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Mr. Iglesias

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Throwback sitcom has lovable characters, some mature humor.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about education and educators are strong and clear: teachers are dedicated and hard-working, willing to put in extra time and effort to help students and demonstrating communication and teamwork as they do. 


Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast of this sitcom is diverse in terms of class, ethnicity, race, gender, and body type. Mr. Iglesias is a loving teacher who sometimes teases his students, but is also kind and supportive. "You're not just my best student, you're my favorite student," he says to one in a characteristic interaction. High school students are played by appropriately aged actors. Carlos Hernandez is a somewhat stereotypical character, a petty administrative tyrant. Paula Madison also has stereotypical qualities as a fortysomething woman with a larger body type who complains frequently about her lack of romantic success. Messages about gender roles can be iffy, like when Iglesias uses an effeminate voice to talk about the powdered wigs of the Founding Fathers. 


An occasional joke touches on violence, like when Ray tells Gabe he would have "whipped" his "ass" if he'd misbehaved as a student. 


Teachers and administrators are single and interested -- expect romantic complications, dating, kissing. Paula's dating life -- or lack thereof -- is a major source of comic fodder, with jokes about her many dating profiles (on Bumble, Tinder, UrbanSwipe) and lack of success. Jokes may border on the vulgar, with a student saying Paula hasn't been getting a lot of "pokes" on her profiles, and Gabe warning a male teacher interested in an engaged female teacher "don't put your fry in her ketchup." 


Language is infrequent, but expect to hear "hell," "asses," "goddamn," "damn," and "dumbass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jokes occasionally target substances: "People need shoes to get weed!" Gabe tells a student who's excited to be dropping out (and has decided to sell pot instead of working at a shoe store). In another scene, a student jokes that Paula will be easier to convince of something if Gabe gets "a pitcher of appletinis in her." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mr. Iglesias is a sitcom about a beloved history teacher named Gabe (comedian Gabriel Iglesias) who's now working at the school he grew up attending. Positive messages about education and educators are strong and clear: Teachers care about their students and go the extra mile to help them succeed, demonstrating teamwork and communication. And both students and teachers are treated with respect and dignity. That said, some jokes may border on iffy topics or send mixed messages about drugs, alcohol, sex, and gender roles. The principal is an older woman whose lack of romantic success is depicted as being funny to others; there are lots of jokes about her dating profile and prospects. Other jokes circle around alcohol (it's said that the principal will be in a better mood with a "pitcher of appletinis in her"), pot (Gabe jokes that he'll eat "not real Mexican food" Chipotle because he's "high"), or sex (Gabe tells another teacher interested in a colleague not to put his "fry in her ketchup"). A few characters, such as the principal and her officious second-in-command, are somewhat stereotyped, but the cast is diverse in terms of age, race, ethnicity, class, and body type. Language is infrequent, but expect to hear "hell," "goddamn," "damn," and "dumbass."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+ and 18+ year old Written bynuenjins July 1, 2019

Surprisingly inappropriate and racist. We were shocked :o

Explicit references to genitalia and sex in general, this is NOT content for children. There is also a token naive "white girl" teacher that Iglesias... Continue reading
Adult Written byMusical_mama July 6, 2019

Funny for adults, but filled with adult humor

References to weed, a little skit about Cheech and Chong mentioning being high, the principal telling someone that marriage isn’t a dealbreaker and that running... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe truth2 June 27, 2019

Bad education

This tv show is funny I guess but it is a complete copy of bad education an English show on Netflix which in my opinion is better
Teen, 13 years old Written byHound July 1, 2019

Great show for older kids

I loved this show! It had great messages, but there were some inappropriate parts. Overall good message.

What's the story?

It's not that the students in MR. IGLESIAS' classroom are bored in class -- it's just that history seems to have little to do with their lives today. But as their good-natured teacher (Gabriel Iglesias) says, no one teaches history like him. He's beloved by students, colleagues, and his boss and pal Principal Paula Madison (Sherri Shepherd) -- if only that solved all the problems a high school teacher runs across. 

Is it any good?

With endearing characters and sharply written jokes, this throwback series will remind viewers of classic high-school sitcoms like Welcome Back, Kotter and Saved by the Bell. The rhythms are the same (line, line, joke, pause for live-studio laughs, topper with even bigger laughs) and so is the structure, with one big dilemma per show introduced in the first few minutes tidily wrapped up at the end, with everyone smiling, or hugging, or both. But like those hoary sitcoms of yesterday, Mr. Iglesias goes down easily because you quickly grow fond of the quirky characters saying funny stuff. 

Importing the same gentle self-deprecating humor he employs in his standup, Gabriel Iglesias is chief amongst said lovable characters. “Dedicated teacher” is an easy hero to get behind, and Iglesias makes it feel natural. The other teachers on staff are fun, too: charming goofus Tony (Jacob Vargas), overachieving Abby (Maggie Geha), grumbling almost-retiree Ray (Richard Gant). Even back-of-the-classroom students may want to show up for this class. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between the school experience portrayed on the show and kids' own experience. What are the differences between TV version and real-life? Does the relationship between teacher and student seem realistic? Do teens have a teacher like Mr. Iglesias? 

  • Schools are a classic setting for TV sitcoms. What others can you name? How is Mr. Iglesias like or different from these shows? What dramatic or comedic possibilities does a school offer? 

  • How do the characters in Mr. Iglesias demonstrate teamwork and communication? Why are these important character strengths?

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