'Mulaney' feels more than a bit like 'Seinfeld'

October 4, 2014 1:00 PM

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The most surprising thing about "Mulaney," an effortful new sitcom in a hopefully classic mode starring the comic and former "Saturday Night Live" writer John Mulaney, is how ordinary it is, how conventional are its ambitions. The series premieres Sunday on Fox.

Even as Louis C.K., Amy Schumer and Nick Kroll, among other stand-ups now leading shows that bear their name, have taken TV comedy to deeper or more complicated places, Mulaney has put himself at the center of an old-fashioned multi-camera sitcom whose most obvious antecedent is acknowledged in a he...

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