Those of us who grew up in the early 1980’s remember the sheer amount of Scooby Doo knockoffs, usually involving other celebrities, that would fill our TV screens. Those celebrities would usually team up with some kids to solve crimes in shows like Mister T.
Last year, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim took that concept and turned it on its ear with The Mike Tyson Mysteries. The show seems to go through a checklist of tropes from those cartoons, and then makes it a little dirty and a lot subversive. This is NOT a cartoon for children. But if you’re a grown-up, it’s great, and on October 20, you’ll be able to have the entire first season of the show in a DVD collection.
Tyson provides the voice for himself, and hopefully he is in on the joke, because he says some really ridiculous things with some really bad pronunciation at times. He’s joined by a pigeon — because why wouldn’t Mike Tyson be joined by a pigeon? — an effeminate ghost, and an adopted daughter of a different ethnicity. Together they form a “Mystery Team” to… well… solve mysteries.
The result is hilarious, and the entire first season of 10 episodes is available on the set. Unfortunately, my least favorite part of the set was just mentioned in the last sentence: There are only 10 episodes. And they’re all relatively short, clocking in at around 11 minutes each.
Sadly, there are no extras on the DVD… a shame, because I’m sure the creators of this show and the talented voice cast (which includes Norm McDonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash) would have plenty to say. With that said… it’s still quite enjoyable, and one of the best things I’ve seen on Adult Swim this side of Too Many Cooks. At a very low suggested retail price under $15, there’s really no excuse to skip it. It’ll be fun, but as I said, you will want more… and fortunately, a second season is on the way. Maybe next year I’ll get that “Mike Tyson Mysteries of Laura” crossover episode that I wanted…