Mr. Mayor (NBC sitcom) Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. Jan 7, 2021 #1 of 66
    astrohip

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    I liked it. A few weak moments, but more than enough funny scenes to carry it. It's a sitcom pilot, so I'll give it time. Ted Danson is good, Bobby Moynihan was great, Holly Hunter can be a little too much. I remember the actor playing the daughter from Speechless.

    Two episodes tonight, back to back.

    From wiki:
    Mr. Mayor - Wikipedia

    Mr. Mayor is an American sitcom television series created and written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The series stars Ted Danson, Bobby Moynihan and Holly Hunter, and it premiered on NBC on January 7, 2021.

    Premise: Mr. Mayor will show the life of Neil Bremer, a wealthy businessman, played by Ted Danson, who runs for mayor of Los Angeles "for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population."
     
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    series5orpremier

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    So far watched the pilot. I thought just bad timing for NBC. Given the current news cycle a sitcom about a political office is a bit of a turn off.
     
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    lambertman

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    Enjoyed the pilot. Second ep wasn't as good, but it's Ted Danson working for Tina Fey - I'm in.
     
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    TonyD79

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    It was okay. I was afraid it was going to be Becker where Danson played a totally unlikeable character but he didn’t. He is a bit dense and a bit self centered but he has a heart.

    The second episode was a mistake. You don’t take a character that you haven’t really established for the audience and make him high to the point where it changes his character. It doesn’t work. Maybe four or five episodes in.
     
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    Unbeliever

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    Not my type of show, I guess. Not saying it was good or bad, just not my cup of tea.

    Though I do have a nit-pick: "pero" (but) and "perro" (dog) are two different words pronounced differently. Granted, you have to know how to roll the rr, though.

    --Carlos "pero no es mi perro" V.
     
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    ADG

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    We gave up after 10 minutes. We like Ted Danson, but the writing was sophomoric.
     
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    mlsnyc

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    I’ve been waiting for this since I heard of it on The Good Place podcast. And probably because of those expectations I was underwhelmed. Not too many of the bits landed for me, and a lot of it sounded like it'd work on paper... how he got elected, using his daughter’s idea, “peepee porn”, getting high. I’m confident it’ll get better based on who’s involved. Hopefully it’s just getting it’s footing.
     
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    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Was better then I expected
    I'll keep for now.

    On a side note I never realized how tiny Holly Hunter is.

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    madscientist

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    Yes, she's distractingly short. And not just next to Danson who is pretty tall. The intertubes say she's 5'2" but that can't be right. She looked about 4'10" or so.

    I will say it was better than most sitcom starts. In fact as with others above I thought the pilot was actually better than the second episode. The pilot had some great stuff: all the discussion of the straw ban was kind of subversive. The second ep sort of fell back into more traditional sitcom plotlines.

    But, Danson elevates everything, even tired plotlines.
     
  10. rharmelink

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    Ditto.
     
  11. Steveknj

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    I only watched the first episode (and I fell asleep somewhere in the middle), but it was just OK, but given the cast and writers, I'll give it more time. Seemed like a bit of an updated Spin City (which was much better).
     
  12. HarleyRandom

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    I had a choice. I always choose going to bed unless it's New Year's Eve. Even the Oscars don't have to keep me up when I can record. So I haven't seen the second one.

    Needs Kristen Bell. Otherwise, I like him and I like the daughter. To me Bobby Moynihan was better on "SNL" (depending on the role) but he might grow on me. I can't stand whoever Holly Hunter is supposed to be. And explaining why might violate the site's rules. Well, no, I can just say it. She's annoying, regardless of her views on ... whatever.

    If "SNL" didn't already have Maya Rudolph, that adviser talks just like Kamala Harris.
     
  13. trainman

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    The mayor of the City of Los Angeles would not be going to El Segundo (a separate city) or Six Flags (not in the city of Los Angeles) as part of his official duties. Also, many of the items shown briefly in the opening titles are not in the City of Los Angeles, either (Randy's Donuts - Inglewood; Bob's Big Boy - Burbank; sign in Beverly Gardens Park - Beverly Hills).

    That said, in the second episode, the shot of the L.A. Kings mascot running in slow-motion out of the fog, brandishing a giant pair of scissors, made me laugh so hard I cried.

    (I also hope references and flashbacks to the previous mayor being driven insane by the events of 2020 remain a running joke.)
     
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    I got confused by the title with the 2017 sitcom "The Mayor", starring Brandon Micheal Hall (also starred in "God Friended Me")...
     
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    Good cast, but the writing is awful.

    ...good to see that David Aceveda was elected Mayor for awhile :)
     
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    I'll withhold judgment until seeing some more episodes. After seeing the second episode, it looks like the Holly Hunter character is going to use the mayor's office to get her way week after week, in which case, my SP gets a quick deletion, but if it turns into something like Yes, Minister, where the two characters more or less trade wins, then I'll keep watching.
     
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    I'll watch anything Ted does except "Becker". Terrible show. At least I thought he was.

    I never found "CSI" interesting so that's the other exception. And I think he was on cable somewhere, and I'm too cheap for that.
     
  18. sharkster

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    I, too, would like to see some better writing. These actors are deserving and I think it could work if they made it just a smidgeon less sophomoric.
     
  19. trainman

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    This show was originally developed as a spinoff of "30 Rock," with Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy becoming the mayor of New York City -- but then Baldwin dropped out, and they retooled it to be a Ted Danson vehicle, and he didn't want to leave Los Angeles to film anywhere else.

    (I do kind of wonder if they'll have any crossovers with "30 Rock" -- even something like an offhand reference to someone watching "TGS with Tracy Jordan" -- to show it takes place in the same universe.)
     
  20. photoshopgrl

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    More David, less Holly Hunter please!
     
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