Taco Chronicles

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Food docuseries celebrates Mexico's favorite street food.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Contains positive messages about relationship between food and community, value of tradition, connection between food and cultural heritage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Uses the history of tacos to focus on different aspects of Mexican culture.

Violence

Violence is sometimes described or represented in sections on the history of tacos. Features butchery and other food practices that might be considered by some as violence toward animals.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Spotlights specific Mexican and American restaurants.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People are shown casually drinking or smoking, though it is never the focus of a scene. No drug use is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Taco Chronicles is a Mexican-produced, subtitled food docuseries about tacos. Each episode focuses on a different type of taco filling, tracing the history of that filling and how it is served. People are shown casually drinking or smoking, though it is never the focus of a scene. Some of the backstories describe or allude to historical violence and conflicts.

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What's the story?

Each episode of TACO CHRONICLES focuses on a single type of taco: pastor, carnitas, canasta, barbacoa, asada, and guisado. Tacos are a Mexican street food with a surprisingly rich history. This food docuseries explores the cultural history of tacos and how they're made and served today. 

Is it any good?

The secret life of tacos is a tantalizing subject, especially when you get an intimate deep dive and backstory into specific types of tacos. Taco Chronicles does a great job of connecting tacos to Mexico's rich cultural history. Yet, between the amount of space given to people saying variations of "tacos are good" and the awkward choices like a voice-over from the perspective of the taco, Taco Chronicles feels like it's only about half-cooked.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tacos. Do you like tacos? What is your favorite type of taco? How many different tacos have you tried?

  • Each episode explores a different type of taco. What did you learn about each type of taco? Did anything surprise you? Did anything make you appreciate your favorite tacos more?

  • Does Taco Chronicles have anything to say about the relationship between food and community? About food and cultural history? If so, what do you think it is saying? Do you eat any foods that are specific to your culture? If so, do you know the history of those foods?

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