Parents' Guide to

Siempre Bruja

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Time-travel telenovela is marred by problematic storylines.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Started problematic, but the second season's better

In the second season, Carmen gets over her Stockholm syndrome. She becomes a truly independent, strong woman. Taken as a whole, the series is therefore wonderful. There's a lot of character development. One of my favorite Spanish language series for English speaking teens.

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age 12+

Well done & Clean

I watched this in Spanish (the original) and really enjoyed it! The plot is interesting and not too predictable and there was never a dull moment. I also really appreciated that there wasn't any language or inappropriate scenes. I recommend watching it in Spanish with captions because the English voice over was not my favorite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

While it's exciting to see an Afro-Latina woman in the lead role of a series set and filmed in Colombia, the exploitative "slave romance" storyline undercuts the progressiveness of this choice. Siempre Bruja simply lacks the depth to adequately explore the sticky issues of consent and exploitation inherent in this type of story, even going so far as to show Carmen making goo-goo eyes at her prospective new owner's son while she's on the auction block. Cristobal, meanwhile, is portrayed as "one of the good ones" -- not like the other members of his light-skinned family who own Carmen -- and he does heroic things on her behalf. This cheap treatment of a complicated subject is nothing we haven't seen before, and is especially disappointing to see in 2019.

The series is much more successful when it focuses on Carmen's adventures in modern-day Cartagena, finding her way as a magical fish-out-of-water who must adjust her 17th-century sensibilities while learning basic skills like how to use a smartphone -- along with more advanced subjects like interacting with the opposite sex as a free woman. She's a fun character, and definitely strong, if underdeveloped. It's an imperfect show overall, but hopefully, future seasons will find stronger and more empowered footing in stories that focus more on these aspects of Carmen's personality than in ill-advised romances.

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