A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows how women of different ages, backgrounds, and lived experiences can find commonalities if they communicate, and are willing to listen without judgment. Personal struggles with depression, the loss of a parent, divorce, and other stories are shared during the journey. Stereotypes about Americans are discussed.
Positive Role Models
The women are very different, are successful in their own endeavors, and respect each other. Esty Quesada is younger than Nuria, and defines herself as agender (a category of non-binerism) and as a millennial, but doesn't like to be called a YouTuber. Carmina Barrios (who appears in the second season) is older than the two women.
Violence & Scariness
Topics like abusive parents and grandparents, feeling suicidal, being hit by a car, and death are discussed. Esty likes morbid topics of conversation, and talks about murder and crime stories.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The series contains some very strong innuendo, ranging from frank conversations about sexual behaviors to extremely crude references. Some of these conversations are culturally more permissible in Spain than in the United States.
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There’s lots of cursing in Spanish, and most of the English versions of them are included in the subtitles. Terms like "rednecks" are used and discussed.
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Products & Purchases
YouTube is discussed. Esty Quesada wears Vans-branded attire. They drive a Chevrolet SUVs, and the logo is visible. A range of local venues from different cities are also featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is visible at bars. Esty and Nuria do tequila shots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Road Trip is a Spanish unscripted series featuring two very different celebrities going on an unexpected road trip through the Eastern United States. There's lots of cursing (the subtitles offer the English versions) and irreverent humor, including some strong innuendo and extremely crude references. YouTube is discussed, the Chevy logo is prominently visible, and lots of tourist stops and local haunts are featured at each stop. There are also some conversations about depression, suicide, and the death of parents. Stereotypes about U.S. citizens, especially from the South, are highlighted.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted series follows Esty Quesada and actress Nuria Roca as they unexpectedly set out to see parts of the United States. But while it's billed as a reality show, sometimes the show feels more like a parody. Most of the tourist stops are clearly preplanned, and despite the lack of a script, there are occasional moments that feel directed. Nonetheless, the banter between the two women feels real (although the nuances of the humor often get lost in the subtitles), and their interactions with people along the way seem genuine.
Road Trip is a funny show, so much so that a second season was launched in 2021 and features the two celebs, along with actress Carmina Barrios, traveling around Spain. But it's the first season that U.S. viewers may find more interesting, mainly because it allows them to experience parts of the United States through a non-American tourist's eyes. It also reveals how popular culture informs much of what they know about the country and the stereotypes they have about Americans. But the best part of the show are the conversations between the cast, who are willing to look past their differences to listen and understand each other.
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