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Viewers will learn some details about immigrant experiences, particularly in the 1980s.
Uses humor to address many of the challenges Latino immigrants experienced when emigrating to the United States in the 1980s. Family and friendship are main themes. Stereotypes, racism, classism, and assimilation are addressed.
Positive Role Models
Cucu is not perfect, but she's strong, smart, confident. Victor Castelli is a hard worker who wants to provide the best for his family, and Adela and children understand this. Some folks are overtly racist, others are more ignorant about what they are doing.
The Castellos are Dominican, and Victor is part Italian. Secondary characters are White, Black, and from various Latino cultures, including Cuban and Colombian.
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Violence & Scariness
Occasional argument and threats when a kid doesn't pay back money. Mild insults fly back and forth, but on occasion racist behavior (such as name-calling) is audible among kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Heavy kissing among teens. References to adults having sex. Ill-informed comments about a girls' reputation, kissing, and its relationship to getting pregnant. Only some of this will go over kids' heads.
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One episode features bleeped cursing, but it's offered in a specific context.
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Products & Purchases
McDonald's, Mr. Coffee, Grape-Nuts, and other brands are occasionally featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to spiked punch. Adela checks for alcohol at a school dance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gordita Chronicles is a comedy featuring a 12-year-old girl and her family negotiating the highs and lows of emigrating to Miami, Florida, from the Dominican Republic in the mid-1980s. It's geared toward kids and contains positive messages about family, being true to oneself, communication, curiosity, and perseverance. It also contains a fair amount of sexual innuendo, ranging from adults flirting and talking about having sex (only some of which will go over kids' heads) to quick conversations about losing your reputation and getting pregnant from kissing. One episode features bleeped cursing, and brands like McDonald's and Mr. Coffee are occasionally featured, but this is offered within specific contexts. The series also addresses issues like racial/ethnic and gender stereotypes, classism, cultural assimilation, and the cultural negotiations that sometimes come with being raised in a Latino family in the United States.
Is It Any Good?
The humorous series, which is narrated by the now adult journalist Cucu, is a fish-out-of-water story that highlights what life was like for many Latino immigrants who moved to the United States in the 1980s. From understanding the benefits and drawbacks of taxes and double coupons to contending with stereotypes and systematic racism like "English-only" rules, Gordita Chronicles highlights the many different ways Latin American and Caribbean immigrants had to broker their lives in the United States during that time. Granted, the observations are offered during silly and formulaic sitcom moments. But what makes Gordita Chronicles most appealing is its interpretation of Cucu, a young, confident, brown-skinned, bigger-bodied, Spanish-speaking girl who's balancing her need to stay true to herself and her culture with wanting to be accepted by her new community. No doubt those who had similar immigration experiences will identify with (and appreciate) much of what is presented here. Meanwhile, younger generations of Latino viewers will have the benefit of seeing people from their broader community represented in positive ways on TV.
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