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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the parents on this show are looked up to and respected by their kids and are treated with love and respect. Todo para la familia -- everything for the family -- is the motto that the Garcia family adheres to. Latin family values are celebrated and treasured, which is a treat for those viewers who haven't been exposed to this tradition of love, care, and clan.
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What's the story?
THE BROTHERS GARCIA, a fairly light comedy that doesn't tackle deeply dramatic issues, focuses on siblings Larry (Alvin Alvarez), Lorena (Vaneza Leza Pitynski), George (Bobby Gonzalez), and Ray (Carlos Lacamera), who range in age between 9 and 13. The siblings' personalities come through loud and clear -- enough so that the plot can hinge on their traits without throwing stressful or inappropriate themes into the mix. Though the functions in the family echo rather traditional roles (Mama Garcia cooking and care giving, Papa Garcia setting and enforcing rules), the mother does have her own business as a beauty salon owner. This doesn't take time away from feeding and caring for her family, though, and although Papa Garcia works as a professor, he isn't absent from the family dynamic in the least.
Is it any good?
The family dynamic is what makes this series gel. The Garcias' commitment to their Latin culture is admirably strong. This is evident in the language, the food, the novellas that Lorena watches on television, and the participation of Abuelita (Grandmother) in big family decisions. Ultimately, The Brothers Garcia fills a gap in TV programming; it acknowledges the Latin community's strength and presence in our society while emphasizing a set of family values that has been handed down for so many generations.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about George's insatiable appetite -- why is he always eating? Is that healthy behavior for a growing boy, or is there something deeper? Is Lorena's penchant for the dramatic a result of being a girl in a family of boys? Why are they "The Brothers Garcia" and not "The Family Garcia"?
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