Mudpit

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild musical tween comedy mixes live action, online gaming.

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Positive Messages

Teamwork and friendship are themes, as are music, video games and competition.   

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kyle is competitive, jealous; one teen tries to keep his activities from his strict parents. 

Violence

Avatars get crushed, electrocuted, zombified, etc.; occasionally humans fall (no injuries). 

Sex

Mild flirtations, teen crushes. 

Language

"Loser." 

Consumerism

Muzika is loosely based on MegaMan Battle Network. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mudpit is a tween-oriented series that combines mild teen drama, music, and online gaming. There’s lots of fantasy violence and competitive behavior. Insults like “loser” are common. There aren't many adults around, and one cast member tries to keep his band activities from his parents. There are a few mild flirtations and references to being “cute,”  too.  Although the game featured here is fictional, it parodies the real-life MegaMan Battle Network game.

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What's the story?

MUDPIT is a Canadian comedy that mixes music, live action, and CGI animation. Rock-loving teens Reese (Vas Saranga), Geneva (Carleigh Beverly), Mikey (Daniel Magder), and Liam (Jesse Rath) begin playing Muzika, a (fictional) MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, at their local smoothie bar in hopes of winning a recording contract. In the game their avatars, Dodge, G, Booch, and Lamb perform as Mudpit, and attempt to impress millions of other players from all over the globe. But the game isn’t easy, especially when Muzika’s host Slime (voiced by Robert Tinker), throws weird challenges their way.  Meanwhile, Reese’s stepbrother Kyle (Kjartan Hewitt) tries his best to outsmart them online and IRL. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted comedy series mixes obvious dialogue with just enough edginess and gaming adventure to give it some older tween appeal. The constant transitions between live action and the gaming story world are both smooth and creative. The avatars are also fun, especially since they look and behave differently from the people they represent. 

There are a few lessons taught throughout, especially when Kyle’s pranks backfire. But most of the entertainment comes from the adventures of the avatars within the virtual world, whether it be fending off music zombies to performing original music. Ultimately, Mudpit successfully offers a fun and unique viewing experience that young music and gaming fans will enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online role playing games like the one in Mudpit. What exactly is a MMORPG? What makes them appealing or unique? Are there any downsides to playing them?

  • What kinds of precautions should be taken when playing online games?

  • A lot of TV shows geared towards tweens usually don't feature a lot of adults. Why? How do the adults featured on Mudpit behave? Are they good role models?

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