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The Mick: Mary Poppin' Pills

January 4, 2017

 The Mick is Fox's newest attempt at making sitcoms better by making the characters worse (morally worse, not less interesting). As with Kaitlin Olsen's previous and spectacular work in comedy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, this has also turned out to be a winning formula.

 

Olsen's character, Mackenzie "Mickey" Murphy is the wonderfully horrible fish-out-of-water for whom the show is named. She drinks, smokes, swears, and should not be trusted around children. Which is why she is entrusted with her sister's pampered, wealthy children when she and her husband flee the country for presumably white collar crime.

 

The premise is as textbook as you can imagine. It's reminiscent of many films and shows that feature well-to-do-children cared for by ne'er-do-well adults (School of Rock, Troop Beverly Hills, Raising Helen just to name a few) but the execution really stands apart from most similar projects.

 

To start: there's no sappy element involving attachment or discovering the meaning of family. If anything, she is consistently conspiring to get an advantage over her charges, more akin to Mary Poppins in House of Cards than anything heartwarming. Additionally, the lack of sympathy for ANY of the characters, save the youngest member of the household, means the lowest insults and most brutal take-downs are wonderfully funny regardless of who is on the giving or receiving end.

 

On paper, it's just another Uncle Buck for a brand new generation. But in execution...it's like Uncle Buck for a brand new generation! Get excited and rev up those DVR's, people!

 

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