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Latino culture is explored in this show: family rituals, tradtitions, cultural history, and identities are celebrated.
Family is always there for you. Love yourself. Celebrate your heritage and where you come from. The American experience is as varied as its people. People will surprise you if you let them. Take the time to be with the people who love you. Communicate your needs so that people understand. Work hard. Seize the day, because it might be all we get.
Positive Role Models
The Diaz family works hard to provide for their familly, and their work ethic spills into their love of life. Older women in this show are as spirited as the young women. There are gay and trans couples that model healthy relationships in the series as well.
This show has a very diverse cast, both ethnically and as far as LGBTQ+ representation. In the Diaz household alone, there are "Mexicans, Cubans, and Dominicans." The traditions and family ties are presented in loving, respectful ways.
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Violence & Scariness
A character punches another character for using anti-gay and sexist language.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though the sex in this show is not visually explicit, there are situations that are graphically depicted. In once scene, a man is seen giving a woman oral sex, and they joke about his prowess. Her body parts are covered, but the context is clear. Frank conversations about sexuality, about older adults having "shower sex," and straight, gay, and trans sex. Conversations about vibrators and sex toys.
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Frequent use of language. "S--t," "damn," "f--k," "d--k," "f--king," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Perhaps because the series is centered around holiday celebrations, but there's a lot of wine, sangria, beer, champagne, hard alcohol consumption. A cinnamon flavored gin sponsors a party that lead characters attend, where they do shots and are told by the party planner to "Shut the f--k up and drink!" A main character runs a wine store. Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that With Love is a family drama with plenty of language, sex, drinking, smoking, and humorous moments. Set in Portland, Oregon, this series centers around the Diaz family and their varied encounters with love. Sexual encounters are not graphically portrayed, but are spoken about graphically. The series is often about sex: who's having it, who's not having it, who's doing it for fun, who's serious about love. Queer, straight, bi, and transgender characters are also represented here. Some religous and Latino traditions are also explored. Frequent use of language. "S--t," "damn," "f--k," "d--k," "f--king," etc.
Is It Any Good?
Soapy, a little forced at times, but still charming, With Love is a love letter to the Latino culture that thrives in places like creator Gloria Calderón Kellett's (One Day at a Time) Portland, Oregon. This means that though the Diaz family keeps its traditions, the conversations are very inclusive, sex-positive, and open to new influences. However, there is an explain-y vibe that slows the flow a little. A character's boyfriend explains to the whole extended family what it means to be bisexual, which ends up feeling more like an awkward moment that feels overly earnest. Latin traditions are explained to non-Latino characters in a more seamless way as the show develops. With Love is definitely soapy (how can it not be when there's a hospital setting in play?), but there's warmth, joy, and some good acting that can be enjoyed in this show when its not taking itself too seriously.
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