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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about making ethical and moral choices.
Positive Role Models
Characters display integrity, ingenuity, determination, and care for others.
The bilingual show explores themes about differences among Latino cultures and perceptions about them in White culture.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexually suggestive language, but no sex or sexual situations are shown.
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Mild profanity is occasionally used: "damn," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are frequently seen drinking alcohol and there are subplots about buying marijuana. No cigarette smoking is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Acapulco is a comedy series about working as a cabana boy at a Mexican resort in the 1980s. The series is framed as a flashback, where the main character tells his nephew how he became a wealthy man. The series is bilingual, in Spanish and English, and features themes that include regional differences among Latino cultures and White culture's perceptions of them. There are some sexually suggestive images and bits of dialogue, but nothing sexual happens on screen, and there is a subplot about the main character procuring marijuana for hotel guests. The series explores the main character navigating the moral and ethical questions that he confronts at work, and where his decisions take him.
Is It Any Good?
Apple+ seems to have realized viewers' need for what used to be a backhanded compliment: feel-good television. Acapulco is wildly different from breakout hit Ted Lasso, but it's compelling for many of the same reasons. The characters are likable, even when in conflict, because they care genuinely for others. The resort comedy is arguably even more ambitious, focusing on Mexican culture in a way that American television rarely does.
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