A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Mick is a comedy series about an irresponsible woman who assumes guardianship of her spoiled niece and nephews. It features some strong content and questionable messages that, though offered in a humorous context, makes it a less-than-ideal viewing option for kids. Risky behaviors include unprotected teen sex (although responsible behavior is discussed), using medications to secretly subdue a minor, and, in one episode, a child consuming quantities of birth control pills. Strong language ("bitch," "ass,") and crude sexual references are frequent, and some kicking, screaming, and slapping are sometimes shown.
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What's the story?
THE MICK is a comedy series starring Kaitlin Olson as Mackenzie Murphy, aka "Mickey," an irresponsible woman who assumes guardianship of her spoiled niece and nephews. When her wealthy sister and brother-in-law are arrested for federal crimes, she steps in to take care of obnoxious 17-year-old Sabrina Pemberton (Sofia Black-D'Elia), her arrogant 13-year-old nephew Chip (Thomas Barbusca), and nerdy 7-year-old Ben (Jack Stanton). While living in the Pemberton's Connecticut mansion and having access to credit cards has its perks, Mickey doesn't know the first thing about raising kids. But with the help of the family maid Alba (Carla Jimenez) and her semi-loser boyfriend Jimmy (Scott MacArthur), she tries to be the parent they desperately need. With any luck, she just might help them become productive members of society.
Is it any good?
This irreverent series offers a humorous look at how an unlikely parental figure takes over a seemingly perfect family, only to discover that they're just as dysfunctional as she is. However, the show is less about the kids actually learning positive lessons and more about Mickey's attempt at being a decent parent despite her obvious flaws.
There's lots of outrageously bad behaviors, some of which are more disturbing than amusing. But thanks to some good timing, watching Mickey dispense bad advice and try to outwit her charges is still fun, especially when it all backfires. It's not the most kid-friendly, but if you're just tuning in for some laughs, The Mick certainly delivers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about featuring inappropriate behavior as funny. Should things such as teen sex, drinking, smoking, and other risky behaviors be treated as funny or inconsequential, even if it's a comedy like The Mick? What about showing adults doing the same thing?
What messages does The Mick send about what makes a good parent? Mickey's way of raising her niece and nephews may be different from the way their parents raised them, but is it better or worse?
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