Mother Up

 
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Family Guy for moms relies on tired tropes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Anything and everything is up for mockery here: family love, religion, sex, crime. There are many racial jokes, such as when Rudi calls an Indian tailor and threatens to bring an immigration raid unless he makes her an outfit.

Positive role models

Main character Rudi does have a smidge of maternal feeling, but mostly she's hypercompetitive and insulting to everyone around her, including her children. All characters are exaggerated, from the rap star to the alpha moms.

Violence

Rudi enjoys punching people in the face to make her point during an argument.

Sex

Many sexual innuendos and jokes, including those that refer to infidelity and group sex. A toddler is shown seemingly masturbating.

Language

Many exclamations containing curse words: "Son of a bitch!" 

Consumerism

Random mentions of high-end brands like Prada and Cristal champagne.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rudi frequently drinks and smokes onscreen. In one episode, small children are shown eating an alcohol-laced cake and vomiting.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mother Up is written by the folks behind Family Guy, and it shows. Both take pleasure in tasteless jokes about sex, drugs, religion, race, and many other sensitive topics. Viewers can expect to hear rough language as well, including threats to "kick ass," references to perverse sexual practices, and the like. Main character Rudi also smokes on-screen and is frequently shown holding and drinking a martini-like cocktail. Other characters, including a small child, are pictured with drinks. In one episode, kids accidentally ingest alcohol and then vomit; this is played for laughs. The main character professes to be a great mother but then sends her peanut-allergic son to school with a peanut bar and threatens to offer both her children for sale on eBay -- again, all played for laughs.

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What's the story?

The theme song says it all: Eva Longoria's Rudi "used to be queen of the music scene, Cristal, Prada, and limousines," but now she's "stuck here in suburbia" and forced to MOTHER UP. Her husband took a flyer when she lost her job at Mass Exploitation record, and now she's Mr. Mom, except without the "mister." Children Steve and Apple, raised by nannies, are bewildered by Rudi's new absorption in their lives, but they're willing to give her a shot. Less open-minded are the cadre of judgmental super-moms who inhabit her neighborhood. Rudi's making a splash, and maybe not such a good one. But at least she's trying.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Family Guy for ladies sounds like a great thing -- after all, the long-running cartoon show is popular and funny, but, with its coarse humor, not all that appealing to women in general. The unfortunate problem with Mother Up is that it's not all that funny and relies on tired tropes for its comedy. Of course the leader of the super-mommies is a blonde harridan who's just mean to Rudi because she's jealous and who uses kids' birthday parties and swim lessons as her battlefield. Of course Rudi is a hard-edged career woman who finds out she has a secret soft spot for her kids. Of course, said kids are personality-free plot devices who conveniently disappear when the adults are talking.

Wouldn't it be nice to see a show about and for women in which the women supported each other instead of competing? There's plenty of comedy to be mined from the stay-at-home mom world (any SAHM could tell you that), but it's not on display in Mother Up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which audience Mother Up is trying to reach. Is it meant for young people? Older people? Moms? Dads? Men? Women? How can you tell?

  • Mother Up is written by the same person who writes Family Guy. Does that surprise you? Do you see similarities between the two? What about differences?

  • Is the audience supposed to like or empathize with Rudi? What gives you this idea?

TV details

Cast:Eva Longoria, Jesse Camacho
Network:Hulu
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:NR

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Educator and Parent Written byJReichart November 21, 2013
 

Mother UP needs to go!

My opinion is that we do not need yet another show that sends negative messages to kids or adults. This show also has subtle messages of child abuse in the form of neglect and abandonment. There are so many kids who are being abused, abandoned and neglected, they do not need to see it on TV. We have enough adults in real life who are setting negative examples for kids with smoking, drinking, foul language etc. It needs to stop.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator Written byBigchris November 18, 2013
 

Ok just not funny

Well I didn't even watch a whole show of this but it seemed so stupid that I didn't feel I had to to know how dumb this show is its just not funny please save yourself the pain and don't watch
Adult Written byNene123 January 3, 2015
 

It Normal

I Feel Like People Need To Relax. You Already Watched It And That All They Need Whether You Like It Or Not. It Not That Funny But It Do Have Humor If You Can Spend 20+ Mins To Watch It. When Mom Have Kids They Lose Class And Can't Have Fun When They Need Too. Rudi Still Got Hers. What Do Want To See Shaggy Mom Eating Baby Food With Her Kids For The Rest Of Their Life. That A Nice Show

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