You’ve all probably seen the commercial campaign for FOX’s new midseason comedy, “The Mick.” Featuring “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Kaitlin Olson in the starring role, the gist of the series finds Mackenzie Murphy in a fish-out-of-water scenario when the off-beat con woman is suddenly put in a position to look after her rich sister’s children.
The idea right there sounds like the formula behind countless movies that have come and gone. But this is television and, when it comes to midseason replacement shows such as “The Mick,” the jury is usually out on whether the show in question will have any sort of staying power. Case in point: Last year at this time, FOX was hoping “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” would take off. You’re probably wondering, Cooper who?
Well, Sunday’s (Jan. 1) series premiere serves as a pleasant surprise as, it not only delivers on the expectation that came with its lackluster ad campaign, it far exceeds it. Most of this is due to the performance of Olson who — over the last twelve years — has proven her knack for comedic timing. In fact, it feels as if this role of Mackenzie Murphy was written solely for her. And it probably was.
We say that because the creators of the series are Dave and John Chernin, who cut their TV comedy teeth on “Always Sunny.” And when you think of it from that show’s perspective, things really begin to make sense here. The subject matter and character chemistry of “The Mick” remind us of other shows like “Shameless,” “Weeds” and even “Married with Children.” In some way or another, those shows dealt with family dysfunction in intriguing and disruptive ways.
There’s edge and heart that comes through on “The Mick” — and that can be a difficult thing to capture in a mere 30-second commercial spot. It’s that notion that has us hopeful audiences will still give the show a chance.
On the surface, the story here is about a brash woman lacking connection with her estranged sister & her sister’s highly privileged kids. But when you get past that fish out of water scenario, and the culture clash that comes with it, “The Mick” becomes a show about broken people seeking acceptance and finding it in the most unexpected place.
“The Mick” premieres Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.