Ag­o­nis­ing aunt

Crazy, com­mon Aunt Mickey gets an in­stant fam­ily and loads more in The Mick

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The Mick Sea­son 1 Thurs­days (from 6 April) FOX (*125) 20:10

Trailer-trash hu­mour isn’t ev­ery­one’s poly­styrene cup of cheap fizzy wine, but The Mick (2017cur­rent) is pick­ing up right where My Name Is Earl (2005-2009) left off. It’s crude, it’s rude, it’s dirty and it has a lead char­ac­ter so bad she’d make Billy Bob Thorn­ton’s Bad Santa (2003 and 2016) movie char­ac­ter green with envy.

Trashy Aunt Macken­zie aka Mickey (Kaitlin Ol­son – Sweet Dee in com­edy show It’s Al­ways Sunny In Philadel­phia, 2005- cur­rent) is dropped in the deep­end at her posh sis­ter Poo­dle’s ( Tri­cia O’Kel­ley) party. Poo­dle and her hubby dis­ap­pear in the mid­dle of a raid by law en­force­ment and they go on the run for fraud… leav­ing Mickey now in charge of her un­apolo­get­i­cally of­fen­sive teen niece Sab­rina (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and crazy neph­ews Chip and Ben (Thomas Bar­busca and Jack Stan­ton) in up­per- class Con­necti­cut. At least she has help from her boyfriend Jimmy (Scott MacArthur) and the kids’ crazy maid Alba (Carla Jimenez).

“Oh, she [Mickey] is ab­so­lutely hor­ri­ble,” says Kaitlin. “I’ve al­ways ad­mired peo­ple who’re com­fort­able not be­ing liked be­cause I’m the op­po­site of that. I re­ally ad­mire that Mickey doesn’t care what peo­ple think about her.” But just like My Name Is Earl, even the worst of the worst is love­able – Mickey’s fight to get the kids in line will res­onate with par­ents and there are lessons to learn. Like in episode 5 (4 May), where Mick tries to set a good ex­am­ple for im­pres­sion­able Ben by quit­ting smoking – and forc­ing Sab­rina to do the same. In­stead, the girls end up bond­ing while hid­ing in the bath­room for a se­cret puff.

Just re­mem­ber to tuck the kids away – The Mick is noth­ing like the whole­some hu­mour in sit­coms like Mod­ern Fam­ily (2009- cur­rent; see more on p67).

MICKEY THE MOM

Kaitlin al­most passed be­cause she didn’t know if she’d have time – she is still work­ing on It’s Al­ways Sunny. “My hubby [Rob] works from home, so one of us is al­ways there in the morn­ing and at night. My boys [Axel and Leo, 6 and 4] are my pri­or­ity.”

From left: Sab­rina, Ben, Alba, Chip, Jimmy and Mickey.

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