A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights how Mike Tyson's life and career were influenced by things like racism, poverty, his mother, and his coaches. Overcoming these things and understanding the mistakes are themes.
Positive Role Models
Tyson admits to a range of negative behaviors throughout his life but argues that he now understands the reasons. Lorna Mae never seems to be supportive, but loves her son. Cus D'Amato looks out for Tyson when he's young and adopts him, but others exploit him for money.
Most boxers featured are Black; a few visible who aren't. A few coaches, managers, and promoters (like Don King) are Black.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes show bullying, street fighting, and animals being killed. Scenes of domestic violence. One episode features a child being shot by a police officer. Boxing matches show brutal knockouts and the infamous moment when Tyson bites the ear of an opponent. Rape is also a theme.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Subtle references to sex work. Nudity (bare breasts and partial bare bottoms) and explicit simulated sex acts are visible in some episodes. Romance and marriage are also themes.
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Lots of strong cursing ("s--t," "f--k"). The "N" word is often used by people in the Black community.
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Products & Purchases
Expensive cars are shown, but not in a commercial sense.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (champagne, beer) and cigarette and cigar smoking is visible. Drug use is also a theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mike is a gritty and mature biopic about the life of boxer Mike Tyson. It contains lots of violence, ranging from bullying, street fights, and domestic abuse to police shootings and brutal boxing matches, one of which ends in a bloody attack. Rape is also a theme. Sexual content includes nudity, simulated sex acts, and suggestions of sex work. Cursing is constant, and the "N" word is used frequently by Black characters. Drinking is sometimes shown, smoking (cigarettes and cigars) is visible, and drug use is also a topic. Occasionally, expensive cars and other luxury items are visible.
Is It Any Good?
This gritty limited series, which was not authorized by Mike Tyson, offers a skewed and rather superficial look at the boxer's life. The Mike narrative, which is offered as a flashback narrated by Tyson at different ages, jumps to different key moments in his life (including brief scenes of boxing matches) and attempts to underscore how systematic racism and poverty shaped them. The quick pace of these events' presentation keeps it from fully demonstrating how they specifically affected his career, relationships, and troubles over time. As a result, what Mike offers is a dramatization of events already discussed in the media, and it doesn't reveal anything particularly surprising or insightful. Some sports fans may be drawn to it, but as far as biopics go, this one could be a lot better.
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