Welcome back to The MMA Scene, where we analyze and share our thoughts on various combat sports-related television shows and episodes.
Today we look at the Mike Tyson Mysteries, an animated adult series featuring the adventures of the former heavyweight champion of the world as he encounters various mysteries (that rarely get solved) with the help of some friends. Incidentally one of his friends, Pigeon, was voiced by Norm MacDonald, who recently passed away.
Rest in peace, Norm.
Mike Tyson Mysteries ran from 2014 – 2020 and borrows elements from classic shows like South Park, Family Guy, Mr. T and Scooby Doo. Like Mr. T, the protagonist is voiced by the real Mike Tyson.
In addition to the smart-aleck Pigeon who we mentioned earlier, we have Yung Hee Tyson, Mike’s rational adopted daughter voiced by Rachel Ramras, and Marquess, the ghost of deceased Marquess of Queensbury voiced by Jim Rash.
The show has a cult following despite only six seasons. You can click the video above to see some of the best moments.
Tyson carries the show admirably, helped by the gang. His comedic timing is impeccable and his singing will floor you. And let’s not ignore the fact that the Pigeon is a cheeky scene-stealer. The show emits an empathetic, cathartic feel on Tyson and boxing in effect. An example of an athlete turning his life around and taking advantage of his opportunities.
In other words, the show made Tyson and boxing cooler. Six seasons was probably about right.
Mike Tyson Mysteries is worth revisiting as we find out, amoung other things, why Tyson truly lost to James “Buster” Douglas that fateful night in Tokyo.