After a week hiatus, “Mulaney” seems to be figuring out its identity and developing something of a routine. For a sitcom, that can be a good thing. This week’s episode features a mix of some typical sitcom tropes as well as some unique parts, and is fairly enjoyable.
The second episode of “Mulaney,” “The Doula,” teaches us two things. First, the show still has potential and is already improving from the pilot. Second, it’s not going to shake comparisons to “Seinfeld” yet.
When I first got word of John Mulaney getting his own sitcom, I was thrilled. He is one of my favorite stand-up comedians, and his writing on “Saturday Night Live” (he co-created Bill Hader’s character Stefon) promised a series that at least deserves a shot.
It was a long road for “Mulaney”to even get that shot. The pilot was initially turned down by NBC, and it had to be re-worked (including a cast change that left talented comedian Griffin Newman out of the equation) to get picked up by FOX.
It’s easy to spot the worst dads on TV. They’re usually pretty in your face with their awful parenting techniques.
Let’s see, we have…
Tywin Lannister, who spawned three children that hate his guts. Two of his children started hooking up, which is frowned upon even in Westeros. Tywin also mercilessly berated poor Tyrion until he snapped and *Spoiler Alert* pumped a couple arrows into his father’s chest.
Don Draper, who only acted like a parent when he didn’t have a choice. He scarred poor Sally for life when she walked in on him screwing the neighbor’s wife.
Ted Mosby, who spent NINE YEARS telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, only to turn around and ask out their “Aunt” Robin. He wins my Creeper of the Year award.
Nicholas Brody, who brought death and destruction back with him from Afghanistan. To be fair, he might have been Father of the Year before he left for the Middle East, but, like Walter White, his actions since “Homeland” began leave much to be desired