The Mayor S1
IMDb rating: 5.5/10
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Politics is like the card game Uno: you can be any age to play. That’s what wannabe rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) discovers in single-season comedy The Mayor.
The newly graduated high schooler lets out his frustrations in public and realises that he’s saying what other people are feeling. And before he knows it, he’s made mayor in the local elections and he’s given the chance to uplift his community in the way that his predecessor had only promised, along with a rag-tag team in his mayor’s office.
“Courtney and I, our lives are very parallel. I’m an up-and-coming actor who wants to get his opportunity, and Courtney is an up-and-coming rapper who wants to get his story out there. We’re both in these new positions of responsibility. It’s a very thin line of actor versus character,” explains Brandon.
The Mayor is a fun watch but there’s nothing you haven’t seen here before. A character has a dream and when they’re given the opportunity to reach that dream, they realise it’s not what they’d expected – it’s a lot of hard work.
“The Mayor is very much light, reality-based comedy,” adds Brandon. “What makes Courtney special is that we’re not only talking about political ideas, but also talking about what we can do to uplift and bring our community together. We aren’t targeting specific politicians. What we’re targeting is the work that needs to be done.”