Devious Maids

Common Sense Media says

Maid drama is mature, soapy fun, with some stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series notes the various ways domestic employees are treated on (and off) the job. It highlights (and occasionally reinforces) existing stereotypes about Latina maids in the U.S., as well as the privileged families who hire them.

Positive role models

The maids are strong and empowered. Some are have secret reasons for accepting jobs with specific families. Employers range from being nice but disconnected from the real world, to being abusive and cruel to their employees. Most of the employers are white; the household employees are Latina, African-American, and Asian. The maids are all unrealistically gorgeous and sexy.

Violence

A stabbing is a central part of the story; a bloody crime scene is visible in one episode, the clean up of which is shown during the show's opening credits in a campy manner. People are shown falling down stairs and having other potentially dangerous accidents. A storyline involves a rape.

Sex

Inappropriate relationships and illicit affairs are themes in the show. Men are shown shirtless; women are taking off their clothes, in their underwear and/or naked (though no private parts are shown). Couples are shown in bed in intimate embraces. Some maids use sexy behavior to get what they want.

Language

Words like "damn" and "bitch" are audible.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine, cocktail, hard liquor, and champagne consumption visible and frequent. One eccentric cast member tries to overdose on pills, but this is treated with humor.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Devious Maids, an American adaptation of a Mexican soap opera, is a dramatic comedy produced by the makers of Desperate Housewives. The content isn't as strong as Housewives, but it still contains lots of mature stuff, including some bloody violence, lots of strong sexual innuendo and some sexual content (including scenes of people cavorting in bed partially dressed), and words like "bitch" and "crap." Drinking is frequent, and pill overdose is discussed (albeit humorously). It also highlights many of the stereotypes that exist about Latina maids in the United States. Teens who like this sort of show will find it entertaining, but it's really not intended for a younger audience.

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What's the story?

DEVIOUS MAIDS is a dramatic comedy series about the lives of five tight-knit maids working in Beverly Hills, California. It stars Paula Garcés as Flora Hernandez, whose employment at the Powell household ends with a mysterious violent death. Meanwhile, Zoila Diaz (Judy Reyes) is anxious to keep her current employer, Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci) from going over the deep end, while keeping tabs on her daughter Valentina (Edurne Ganem), who has a crush on Delatour's son, Remi (Drew Van Acker). At the Rubio household, the sexy and rather self-absorbed Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez), is trying to get her boss, singer Alejandro Rubio (Matt Cedeño), to help her boost her own musical career, while Rosie (Dania Ramirez) is working at the dysfunctional Westmore home while struggling to find a way to bring her young son from Mexico. New maid Marisol Duarte (Ana Ortiz) has begun working for the newly married Stappords, and uses her day off to help the Powells keep their house clean, and to find out more about Flora's death. From cleaning up spills to helping their employers keep secrets, these women have the brains and the guts to use their positions to get what they want.

Is it any good?

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Devious Maids, which is produced by Eva Longoria  and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, is loosely adapted from the popular Mexican telenovela, Ellas Son La Alegría del Hogar, and offers a similarly dramatic-but-humorous look the world of the domestic employees and the privileged people who hire them. It underscores how frequently domestic employees are seen as invisible commodities, and successfully uses this phenomena as a vehicle to create narratives in which each character can use this to her advantage.  

Like its sister show, viewers are reminded of the class distinctions that are associated with domestic workers, as well as the many attitudes that exist about both them and their employers. But these themes are offered here within a larger American context, which highlight (and sometimes reinforce) racial/ethnic stereotypes that specifically surround Latina maids in order to create some funny and/or uncomfortably tense moments. But outside of this, the overall series is both well-written and entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. How can the media highlight aspects about specific cultures or communities without making generalizing and/or judgmental statements? Can the media be used to diffuse stereotypes?

  • How have domestic workers been portrayed in films and on TV over the years? How many of these portrayals have come in the form of lead characters? Do you think these portrayals are accurate? Does this show serve to challenge or reinforce stereotypes about domestic workers?

TV details

Cast:Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bypracticalpositive August 13, 2013
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Sexy soap opera intended for older teens and adults

Program has likeable beautiful characters, a soap opera with many sexual fetishes, drugs, violence all wrapped around a nice cushy consumerism. Let your young teen watch this if you want them posting videos on the internet of themselves having bondage sex while doing drugs... otherwise make them wait till they are not so impressionable.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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