A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family members deceive one another, but are mostly loving and supportive; cliches about bullies and feminists are subverted smartly. Martin's mother supports a female political candidate and there is a lot of discussion about women's roles and rights.
Positive Role Models
Martin Moone has a typical adolescent boy's preoccupations (bullies, bicycles, getting along with his family), but he's sweeter than most. His loving parents are present and his big sisters aren't exactly supportive but are there for him in the clinch. His imaginary friend is alternately supportive and insulting.
Violence & Scariness
Some scuffling, particularly when Martin is set upon by bullies who push him down and slap him. The violence never feels menacing or terrifying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect flirting, dating, and kissing. In one scene, Martin promises a boy he can feel his sister's breasts in payment for protecting him against bullies. The sister finds out about the plan and is furious but ultimately decides to have a date with the hopeful feeler.
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Many four-letter words mostly used mildly: "Straighten this s--t out." Many characters also use the word "feck," as if it's "f--k." Some characters use the word "gay" as a slur.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke onscreen; nobody acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moone Boy is a family comedy imported from Ireland about a sweet 12-year-old boy trying to make his way in the world. Four-letter words are frequently heard, generally in a mild context, and there are sexual jokes and references. A pair of bullies push main character Martin Moone around and there are scuffles and slaps. Characters drink and smoke onscreen, but nobody acts drunk. Martin's loving if imperfect parents are present and caring, however, they admit they hate their kids at times, which may require explanations if children watch. Martin's three sisters are all teens who date and flirt; a scene in which Martin promises a friend he can feel his sister's breasts is played for laughs. Martin himself has an invisible adult best friend who often mocks him and calls him things like "idiot boy," yet acts mostly supportively.
Is It Any Good?
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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