Cane

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sultry, mature nighttime soap has a Latin flair.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The Duques (and the Vegas) are a strong extended Cuban-American family with traditional Latino family values (the show's other central family, the Samuels, is Caucasian). The strife between the two leads to illicit and sometimes illegal behavior. Features traditional Cuban food, music, and discussions about Cuban history and culture. There are frequent conflicts between the older, more traditional generation and the younger, more Americanized generation.

Violence

Occasional fistfights. Guns are visible, and there's some shooting visible. References to Cuban gangs. Storylines include the kidnapping of a child and ordering "hits" on people. Alex is haunted by some violent moments in his past.

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, plus simulated sex acts that include suggestions of nudity (though no sensitive body parts are shown). Some sensual dancing featured during nightclub scenes.

Language

Occasional use of words like "damn" and "hell," as well as frequent use of Spanish and traditional Cuban vernacular.

Consumerism

The series centers on a fictitious brand of rum (Duque); other rum companies, including Bacardi, are mentioned by name, but no labels are shown. Lots of visible material wealth.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent consumption of beer, wine, bourbon, and mixed drinks. Some cigar smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this soapy drama has mature themes (adult sibling rivalry, corporate power struggles, underhanded/illegal tactics, etc.), strong sexual innuendo, steamy bedroom scenes (though no real nudity), and violent confrontations. The central characters -- powerful, wealthy Cuban-Americans with traditional values -- run a rum business and will do anything to protect it, as well as the "family honor."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjazlady716 April 9, 2008

Missing it

Any more CANE? I looked forwarded coming home and watching Jimmy Smit and the cast. Especially Rita! CBS lets go and air some more espisodes! Thanks!
Adult Written bywii54 April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byfreshhh December 29, 2008

I miss cane.

I started watching this show with my family and fell in love with it. I think it really sucks they took it off air.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDamusiccrew May 4, 2018

An ode to Cane

Oh Cane, I know you not. I have never let my eyes caress the television screen, As your drama was unfolding. Oh Cane, My regret fills me, With bucketlaods of... Continue reading

What's the story?

CANE is a dramatic primetime soap opera that tells the story of feuding families, internal power struggles, and steamy romance with a traditional Latin flair. Jimmy Smits stars as Alex Vega, the foster son of the Duques, a large, close-knit Cuban-American family in the rum and sugar business. Alex helps his foster father, Pancho (Hector Elizondo), run the company along with brothers Francisco (Nestor Carbonell) and Enrique (Eddie Matos). Alex's wife, Isabel (Paola Turbay), is Pancho's daughter. Holding the family together is the Duque matriarch Amalia (Rita Moreno). The series presents the ongoing strife between the Vega-Duques and the Samuels clan, who run a Florida sugar cane company. Patriarch Joe Samuels (Ken Howard) heads the business with his son, Lamont (Lee Tergesen), and his seductive daughter, Ellis (Polly Walker).

Is it any good?

Cane is full of mystery and passion and provides all of the other guilty pleasures you'd expect from an adult soap opera. But what separates it from other dramas of its kind is its celebration of America's Cuban heritage. Some of the show's storylines are connected to major historic events that define Cuban-Americans today, including little-known facts about the early years of the first post-revolution refugees. The series also serves as a vehicle for several generations of talented Latino actors (though not all Cuban), who add to the show's authenticity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a TV show a "soap opera." Do you consider this series a soap? Why or why not? What do most shows that fall into the soap category have in common? How is this one similar or different? Families can also talk about the characters' culture and values. Do they provide positive Latino role models?

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