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By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny, family-centric drama examines race, class issues.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Bilingual (Spanish English) family comedy drama! Highly recommend!

I cannot figure out why this series is rated "MA" on Netflix. This is a warm and literate exploration of how an extended family and their friends. lovers, and colleagues deal with gentrification in their California neighborhood. It focusses on a grandfather, still mourning the death of his wife, four grandchildren (two boys and two girls ranging in age from middle school to adulthood), and the issues confronted by all of them as family members as they try to develop romantic and business relationship within a vibrant community being invested in by outsiders. Lots of really interesting subplots involving gentrification, implicit bias, LGBTQ issues, puppy love, homelessness, mourning, financial stressors, career decisions, unionization, sweat shops, family responsibilities, community involvement, owning one's heritage etc. etc. I cannot recommend this show enough. Amazing acting and excellent writing and beautifully filmed. Some bad language (that never impacts me or my kids), at least one person (an obnoxious racist chef) gets punched, and two steamy scenes involving committed adults in long term relationships. One scene involves some use of hallucinogens at a "rave" with some rear nudity of a main male character and one scene involves co-workers drinking in a contest during the work day at a restaurant kitchen. One character smokes pot regularly but it is discussed how this adversely impacts his motivation.

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What does it mean to change when your community is being displaced ... and is it even worth it? These are the issues faced by the Morales family, and they're examined with a skillful blend of humor and depth. The series does a terrific job giving its characters distinct and real-feeling personalities, especially considering the episodes are so short. It's also remarkably refreshing to see Latino men depicted as sensitive, multifaceted human beings -- there are no one-note macho stereotypes at play here. Gentefied excels at interweaving storylines that tackle big-picture cultural questions with the smaller challenges of daily life.

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