Remember a couple of years ago when NBC declined to pick up Mulaney’s sitcom, and we all thought that NBC was insane because it was such a sure thing: A sitcom from the beloved head writer of SNL who had a strong track record in stand-up, plus Nasim Pedrad, which was an exciting possibility. And then Fox picked it up, and we were all, like, “Hooray! Fox executives have slightly more brain cells than we previously believed!”
But then we saw adverts for Mulaney and worse, the pilot for Mulaney illustrated that the sitcom was just as bad as the adverts, and then we gave it another shot (or two) and then we finally gave up because Mulaney was horrible.
A few weeks later, after Mulaney received the worst critical scores of any new show this fall, and after the ratings proved to be disappointing, Fox shortened the episode order.
The writing was on the wall. Even John Mulaney could see it, joking about the fate of his show after losing the trivia contest on @midnight earlier this week.
But now John Mulaney wants us to give his sitcom another shot:
…Some folks saw the show and were not into it. I know this because I own a computer. I humbly ask them to give this week's a shot #Mulaney— John Mulaney (@mulaney) November 7, 2014
And you know what? I think we should. Because maybe this Sunday’s episode will prove to be the Mulaney we wanted all along (laugh track, notwithstanding), and while we don’t owe John Mulaney anything, if it does turn out that Mulaney turned a corner, we’d hate to lose a good sitcom with a solid cast and a lot of potential, right? Because while there are plenty of great dramas on televisions, good sitcoms and few and far between these days. Maybe this Sunday night’s episode will finally be the Mulaney we chastised NBC for passing on.
We can hope.