Parents' Guide to

Mr. Box Office

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lackluster sitcom has likable messages at heart.

TV BET Comedy 2012
Mr. Box Office Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

MR. BOX OFFICE takes a comical look at the fall and subsequent rise of a (fictional) celebrity, but it does so with a surprisingly sentimental element to the main character's evolution. Here's a guy fully ingrained in the atmosphere of fame who winds up thriving in a new, more meaningful life challenge. What's more, he values this change because he realizes his duties as a role model... Yes, the plot is contrived (a movie star who just happens to have a teaching license stashed away?), and the story is often pretty corny, but there is some value in the story of a fish-out-of-water celebrity who values a less conspicuous kind of success.

Despite a talented cast, though, Mr. Box Office comes up short on sharp writing, production value, and general originality, with a plot that bears the marks of Welcome Back, Kotter, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and a handful of other sitcoms that preceded it. It's not destined to be a classic, but it does take a curious look at the nature of fame and ask you to ponder the definition of success, both of which are good points of discussion with your tweens.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate