Parents' Guide to

Mr. Sunshine

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Offbeat workplace sitcom fun, but without much teen appeal.

TV ABC Comedy 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Not even remotely edifying.

The commercial for it completely turned me off to it: the only thing the characters talked about was sex. Sex with women, sex with men. Why do we let entertainment get away with joking about immorality so easily?

This title has:

Too much sex
age 12+


The Characters have very little heart as a viewer you feel ambiguious towards them......I can't make it through a whole episode

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

In an oddly analogous way, MR. SUNSHINE is a lot like The Muppet Show. In one episode, a put-upon Ben makes a Kermit-esque effort to manage a literal three-ring circus (complete with a visiting troupe of clowns), pull his boss down from a prescription-drug high, and sort out his feelings for a pretty co-worker, all the while working through technical issues so the show can go on that night and planning for the arrival of the Sunshine Center's next big act. It's no wonder he's unhappy. (But as a certain frog once said, it's not easy being green.)

Viewers don't get a rotating roster of guest stars, talking pigs, or song-and-dance numbers. But with Mr. Sunshine, we do get a genuinely funny look at the behind-the-scenes mayhem that goes into bringing large-scale entertainment to the masses. And the show boasts strong writing and spot-on casting (with stand-out work from Janney, Lesure, and Anders). But will teens relate to the midlife quandaries and workplace dramas of Mr. Sunshine? The forecast is cloudy.

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