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Downward Dog (TV series)

Downward Dog is an American comedy television series broadcast on ABC from May 17 to June 27, 2017.

Downward Dog
Created by
  • Samm Hodges
  • Michael Killen
Voices ofSamm Hodges
Composer(s)Daniel Bracken
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Samm Hodges
  • Michael Killen
  • Jimmy Miller
  • Sam Hansen
  • Kathy Dziubek
  • Kat Likkel
  • John Hoberg
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseMay 17 (2017-05-17) –
June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)

In September 2015, ABC placed a pilot order for the series, which was based on a web series by Animal Media Group.[1] On May 12, 2016, ABC picked up the series for the 2016–17 season as a mid-season replacement.[2][3] The series premiered on May 17, 2017, before starting its Tuesday run on May 23, 2017.[4]

Downward Dog was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3]

On June 24, 2017, ABC canceled the series after one season of eight episodes. The series' producers have announced plans to shop it to other networks.[5]


The series follows the adventures of Martin, a philosophizing dog who sees his owner, Nan, as a beloved life partner. Martin can become vindictive and unfaithful, however, when he feels Nan is not paying enough attention to him. Nan is a millennial who has less time for her dog than she once did because of her increasing workload at Clark and Bow Outfitters.


  • Allison Tolman as Nan
  • Ned as Martin, Nan's increasingly lonely and philosophical dog
  • Samm Hodges (voice) as Martin
  • Lucas Neff as Jason, Nan's ex-boyfriend and occasional "friend with benefits"
  • Barry Rothbart as Kevin, Nan's insecure boss who tries to undermine Nan and her coworkers' successes.
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Nan's best friend and co-worker
  • Maria Bamford (voice) as Pepper, a neighborhood cat that torments Martin


The series has received mostly positive reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 90% based on 20 reviews.[6] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 71 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7] However, the series was canceled after the first season.

About the show's reception and legacy, Allison Tolman said: "I’m actually quite proud of it. I think it’s the perfect little season, and the perfect full story. We couldn’t have asked for any better, as far as the quality of the content goes. I wish that someone would stream it, so we could share it with more people ‘cause I do think it was a really special show." [8]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1"Pilot"Michael KillenSamm Hodges & Michael KillenMay 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)4.67[9]
A certain look from Martin inspires Nan to create a store imaging campaign that impresses a corporate big wig, despite her boss Kevin's initial misgivings. But the extra hours Nan now has to put in at work leaves Martin feeling lonely and neglected.
2"Boundaries"Michael KillenSamm HodgesMay 23, 2017 (2017-05-23)5.74[10]
After reevaluating her relationship with Jason, Nan installs an electronic dog door so Jason doesn't have to always be at the house to let Martin out. Martin thinks the door appeared because he "willed" it to happen, making him believe this power extends to other aspects of his life.
3"Loyalty"Michael KillenSamm HodgesMay 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)3.75[11]
To keep Kevin from meddling in her team's project, Nan brings Martin to work, knowing that Kevin is afraid of dogs. But Martin finds himself strangely drawn to Kevin, making him question his loyalty to Nan.
4"The Full Package"John FortenberryDaisy GardnerJune 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)3.45[12]
Martin considers himself an exceptionally smart dog and decides to become more physically fit as well. He is sadly disappointed when his body doesn't cooperate. Nan begins dating a wealthy influential businessman (Timothy Omundson) under the pretense that he's helping her train Martin. He breaks up with her because she's unwilling to put in the time to make Martin a super-obedient dog.
5"Trashed"John FortenberryMorgan MurphyJune 13, 2017 (2017-06-13)3.32[13]
Nan departs with Kevin and Jenn for a big corporate meeting in New York, leaving Jason in charge of Martin. While in Central Park, Nan sees a couple with a dog that look eerily similar to her and Jason, leading her to fantasize about how life could be. Meanwhile, Jason is distracted playing a virtual reality game, allowing Martin to get loose and go on a garbage-eating binge.
6"Old"Paul MurphyAnnabel OakesJune 20, 2017 (2017-06-20)3.08[14]
Martin turns seven and has his landmark goal, the perfect nap, interrupted by the arrival of Jenn's puppy. Meanwhile, Nan and Jenn attempt to have their own fun and recapture the spontaneity of their younger days, but can't seem to find the right fit. Nichelle Nichols makes a guest appearance.
7"Getting What You Always Wanted"Paul MurphyLaura KittrellJune 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)2.02[15]
Everything that could possibly go wrong, and then some, does at the launch of Nan's big ad campaign. Martin concludes that Nan's stress level and Jason's disappearance are both due to fear of Pepper, the neighborhood cat, so he decides he must kill Pepper.
8"Getting Lost"Michael KillenKat Likkel & John HobergJune 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)1.73[15]
Nan is offered Kevin's job and decides to take a quiet weekend away with Martin to think it over. During what was supposed to be a brief stop at her dad's house, Martin gets lost in the woods when Nan's dad takes him for a walk off-leash, causing her to have to spend the entire weekend searching for Martin. Nan and Jason reconcile as they look for Martin, and her dad redeems himself by being the one who finds him.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 10, 2015). "ABC Orders 'Downward Dog' Comedy Pilot Based On Web Series From Legendary TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, May 12 - Three Dramas, Two Comedies Join ABC's Series Roster". The Futon Critic. May 12, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Owen, Rob (May 17, 2016). "Tuned In: ABC expands comedy lineup, Pittsburgh-shot 'Downward Dog' held for midseason". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2017). "'Downward Dog' ABC Comedy Series Gets Wednesday Preview, Tuesday Slot For Summer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "ABC cancels canine comedy 'Downward Dog'; producers vow to find the show a new home". USA Today. June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Downward Dog: Season 1 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Downward Dog: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
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  9. ^ Porter, Rick (May 18, 2017). "'Empire,' 'Blindspot' finale adjust up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (May 24, 2017). "'Dancing With the Stars finale adjusts up, 'iZombie' adjusts down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (June 1, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' adjusts up, 'Imaginary Mary' adjusts down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (June 7, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' adjusts up, 'iZombie' adjusts down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Porter, Rick (June 14, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' adjusts up: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Welch, Alex (June 21, 2017). "'The Flash' and 'American Housewife' encores adjust down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Porter, Rick (June 28, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' adjusts up, 'World of Dance' adjusts down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 28, 2017.

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