A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "hell," "damn," and "ass" are commonplace, and some euphemisms for sex ("screw," "get laid") are used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social scenes in bars or at private parties include drinking and smoking, although it's limited to the over-21 crowd.
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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.
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.
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