a little mo
Houston comedian's runaway Netflix hit based in Bayou City returns for one Mo season
In 2022, Houston comedian Mo Amer sparked some major buzz with his eponymous Netflix series. Now, he's back — but for a very limited time.
Amer recently announced that his Netflix sitcom Mo has been renewed for a second season. In what could be a downer for fans, Mo will also end after that season’s last episode.
For the uninitiated, the single-camera comedy stars Amer (who also co-created the show with fellow comic/streaming sitcom star Ramy Youssef) as Mo Najjar, a Palestinian refugee looking to gain asylum in his Houston homebase.
Mo debuted last August to rave reviews, scoring a 100-percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show has also recently won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series (Under 40 Minutes). Amer has also been nominated for the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards, in the category of best lead performance in a new scripted series.
Following his bumbles across town (he gets fired from a pretty basic cell phone store job), Mo hustles for gigs as his family waits for the government hearing and process. Charming and warm at times, the show weaves relatable family elements (Mo is especially protective of his brother who is on the autism spectrum), postcard shots of Houston and cameos (Bun B and Paul Wall), and the existential burden immigrants and refugees face every day.
Oh, and it's damn funny.
"I’m thankful to continue to tell a universal story of struggle that relates to so many refugees and millions of underrepresented humans trying to be seen around the globe," Amer said in a statement, "and to be able to bring the people who loved and rooted for Mo Najjar along for the ride as we close this chapter of his story."