The Mayor

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Rapper runs for mayor as a joke -- and wins in fun comedy.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Themes include the idea that actions have consequences, that there is value in working together, and that you should finish what you start.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Courtney steps up and contributes positively to his community -- even when that isn't his first impulse. His friends T.K. and Jermaine do whatever they can to help their friend, and demonstrate great teamwork. Courtney's mom, Dina, is an independent woman who isn't afraid to express herself, and who gives strong, solid advice to her son. Mayoral aide Valentina puts aside any petty partisan concerns (she had formerly assisted Courtney's opponent) and works hard to best serve their town.


One brief mention of someone being "queer-phobic" -- a comment said in jest and meant to criticize intolerance.


Courtney says "bulls--t" at one point, but it is bleeped. He also peppers his speech with the Northern California slang term "hella."


A few brand names are mentioned: Mastercard, Discover, Visa. Courtney has a designer shoe addiction and loves sporting a fresh pair of Nikes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief mentions of beer; scenes of adults drinking at a neighborhood party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Mayor is a family-friendly sitcom starring Brandon Micheal Hall (Search Party) as a 27-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist who finds himself the unlikely mayor of his town. He lives with his mom, a postal carrier who references having had him at age 16 and who's a hardworking, positive presence in his life. Language is mild, and the show offers positive messages about civic engagement, teamwork, and leadership -- as well as plenty of laughs.

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Adult Written bychrisman28 October 10, 2017

though not hilarious i vote for this ,ayor

this is one of those shows that may just need time but I enjoy what I have got so far Courtney rose is a good example on not making promises you cant keep and a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 9, 2017

The best ever

It is great for all ages

What's the story?

Courtney Rose is a struggling hip-hop artist -- his "recording studio" is in his bedroom closet -- who runs for THE MAYOR of his mid-sized Northern California city on a lark, as a nontraditional way to advertise his mixtape. He soon finds that although his campaign started as a joke, his firsthand experience as someone who actually lives in the economically challenged community he'd be serving makes him more relatable to voters than his career politician opponents. Against all odds, he's voted into office, and although his first instinct is to step down and admit the whole thing was a farce, his friends and family convince him that the same POV that makes him a good rapper means he may have something valuable to contribute as mayor -- and that he needs to respect the wishes of the community who believed in him enough to elect him. With the help of his mom, his pals, and the no-nonsense know-how of mayoral aide (and former classmate) Valentina Barella, Courtney chooses to stay and govern, and faces challenges as he tries to improve his community while not letting his musical aspirations slip away in the process.

Is it any good?

This is a peppy, charming comedy whose good vibes and earnest message could not be coming at a better time. The Mayor is thoughtful without being preachy, and makes a point of showing the accidental mayor realizing the gravity of his newly appointed role, and taking the needs of his constituents seriously, even if he doesn't always do things the "right" way. The cast has real chemistry, and it's good to see the oft-underestimated Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) in a series-regular role that's worthy of her. Meanwhile, lead actor Brandon Micheal Hall's charisma and quiet intelligence shine through. Glee's Lea Michele also strikes a nice balance between strident Tracy Flick-style ambition and humble sincerity as Courtney's antagonist-turned-aide Valentina. It's a fun premise, with a snappy script and winning cast -- and it features catchy music as well, thanks to executive producer Daveed Diggs, a breakout star from the Broadway sensation Hamilton, who makes a brief appearance in the pilot and is responsible for writing the show's rhymes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about any similarities they see between the plot of The Mayor -- where a member of the entertainment industry runs for public office and is elected, to much surprise -- and our own real-life political climate. How do the lifestyle and circumstances of these elected officials differ? Did you find Courtney's mayoral win believable?

  • How does the media usually portray families headed by a single mother -- and in particular, families of color? Do you find the relationships depicted on The Mayor to be realistic? Why or why not?

  • How do the characters in The Mayor demonstrate character strengths like leadership, communication, and teamwork

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