A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Rudi enjoys punching people in the face to make her point during an argument.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many sexual innuendos and jokes, including those that refer to infidelity and group sex. A toddler is shown seemingly masturbating.
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Many exclamations containing curse words: "Son of a bitch!"
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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