A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It follows a group of artists and craftsmen as they figure out how to pursue careers doing what they're passionate about.
Positive Role Models
It's a rare bilingual show made for an American audience that features a predominantly Latinx cast in a wide range of roles.
Violence & Scariness
The focus on horror effects means that there's plenty of blood and gore, as well as occasional violence -- but it's all played for humor, and the viewer is consistently being shown the effects wizards behind the curtain to remind us it's all for show.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Firting, kissing, etc.
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Profanity includes "bitch," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Supporting characters are shown drinking socially.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Los Espookys is a quirky, primarily Spanish-language comedy about a crew of young people that creates practical horror effects for various live events. Though there's frequent blood and gore, it's typically played for comedy. The show takes place between Mexico and California, and is bilingual, with both Spanish and English subtitles (depending on which language is being spoken on screen). Profanity includes "bitch," "s--t." Mature teens who like offbeat humor and slightly macabre jokes will enjoy this unique offering.
Is It Any Good?
While mature, this is a light comedy, but the fact that it's bilingual, takes place primarily in Mexico, and features a predominantly Latinx cast is significant. HBO frequently uses its less-prominent time slots for boundary-pushing comedies, and often they focus on topics or subcultures that don't typically get a lot of run on TV -- they made the right choice taking a chance on this quirky, singular series. Each episode has a lot of fun with whatever horror effects the team happens to be working on, but even beyond that it provides a subtle glimpse into Mexican culture and how a group of artists contends with the day-to-day practical realities of young adulthood. There's nothing else like Los Espookys being made for American audiences right now.
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