Friday, June 16, 2017

Now on Hulu: The Mick (2017)

The Mick (2017) - Created by Dave Chernin, John Chernin; Starring Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Carla Jimenez, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton, Scott MacArthur.

By Kenny Howell

I have never really understood the adoration for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but I did understand the love for Kaitlin Olson.

Her and Charlie Day are obviously talented, that show just goes 100 mph the entire time and there is no real break for any laughs to land. I always liked the ideas for the episodes when people who enjoyed the show explained it to me, but when I watched it, it was just too much.

Olson takes that same manic pace to the new Fox show The Mick, which just wrapped up its first season. However, here she is surrounded to people just reacting to her antics, and it gives it a balance that I never felt with Always Sunny.

Here, Olson plays the titular Mick, Mackenzie Murphy. She is a hard partying, pretty terrible person, and when we open the show, she is dropping by her sister's party. Her sister married an insanely wealthy guy, so they live in a ridiculous mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut.

After it is made clear that Mickey is not welcome, the FBI shows up to arrest Mickey's sister and her husband. She leaves Mickey in charge of the kids in the giant home, which of course they are not too excited about it. They are entitled little aholes, the oldest, a high school student named Sabrina (Sofia Black-D'Elia), a freshman in high school named Chip (Thomas Barbusca), and a strange, but sweet little boy named Ben (Jack Stanton). Sabrina and Chip instantly rebel against Mickey, because they have always got what they wanted no questions asked. Mickey finds a confidant in the house maid Alba, played by the great Carla Jimenez. Mickey's deadbeat sometimes on again, off again boyfriend Jimmy (Scott MacArthur) also sticks around for the free ride.

The Mick sort of becomes a woman learning to be a parent to three new children, but also making fun of that kind of conceit with crude comedy that works thanks to everyone going for it, specifically Olson. But the entire cast is great, and creators Dave Chernin and John Chernin know exactly how to give equal time to each character over the course of the season. This was definitely a surprise, as I was going into this with just looking for something new to watch, but it came out as one of my favorite comedies on TV.

The entire first season of The Mick is now streaming on Hulu.

Rating: ***1/2

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