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Miracle Workers

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Mild existential comedy is fun and light, has room to grow.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This show is about what it means to do good in the world, and how complacency can keep a person from helping others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's protagonists are committed to helping the world, even though the odds of success are not in their favor.

Violence

Violence is present but mostly takes place offscreen -- for example, in news reports about a masked gunman robbing stores that don't show footage.

Sex

No sex is depicted, but simple social dynamics and romance do take place.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is one person who drinks to excess, and it's God.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miracle Workers is a light, satirical comedy that uses a general religious framework -- God running heaven like a corporation -- to talk about current world events. In it, God (Steve Buscemi) is drinking his way through a mid-life crisis, heaven is a mundane office building, and it's up to two rogue worker angels to save the earth from imminent disaster. It's pretty mild, with violence taking place offscreen and sex limited to dating and awkward office romance. Teens who like a few existential questions along with their comedy (see: The Good Place) will enjoy this sweet, pretty smart show. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBug76 February 27, 2019
Adult Written byEmmit29 February 21, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byDinosaurReviews March 2, 2019

What's the story?

In MIRACLE WORKERS, God (Steve Buscemi) is depressed and dissatisfied with the state of life on Earth. He runs heaven like a corporation, complete with offices and warehouses. Eliza Hunter (Geraldine Viswanathan), an angel who has toiled for years in the Department of Dirt, requests a transfer to a place where she can do some good for the human race. She's moved to the Department of Wish Fulfillment, where there's only one other employee, Craig (Daniel Radcliffe). He's mostly concerned with helping people find dropped items like gloves and car keys. When God decides to permanently shut down Earth, Eliza makes a bet with him in an attempt to save it.

Is it any good?

It's a surprise that it took so long for a network to try to replicate the success of NBC's beloved comedy The Good Place, but this mild series seems to be attempting to do just that. Miracle Workers uses religious themes and (light) philosophy to ask what it means to live in a world that seems to be experiencing one demoralizing crisis after another. While it lacks the satirical punch of its predecessor, the incredible cast (Buscemi, Radcliffe, and newcomer Geraldine Viswanathan) and premise (basically The Office, but it's heaven) give the show room to grow and perhaps even eventually find its own unique voice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Miracle Workers' depiction of God and heaven differs from others. Does God behave how you'd expect? Does heaven operate the way you would think? 

  • What does it mean to do good in the world? What are the differences between the small feats that Craig performs and the ambitious acts Eliza wants to achieve?

  • How does God's depression affect those around him? How do heaven's employees behave? How do their attitudes affect each other?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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