¡Es Viernes y mi cuerpo sabroso (y mi control remoto) lo sabe! There is no greater feeling than showing up to work on a Friday knowing that a long three-day weekend is up ahead! This coming Monday is Labor Day in the United States and we celebrate by not laboring. While most of us get the day off, others go out there and work even more. For those that will be working this coming Monday, our apologies on behalf of the entire country. Just know that you matter and that your hard work is appreciated and valued.
It’s also important to acknowledge that September is finally here! Did you know that there are only 119 days left in the year!!!!???? Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun (and while you’re doing your best to stay alive during a world pandemic.)
National Hispanic Heritage Month officially begins on September 15 and we just can’t wait! Since a lot of us will be free this long weekend….. we have created a list of 4 shows and 1 film that are perfect to celebrate our Hispanic heritage. We don’t normally recommend movies but we just had to on this occasion. This week we are watching a diverse group of shows ranging from drama, comedy and even suspense. All of these shows are addicting and provide entertainment using a lot of talento Latino!
If you’re having trouble selecting a drink before sitting down to dive into our picks, we suggest a michelada. (You better be over 21 years of age though!!!!!) But not just any michelada. A michelada made with our very savory “I Love Micheladas” mixes. It only involves: shaking the bottle, grabbing a cup, preparing the rim (with chamoy, lemon and/or Tajín), pouring our mix and combining it with your favorite beer or sparkling water. It’s so easy and yet so worth it! We even have a VEGAN mix available for all you wonderful vegans out there! Our Red Mix and our OG Brown Mix are available at many latino grocery stores and online by visiting www.ILoveMicheladas.com. Act now before you have no choice but to watch our picks of the week while drinking water and ugly crying. Not cute!
Now that you know that you’ll most likely be drinking a tasty michelada while streaming this long weekend… let’s get to our recommendations for this week!
WHAT TV SHOWS ARE WE WATCHING THIS WEEK?
1. “MONARCA” (2 Seasons available on Netflix)
Rated: TV-MA (Drama/Novela)
If you enjoy family drama….. this series is for you. Don’t even act like it’s not a subject you can relate to. We all have family drama, so might as well watch other people go through it instead of us. This show does a beautiful job at showing the beauty of México while entertaining us with a very engaging story line. Your attention will be grabbed from the very first episode. It’s always fun to watch siblings fighting over what they think belongs to them! Let the suspense and backstabbing begin!
2. “SELENA: THE SERIES” (2 Parts available on Netflix)
Rated: TV-PG (Music/Drama/Comedy)
Christian Serratos, the actress playing Selena, won us over as the episodes went along. Not going to lie, it does take time for you to get used to this interpretation of Selena. We weren’t convinced at the beginning with her look and acting, but she did a great job overall! This series just takes you back to the Selena days and how much we love her and still miss her. We get a glimpse of her life, career and her struggles as she worked along with her family. The best part of this series is that the Quintanilla family played a role in making it, so we get a lot of details and stories that we didn’t know! If you like Selena and you enjoy her music, this series is a must. Please remember that we should be supporting our Latino actors and not criticizing their craft. We should be lifting our people since we don’t always get the spotlight! Let’s support and celebrate each other, instead of the opposite.
3. “LA CASA DE LAS FLORES (HOUSE OF FLOWERS)” (3 Seasons available on Netflix)
Rated: TV-MA (Drama/Comedy)
This dark comedy is a must watch because it’s just hilarious! The funny one-liners and the story lines are just epic. Veronica Castro steals the show on Season 1. The rest of the seasons are not as spectacular but they’re still very funny. Every actor has a moment to shine in their own way. This show basically portrays the broken De La Mora family who do their best to look perfect in the eyes of everyone around them. Are they successful? Watch it to find out! If you speak Spanish, we suggest watching it in Spanish. If you don’t speak Spanish, watch it in Spanish but with the captions. This show is very inclusive and shows us that families come in many different shapes and sizes. The soundtrack is off the hook as well! This series is defintiely worth it! (There is also a movie and a special episode available because this show deserves it.)
4. “JANE THE VIRGIN” (5 Seasons available on Netflix)
Rated: TV-14 (Drama, Comedy)
This show does a great job at mocking telenovelas in a very funny way. You’ll fall in love with the actors and you will have a difficult time either picking to be Team Rafael or Team Michael. Will you also be Team Jane or Team Petra? The plot is silly, goofy and over-the-top… but it’s all worth it because the message gets across: Family always comes first! It doesn’t matter what TEAM you’re on, because all the characters are worth supporting. This series has a lot of Latino talent. We won’t get into the plot so that you can be surprised and shocked. Just know that a pregnancy is involved!
5. “MUCHO MUCHO AMOR: THE LEGEND OF WALTER MERCARDO” (A FILM available on Netflix)
Rated: TV-14 (Documentary)
We don’t normally recommend films but we just felt like we should with this one. This documentary is nostalgic as we get a glimpse of the career and final days of the legendary astronomer, Walter Mercado. It doesn’t matter if you hated or loved him….. believed in him or not….. you’ll end up loving and respecting his persona after watching this film. His life wasn’t always easy, but his positive spirit and love kept him going. We should all try our best to be as majestic and happy as Walter Mercado was. We can all try to be more joyous in our everyday lives. Go watch it con mucho, mucho, MUCHO amor!