Mr. Mayor: Season 1
March 7, 2021 12:45 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

"Mr. Mayor" follows a retired businessman (Ted Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he's "still got it." Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Holly Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America's second weirdest city. Ran January 7–February 25.
posted by one for the books (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
It's done? Hulu has been trickling these out once per week on our "day-after, no-commercials" plan.

Out of the several new comedies that have started this year; "Call me Kat", "Call your mother", "Keenan", "Young Rock", this one is by far our family favorite.
posted by rozcakj at 2:34 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]


I like Keenan more than I thought I would. I'm adoring "Call me Kat" because I'm really excited by female characters who don't fit a known type.

Mr. Mayor is really enjoyable because of the interesting functions of Holly Hunter's character. She's not a cliche and I love her. More Holly please. I'm also enjoying Bobby Moynihan.

In short, please renew all these shows.
posted by amtho at 2:51 PM on March 7


I think this Ted Danson guy is going to have quite the career ahead of him!
posted by Servo5678 at 4:32 AM on March 8 [1 favorite]


The success of this show almost makes up for the way Good News (a previous Fey/Carlock show that stumbled out of the gate but then just kept getting better and better) got chucked to the curb.
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:58 AM on March 8 [1 favorite]


One of the problems with Good News was that everyone (including myself) kept getting the name of the show Great News wrong.
posted by guiseroom at 9:55 AM on March 8 [3 favorites]


The show really won me over with Arpi’s line: “I’m gonna need you to do two kinds of ups: shut and listen!”
posted by Monochrome at 10:40 AM on March 8 [3 favorites]


I'm enjoying this show a lot and this is definitely the most laughs I've gotten from Bobby Moynihan. Holly hunter is always a treat, obviously. High joke density, with pretty decent jokes, just the way I like it.

I hope they make more seasons but I was surprised to see it got pretty low scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 11:56 AM on March 8


I liked this show well enough, but it really hit its stride in the "Respect in the Workplace" episode. When the female Neil Brenner type gets off the elevator to pick up her partner (Natalie Morales), I felt like the series just got better and better from there. I didn't realize that it had finished its season.
posted by gladly at 12:03 PM on March 8 [2 favorites]


One of the problems with Good News was that everyone (including myself) kept getting the name of the show Great News wrong

Heh. I guess that's one of the hazards of choosing such a generic name for a show!
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:10 PM on March 8 [1 favorite]


This one was a bit of a slow starter for me but once the characters gelled I started to really enjoy it. The "Respect in the workplace" episode was superb.
posted by simonw at 10:24 AM on March 9


Huh, didn't realize it, but it was a short season because of the pandemic. Was ordered for 13 episodes, but production was cut short when an outbreak happened among the crew.

I loved it. More please. I'm also glad they moved it to LA; it was nice seeing a sunny show for a change.
posted by General Malaise at 11:13 AM on March 9


Hey, we're talking about this show that I like!

I'm bummed about the short season but hopeful it will be back. It has the strengths that I've liked about basically every Tina Fey television project.

It also, unfortunately, has all the weaknesses. It leans a little too often on the oh, young people and their hilarious social justice concerns crutch, and it has some blind spots in regards to race that you'd think would have been corrected by now.

At one point in the last episode Arpi makes a comment about how indigenous societies didn't have a name for the region because none of them would try to live there. Out of another character's mouth the joke would have been ignorant but at least consistent with who they were, but Arpi would definitely know that the Chumash have been in the Los Angeles area for somewhere between 9,000 and 13,000 years and the Tongva have been neighborly with them for 3,000 at least.

After Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt you'd think Fey would have instituted a policy of running any joke that mentions an ethnicity past at least two people of the ethnicity in question, but here we are.

Danson and Hunter are stand-outs but the entire cast is great. I know that shows set in Los Angeles are a dime a dozen but this one comes closest to filling the "this show gets it" hole that Bojack Horseman left.

The "sugar-free Red Bull and synthetic fog" joke made me laugh before casting me into I'll never be that young again wistfulness.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:52 AM on March 10


It also, unfortunately, has all the weaknesses. It leans a little too often on the oh, young people and their hilarious social justice concerns crutch, and it has some blind spots in regards to race that you'd think would have been corrected by now.

I only watched the first episode and this aspect bugged me so much, I couldn't go on. Do the politics get any better? I love many of the people involved and would love to watch, but I'm worried I will just be angry all the time...
posted by tangosnail at 9:08 AM on March 24




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