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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?