A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series addresses important social issues like climate change and the legalization of drugs, and allows guests to share their different points of view about them. It encourages open and honest debate as a way to find solutions to these problems.
Positive Role Models
Diego Luna is a polite host who attempts to be introspective. The people featured on the show are from all walks of Mexican life, and represent many of the different political and social attitudes of the country.
Violence & Scariness
There are some violent moments seen in the news footage, and some conversations get heated. One episode is about gender violence and rape, and other conversations sometimes point to violent situations, too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Potentially sensitive sexual topics, such as rape, prostitution, and abortion, are discussed.
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Mature topics are discussed, but there's no profanity. "Fag" is used in second episode.
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Products & Purchases
It showcases a range of Mexican chefs, and their food styles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, tequila, and other alcoholic beverages are consumed before, during, and after meals. The legalization of drugs is a topic in one episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pan Y Circo is a Spanish-language, English subtitled Mexican food and talk show created and hosted by Diego Luna. It explores social topics ranging from legalizing drugs to climate change, and includes conversations about violence against women and related issues. The guests are respectful, but conversations sometimes get a little heated. Folks are also shown drinking alcoholic beverages before and during meals. It's not meant for young viewers, and chances are that most teens won't be interested.
Is It Any Good?
This talk show-like series uses food and drink as a way to bring together people from different walks of life and encourage them to participate in open and honest discussions about controversial social issues. With the exception of an episode produced during the global COVID-19 pandemic (in which gourmet meals were delivered to guests and consumed during a video chat), the act of having a diverse group of guests physically sit around a table and find common ground by sharing a meal serves as a powerful metaphor for what needs to happen if Mexico, or any other country, wants to find real solutions to very complicated problems.
It's an interesting concept, but the edited conversations fail to go beyond the superficial aspects of each subject. This is not surprising, given that within each 50-minute episode, guests enjoy a three-course meal service, briefly talk to the chef, and talk to each other in between the presentation of archival footage. Watching people eat and getting their water glasses refilled throughout is also distracting. But Pan Y Circo does touch on some important topics, the conversations about which sometimes lead to interesting and heated moments. Overall, it's a good recipe for a series, but the execution of it can certainly use some work.
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