Mr. Mayor

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  • TV-PG
  • 2021
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.4  (5,023)

Mr. Mayor is a political satire series that follows the story of Ted Danson's character, Neil Bremer, a wealthy businessman who decides to join the mayoral race in Los Angeles. Holly Hunter co-stars as Arpi Meskimen, a no-nonsense city councilwoman who becomes Bremer's deputy mayor, and Vella Lovell plays Mikaela Shaw, the new mayor's chief of staff.

As the show progresses, Neil Bremer finds himself struggling to take charge of the city's problems as people constantly approach him with various concerns. The plot focuses on Bremer's many attempts to fulfill his promise of bringing change to the city while managing his troubled personal life at the same time. Viewers can expect plenty of witty banter and thought-provoking situations throughout the series, as well as an appearance from other recurring characters such as Brianna (played by Kyla Kenedy), Neil's ex-wife, and Tommy (played by Mike Cabellon), Neil's best friend and campaign manager.

Throughout the series, viewers get to see Neil Bremer's evolution from a somewhat clueless politician to a thoughtful, hands-on mayor who truly cares about the people he serves. In every episode, the cast masterfully brings a fresh take on different aspects of politics, specifically those seen in big cities like Los Angeles. As the show progresses, viewers get to see how the city's power dynamics shift and how the characters navigate their roles in it. Through this, Mr. Mayor paint a witty, albeit cynical portrayal of how local politics, and their insider operating systems, play in the interactions between government officials, interest groups, and ordinary citizens.

The chemistry between the main cast is undeniable - Ted Danson is perfect as the affable but bumbling Mr. Bremer, and Holly Hunter is hilarious as the quick-witted councilwoman. Vella Lovell also shines as the smart but highly-strung chief of staff, managing to convey an impressive mix of wit and vulnerability as she juggles her conflicting roles as a mother, a professional, and a friend to her colleagues.

In addition to its entertaining plot, Mr. Mayor can also teach viewers some valuable lessons on politics, leadership, and civic engagement. The show's take on current events - from police brutality to climate change to pandemic response - are both grounded in reality and omits significant details that highlight and subvert real-life situations without making light of their gravity.

Overall, Mr. Mayor is a show that effortlessly captures the absurdity and complexity of municipal governance, offering viewers an irreverent, heartwarming portrayal of a group of people working to make a difference. Over the course of the series, the show's signature humor makes for great entertainment, though the show's biggest draw comes from its nuanced portrayals of politics and other social issues. By the end of each season, viewers can be left satisfied with the complete arc of the characters' growth and intrigued to see where Mr. Mayor will go next.

Mr. Mayor is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on January 7, 2021.

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The Debate
10. The Debate
May 17, 2022
Arpi and Neil square off in the televised mayoral recall debate. James reveals information that may change the course of his and Mikaela's relationship.
The Recall
9. The Recall
May 10, 2022
Tensions rise as Titi B.'s petition to recall Mayor Bremer gains traction. Jayden panics over having to side with Arpi against Neil. Mikaela and James's first kiss leaves something to be desired.
Titi B
8. Titi B
May 3, 2022
Neil accidentally angers mega-influencer Titi B. and must apologize or deal with the wrath of her followers. Jayden coaches Arpi on how to be less abrasive at personal appearances.
Murder In The Old West
7. Murder In The Old West
April 26, 2022
Jayden hosts a Western-themed murder mystery party where Mikaela tries to figure out what's going on between her and James. Arpi and Neil clash over how to spend the city's newly acquired budget surplus. Special guest Mary Steenburgen.
Venus on the Moon
6. Venus on the Moon
April 19, 2022
Neil is forced to burst Orly's bubble about her "perfect mother." Arpi uses the office's high school interns to help get a bill passed. A freshly rejected Mikaela tries to prove that she has plenty of time in her life for things besides work.
Sister Cities
5. Sister Cities
April 12, 2022
Neil can't wait to show off his deal-making skills with the visiting mayors of L.A.'s sister cities, but chaos ensues when he mistakes a group of film extras for the real mayors. Mikaela, with Arpi's encouragement, decides to finally ask out James.
The Illusion of Choice
4. The Illusion of Choice
April 5, 2022
Mikaela and Tommy help Jayden transform into a Scorpio after he learns that his dream apartment has astrological-sign requirements; Neil attempts to raise mayoral awareness by putting his face on trash cans in the city.
3. Trampage
March 29, 2022
In the midst of a heat wave, Neil has a fling with Angelica, a prominent commercial actre. Tommy accidentally ruins the joy of Arpi's scratch-off lottery habit, but helps her by revealing a secret hobby of his own.
Mayor Daddy
2. Mayor Daddy
March 22, 2022
Mikaela learns that her award for flattening the homelessness curve is based on a lie, and, with James and Arpi's help, grows determined to make a change for real. Neil realizes that his excitement about the I-Team has caused his original staff to act out like children, so he attempts to appease them.
Move Fast and Break Things
1. Move Fast and Break Things
March 15, 2022
Neil is excited to work with his new Innovation Team but gets sidetracked when he has to take Orly (and Arpi) to the DMV for her permit test. Tommy and Mikaela become increasingly concerned about the I-Team's new presence and fight to keep Jayden off the chopping block.
Mr. Mayor's Magical L.A. Christmas
101. Mr. Mayor's Magical L.A. Christmas
December 15, 2021
Neil serves his love of gift-giving by forcing his disgruntled staff to work on "L.A. Christmas Eve" as they wait for his "perfect gift" to arrive.
Where to Watch Mr. Mayor
Mr. Mayor is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mr. Mayor on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and NBC.
  • Premiere Date
    January 7, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (5,023)