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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to masturbation (called "jacking off"), "whores," homosexuality, and all sorts of sexual encounters. An anthropomorphic pigeon talks about having sex with women.
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"Ass," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," and "bitch." "F--k" is bleeped, and "s--t" is bleeped in some contexts but not in others.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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