A Guide to Netflix’s Latino TV Shows
By Cody Downey @codyalexdowney
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In modern television, it is very rare to find a series that prominently feature Latino Americans’ stories and casts. With the exception of shows like Freeform’s reboot of “Party of Five” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans M.C.,” the number of representation Latinos get is few and far between. However, Netflix makes up for this including many different shows focused on the Latino experience.
Here is a quick guide to the shows both old and new that Netflix has to offer.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
Limited Series / Serie Limitada / Episodes: 6
Following the trial for the murder of an eight-year-old boy by his mother and her boyfriend, this documentary questions how the system looks after children in terrible situations.
Though not the most fun viewing, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” looks at an important topic and isn’t afraid to shy away from the disturbing details.
Seasons: 1 / Episodes: 10
Running their family taco shop in Los Angeles, the Morales cousins must work together to save their shop from the gentrification going on in their neighborhood while also trying to accomplish their own goals and dreams.
With an almost unknown cast, “Gentefied” takes a look at something that many Latinos already deal with in real life in a light-hearted yet serious way.
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia
Seasons: 1 / Episodes: 8
Graduating from MIT at the age of 15, Ashley Garcia, played by Paulina Chavez, moves in with an uncle in Pasadena for the opportunity to work for NASA. Created by former “Saved by the Bell” star Mario Lopez, “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” provides a more family-friendly look at Latino life and provides a role model for all the young Latinas in the family.
On My Block
Seasons: 3 / Episodes: 28
A group of friends transition into their freshman year of high school as they deal with gang members, first loves and conspiracies about stolen money.
“On My Block” mixes drama and humor to provide an engaging and realistic tale of a group of teenagers trying to grow up when they know they may not make it out of their neighborhoods.
Seasons: 2 / Episodes: 20
Changing locations from Colombia to Mexico, this “Narcos” spinoff takes a look at the rise of Felix Gallardo, played by Diego Luna, in the 1980s as he is chased by DEA agent Kiki Camarena, played by Michael Pena.“Narcos: Mexico” follows up on the success of its predecessor bringing a new story that connects to the current tensions between the United States and Mexico.
The Circle: Brazil
Seasons: 1 / Episodes: 4
Going off of the same premise as both the British and American versions of “The Circle,” this Brazilian edition of the reality show makes people compete against one another only able to communicate with one another through an app called The Circle.
“The Circle: Brazil” takes the already-established concept of “The Circle” and gives it a Latino twist. If you already like the other versions, you will love this one as well.