Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 3, 2013
    70
    The sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 3, 2013
    70
    It’s a likable, natural extension of Maron’s brand.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 6, 2013
    80
    It takes what's great about the WTF podcast--Maron's smarts, his profound love of and understanding of comedy and the people who perform it--and adds a scripted, fictional element where Sally Kellerman can play his mother and Judd Hirsch can play his father and a bevy of real-life comics and friends can stop by to mingle the two worlds and it all works out marvelously and hilariously.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 2, 2013
    75
    The three episodes I've seen function as shaggy dog stories: not wildly funny, nor as dark and emotional as "Louie" so often gets, but amusing in spots and with a very clear voice.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 2, 2013
    91
    Maron, 49, seems to be effortlessly gliding through his angst, laughing only rarely while giving viewers far more reason to do so.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 3, 2013
    75
    Maron is his own acerbic, sad-sack self, and his new show is worth a look.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 3, 2013
    70
    That he is a difficult character is not lost on Maron, or the collective superego that runs his show. Other characters--the supporting performances are shaded and excellent throughout and help take the edges off--find him difficult as well; they stand in for the audience, criticizing him on its behalf.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 29, 2013
    30
    The acrimony between the two men [Marc Maron and his father] doesn’t register as funny or entertaining. Louis C.K. has shown us, on “Louie,” what sort of deeper meaning can be mined in such deep contempt, but on Maron it just feels ugly and dull.
  9. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    May 3, 2013
    70
    It can be claustrophobic; it can be, as Marc’s Twitter hater tells him in the first episode, “whiny.” But it can also be quite funny, as Maron’s instinctive kvetchiness runs up against the practicalities of life.
  10. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 3, 2013
    60
    Maron is a little bit like the podcast without the guests, which is too much Maron. The best aspects of the show are the moments directly from the podcast, both the monologues and the joking around and interviewing other comedians.
  11. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 6, 2013
    80
    Maron is short, funny and coherent.
  12. Reviewed by: Luis Sanchez
    Apr 30, 2013
    75
    Though its narrative structure and atmosphere take a markedly different tack, Maron presents itself as a fair complement to Louie in that both shows concern themselves with refreshingly substantive masculine types.
  13. Reviewed by: Daniel Kohn
    May 9, 2014
    80
    Maron is at its greatest when the comedian plays into the abrasiveness that lands him in trouble with others.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 4, 2013
    2
    I wanted to like the show, I really did. Maron simply lacks the charisma necessary to star in his own vehicle. His acting is HORRIBLE. Stilted. He doesn't have Larry David or Louis CK's charm. The shows fell flat. I'll stick to his podcasts in the future. Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    9
    For those that miss the unique reality that was all Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, or can't get enough of the perpetually awkward-to-hilarity relationship Louis CK portrays in his newer series of same name, you're in for one heck of a treat with this highly original, always entertaining, and downright hilarious new series starring Mark "get used to seeing this guy from now on" Maron!

    Enjoy,
    Christian Hunter
    Austin, TX
    Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2013
    10
    Great show. Smart story-lines, and gets better every week. Marc is terrific as an actor, because he is playing everything as he really would, and that shows. IFC should let this gem grow for many years. The perfect companion to "Portlandia". Full Review »