March 3, 2020
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.