“Mulaney” is a very strange case of an insanely funny cast stuck in a show that simply doesn’t deserve them. The sitcom, created by stand up comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney may very well be the worst new show of the season.
It’s surprisingly easy to see why as the entire pilot, and the episodes that follow, seem to parody bad 80s sitcoms. While you’ll be told at the beginning of each episode that the show is taped in front of a live audience, the laugh track feels canned and forced. They’re trying to make you laugh at things that just don’t deserve it.
That doesn’t mean the show is without merit, though. The sporadic breaks from the story to feature Mulaney’s stand-up comedy are definitely the highlight of the series. It’s those times that the comedian gets to shine, even if they are few and far between.
The cast, which also includes comedy icons like Elliot Gould and Martin Short, should be able to raise the quality of the show, but saddled with the material they have makes it seems impossible. This news is worst of all for Nasim Pedrad, a “SNL” standout who left the sketch series to star in this.
Perhaps the worst thing “Mulaney” does is remind the audience about what it’s not. At one point, Mulaney compares himself to Jerry Seinfeld. That’s definitely not something he wants the viewers to think about, because it won’t end pretty.
“Mulaney” premieres Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.