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Downward Dog

the-series-philosopher-downward-dogDownward Dog was an American comedy television series broadcast on ABC, based on a web series by Animal Media Group. ABC subsequently cancelled the series before it finished its first season.

In September 2015, ABC placed a pilot order for the series. On May 12, 2016, ABC picked up the series for the 2016–17 season, due to premiere as a mid-season replacement. The series premiered on May 17, 2017, before starting its Tuesday run on May 23, 2017.

Downward Dog is filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On June 23, 2017, ABC canceled Downward Dog after one season.


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 (Fargo, Sordid Lives: The Series) as Nan
  • Ned as Martin, Nan’s increasingly lonely and philosophical dog
  • Samm Hodges (voice) as Martin
  • Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) as Jason, Nan’s ex-boyfriend and occasional “friend with benefits”
  • Barry Rothbart (Single by 30) as Kevin, Nan’s insecure boss who tries to undermine Nan and her coworkers’ successes.
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Love) as Jenn, Nan’s best friend and co-worker
  • Maria Bamford (voice, Lady Dynamite, Fresh Off the Boat) as Pepper, a neighborhood cat that torments Martin
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