A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Perseverance, responsibility, and cultural identity.
Positive Role Models
Characters show compassion, ingenuity, and hope.
Unique story of a Palestinian family in a deeply multicultural community in Texas. Some casual homophobic remarks by characters throughout the series.
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Violence & Scariness
Moments of violence, such as a mass shooting (played for both drama and comedy) in the first episode.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is mostly limited to jokes about sex and body parts. There are some casual homophobic remarks made throughout the series.
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Some profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "ass," "balls," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Some discussion of products and brand names as part of the story.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol, smoking, and other substances (such as promethazine) are featured.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mo is a comedy-drama series about a Palestinian man and his family living in Texas while they wait for their asylum request to be approved. The series looks at the American immigration process, as well as how Mo straddles American and Palestinian cultures in his everyday life. It boasts positive messages about perseverance, responsibility, and cultural identity, but the characters utter homophobic remarks and profanity, and alcohol and drugs are featured.
Is It Any Good?
As unique as Mo Amer's artistic voice feels, shows like this often need time to reach their greatest heights -- here's hoping Amer gets it. Some of the best television comes from shows that zero in on the day-to-day lives of Americans whose stories rarely get told; Amer has the precise mix of gravity and low-key comedic charm to anchor such a project. Mo's world immediately feels fully realized. He's at the center of a handful of competing cultures, from his Palestinian family to the neighborhood circles he runs in to the way he's perceived by fellow Texans. But the series doesn't quite feel like it's hit its storytelling stride, casually joking around about topics like immigration, mass shootings, and income disparity rather than using that humor to say something substantial about them.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.