Mission Hill

 
So-so Simpsons for twentysomethings.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show is devoid of parental influence, so teenage Kevin has only his lazy, sexually motivated, cool-conscious older brother to learn from. Most of the young adult characters are shallow and do only enough to get by in life, often lying and cheating.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Guys and girls talk about "getting laid" female characters wear skimpy and revealing outfits; masturbation is mentioned. In one episode, an older brother wishes his younger brother a happy first date by giving him a condom. The next-door neighbors are a gay couple whose "relations" can sometimes be heard through the walls.

Language

Words like "hell," "damn," and "ass" are commonplace, and some euphemisms for sex ("screw," "get laid") are used.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social scenes in bars or at private parties include drinking and smoking, although it's limited to the over-21 crowd.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show satirizes the young-adult lifestyle in the big city, which means there's plenty of iffy content for younger viewers. Characters are one-dimensional and, on the whole, unmotivated, often drifting through life and jobs in typical slacker fashion. The show touches on mature themes like masturbation, sexual experiences (and lack thereof), and homosexual relationships, featuring a long-time male couple whose intensely up-and-down relationship is played for laughs. Younger viewers will miss much of the social context that lends itself to the humor of the show.

What's the story?

MISSION HILL is set in the fictional city of Cosmopolis, a hip and happenin' place crawling with fashion divas, career go-getters, new-age hippies, and slackers. In the middle of the madness is 24-year-old Andy French (voiced by Wallace Langham), whose goal is to live the easy life while exerting the minimal amount of effort. Andy drifts through a variety of jobs, never looking far enough into the future to see that he's headed in no real direction, and puts the same lackadaisical effort into the dating scene and, not surprisingly, finds himself mateless most of the time. None of this seems to bother him much, though, and he's happy to be surrounded by his friends and roommates, laid-back Jim Kuback (Brian Posehn) and airy neo-flower child Posey Tyler (Vicki Lewis). Andy's also joined in his loft apartment by his teenage brother, Kevin (Scott Menville), a geeky but well meaning high-schooler whose goals extend far beyond his current surroundings. Kevin dreams of morphing into coolness, landing his first date, and attending Yale to become a world-famous scientist.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up, Mission Hill's mature topics and humor make it inappropriate for children and tweens, and parents may want to preview an episode or two before approving it for their teens. While it probably won't keep you in stitches, the show will strike a chord with young adults who can relate to the characters and their woes. For them, it's a decent way to spend 30 minutes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the social behavior portrayed by the show's young adults. Are the irresponsible? How so? What might the repercussions of their actions be? Parents can discuss the importance of having goals. Why is it necessary to have a plan in life? How can that keep you motivated? What are your goals? How will you work toward them?

TV details

Cast:Brian Posehn, Scott Menville, Wallace Langham
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySamurai 2.0 May 6, 2011
age 11+
 

Boring, dull, and strictly tween-boy humor.

I really don't believe anyone over the age of 13 will enjoy this show. Tween boys will laugh their heads off, cuz, y'know, dirty jokes. Content's sorta iffy, but again, the humor appeal.
Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2009
age 14+
 

pretty good.

it's not bad. could be better
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A funny show!!! but kinda old

even though this show is funny parents should make sure what their kids watch is something they don't mind their kids seeing and this show is kinda old just 4 the record and is for adults and kids about 10 and over who know what their watching

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