July 3, 2022
Fun look at culture clash through DR eyes
Watched it with my daughter (age 10) and loved it! Very tight 30 minute episodes have multiple storylines focusing on mom Elena at home, dad Victor at his advertising job, and daughters Cucu and Emilia at middle school. Most of the episodes focus on aspects of American life that the family was unfamiliar with before coming to America - sleepovers, Halloween, driving laws, etc. Everyone is also dealing with stereotypes - the dad at work and the two girls at middle school. None of it is really mean-spirited, just non-immigrant Americans making ignorant mistakes. A grim-faced social studies teacher enforcing Dade county's "only English in public buildings" law pops up in a single episode. Emilia also gets involved in some Mean Girls drama, and Cucu has a crush that she doesn't know what to do with. LANGUAGE: No swear words. Cucu is presented with a chalkboard of English swears on a chalkboard but they are blurred out. She says bullsh*t later in that episode and gets detention for it. VIOLENCE: Mostly just kids sniping at each other. A third grader threatens to shave off another kid's eyebrows. There is a reference to drug cartels having people murdered. SEX: Kissing. Talk about boobs and male interest in them. There is an episode where the dad is freaking out about a business meeting taking place in a strip club. The mom reminds him that her cousin was a stripper for a while, and gives him tips on how to act. It turns out to be a club with male dancers, who rip off their pants to reveal sparkly boxer briefs. OCCULT: When Emilia wants to get back at a boy, she and the other girls in her squad get out a spellbook and try to curse him. GENDER: A very nice Gloria Estefan drag queen makes an appearance in the first episode. Cucu resists the home ec vs shop class requirement. DIVERSITY: Could have been addressed better. There is one Black American character, Barbara, who works in Victor's office and is called Whoopi by their boss because he can't keep anyone's names straight. But there aren't any Black kids at the girls' school (African Americans or Afro-Latinos) or any Haitian immigrants in the show. Which is weird because a ton of Haitians came to Miami in the late 70s and early 80s. None of the episodes address skin color at all.