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By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Ambitious immigration comedy has charm, diverse cast.

TV NBC Comedy 2019
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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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