A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's narration claims that the characters are looking for love, but they sure talk more often about looking for sex. There are extremely worrisome references to using or tricking people for sex, particularly women.
Positive Role Models
Characters talk about loving their families, friends, and jobs, and most are well-meaning, but it's hard to discern personalities given so many characters and intersecting plot lines. The cast boasts some racial and ethnic diversity and subverts some racist tropes by addressing them directly.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
About as dirty as things can get on broadcast TV. We see characters flirting, kissing, and "hooking up" with people in their underwear in a bar backroom, with sex implied. There is also near-constant talk about sex, some of it quite offensive, such as characters saying women will sleep with anyone, references to finding drunk girls and using them for sex, graphic discussions of "big, thick booties," and getting laid. There's a lot of strong language and a lot of references to consequence-free casual sex.
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Cursing, including bleeped four-letter words, strong language such as "pissed" or references to a male character as "climb-able," and wall-to-wall sex talk.
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Products & Purchases
Real celebrities such as Keyshawn Johnson appear as themselves.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The entire show takes place in a bar, where characters drink, get drunk, sometimes vomit, or act silly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mixology is an adult-oriented comedy set in a bar, with lots of drinking and some drunkenness, plus wall-to-wall sex talk, references to body parts, and many scenes of men discussing how to spot and trick drunk women into no-strings sex. It's all played for laughs, but these are messages easily misinterpreted by young viewers. If parents allow kids to watch at all, they will definitely want to discuss sex and intimacy. There is also some cursing, including bleeped four-letter words, gendered insults (many references to someone being a "bitch"), and intense discussions including references to suicide and violence.
Is It Any Good?
As Mixology's creators proved in the hilarious The Hangover, they can write a good quip. "You're a Viking," Tom's pals tell him in an attempt to get him to "man up" enough to approach a beautiful woman at the bar. "You rape and pillage and take what's yours." Then he pauses. "Well, obviously, you don't rape." Ha! Unexpected, and pretty clever. Just as viewers are wincing over the hideously politically incorrect and potentially illegal advice, the show circles around and subverts it with a laugh. Nicely done. If only all the jokes were as fresh or, better yet, delivered by characters who seem to be actual characters, not types delivering quips.
All the raunchy sex talk is a bit of a turnoff as well. Not because it's blue, but because it's tired. Listening to a bunch of horny guys scheming to get sex was last hilarious in approximately 1982, when Porky's came out. These days, it's an embarrassment. Having the female characters similarly looking for love, or what passes for it for one night, doesn't really help, because the women, too, come off as one-note, unrealistic, and trope-ish. Teenagers are the only ones likely to find any of this funny, but parents won't want them to watch, no, ma'am, no, sir. So who is this show aimed at? The slim audience segment that enjoyed The Hangover Part III, perhaps?
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