Parents' Guide to

Mr. Young

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Genius-teen-turned-teacher tale has merit for kids.

TV Disney XD Comedy 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+

Racist, Sexist, and sexual!

I started watching this with my daughter who is 5, because she was watching it. I immediately noticed the entire cast was white, except for a Asian janitor, who's name was Dang, with a really heavy accent, who they explicitly made dumber than the rest of the cast. Then second episode Dang was talking about rice fields! And then in the second episode, the girl Brianna is a big stereotype about the dumb blond pretty girl. Also, I noticed something else: Only the boys are smart! And then there is a teacher hitting on a student! It doesn't matter if he is age appropriate. It teaches kids a bad message, that it is okay to date your teachers. If I could, I would rate this zero stars. Do not show this to anyone.
age 18+

racist!

My 13 year old watched it and told me that it was racist right away! Asian janitor portrayed as dumb and with stereotypical accent. This show should be taken off Netflix and all networks.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (43 ):

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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