Mulligan is a new adult animated TV series created by Robert Carlock and Sam Means, co-creators of 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and executive produced by Tina Fey. The premise of the show is that Earth is attacked by aliens, and the last 1,132 humans are saved at the last minute by dumb jock Matty Mulligan, who becomes the president of the surviving humans. He is joined by Lucy Suwan, the Miss America candidate with whom he was having a fling when the apocalypse began, as his First Lady.
Senator Cartwright LaMarr, played by Dana Carvey, becomes Mulligan’s self-appointed vice-president, and is soon in cahoots with Johnny Zhao, the richest man in the world since Jeff Bezos and fellow multi-billionaires took off in a rocket that was mown down by the aliens. Military matters are overseen by General Scarpaccio, played by Ayo Edebiri, a wayward teen who had the street smarts to dress in the uniform of a dead high-ranking marine and is now known as General Scarpaccio, despite the uniform being six sizes too big for him.
Looking on in horror at the apparent dedication of the new president and his ragtag electorate to reproducing all of humanity’s worst mistakes are scientist and beleaguered single mother of two Dr Farrah Braun, played by Tina Fey, and historian Simon Prioleau, played by Sam Richardson.
The plot of Mulligan revolves around the surviving humans trying to rebuild civilization after the alien attack. While Mulligan is made president, Lucy becomes First Lady, and Senator Cartwright LaMarr becomes Mulligan’s self-appointed vice-president, bent on becoming the true power behind the scenes and dreaming of a world in which “corporations are people and people are not!” Military matters are overseen by General Scarpaccio, who had the street smarts to dress in the uniform of a dead high-ranking marine.
However, scientist Dr Farrah Braun and historian Simon Prioleau are horrified by the apparent dedication of the new president and his ragtag electorate to reproducing all of humanity’s worst mistakes. Until, that is, they conduct a census and realize that there are now two women left for every man, and Prioleau realizes that his time as a stud may have come.
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Mulligan fails to live up to the high standards set by 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. While the premise is fertile and the characters are interesting, the jokes are few and far between. Fans of Fey and Carlock’s previous work will likely be disappointed by this new series.