Parents' Guide to

Moone Boy

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Irish comedy has drinking and cursing but sweet family ties.

TV Hulu Comedy 2012
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

age 12+

Not for tweens!

I watched an episode of this to see if I thought it would be appropriate for my 12 y.o. I was disappointed. Too much swearing, too many sexual references, and lots of disrespect. Characters often told each other to "shut up", the word "b**ch" is used a lot. I have heard this show compared to The Wonder Years, but I don't think it even comes close.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Feck yeah! Feck? That's the Moone Boy stand-in for "f--k," apparently, repeated ad nauseam by characters who wonder "What the feck are you on about?" or "What the feck do we have here?" when Martin is discovered yet again doing something goofy like practicing kissing on his hand, or befriending a new boy just to be invited to eat the gourmet meals his parents prepare. Moone Boy boast the same DNA as a fine wacky American family comedy like Malcolm in the Middle, but its enchanting foreignness (Americans won't even get many of the jokes, much less be able to understand all the dialogue) gives it a unique and special spin.

Also special: Show creator O'Dowd, who based Martin and his foibles on his own life, apparently likes and respects women, who are given a lot to do here. His mom and sisters aren't just background or preparers of tea; they're political animals who support "girl power" and give Martin hell whenever he does something stupid. They're as vital and complex as the male characters; rare in comedy, especially in sitcoms with a male main character. They look a lot more like the real families of the tweens and teens who should enjoy watching Moone Boy right along with their parents, because this show has a realistic character for everyone in the family to relate to.

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