Parents' Guide to

The Manny

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun series reverses gender roles, has innuendo, swearing.

TV Netflix Comedy 2023
The Manny TV show poster: Jimena, Gabriel, and the children in front.

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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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