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The series is endearingly sincere both in its love for America and its belief in immigrants being an integral part of what makes the country special.
Positive Role Models
A strong cast of diverse actors (who unfortunately fit into fairly stereotypical roles initially), and characters who are sincere in their desire to become American citizens.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters hang out in a bar, and there's a recurring plot point where one of the characters is blackout drunk. There's no smoking or drugs present.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sunnyside is a sitcom starring Kal Penn (House, the Harold & Kumar franchise) as the mentor to a group of immigrants who are working toward American citizenship. The show explores what it means to be American from the point of view of the diverse group of immigrants as well as Penn's character, who is a first generation American that spent fifteen years holding public office.
Is It Any Good?
It's exciting to see a network comedy earnestly engaging with current issues -- in this case, immigration and what it means to be an American citizen -- but this doesn't do a lot to make good on its premise out of the gate. The diverse cast is slotted into fairly stereotypical roles based on their countries of origin and tend to only riff on the same obvious punchlines throughout. For example, the defining characteristic of Griselda (Diana-Maria Riva) is that she works numerous jobs, and constantly happens to be working wherever the group is meeting. Ensemble sitcoms have a tendency to grow into themselves; the hope here is that Sunnyside can evolve from obvious jokes to actual character development.
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