A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contains messages about making ethical choices, protecting the disadvantaged, and doing the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Characters display integrity, compassion, and morality. With a passionate drive to help others, Lola and Julia form "La Policia del Karma" or Karma Police to "restore the karmic balance," and Lola uses her newfound superpowers to protect (and stand up for) the marginalized. Julia identifies as LGBTQ+ and is very vocal about acceptance and staying true to self.
Violence & Scariness
Explosions, guns, aliens, and reptilian beings.
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Profanity is used throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch", "p---y," and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol, smoke pot and cigarettes; there are references to drug use and growing marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Neighbor is a Spanish superhero comedy series with a familiar genre plot -- a man develops powers and has to navigate his life as a superhero. This show is for adults, though, and is much more a comedy and character drama than a story about superpowers and unlikely heroes. The show's central themes involve finding yourself and building relationships, as superheroes compete over who deserves the "guardian of the cosmos" status. Although some scenes do revolve around acts of moral and ethical responsibilities to society, you can also expect adult drinking and marijuana drug use, sex scenes, some below-the-belt-humor, and profanity used liberally throughout -- expect "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," and "a--hole." The show does tackle big issues like gender identity and equality, sexism, and sexuality and has strong themes around being true to self and standing up for what you believe in. Characters are shown kissing, embracing, and in bed together; sex is implied, but nudity is limited to above the waist and shots of underwear-clad characters. Episodes also include characters flying, becoming invisible, explosions, guns, and fighting off unlikely villains.
Is It Any Good?
Don't expect the Spanish equivalent of a Marvel series; instead, this is an amusing superhero comedy with some questionable humor. The Neighbor's focus is mostly on the comedy that arises when the main characters try to hide (and fight over) superhuman powers, all while discovering the responsibilities (and inconveniences) that come with being a superhero. A familiar plot makes this Spanish superhero comedy series appealing. However, The Neighbor isn't really about the main character Javier discovering his purpose or trying to save the world. Instead, it's focused on the ordinary lives of the four main characters -- neighbors dealing with personal struggles, until everything changes after one of them is given superhuman powers.
Fast action is absent here, as is a super-evil plot that could destroy (or save) the world. In fact, there's minimal action -- some flying, low-drama confrontations, and no bloody scenes. The pacing is slow at the beginning of season one but picks up and becomes more plot driven, with twists and revelations that set up a promising premiere season two.
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