A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This comedy addresses social issues like poverty, profiling, discrimination, violence, and Islamophobia. Themes also include family and loyal friendship.
Positive Role Models
Mobeen loves his sister and wants to raise her well. He's a loyal brother and friend, though he often handles things poorly in order to help them. Aqsa sometimes behaves inappropriately, thanks to what she inadvertently learns from her brother.
Violence & Scariness
Islamophobia leads to threats and violent acts committed against cast members. Guns are visible; on occasion characters are held at gun point or threatened with knives. Arguments sometimes lead to yelling, insult-hurling, and physical fights. Protests sometimes lead to bottle-throwing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Arranged marriage is a theme in one episode.
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It contains lots of profanity, including "f--k." There are some offensive racial slurs.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs are a major theme. Mobeen is a former drug dealer, and his past sometimes haunts him. Some episodes deal specifically with drug-related events, while others simply refer to it. Kids are sometimes shown carrying drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Man Like Mobeen is an edgy British comedy series intended for mature viewers. It contains lots of profanity, including frequent use of "f--k." Drugs are a major theme -- the central character is a former drug dealer, and drug use is shown and often referred to. There's also a good bit of violence. Guns, ranging from pistols to automatic weapons are visible (and sometimes drawn), and protesters get rowdy and throw bottles. Islamophobia leads to threats and violent acts committed against cast members. Man Like Mobeen features a lot of social commentary about being Muslim in the United Kingdom and could spark important conversations with teens about racial injustice. Note that audiences unfamiliar with regional British accents may occasionally find it difficult to understand.
Is It Any Good?
This edgy series offers a clever narrative about family, friendship, and contemporary social issues. Mobeen is far from perfect, and often looks to his criminal past to resolve problems, especially when it comes to helping his sister and his friends. As a result, they all find themselves embroiled in harebrained schemes, which create some wildly funny moments. But despite some of their questionable decisions, the overall cast is inherently likable, and it's impossible not to keep rooting for them.
As amusing as Man Like Mobeen is, it also offers strong social commentary about being a Muslim in the United Kingdom. It addresses issues like the increase in poverty and youth knife violence within these populations, as well as the country's systemic problems that perpetuate these injustices. It also underscores the rise of Islamaphobia thanks to a growing wave of national conservatism. Overall, Man Like Mobeen is a well-written series that uses humor and appealing characters to highlight very important and serious issues.
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