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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Edgy bilingual music comedy has sex, drugs, swearing.

TV Netflix Comedy 2023
Neon poster: Santi sits on sound speakers flanked by Ness, Felix, and Mia.

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This bilingual series takes a comic approach to exploring some of the realities associated with trying to break into the professional reggaetón music scene. Neón half-heartedly points to the Puerto Rican community's cultural ownership of the genre, irrespective of how popular the genre has become world wide, by featuring Puerto Ricans like actor Tyler Dean Flores and cameos of iconic reggaetón artist Daddy Yankee. It also highlights widespread nepotism and on-going sexism within the industry, which some would argue is a partial reflection of the cultural norms from which reggaetón emerged.

Meanwhile, Neón simultanously attempts to be a coming-of-age story in which Santi struggles to figure out who he is as both a young man and an artist. But the up-and-coming musician and his friends, while motivated, fail to exhibit any of the deeper, heartfelt feelings one would expect from young folks chasing their dreams. The result is a series that is mildly entertaining by sitcom standards, but doesn't raise the cultural or emotional stakes necessary to motivate those not interested in the overall reggaetón scene to invest in it.

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