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

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  1. Feb 2, 2021 #81 of 147
    Steveknj

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    And that was my issue with P&R. I watched a few episodes and thought it was really dumb, and never went back. So, I'm giving this some slack, if only because of the pedigree. The Office, I liked the British version, but the US version didn't do it for me.
     
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    gweempose

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    It's definitely a Catch 22 kind of situation. If everyone bails on a show before it has a chance to find its voice, then the show has less of a chance of sticking around long enough to really start to fire on all cylinders. There is just so much competition these days that people are less likely to give a new show a chance if it doesn't click with them right away. I'm virtually positive that if Seinfeld was released today it would never have made it past the first season.
     
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    HarleyRandom

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    That has Ricky Gervais, right? I like it when he hosts The Golden Globes.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I totally agree. There are shows that are considered modern classics that I just didn't stick with because they didn't do it for me and I have so much else to watch. And there are shows that I liked that nobody else did, that got cancelled because, well nobody else seemed to like it. So I've decided, I'm watching what I like and I'll give shows a chance I think have potential...to a point. But if this was the 1970s, I'd stick with most of these shows.
     
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    Steveknj

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    Correct. That was the series that made him.
     
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    TonyD79

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    Totally agree on P&R. Took a while. I binge rewatched season 1 and it still limps a bit early on. They mostly had to fine tune Leslie Nope so she wasn’t dumb.

    On the office, we are 180. Tolerated the British version because I don’t like shows where every single character is unlikeable. American version had Michael Scott. And, while the show hit the ground running (rewatched first episode a few weeks ago and still feels like a middle run show rather than the first one), Michael Scott felt human under the bluster and stupidity where Gervais never did.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2021 #87 of 147
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    Technically, Seinfeld didn't make it past the first season. It had to be re-tooled.

    I'm also guilty of giving up early on both Office and P&R. Did I miss out on some good comedy? YES

    Do I feel distraught over it? Not one bit.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I don't think Seinfeld was retooled as much as it evolved. A couple of characters were tweaked and that was mostly from the first episode. George was tweaked to become mostly not that bright from just being Jerry's wisecracking friend. and Kramer was made to be even more wacky. And and at some point Jerry and Larry decided they just couldn't stick with a "show about nothing" so they had some more outrageous plots, but really that wasn't until the 4th year. By then, it was a hit.
     
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    Donbadabon

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    I think this show is getting better and better each episode. I really enjoyed 'Respect in the workplace'. And when the woman stepped off the elevator, I actually laughed. Good stuff.
     
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    astrohip

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    Agree. It's hitting its stride now.

    Ted Danson makes anything he's in 100X better. I should go back and watch Cheers some day.
     
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    Tony_T

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    Not really retooled. Sure there were some changes, but nothing too drastic.
    Seinfeld (and NBC) was lucky it got a 2nd season. The Pilot was poorly received, but NBC put an order in for 4 episodes (smallest order ever!). Ratings showed popularity with young male adults and that secured Seinfeld a 2nd season.
     
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    Tony_T

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    Also enjoyed 'Respect in the workplace', but they need to get rid of "Jayden" — I know he's a white male and therefor stupid, but the character is too over-the-top stupid.
     
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    astrohip

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    I think he's part of what makes this show so funny. I see him more as hapless, rather than stupid. And hapless, if written & acted well, can be funny.
     
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    I agree with this. He's like hard to believe stupid, and hard to explain why someone like him would get the job he got in a city as big as L.A. Hopefully over time they will tone his character down to more naive than just being stupid.

    For me the show still hasn't hit it's stride, but it's getting there. I didn't think this last episode was all that great, but again, I'll stay with it, at least through the season. It's rare that I do that with any show, but I still think there's enough here to eventually make this show more consistent.
     
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    ej42137

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    In the opinion of many, the our actual mayor is comparably stupid. I'm not saying whether or not I may or may not share that opinion.
     
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    HarleyRandom

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    You really should.

    If you know Woody Harrelson from his tough guys in movies, you won't believe the naive country boy he was early in his career.

    He replaced Ted's former coach as a bartender. "Coach" answered the phone and someone asked for Ernie Pantuso. He didn't know who that was until someone told him, "That's you, Coach!" The guy said, "Speaking".
     
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    Unbeliever

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    They even went meta with the naive country boy joke.


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  18. Feb 10, 2021 #98 of 147
    JYoung

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    Which makes him a perfect fit for the Los Angeles Mayor's office.
    (The real power belongs to the City Council.)

    Of course, I'm still of the opinion that this is the same Bizarro Universe that Fey and Carlock created for 30 Rock and Kimmy Schmidt.
    (The Feyverse?)

    You know the one with Kenneth?
     
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    Tony_T

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    I agree about Jayden. I hated the episode except for the mayor and the fact the leader of the class was good looking.
     

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