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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Likable female star stands out in stereotype-heavy sitcom.

TV ABC Comedy 2014
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With a script based loosely on her own life, comedian Alonzo shines in this otherwise tepid sitcom. She's thoroughly enjoyable to watch and skilled at acerbic wit that generates most of the show's laughs. The fact that her character is brimming with self-confidence is another real treat that goes hand-in-hand with the show's efforts to portray a self-reliant female of color who's working for the American dream. The fact that this often puts her at ideological odds with her family touches on cultural and generational divides to which some viewers may relate.

The downside is that for a show promoting a character who's challenging stereotypes, it sure pokes a lot of fun at ingrained racial labels. Cristela's boss is particularly politically incorrect, but since she can dish it right back, it becomes a non-issue. Although this is fine by comedy's standards, it might not be a quality all viewers appreciate. If you do watch with your teens, it gives you a great reason to talk about issues of prejudice and respect.

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