Telenovela

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Talented, diverse cast can't save this soapy sitcom.

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Positive Messages

Friends stick together through thick and thin; surface appearances can be deceiving; women can hold positions of power and also have a personal life. On the other hand, there's lots of focus on appearance and competition. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ana Sofia is hardworking and loyal, if brash and self-centered. 

Violence

Cartoonish -- a woman flings a garbage can, an actor pretends to shoot up a gathering. 

Sex

References to casual sex, adultery; flirting, dating, kissing. 

Language

Words standing in for curses: "You were always so freaking quiet." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Of-age adults frequently drink cocktails and beer at parties and gatherings. No one acts drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Telenovela is a comedy about a woman who appears on a Latin American soap opera, or telenovela. Story lines are cheerful and brisk with little to concern parents, but the show could be a lot funnier considering its talented cast. Adults frequently drink cocktails at gatherings; no one acts drunk. There are some references to adultery and sex (for example, one person "slept with" or "cheated with" another) and mild jokes about sex that will pass over the heads of younger viewers. Expect cartoonish violence: A woman slaps a man when he tries to kiss her, and characters shout and throw things. Actors compete with each other and fling insults, but there's no cursing. 

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Teen, 17 years old Written byMaya16 February 6, 2016

Not that humerous

My mom likes this show I have watched a few episodes with her but I do not think that this show is funny. I do not really enjoy the acting or the humor. I could... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNvG Nick January 25, 2016

Telenovela Review

Unfunny and clichéd sitcom isn't worth watching.

What's the story?

In the TELENOVELA world, Ana Sofia (Eva Longoria) is a huge star, the center of a popular and long-running soap opera. But her world is rocked when her real-life ex Xavier (Jencarlos Canela) is added to the cast of her show, only a few short years after their marriage imploded. It's enough to send a high-strung star straight into the arms of her wardrobe woman/best friend Mimi (Diana Maria Riva) and hunky co-star/gay buddy Gael (Jose Moreno Brooks) for comfort. But Xavier has more up his sleeve than disrupting Ana's show, and there's a crowd of her rivals just waiting for a chance to bring the soap star down and climb to the top of the mountain. 

Is it any good?

A comedy that strains for fizzy yet comes off as frantic, as with so many other network comedies this show wastes great actors -- in particular, the divine Eva Longoria -- on bad writing. It's such a pity, because on paper the show could work. Longoria is effortlessly good, and it's great to see her back on television. Shows with diverse casts are a burgeoning and long-overdue network trend, too. But Telenovela squanders its initial goodwill with blah writing that fails to breathe any life into a clichéd premise we've seen before. Ana and Xavier have absolutely no chemistry, so the love scenes fail to spark. And since you can predict what'll happen next at any given moment -- oh, is that a banana peel? Any chance someone will slip on it? -- the predictable jokes just aren't funny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • "Show within a show" comedies that center on the cast of a TV show are common on television. How many can you name? Why is this an appealing topic for a comedy? 

  • Is the telenovela of Telenovela supposed to look like a good show? How can you tell? 

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