A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Breaking into the reggaetón industry is difficult, and requires lots of hard work and knowing the right people. Friendship and loyalty are also themes.
Positive Role Models
Santi is often kind and sweet, and his friends are good people, but are often ignorant of the realities behind industry success. Some people lie in an attempt to launch careers, including their own.
The three main cast members are Puerto Rican, Filipino, and Canadian-Filipino; others are from other Latinx communities and cultures. Puerto Rican representation on the series' production team is limited to Daddy Yankee. Women are shown as having power in the industry as well as being discriminated against.
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Violence & Scariness
There's some yelling, screaming, and insulting. Occasionally people fall off stages or have minor accidents, but not one gets hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It contains strong innuendo, ranging from risqué lyrics and women asking for sex to performers wearing tight, revealing clothing or being naked but fully painted in body paint.
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There's lots of cursing in English and Spanish throughout, including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Music performed by reggaetón artists like Daddy Yankee and others are occasionally featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, cocktains, beer) is featured, and drunken behavior is sometimes shown. Cocaine use is also visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Neón is a bilingual reggaetón-themed comedy series. It has a lot of sexual innuendo, partial nudity, sexist behavior, and swearing. Drinking and drug use are also visible. It also contains strong messages about friendship, loyalty, mentorship, and working hard to realize your dreams. Music by Daddy Yankee and other Latinx artists are sometimes featured.
Is It Any Good?
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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