Parents' Guide to

Mo

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Immigrant dramedy has violence, language, some drugs.

TV Netflix Comedy 2022
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Poignant but humorous take on refugees making their lives in America

The realistic plight of refugees coming to America is portrayed in an engaging, heartfelt way, laced with humor. So many moments are so much deeper than what they seem, and viewers can learn a lot from watching. The star is also the author so it is autobiographical. The cast is diverse and based in the city where he grew up, Houston (the most diverse city in the US), so it is very realistic. One thing parents should know and the reason I rated the age higher is that, besides some of the mature topics refugees deal with, like torture (before they left Kuwait), quite a few scenes happen in a strip club, and scantily clad girls are shown (no nudity though). I would increase the sex rating Common Sense has given as a result. It feels like whoever did their review/rating hasn’t watched the show because there is no mention of this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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