With so many great comedies out already, it can be hard for new series to make an impression. But FOX's The Mick has, in just 17 episodes, been added to the "must watch" list for fans of sitcoms and for fans of the show's hilarious star, Kaitlin Olson. And with the Season 1 finale airing on May 2, it's time to start wondering when The Mick will return for Season 2.
Luckily, there's no need to worry about the future of this series. Deadline reported that The Mick was renewed in late February, months before its season was due to conclude. The new season order is for another 13 episodes, which will premiere sometime in the fall of 2017. So there's actually not long to wait before The Mick will be back — just the typical summer hiatus you'd expect from a network series.
If you're wondering how Olson will balance this series with her role as Sweet Dee on FX's longest-running comedy, there's an answer for you. Olson told TVGuide that It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia will be taking a year off. "We ended up pushing our next season a year because we were all busy with separate projects this year. So at the end of this coming shooting season of The Mick I'll step right into Sunny after that," the actor said.
As her work in both series has proven, Olson is one of TV's funniest and best performers, and she deserves two shows for her considerable talents. Her freshman hit The Mick is a perfect showcase for her brilliance. Here's why:
She's An Incredible Physical Comedian
Seriously, Olson manages to do more with literally no dialogue and just a startled expression than most actors can do with 13 pratfalls in a row.
She's Giving A Brilliant Performance As An Addict
Mickey's gambling addiction isn't really addressed until Episode 14, "The Heater," but it's a great way to show how the character can be a little more serious without sacrificing any of the humor that makes The Mick work.
She's Loveable Without Being Likeable
Mickey is not particularly nice. She's not nurturing, and she doesn't secretly have a heart of gold. But somehow, through the power of Olson's charm, she's still a great protagonist who you really care about, even if all she cares about is herself.
She Messes With Gender Roles
And, as you might have guessed from Mickey's unconventional characteristics, she doesn't really fit into the box of typical female characters on TV. She's definitely an antihero, and she's not the one defined by her romantic relationship. Her on-again/off-again boyfriend Jimmy is.
She Puts A Twist On The Standard Family Show
Always Sunny is about an unconventional family just like The Mick is. And in both shows, Olson plays the one character who keeps the rest as a (barely) functional unit. Without Sweet Dee's perpetual hope for improvement and her petty desire to get back at the guys for their scheming, or Mickey's constant desire to both take care of the Pemberton kids and take advantage of them, her role as the nucleus keeps inspiring hilarious stories.
Her Bad Advice Rules
Even though Mickey is terrible at parenting, she has a good — if inappropriate — sense of what her niece and nephews should and shouldn't do. She's giving them the street-smart advice you wish someone had given you back when you were in high school — even if you probably weren't ready for it at the time.
The Mick Season 2 may just be a few months away, but it's going to be hard to go even that long without more episodes — not to mention a whole year without Kaitlin Olson doing double-duty on both FOX and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.