Picture Supply: HBO
HBO is premiering the sequel to Nickelodeon’s “The Brothers Garcia” 20 years after it first aired. Solely this time, it’s referred to as “The Garcias” and focuses extra on the household as an entire. When you missed the unique, as I did, “The Brothers Garcia” was billed as the primary English-language sitcom to have an all-Latinx solid and artistic crew. It tells the story of the three Garcia brothers, beginning of their preteen years and following them as they develop up in Texas with their sister and oldsters. It is also narrated by John Leguizamo, as one of many brothers trying again as an grownup.
The brand new model options all the unique, on-camera solid. The siblings are grown up, with households of their very own, and considered one of their children narrates this time. The mother and father, now additionally grandparents, are again, as is the present’s tagline: “Todo para la familia. The whole lot for the household,” repeated in every language on the shut of every episode. I am not going to lie, typically watching media focused at greater children like “The Garcias” might be onerous for adults. These reveals cannot sneak in fairly as a lot stuff for grown-ups as reveals focused at youthful audiences can, however they’re nonetheless caught with some clunky child conventions. The appearing in “The Garcias” is actually uneven, with among the solid understanding precisely what present they’re in and having enjoyable with it (like Nitzia Chama as center brother George’s spouse, Ana), whereas others fall quick. Plus, as somebody who did not watch the unique, the components that relied on nostalgia did not work for me, when that was the one factor the present had going.
However as a substitute of fast-forwarding, I stored watching, as a result of it is nonetheless so uncommon to see a contented, wholesome Latinx household take the entire body because the Garcias do in each episode of their titular collection. “The Garcias” shouldn’t be a trauma present. There’s nothing edgy about it. It is good, and that has worth in and of itself. The household have their fair proportion of issues, however they are not saddled with a war-torn historical past, crushing poverty, and even restricted job prospects. Their potentialities are limitless — actually, one of many brothers spends a lot of the season in outer area (he is an astronaut), and it is good imagining us this manner.
Sure, the household are comparatively light-skinned, and the daddy, Ray, performed by Carlos Lacámara, is extra educated and has extra job safety than most, working as a historian. But it surely’s good to see what “making it” might appear to be, the way it can arrange the following technology to reside their goals, whether or not that is constructing a profitable app firm like George does or taking a while to determine herself out as sister Lorena does.
The truth is, having all these Latinx characters at completely different ages over a number of episodes permits “The Garcias” to essentially delve into how our households work and the way the layering of relationships and years collectively work together to create complicated cross-generational tapestries. It is inspiring to see, even when battle can move alongside our connections simply as shortly as help — one thing the present would not draw back from.
And for those who’re bored with household all the time having to be on the core of Latinx media, know that “The Garcias” additionally explores different subjects, from illustration to id to cultural appropriation. For instance, George is a proud Mexican — aside from the half the place he is born and raised in Texas. His Mexican-national spouse teases him about his id, passing off made-up truisms as Mexican sayings, and he falls for it each time. Or when Ray makes mates with a extra well-known historian solely to appreciate his new connection is withholding Mexican artifacts from their native lands. He then has to determine how a lot this new good friend — with all of his status — is value.
Ultimately, “The Garcias” is a great present for its younger viewers and their mother and father alike, insisting on portraying the Latinx household at its heart with heat and humanity. That should not be uncommon or groundbreaking and even shocking. However it’s. And that is why I am grateful for this present and the creators who labored so onerous to deliver this slice of aspirational, US-based Latinidad to air a second time.
“The Garcias” premieres April 14 on HBO.