With all of this in mind, simply titled a show “The Mick” invites the assumption of excess; content intended to offend sensitive viewers who are brave enough to address the issue and please those who advocate evil behavior. Placing “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Kaitlin Olson front and center doubles the assumption for anyone familiar with her work. But the fact that the half-hour comedy is a Fox comedy — a comedy that airs — seems at once at odds with the dark intentions inherent in its title.
Olson plays Mackenize “Mickey” Murphy — and naming her that is an immediate step to softening the title’s connotation, or simply a step in the wrong direction — a woman we all love. was first introduced in the grocery store when she roams the aisle to eat whatever she wants, drops powder on her pants for hygiene, steals razors to shave her armpits in front of customers line up and finish it off by giving a six-pack of beer (minus one) to the homeless man outside. She didn’t pay for any of it, but the last gesture was a gesture of kindness. Could she simply put on a rough exterior that hides a secret soft side?
A lot is not immediately proven when she inherits her sister’s children – her sister and husband are on the run from the police! – although we can assume it’s coming. I mean, look at these kids: Chip (Thomas Barbusca) is blatantly controlled by his wealth, he talks about suing a school bully for assault and politics for mistake. Ben (Jack Stanton) is the youngest, and therefore, the most innocent. He asks a lot of “why” questions to the illegal blunt answers from Mickey, which largely pay off, even if they feel censored.
It’s the oldest child and only daughter that gives the series the best hope. Sabrina (Sofia Black-D’Elia) is more than just a spoiled brat who always wants to get her way, and therefore gets angry whenever Mickey doesn’t play fair. She is profoundly sharp and tactically deft. Not only is she an ideal opponent for Mickey – in that they both want their way and only one can achieve it – but also a fitting role model for the protagonist; not quite a criminal accomplice, but best friends in the sense that Edmund Exley and Wendell White (“L.A. Confidential”) are truly incompatible friends. That helps Black-D’Elia show a certain restraint when playing a sly teenager, allowing the subtle moments to play out with a more humorous emphasis by not pushing them too far.