• Worst TV Show of the Week: The Mick on Fox

    by  • February 15, 2017 • Broadcast Decency, Fox, Profanity, Sex, Worst of the Week • 4 Comments

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    Fox’s anti-family “family comedy” continues to disappoint – and offend.

    A threesome involving 13 year-olds. Underage drinking and marijuana use. A little boy yelling “screw you!” With content like this, it’s unsurprising that the February 14th episode of Fox’s The Mick (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET) is, for the second week in a row, the Worst TV Show of the Week.

    As the episode opens, trashy Mickey’s attempts at disciplining the kids are ignored. And why wouldn’t they be? Given her own vile actions (she repeatedly drugs and engages in drinking bouts with both maid Alba and her own underage niece Sabrina, and even shrugs when Sabrina’s “boyfriend” engages in statutory rape with her niece), Mickey could hardly expect otherwise. Nevertheless, Mickey in incensed that her charges – 16 year-old niece Sabrina, 13 year-old nephew Chip, and little Ben – don’t obey her. So, for a change of pace, Mickey decides to shed her “cool aunt” persona and lay down the law. After the rebellious, out-of-control kids trap Mickey in the master bedroom after pretending to clean the house, they con Mickey’s boyfriend Jimmy into driving them to a party filled with teenagers drinking and using drugs. Mickey chases them there and hunts them out in the party, sabotaging their efforts at drinking and sex before humiliating Ben by spanking him in front of everyone.

    The episode easily fills its quota of foul language delivered by the show’s trash-talking teens,

    with dialouge such as “Screw that,” “For being dicks, that’s what it’s for,” and “Do I look like a trashy whore, or what?” being typical. Violence is also present, with casual sadism like Mickey being hurled off the hood of a car and going through the episode with prominent bruises on her face, and later kicking Jimmy off his stool and crushing his hand with her foot. And, of course, there’s maid Alba smoking pot with a group of teenagers, and underage Sabrina doing shots from a beer bong. Just a typical Tuesday night on Fox – all rated appropriate for 14 year-old and aired at 7:30 p.m., of course!

    One of the most remarkable things about The Mick is the fact that every single character is thoroughly unlikeable. This goes against the understood wisdom of TV. The vast majority of viewers would not care to invite such despicable individuals into their home; yet these are just the kind of people Fox thinks makes perfect companions for millions of Americans…and their children.

    For further contaminating American culture, Fox’s The Mick is the Worst TV Show of the Week.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    4 Responses to Worst TV Show of the Week: The Mick on Fox

    1. Michelle
      March 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I think it’s time people stop watching tv all together unless its news or educational. Stay up to date to what’s being subjected to our children, but boycotting 95% of television is probably a good idea.

    2. Justin
      March 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      It’s strange that Fox is an objectionable, non-family-friendly channel, same for FX, while Fox News is a conservative channel. Why the difference between the two?

    3. W
      February 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      I would not want to be with any of the characters on this show for 60 seconds.

    4. moax429
      February 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      As I said before, it’s pieces of trash like this that make Fox “network non grata” on my television.

      Rupert Murdoch must *really* be hard up if he has to broadcast this junk on his network. (Or is he?)

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