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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Disturbing messages about sex wrapped up in comedy.

TV ABC Comedy 2014
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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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