A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "damn" and "bitch" are audible.
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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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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