The Good: John Mulaney is one of the sharpest, funniest stand-up comedians working today, so it's no surprise that when he's alone with a mic the show gets better. As for all the other times? Well, the show employs a host of actors — Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Eliott Gould, among them — who know how to get laughs. And each episode improves on the one before it, which shows potential for a future the show, unfortunately, isn’t likely to get.
The Bad: Just so much disappointment. Mulaney's bits lose their snap when transplanted into episodic stories. And Mulaney himself is an awkward, stiff presence that makes it hard to buy into the friendship/chemistry he should have with his roommates Motif (Seaton Smith) and Jane (Pedrad). And while Short's scenery-chomping isn't exactly a delight, it's better than watching Gould, who seems to be cashing checks as Mulaney's flamboyantly gay, hippie neighbor.