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Mixology

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Disturbing messages about sex wrapped up in comedy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

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.

What's the story?

One night. One bar. A bunch of single people, looking for love. That's the high-concept setup for MIXOLOGY, the new comedy by the creators of The Hangover. In one unnamed New York City bar, recently dumped Tom (Blake Lee) is looking to dive back into the dating pool with the encouragement of his college buddies, handsome player Cal (Craig Frank) and smart-alecky ginger Bruce (Andrew Santino). At the same time, beautiful but blunt attorney Maya (Ginger Gozanga) is trying to convince Liv (Kate Simses) to dump her boring fiance, which is getting easier due to the temptations of failed dot-com entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell). Presiding over the whole scene is darkly handsome, enigmatic bartender Dominic (Adan Canto) and bubbly waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies). Which one of these characters will find each other as the night wears on? You'll have to watch and see.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how realistic the show is. Do the characters come off as real people? Do they talk like real people? Parents: Does Mixology reflect your experiences?

  • Most of the characters on Mixology look to be in their late twenties or earlier thirties, and most are physically attractive. Why would this be? If you look around at a nightspot, do the people you see there look like the people on Mixology?

  • What audience do you think Mixology is trying to attract? Men, women? Seniors, teenagers, thirtysomethings? Would it surprise you to learn that the show was created and written by a pair of male writers? Does it seem like the show is attempting to appeal more to male viewers?

TV details

Cast:Adam Campbell, Blake Lee, Adan Canto, Ginger Gonzaga
Network:ABC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byNvG Nick February 23, 2016

Mixology Review

A few laughs aren't enough to pull this sitcoms lackluster story and sexual themes.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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