
|11||"Power Moves"||Andy Ackerman||Dan Mintz & Marika Sawyer||January 25, 2015||105||1.03|
|John takes Lou's advice about trying to control his roommates, but it turns into a fight with Motif. Meanwhile, Jane gets a new cat Omar and becomes frustrated when she can't get it to like her. Lou tries to get a movie role to showcase his dramatic side.|
|12||"Ruby"||Andy Ackerman||Markia Sawyer||February 8, 2015||108||1.23|
|John dates a single mother and befriends her daughter, Ruby. However, John soon finds his new girlfriend annoying, but refuses to jeopardize his new friendship with Ruby.
Guest starring Bailee Madison as Ruby
|13||"Life is a Series of Different Apartments"||Andy Ackerman||John Mulaney||February 15, 2015||106||1.11|
|When the apartment gets infested with bed bugs, John and the gang secretly go to Lou's place, where Oscar's "treats" and Lou's early return lead to problems. Meanwhile, Oscar and Lou fight over who is John's mentor.|
Mulaney was widely panned by critics, with most reviews drawing unflattering comparisons to Seinfeld. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a "rotten" score of 17%, based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 10. The critical consensus states, "John Mulaney, we know Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld was funny. Mulaney, you're no Seinfeld." On Metacritic, the show has a score of 38 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." The show was named the fourth-worst show of 2014 by Entertainment Weekly.
The episode from December 21, 2014, became the lowest rated episode, with fewer than 1 million views; the January 18, 2015 episode, airing after the NFC Championship Game, became the highest-rated, with over 3 million viewers.
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