By Stephanie Snyder,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cheesy reboot has valuable diversity but lacks depth.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family has your back. Follow your own path.
Positive Role Models
Abuela is gentle and loving. She works hard and loves her family.
The majority of the cast is Latino, and Spanish language is incorporated into conversations.
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Multiple references to Zoom. The family video-chats with other family members.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Garcias is a reboot of the classic sitcom The Brothers Garcia, which aired on Nickelodeon in the early 2000s. Six of the original cast members returned for the new show, and this time they are grown up and have families of their own. The Brothers Garcia was groundbreaking because it was the first show to feature an all-Latino cast and creative team. The Garcias follows suit, incorporating the Spanish language (with subtitles) and portraying diversity within the Latino community. The show focuses on topics like growing up and familial relationships.
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Based on 2 parent reviews
Great Family show! Finally, something to watch with our kids.
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Perfect show for the family
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What's the Story?
In THE GARCIAS, time has passed and the beloved family from The Brothers Garcia is back. This time, they're all grown up and introducing a new generation. Lorena, Larry, Carlos, and George are living adult lives, invested in their careers as meteorologists, astronauts, and app developers. The brothers are navigating marriage and parenthood, introducing new teen and tween characters into the mix. A lottery win has afforded one segment of the family to own a gorgeous beach house in Mexico, so they all gather at the beach house to spend the summer. During their time together, the family members learn about themselves, about each other, and about life.
Is It Any Good?
Not every show needs to be rebooted, and this is a prime example. The Garcias falls flat in its attempt to modernize a show that was groundbreaking and important for Latino culture. It's as if show creators tried to combine the Nickelodeon kids'-sitcom vibe of The Brothers Garcia with today's HBO Max drama style and filter, and the result is disappointing.
For adults, the overacting is hard to watch, and quite frankly, it feels like it needs a laugh track. It may have been more effective for Nickelodeon to reboot the show. Younger viewers may tune in for the juvenile storylines, relatable characters, and themes about family and growing up, but if they have no investment in The Brothers Garcia, they may be disengaged.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the importance of family in The Garcias. How do the Garcias support one another? What lessons do they learn about each other?
Why are shows like The Garcias and The Brothers Garcia important? In what ways are you and your family like the Garcias? In what ways are you different?
What do you think about reboots? Is it fun to see a modern update of an old show? Should every show from the past be rebooted? Why, or why not?
- Premiere date: April 14, 2022
- Cast: Vaneza Leza Pitynski, Ada Maris, Carlos Lacamara
- Network: Max
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Activism, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: April 14, 2022
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