A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's not the show's main intent, but viewers do pick up some information about history, science, and literature in some episodes. For instance, one story chronicles the characters' attempt to stage a Shakespeare play, so viewers see and hear parts of the story.
Friendships and working relationships are explored, and the characters face some major mishap in each episode that requires problem-solving techniques. Of course, the context in which it all happens is unrealistically rosy, and everything's resolved by the show's end, but it's fun nonetheless. Authority lines are blurred when Adam hangs out with his friends, especially with regard to his quest for Echo's affection, since that would constitute a student-teacher relationship.
Positive Role Models
Adam is intelligent and hardworking, and he tries to do his job and serve his students well while maintaining friendly relationships with them. Adults are less positive as role models, shown mostly as flighty or out of touch with reality, but that's an integral part of the show's sense of comedy.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting and relationship pairs between teens, including the possibility of a relationship between a teen teacher and his same-aged student.
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No cursing, but occasional name-calling like "butthead."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Canadian series centers on a teenage high school teacher who's balancing the need to assert his authority over his students with his desire to fit in with them socially. The concept is hardly realistic, but with some prompting, the social uncertainties he faces could be relatable to those that real kids and tweens encounter. The show draws its plentiful humor from awkward social situations, offbeat characterizations, and general mayhem in a school setting with little real authority, all of which will appeal to its audience. There are some established and blossoming relationships among the characters, most of which are innocent, but one does pair a teenage teacher and a high school student.
Is It Any Good?
This Canadian series caters to kids' sense of humor with its clever spin on the dime-a-dozen school-set comedies. Showing teen life through the eyes of a barely post-pubescent teacher highlights its ups and downs in a unique way. Adam's struggles to fit in with his friends and his professional colleagues are reminiscent of many instances of social uncertainty for kids. Of course, the fact that he's caught between two opposing worlds makes for some funny circumstances, which will keep kids wanting to come back.
Content-wise, Mr. Young is fairly worry-free, but there's an unstated issue that surrounds Adam's attempts to woo Echo. When it comes down to it, despite their identical ages, he's a teacher in romantic pursuit of a student. It's unlikely that kids will make the connection between the show and this sensitive real-world concept, but parents might. That said, the show does a surprisingly good job of incorporating solid aspects of history, science, and literature into many of the stories, all in a manner that makes the content more fun than forced learning.
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