The Mayor (TV series)

The Mayor is an American television sitcom created by Jeremy Bronson. The series was produced by ABC Studios, with Bronson serving as showrunner. It aired on ABC from October 3 to December 12, 2017.[1] The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose, an aspiring rapper who unwittingly becomes the mayor of his hometown after running to gain publicity for his music. Lea Michele and Yvette Nicole Brown also star, with newcomers Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears. The pilot was ordered to series by ABC on May 11, 2017.[2]

The Mayor
Created byJeremy Bronson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Kris Eber
  • Scott Printz
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
  • Jeremy Bronson Productions
  • Fee-Fi-Fo Films
  • Fanfare Productions
  • ABC Studios
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 3 (2017-10-03) –
December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)
External links

Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, ABC cancelled the series after just one season on January 4, 2018, citing dwindling DVR viewership and "political fatigue" among audiences.[3][4] The remaining episodes were made available on a weekly basis on Hulu[5] and then on starting January 25, 2018.[6]


Courtney Rose, a struggling hip-hop artist, runs for mayor of his California hometown, Fort Grey, in order to promote his music career. The real troubles begin when, unexpectedly, he wins the election.[2]

Cast and charactersEdit


  • Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose: An aspiring rapper and the new mayor of Fort Grey, California.[7]
  • Lea Michele as Valentina "Val" Barella: Courtney's former classmate and current chief of staff. During the mayoral race, Val campaigned for Courtney's opponent, Ed Gunt.[8]
  • Bernard David Jones as Jermaine Leforge: Courtney's best friend and Fort Grey's communications director.[9]
  • Marcel Spears as T.K. Clifton: Courtney's best friend and Fort Grey's director of constituent services.[10]
  • Yvette Nicole Brown as Dina Rose: Courtney's mother, a postal worker who reads people's mail.[11]




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot"James GriffithsJeremy BronsonOctober 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)1014.08[14]
Fledgling rapper Courtney Rose debates against Councilman Ed Gunt, who claims to want to renovate the City Commons by 2020, as the area has been treated as a dump for a long time. A week later, Courtney is revealed to have won the mayoral election with 52% of the votes. Now the mayor, Courtney, with help from his friends and the community, renovates the City Commons via a block party. While at the party, Courtney has a choice to make: either fulfill his role as mayor and stay at the party or go to a club to perform alongside his favorite rapper.
2"The Filibuster"James GriffithsVijal PatelOctober 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)1033.44[15]
Courtney visits Fort Grey Elementary School, his alma mater, and promises new instruments for its music program, but the City Council rejects the proposal. Val works with fiscal analyst Vern Corker to find money for the school while Courtney buys time with a filibuster. Meanwhile, Dina helps T.K. comes to grips with his new role as director of constituent services.
3"Buyer's Remorse"John FortenberryJeremy BronsonOctober 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)1022.96[16]
4"City Hall-oween"James GriffithsRegina HicksOctober 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)1042.95[17]
5"The Strike"Tina MabryMatt Fusfeld & Alex CuthbertsonOctober 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)1052.38[18]
6"Will You Accept this Rose?"James GriffithsEmily Halpern & Sarah HaskinsNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)1062.62[19]
7"Here Comes the Governor"Tristram ShapeeroMonica PadrickNovember 14, 2017 (2017-11-14)1072.45[20]
8"Monuments Man"James GriffithsVijal PatelDecember 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)1102.74[21]
9"Grey Christmas"Kevin BrayEmily Halpern & Sarah HaskinsDecember 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)1092.81[22]
10"Mama Rose Best"Anya AdamsJared MillerJanuary 9, 2018 (2018-01-09) (Hulu)[5]108N/A
11"Lockdown"Jay ChandrasekharSabrina JaleesJanuary 16, 2018 (2018-01-16) (Hulu)[5]111N/A
12"The Pitch"Tristram ShapeeroAmanda IdokoJanuary 23, 2018 (2018-01-23) (Hulu)[5]112N/A
13"Death of a Councilman"Bill PurpleMnelik BelilgneJanuary 25, 2018 (2018-01-25) (Hulu)[5]113N/A



The Mayor was pitched to the ABC network in the summer of 2016,[23] and it has drawn some comparisons to the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as Donald Trump's presidential campaign and victory.[24] The series' creator, Jeremy Bronson, has stated the show is not meant to be a parody or satire,[23] but he has admitted that the pilot episode drew some inspiration from President Trump.[25]


On January 26, 2017, Brandon Micheal Hall was cast as Courtney Rose.[7] Lea Michele was cast as Valentina Barella on February 23, 2017.[8] On March 16, 2017, Yvette Nicole Brown was cast as Dina Rose.[11] Marcel Spears was cast as T.K. Clifton on May 16, 2017.[10] On July 27, 2017, Bernard David Jones was cast as Jermaine Leforge.[9]


In addition to serving as an executive producer, Daveed Diggs wrote original music for the series.[26]



Viewership and ratings per episode of The Mayor
No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" October 3, 2017 1.2/5 4.08[14] 0.4 1.23 1.6 5.32[27]
2 "The Filibuster" October 10, 2017 1.0/4 3.44[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Buyer's Remorse" October 17, 2017 0.8/3 2.96[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "City Hall-oween" October 24, 2017 0.8/3 2.95[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Strike" October 31, 2017 0.7/3 2.38[18] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Will You Accept This Rose?" November 7, 2017 0.7/3 2.62[19] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Here Comes the Governor" November 14, 2017 0.7/3 2.45[20] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Monuments Man" December 5, 2017 0.7/3 2.74[21] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Grey Christmas" December 12, 2017 0.8/3 2.81[22] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 81% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.66/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Mayor gets off to a promising start in its first season, elevated by a charmingly hopeful tone and political humor that reaches amiably across the aisle."[28] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[29]


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