Mike Tyson Mysteries

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Boxer's animated series is rude, crude comedy drivel.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

This absurd show attempts to hook viewers with its bawdy content and the curiosity factor of Mike Tyson's involvement. Characters' relationships are mocking and contentious, Tyson mostly fails as a parent, and insulting celebrity spoofs and references are played for laughs. Some jabs at Yung Hee's Asian heritage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A fleeting bright spot exists in Yung Hee, who tries to rise above the mediocrity of the others and demonstrate some responsibility, mostly by way of looking into college and planning for the future. Otherwise, there's little to impress among the adults, who seem to fall into luck rather than create their own success.

Violence

Blood, injuries, and death, all of which is meant to be funny. Some nonhuman characters are scary and threatening. Punching, kicking, and hitting in physical exchanges. 

Sex

References to masturbation (called "jacking off"), "whores," homosexuality, and all sorts of sexual encounters. An anthropomorphic pigeon talks about having sex with women. 

Language

"Ass," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," and "bitch." "F--k" is bleeped, and "s--t" is bleeped in some contexts but not in others. 

Consumerism

The series puts the controversial Tyson back into the spotlight, but there's no direct self-promotion.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult characters drink beer. Pigeon's consumption hints at his having an alcohol addiction, as he always turns to it when he's depressed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mike Tyson Mysteries is an animated series that's part of Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" block and isn't meant for most teens. Expect crass references to sexuality, masturbation, and bestiality, plus a lot of drinking that acts as a crutch for one character's depressive moods. Violence sometimes leads to bloody death, and there's no filtering the characters' rampant strong language, of which only "f--k" is routinely edited. The show's bizarre plots do little more than invite jokes at the expense of celebrities and further Mike Tyson's fame.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZack A. March 24, 2018

I LOVE THIS!!!!!

This is awesome!!!! This is definitely worth every kid watching! There is no sex or language, and there is very little violence
Adult Written byPizza G. May 25, 2017

Absurd series gets funnier as it progresses

Mike Tyson Mysteries is a strange, often hilarious cartoon chronicling the adventures of Mike Tyson, his daughter, a ghost, and an alcoholic pigeon. The later e... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old February 1, 2015

funny

funny but not that appropriate i mean all in all its ok but i would watch something else
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 19, 2014

What's the story?

MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES follows the animated alter ego of the controversial boxer (voiced by Tyson), here cast as a mystery-solving wanderer whose caseload includes missions such as flying to the moon and helping an accomplished novelist finish his latest book while simultaneously fending off a chupacabra. Mike's crack team of co-gumshoes consists of his adopted daughter, Yung Hee (Rachel Ramras); the Ghost of Marquess of Queensberry (Jim Rash); and the anthropomorphic, ex-human, alcoholic Pigeon (Norm Macdonald). 

Is it any good?

This absurd show sounds like the end result of a stream-of-consciousness voice-over session with Tyson in charge and the supporting cast struggling to keep up with its helter-skelter changes of direction. To call it bizarre is a kindness; it's quirky and filled with twists but rarely in a good way. It also plays heavily on Tyson's lispy speech pattern and pronunciation challenges. As for the supposed mysteries promised by the title, they're flimsy, they lack direction, and they're rarely solved in the traditional sense of the word. In other words, if you like to follow a plot from beginning to reasonable end, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Of course, the series likely hangs its hopes on the simple curiosity factor of Tyson's involvement in an animated project, and there is a viable hook there. But even if you tune in to see how that plays out, you'll find he's easily overshadowed by Macdonald's hilarious interpretation of the caustic Pigeon, who accounts for much of the show's hard-fought humor. The bottom line? There are some laughs in this nonsensical series, but they can't make up for its glaring lack of basic entertainment value.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of cartoons meant for adult audiences. Does the fact that these characters are animated make the content more palatable than it would be in live action? 

  • Is this show offensive? If so, in what ways? Can offensive content be funny? Where is the line between the two?

  • Why do you think Mike Tyson got involved in this project? Do you think it bolsters his résumé? Is it true that there's no such thing as bad press? How does society assign celebrity status?

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