Parents' Guide to

Mr. Robinson

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Charming star's throwback sitcom earns an D for dismal.

TV NBC Comedy 2015
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age 11+

I love ya Craig but your show sucks

Ok so I have been a long time fan of Craig Robertson sence the office I have found him to be a swell charming guy who can make me laugh but however this show just didnt make me laugh as much as I had hoped I wanted to like it but the stale humor at times is just not laughable at all I liked some of it and Craig is a good role model but the show is kinda flat will try agin next week warning to parents though sex And mild language may be an issue for some

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Every predictable school-based sitcom trope is employed here, from the array of stereotypically kooky coworkers to the sarcastic (but ultimately sweet) kids in Craig Robinson's class, who become a part of his plot to win back his lost love. Robinson is a genuinely funny man, as seen in The Office, This Is the End, and Hot Tub Time Machine, but this is one of the most toothless and predictable sitcoms in recent memory. It's genuinely depressing watching a guy who stole so many scenes in some of the best comedies of the last 10 years sleepwalk his way through a show that comes off like a dated mash-up of older, better shows and movies such as Hanging with Mr. Cooper and School of Rock. The supporting characters, featuring a similarly wasted Peri Gilpin (who was so memorable as Roz on Frasier), bring nothing new to the table, and the laugh track is downright oppressive. The plot lines on MR. ROBINSON are ones we've seen countless times before: Robinson's band scores an important gig that just so happens to be on the same night as the mandatory teacher meeting. Whatever will he do? Do we even care?

The strangest part of Mr. Robinson is how intensely it struggles to settle on an overall tone. From the retro title cards to the throwback premise, it aims for the comfortable familiarity of an old-school sitcom that would have been better suited for the airwaves 20 years ago. But by the same token, it makes some embarrassing attempts to be more cutting-edge, which mainly results in pointless drug references and awkward renditions of Iggy Azalea songs. And for a show that has about as much grit as an episode of Saved by the Bell, there's a surprising amount of sexual innuendo. Some of the dialogue borders on racist; at one point, Gilpin's principal character refers to Mr. Robinson as a "Nubian prince" with an "African musk" and reprimands him by saying "You're subbin' in the wrong school, Shaft!" This sort of lazy writing and one-note character development is what keeps Mr. Robinson and its otherwise talented cast from rising to the head of the class.

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