Martin is a philosopher of sorts and recently a lonely one. The woman he lives with, Nan (Emmy nominated Allison Tolman), just isn't giving him the attention he needs. Their daily walks are a thing of the past. He has a hard time telling her how he feels, so he has resorted to destroying her favorite boots. He actually chewed them up, because if you haven't guessed by now, he's a dog. A lonely, controlling, self-obsessed dog who lets us in on all his thoughts. He tries to set boundaries with Nan to make her feel safe.
It has been hard on both of them since she broke up with her boyfriend, Jason (Lucas Neff), a musician, bartender and aging millennial. Now, she spends way too much time at work trying to impress her boss and co-workers, and Martin is left at home too much trying to imagine what could be more important than snuggling on the couch with him.
Nan's not the most organized person, but wants her ideas to be heard at Clark and Bow Outfitters where she's worked for six years. Co-worker Jenn (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) gives her advice on how to impress the boss, Kevin (Barry Rothbart). After months of hitting a brick wall, Nan is finally making some headway, but in a few short moments Martin ruins everything. Is she really going to have to tell everyone at work that her dog ate her presentation? It's time for obedience school. As Martin says, "I think Nan just needs things to be kind of spelled out in really obvious ways." He feels like she's lost track of what's really important: him. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.
The cast includes Allison Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry Rothbart as Kevin, and Mo Collins as Kim.
"Downward Dog" is from Legendary Television and ABC Studios. Creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen will executive produce the series with Mosaic Media Group's Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal's Kathy Dziubek. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were executive producers of the pilot.