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Mr. Young

(i)

 

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

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some flirting and relationship pairs between teens, including the possibility of a relationship between a teen teacher and his same-aged student.

Language

No cursing, but occasional name-calling like "butthead."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

In MR. YOUNG, child genius Adam Young (Brendan Meyer) returns to his neighborhood high school as a science teacher after graduating from college in his early teens. Bypassing job opportunities with big-name companies and NASA, Adam finds himself across the desk from his best friend, Derby (Gig Morton), and his longtime crush, Echo (Matreya Fedo), which presents some unique social uncertainties for the underage teacher, who feels out of place among his professional colleagues as well. What's more, Adam's position makes him an authority figure at his older sister's (Emily Tennant) school, and the resident rabble-rouser, Slab (Kurt Ostland), takes pleasure in causing a ruckus in his presence. Add to that a jolly but naive principle (Milo Shandel) and a wacky history teacher (Paula Shaw), and there's no school quite like Finnegan High.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. How are you different from your closest friends? Are there activities or subjects in which you perform better than they do? What are their strengths? Do these (or other) differences ever cause problems among you?

  • Tweens: What are your career goals? How do those reflect your unique skills? What expertise will you need to acquire before you can fulfill those goals? What satisfaction do you hope to take from your job?

  • Are you aware of any stereotyping among this show's characters? How can stereotypes be a basis for comedy? Where should the line be drawn between acceptable and offensive stereotyping in entertainment?

TV details

Premiere date:March 1, 2011
Cast:Brendan Meyer, Gig Morton, Matreya Fedor
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship, High school
TV rating:TV-G

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Parent Written bylynninny January 22, 2012

Awful, hit just about every offensive thing possible in 5 minutes

I watched this show for about five minutes with my sons before turning it off. The mean-spirited jokes about an elderly woman posing as a cheerleader (she kicked her leg, the inudendo was that you could see up her skirt, and the students all vomited, while a janitor with an exaggerated Asian accent waited to clean it up) and the sexual behavior between the male lead character "teacher" and a female student ("let's get you into one of those short skirts...") is NOT for seven year olds. Disney, there is nothing redeeming or funny about this show. Ugh.
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Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old February 14, 2013

Hate the review, LOVE the show.

Ok, a "one does pair a teenage teacher and a high school student.". The teacher is a genius, THE SAME AGE AS THE GIRL. And "the relationship" is him having a crush on HER. Did you even watch the show? "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." Ok, I'm sure parents are concerned about a 14 year old's crush. I hated this review, but I LOVE the show, and I totally recommend it for kids!
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Great messages
Kid, 11 years old November 19, 2011

a boring show

a boring show. this show should be rated but because of name calling and flirting i can see why this show is rated g.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models