Netflix hit series Mo has captured the attention of Houstonians everywhere. With a generous nod to the Bayou City and cameos from some of the city’s legendary rappers, the life of Mo Najjar—played by creator Mo Amer—is told in all of its complex glory. The show is a testament to the journey for citizenship in a major American city, and the struggles that journey causes within a multigenerational Palestinian-American-Muslim family.
In a previous interview with Houstonia, Amer stated that the show is grounded in his own Houston experience, particularly growing up in the same neighborhood as A-list performers including Tobe Nwigwe and Lizzo. “Alief is such a significant part of my life and it’s like something is in the water, namely southwest Houston, where all these great artists and creatives have come from, and I thought it was a great opportunity to showcase everything that Houston has to offer.”
After the first season’s major cliffhanger of a finale (no spoil alerts here!), the binge-worthy sitcom has been renewed for a second season, announced by Netflix earlier this month. Amer said he is overjoyed about continuing to tell his story. “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.
The success of Mo has been nothing short of meteoric. Since its release in August of 2022, the show has received a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Television Under 40 Minutes, and will be honored at the 2023 American Film Institute Awards. In addition, Amer was nominated for a 2023 Independent Spirit Award.
Not much news has circulated about what to expect in season two, however, we do know that Mo’s road to citizenship will come to a close. The show, co-created by Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef, is excited for the sequel, and to “bring the people who loved and rooted for Mo Najjar along for the ride as we close this chapter of his story.”
In the new season, Amer will reprise his role of Najjar, and supporting characters, Teresa Ruiz (Maria), Farah Bsieso (Yusra) and Omar Elba (Sameer), will return as series regulars.
The series' premiere date has yet to be announced. For more information on Mo, visit Netflix.