A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Miss XV is a Mexican teen soap opera that contains some mild sexuality (kissing), occasional arguments, and kids playing pranks and being sneaky. Some storylines address more mature themes such as marital and financial issues (as they relate to characters' parents). There’s some sexist behavior and a lot of focus on quinceañeras, aka "Sweet 15" parties. The parents sometimes aren’t ideal role models, either. This being said, there’s nothing too over the top, and music-loving teens will enjoy both the tunes and the drama.
What's the story?
MISS XV is a Mexican musical series inspired by the 1987 hit telenovela Quinceañera. The teen soap, which first aired on Nickelodeon Latin America, stars Paulina Goto as Valentina Contreras, a student at a private high school looking forward to her quinceañera (sweet 15 party). But she risks losing her party thanks to getting into all sorts of trouble with her best friend Natalia D’Acosta (Natasha Dupeyrón), with whom she shares the same birthday. Adding to this is her crush on fellow high school student and musician Niko Perez Palacios (Yago Muñoz). "Frenemies" such as Leonora Martinez (Macarena Achaga) and the obnoxious Alexis Reyes Mendez (Eleazar Gómez) also keep it interesting.
Is it any good?
This soapy series combines drama and humor to create a fun story world with young teen appeal. From playing pranks on their high school teachers to trying to get invites to big-time birthday parties, these 15-year-olds navigate life and love. Musical performances from the cast add to the charm. Threaded throughout are some of the issues they face at home, including financial challenges and coping with their parents’ marital problems.
Some of the cultural nuances featured here, particularly when it comes to the significance of the sweet 15 in Latin America, may be unfamiliar to stateside viewers. But Miss XV also contains lots of universal themes that are easy to understand, regardless of the need for English-language subtitles. Young viewers who like this sort of thing may find it worth watching and may even be surprised by how familiar it will feel.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about teen soap operas such as Miss XV. What is it about them that make them “for teens”? Is it the story lines? The cast of characters? The romance? Given their target audience, how do you think they should they handle controversial issues?
Shows imported from other countries may contain themes and behaviors that are culturally unfamiliar to audiences in the U.S., yet they are very popular with American audiences. Why? Are there themes in Miss XV that are easy for people to understand, despite perhaps not knowing Spanish?
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