A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Challenges traditional gender roles in some ways while maintaining some patriarchal values. Family is a major theme. Divorce is also a key topic.
Positive Role Models
Jimena is a strong and successful career woman and loving mother who struggles to balance both roles. Gabriel is good with kids, but isn't fully honest about why he originally sought employment with her. Men, particularly older ones, lean into traditional cultural roles for men and women.
The Mexican cast plays people from different parts of México.
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Violence & Scariness
The kids argue a lot. Slapstick-like scenes lead to people running, falling, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's strong sexual innuendo, ranging from comments about "sleeping around" to obvious romantic tension between Jimena and Gabriel. Sexual comments are made by women about Gabriel.
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Lots of swearing in Spanish, which is translated into English (like "ass," "s--t")
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Products & Purchases
Social media like TikTok and Instagram are discussed or shown (in context); characters like SpongeBob are referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is shown at social events or over meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Manny is a Mexican romantic comedy (available dubbed and subtitled in English) that features strong innuendo, swearing, and references to social media like TikTok and Instagram. Arguing is common amongst children, and there's slapstick-type humor that includes people falling down, etc. Drinking is visible, too. The series also challenges some traditional Mexican gender roles and other stereotypes.
Is It Any Good?
The romantic comedy attempts to defy traditional Mexican gender roles while offering an entertaining narrative filled with family drama and romantic tension. Jimena (Sandra Echeverría) is strong and successful career woman who's willing and able to hire a man to nurture her children in a way that she cannot at this time. Meanwhile, Gabriel (Iván Amozurrutia) is a patient, sensitive, and gentle man who's sometimes objectified by women like Jimena's co-worker and friend Brenda (Diana Bovio).
These characteristics offer obvious (but important) challenges to existing gender and class stereotypes, but they're contextualized within a larger social framework that remains inherently sexist. For example, Jimena is good at her job, but it's ultimately her father who will decide if she'll be promoted. Meanwhile, Gabriel has what are culturally deemed masculine qualities, including handsome looks, a rugged "ranchero" background, and a quiet-but-smoldering heteronormative sexuality, which creates the predictable attraction between him and his new employer. Nonetheless, The Manny is well-written and light-hearted, which allows viewers to look past all of this and enjoy what's being offered.
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