Mother Up

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Family Guy for moms relies on tired tropes.

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age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

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Adult 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... Continue reading
Adult 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 ple... Continue reading

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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For kids who love comedy

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