Mike Tyson Mysteries

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Mike Tyson Mysteries
Mike tyson mysteries.jpg
From left: Yung Hee Tyson, Mike Tyson, Marquess of Queensberry, and Pigeon.
Genre
Created by
Developed byHugh Davidson
Giancarlo Volpe[2]
Written by
Directed by
Voices of
Composer(s)Jason Brandt
Walker Martin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jeff Siergey[d]
  • Larry Dorf[e]
  • Rachel Ramras[e]
  • Consulting Producer:
  • Lee Stimmel
Editor(s)
  • Dave Mendel
  • Scott Fuselier
  • Nick Reczynski
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Animation
Williams Street
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 27, 2014 (2014-10-27) –
February 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)
External links
Website

Mike Tyson Mysteries is an American adult animated television series, and the first to be produced by Warner Bros. Animation for Adult Swim. It premiered October 27, 2014.[3] The series features Mike Tyson solving mysteries, in the style of I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali, Scooby-Doo, Jonny Quest, and Mr. T.[4] On December 10, 2014, Adult Swim renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on November 1, 2015. A third season premiered on May 14, 2017,[5] and the remaining Season 3 episodes aired from March 4, 2018 to May 13, 2018.[6][7]

During a May 2020 interview, writer Larry Dorf revealed the show had not been renewed and the fourth season would be its last.[8] Adult Swim aired reruns as of 2020.

Premise[edit]

The show follows the fictional misadventures of boxer/actor Mike Tyson, the ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry, Tyson's adopted daughter, and an alcoholic talking pigeon, as they solve mysteries around the world. The style of the show borrows heavily from the 1983–86 Ruby-Spears produced Mister T featuring actor/wrestler Laurence Tureaud as himself as well as 1970's Hanna-Barbera productions such as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and The Funky Phantom. Targeted at a much older demographic than those children-oriented cartoons, the show contains adult language and concepts in the manner of Family Guy, South Park, and many other Adult Swim shows. While each episode involves a mystery as a framing device, they are often ignored entirely while the plot takes a completely different (and often oddball) direction as the mysteries are rarely solved and episodes sometimes end on cliffhangers that are never resolved.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Mike Tyson (voiced by himself) – The title character of the series, Mike Tyson is a retired boxer who now solves mysteries. He is portrayed as being wildly out of touch with reality, confusing a chess Grandmaster with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, or Elon Musk with Elton John, thinking a binary code spells out 'Ooo', and eating junk food without realizing he's on a diet. He has a reputation for doing unusual things like taking an oatmeal bath with cooked oatmeal, owning a pet grizzly bear, and using mosquitoes to help him sleep, along with pronouncing the names of many other characters incorrectly, even by calling his own daughter Yang or Yee instead of Yung.
  • Pigeon (voiced by Norm Macdonald) – An alcoholic, sexually depraved, sarcastic pigeon. He is a former human who was turned into a pigeon by his ex-wife as a curse for cheating on her. His real name is revealed to be Richard, although everyone still calls him Pigeon. Pigeon is disliked by Marquess and Yung Hee, but Tyson is seemingly oblivious to his obnoxious nature. Pigeon is Yung Hee's biological father from a one-night stand, although Pigeon keeps this information to himself after observing how close Mike and Yung Hee are.
  • Yung Hee Tyson (voiced by Rachel Ramras) – Mike's adopted daughter. Born in 1998, she was left by her birth mother on Mike's doorstep when she was a baby. A running gag in the series is Yung being repeatedly mistaken for a boy.
  • Marquess of Queensberry (voiced by Jim Rash) – The deceased real life father of modern boxing, the Marquess of Queensberry, is an alcoholic, narcissistic and flamboyant ghost who provides Mike with intellectual advice. The Marquess portion of his name is pronounced "Marcus" and rendered as if it is his actual name, instead of a title.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Deezy (voiced by Chuck Deezy) – Mike Tyson's agent.
  • Bert (voiced by Hugh Davidson) – A foul-mouthed NYC limo driver.
  • Carol (voiced by Jill Matson-Sachoff) – Mike's short-term wife.
  • Jillian Davis (voiced by Cheryl Hines) – A Newport Beach socialite.
  • Terry (voiced by Rhys Darby) – The good-natured Australian who tends Mike's swimming pool.
  • Maxine (voiced by Rachael Harris) - The owner of the Don’t Judge a Book antique store, and a confidant of Marquess's.
  • Delvin (voiced by David Hoffman or Larry Dorf) - The mild mannered manager of Munn's Supermarket.
  • Harold Feder (voiced by Kevin Ruf) - Mike's attorney and Yung's godfather.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08)
220November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01)June 12, 2016 (2016-06-12)
320May 14, 2017 (2017-05-14)May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)
420June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)February 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)

Reception[edit]

The series has received mostly positive reviews from critics. The show currently holds an 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews, with its consensus being: "A dizzying whirl of lowbrow and high-concept, Mike Tyson Mysteries should more than satisfy fans of Adult Swim's signature blend of animated silliness."[9] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 75 out of 100 based on 6 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[10]

Cancellation[edit]

In a May 2020 podcast interview, writer Larry Dorf confirmed that the fourth season would be its last, although Davidson, Ramras, and Dorf would continue working together on a new project for Warner Bros.[8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson was a producer from seasons 1-3, and executive producer from seasons 4.
  2. ^ a b Crofford and Lazzo are executive producers for Williams Street.
  3. ^ Tyson was a consulting producer in seasons 1-2, and co-executive producer in seasons 3-4.
  4. ^ Siergey is producer from season 2-4.
  5. ^ a b Dorf and Ramras are producers from season 4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES — LEE STIMMEL". LEE STIMMEL. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Giancarlo Volpe – Little known fact: I directed and helped develop..." Giancarlo Volpe. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ Burlingame, Russ (October 14, 2014). "Robot Chicken and The Mike Tyson Mysteries Release New York Comic Con Trailers". comicbook.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (9 May 2014). "Adult Swim's 2014–2015 Slate Will Include 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' – A Half-Hour Animated Adult Comedy". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Swim Sets 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' Season 3 Bout for May 14". Retrieved 23 March 2018.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Full episodes and TV Listings- Zap2it.com". 1 September 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Adult Swim". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Ep. 73: Larry Dorf on The Mystery of Mike Tyson, Yelling At Kids, also Men With Anxiety Is Not Cute". Google Podcasts.
  9. ^ "Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 1". Metacritic.

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