This year has been a time full of new award winning movies, tv shows, and short films, and one on Netflix’s Original TV shows have received a ton of attention within the few months that the show has been available to the public. On My Block is “a coming-of-age comedy about four bright, street-savvy friends navigating their way through high school in the gritty inner city of South Central Los Angeles”. This new TV show is mainly aimed towards young adults and instills the fundamental morals of friendship. This adventures show takes its viewers on an emotional rollercoaster as the plot thickens and the friendship between the characters grows stronger. On My Block has also been nominated for the Choice Breakout TV Show category at the Teen Choice Awards, and many fans are excited to see this show receive this award after only five months of being on Netflix. Even though it has only been a few months since the show has been released, On My Block has been renewed for its second season on April 16, 2018.
The main characters of the show are Monse, Ruby, Jamal, and Cesar, who are a group of friends that are going into the ninth grade next year. The pilot episode begins when the four friends are talking about what their high school lives are going to be like, when Ruby’s brother, Mario Martinez, gives them a vital piece of advice, they need to stick together when they enter high school. This was a piece of information that will be important throughout the entire show and will be the driving force of the reason Monse fights for their friendship. After the first episode the group of friends go through many struggles and conflicts that build up to the very last minute of the last episode. Fans were holding onto their seats when the last episode brought them to tears. We are all devastated to wait about a year until the next season airs, and many hope there will be more than ten episodes (unlike the first season).
The show was not only recognized as a hit for its content, phenomenal storyline, and having a seemingly all people of color (POC) cast, but was also hit with a lot of press about one of their actresses, Ronni Hawk, who plays the character Olivia. Olivia plays a character that moves in with Ruby because her parents were deported. Many people thought that she should have not gotten the role as a Mexican woman, when she is not actually hispanic in real life. Affinity says, “ This fairy tale came crashing down when it was revealed that actress Ronni Hawk, who plays Olivia, is not actually Mexican as portrayed in the show, but is non-Latinx white.” Another reason people were upset was because she is a Trump supporter playing a girl who lost her parents due being deported back to Mexico. This is not the first show that she has been in as a Hispanic women, but was also cast as Rachel Diaz in the Disney show, “Stuck in the Middle”. Many fans caught onto the fact that Ronni Hawk has played two Hispanic characters and are outraged. On My Block has received a considerable amount of backlash about this particular topic and it is not confirmed yet, but it is hoped that the character Olivia, will be recasted for the upcoming second season.
This show is an action pact series that brings its viewers to tears, but it is receiving many messages from fans about how excited everyone is for the second season. The viewers are all hoping for another season about friendship, love, and suspense, as great as the first.