Parents' Guide to

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sweet Latinx throwback sitcom has romance, girl power.

TV Netflix Comedy 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

It’s amazing

Me and my kid 10 year old wathh cha ed this and it’s as amazing. I think this show is very good.

This title has:

Great messages
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Too mature, no moral benefit to a 14 year old girl

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Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (27):

The jokes are just so-so and the vibe is very throwback sitcom, but the actors have great charm and the whole show has gentle tween appeal with strong pro-girl messages. Ashley isn't shy about mentioning her Doogie Howser-esque accomplishments: She was the youngest person to ever earn a PhD, started college at 9, and is now JPL's newest wunderkind. But there's nothing arrogant or braggy about Ashley; she just matter-of-factly accepts her intellectual gifts (and is accepted, and often admired, by those around her), even while she struggles with the kinds of things other teens are doing, like dating or putting on makeup. On those scores, Ashley's grateful to have Brooke, a much more typical teen, on board to guide her through mainstream milestones.

Ashley immediately hatches a crush on one of the sweet-but-dumb athletes coached by her Tio Victor (with Canela doing his best riff on a Charlie Sheen-style lothario), and launches into a series of romantic blunders that could be predicted from a million miles away. Nonetheless, it's a treat to see a young Latinx girl with so much confidence, not to mention plenty of support from her close (and sometimes pushy) family. The line-joke-topper rhythm of The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia is soothingly familiar enough to carry viewers along from foreseeable plot point to inevitable "everyone learns, laughs, and hugs" conclusions, and Ashley's easy to love. The whole thing comes off like a sweet Disney Channel series, just the thing for tweens aching to imagine what their own high school years might be like.

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