Mr. Young

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Genius-teen-turned-teacher tale has merit for kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & representations

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
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
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

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 kicke... Continue reading
Educator and Parent of a 9 year old Written byJennifer M. October 15, 2016

Conflicted on this funny but often offensive show

The writers definitely understand kid humor and some of the jokes have made me laugh out loud, but lots has made me cringe. Overall the show suffers from typica... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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'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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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