TV Review: Adult Swim’s ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’

Mike Tyson Mysteries TV Review

Silliness is an admirable quality, but to borrow a boxing metaphor, jabbing away with that alone represents a rather slim arsenal. Yet into the ring steps “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” the latest round in the former heavyweight champ’s gradual transformation into a hip entertainment commodity, from “The Hangover” movies to his one-man show (and HBO special) and now this Adult Swim animated series, which casts Tyson at the center of a Scooby-Doo-like spoof. Filled with non sequiturs and raunchy dialogue, the show’s reception should closely correlate with the level of illicit substances ingested by its audience.

Writer-producer Hugh Davidson (“The Looney Tunes Show”) extracts the expected fun from the animated Tyson garbling the English language (or for that matter, trying to say “Chupacabra”), while surrounding the boxer’s alter ego with a Mystery Team consisting of the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry (voiced by Jim Rash), Mike’s adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee (Rachel Ramras) and a pigeon who was once a man (Norm Macdonald). The angry bird talks about, among other things, masturbating, which, without being too much of a stickler about avian anatomy, appears problematic.

If you’re still reading this, then the absurdity of the premise hasn’t completely scared you away. But the show ratchets up its oddness-quotient with an opening plot that involves a mystery tied to author Cormac McCarthy, and a second episode (they run just 15 minutes) that seems to have been built solely around a joke about “Searching for Bobby Fischer.”

Those who have willingly accepted Tyson back into the cultural mainstream — as an item of kitsch or sheer fascination — might wind up scratching their heads over the series’ motivation, which, as the episodes are constructed, feels like the entire point. And while there’s precedent for that, it feels like slim compensation even in such a modest package.

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim umbrella has obviously carved out a niche among young guys by being outlandish, and “Mike Tyson Mysteries” certainly fits the bill. That said, if viewers pass out while watching it, one suspects it won’t be the zing of the jokes that delivers the knockout punch.

TV Review: Adult Swim's 'Mike Tyson Mysteries'

(Series; Adult Swim, Mon. Oct. 27, 10:30 p.m.)

Production

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Crew

Executive producers, Sam Register, writer-producer, Hugh Davidson. 15 MIN.

Cast

Voices: Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, Jim Rash

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  1. glitta says:

    Give me a fn break!!!! Mike Tyson you are doing your thing!!!!! I absolutely love the show….for those who dont watch it..your missing out!!! This man has been to and through hell and back!!!! I respect him…..lol…yeap….I FUXXX WITH MIKE TYSON!!!! THATS MY NINJA

  2. sir spicious says:

    I grew up watching sat morn comics. I was a 21 when mike became heavyweight champ.I watched his whole life trainwreck.And didd not know if i should cry or laugh. Well for once im doing both,this shit is funny,i dont know about black jesus. but this shit is funny.Mike has taken a lot of blows to the head if this is what he has left to work with god bless him.I want more.p.s. nobody liked star trek when it first debut.

  3. Teressa says:

    You guys need to stop……..WHEN A GROWN WOMAN GOES TO YOUR HOTEL ROOM ON HER OWN FREE WILL WHEN ASKED BY A MAN. AT freakin 3:00 IN THE MORNING WHAT DOES SHE THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN. PLUS SHE SNEAKED OUT OF HER OWN HOTEL TO GO TO HIS. SO SHE IS EITHER DUMB OR DUMBER……….COME ON PEOPLE REMBER THE WHOLE STORY NOT JUST SELECTIVE MEMORY….

  4. minowarrior says:

    Sorry, I am not into watching animated TV shows starring a convicted rapist. I wonder if he had attacked a white woman would American be as forgiving?

    • Carl "the truth" Williams says:

      Dubious conviction to say the least: buddy was ripe for an extortion attempt and unwilling parties generally don’t utilize their diaphragms prior to an assault, nor do they leave hotels rooms serenely and smiling AFTER an assault only to switch on the hysteria at a later date. That being said, i think Desiree Washington would get a kick out of this show :)

      • BillTed says:

        “…the show’s reception should closely correlate with the level of illicit substances ingested by its audience.”

        And surely any comedy or humor’s reception by an industry critic will closely correlate to its political correctness and similarity to real funny things like woody allen.

    • Alfred says:

      lol cry about it

  5. “if viewers pass out while watching it, one suspects it won’t be the zing of the jokes that delivers the knockout punch.”

    • Claude says:

      The only show worse than this is the unfunny “Black Jesus.”

      • Cameron says:

        @Jeff
        I’m black, and I think that show is one of the worst piles of shit that has ever been on that channel.
        And that’s saying something.

      • jeff says:

        black Jesus is hilarious, but white people wouldn’t find it funny for obvious reasons (it’s about the hood)

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