Parents' Guide to

Promised Land (2022)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Latino-led drama has drinking, violence, deviousness.

TV ABC Drama 2022
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The soap opera-like series offers lots of drama and scandal as the Sandovals negotiate the future of their family's winery. Part of the series feels like a Northern California version of Dallas, thanks to the intersecting narratives revolving around family strife, and the wealthy and influential people trying to take advantage of it. The ensemble cast of good-looking characters, each of whom are keeping potentially earth-shattering secrets from each other, only add to this. Throughout it all, Promised Land purposely highlights things like the importance of family, being bilingual, and generational assimilation in order to tell the story from a decidedly Latino point of view. But the plot lines focusing on illegal immigration and being undocumented (two things that the family patriarch is adamantly against) lean heavily into common, stereotypical media characterizations that undermine the show's attempts to legitimize the presence of an established and powerful Latino family in the United States. The result is a series that is trying to be inclusive, but the way it's going about it can be as uncomfortable as it is indulgent.

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