Club de Cuervos

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Club de Cuervos
Club de cuervos logo.jpg
Also known as Club of Crows
Genre Comedy-drama
Written by
  • Gary Alazraki
  • Michael Lam
  • Jay Dyer
  • Russell Eida
  • Alessia Costantini
Directed by Gary Alazraki
Starring Luis Gerardo Méndez
Mariana Treviño
Stephanie Cayo
Country of origin Mexico
United States
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Production location(s) Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Ballad of Hugo Sánchez

Club de Cuervos, also known as Club of Crows, is a Mexican comedy-drama web television series produced by Gary Alazraki and Michael Lam.[1] [2] Premiering with its full first season on August 7, 2015, it is the first Spanish-language Netflix original series. The story centers on the football club Cuervos FC, based in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico, and the power struggle that follows the death of its long-time owner and patriarch.[3] Club de Cuervos stars Luis Gerardo Méndez and Mariana Treviño as two siblings who fight over ownership and direction of the team.

Scripted by both Mexican and American writers, the first season of Club de Cuervos was shot in Pachuca, Hidalgo. The series has received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the show's pacing and originality. It was renewed for a second season on October 28, 2015.[4] The second season premiered on December 10, 2016.[5] Season three premiered on September 29, 2017.[6]

Premise[edit]

Set in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico, the series focuses on the Cuervos FC, a soccer team that faces an identity crisis after the death of its owner, Salvador Iglesias Sr. Due to male-dominant cultural attitudes, his son, Chava, is quickly chosen to take on the role of new president, despite the fact that his sister, Isabel, is considered to be better suited to run the team. Isabel is resentful of Chava and his position as leader, and vows to do whatever possible to take his place as president. Chava, whose vision is to transform the team into the "Real Madrid of Latin America", soon proves to be a poor decision-maker and often angers his subordinates, especially Vice President Felix Domingo and Coach Goyo. The series also explores the relationships between the players on the team, and how they are impacted by Chava's decisions.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Luis Gerardo Méndez as Salvador "Chava" Iglesias Jr. – After his father's death, Chava is elected to the role of president of the Cuervos football club, much to the consternation of his older half-sister Isabel. Chava's limited knowledge of sports management and short-sighted vision puts the historic team's standing at risk.
  • Mariana Treviño as Isabel Iglesias-Reina – Chava's half-sister and the oldest child of Salvador Iglesias Sr. While Isabel is clearly more experienced and well-equipped to run Cuervos FC after her father's passing, she is passed over for the presidency because she is a woman. In spite of her intelligence and work ethic, she is not a natural politician and has a tendency to make mistakes due to her lack of patience and volatile temper.
  • Stephanie Cayo as Mary Luz Solari – The former girlfriend of Salvador Iglesias Sr., Mary Luz claims to be pregnant with Salvador's unborn child. This claim has enormous implications for both Chava and Isabel, as it would entitle Mary Luz to one third of the team and family fortune. Though Mary Luz acts naive, she is often surprisingly savvy and convinces the family's lawyer to allow her to stay in Salvador's residence until a DNA test can be performed. While Isabel immediately rejects the idea that she might have another brother or sister, Chava is more receptive to the idea.
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho as Felix Domingo: Vice President and Technical Director of the Cuervos de Nuevo Toledo. A veteran of football, who has devoted 30 years to growing the team. After the death of Salvador Iglesias, Chava decides to help to continue the Plan of 8 Years formulated by his father. However, Chava's ego prevents Felix from steering the team in the right direction. Felix is strongly affected by the constant fights and conflicts of the Iglesias siblings, looking for any means to keep control of the team and prevent Chava and Isabel sabotaging each other.
  • Ianis Guerrero as Moisés Suárez: Forward of the Cuervos. Moses is an excellent player and is the team captain. He has a close relationship with Chava and seeks to make every effort to lead the team responsibly, despite the consequences in his personal life.
  • Antonio de la Vega as Rafael Reina: Spouse of Isabel Iglesias and Goalkeeper of the Cuervos. About to retire, Rafael serves as Isabel's main source of moral support.

Secondary characters[edit]

  • Joaquín Ferreira as Potro.
  • Josee Rodriquez as Josie.
  • Andrés Montiel as Víctor Valdés.
  • Sofía Sisniega as Paty Villa.
  • Juan Pablo de Santiago as Tony Álvarez
  • Luis Fernando Padilla as Beto
  • Eileen Yañez as Ximena Suárez
  • Gutemberg Brito as Rio
  • Oscar Olivares as Susanita
  • Claudia Vega as Ms. Iglesias
  • Gustavo Ganem as Uncle Luis
  • Sofía Niño de Rivera as Emilia
  • Jonathan Levit as Walter Bazaar
  • Daniel Huerta Plata as Le Polle

Special performances[edit]

  • Arap Bethke as Juan Pablo Iglesias: Cousin of Chava and Isabel, Juan Pablo is a well-known humanitarian and altruistic, who is seeking support from the Cuervos to publicize their campaign donations.
  • Emilio Guerrero as Goyo: The Cuervos' coach, with whom Chava conflicts on how to direct the players on the field.
  • Jesús Zavala as Hugo Sánchez: Known as the 'other' Hugo Sánchez, he is Chava's personal assistant. His name is a joke based on the real Hugo Sánchez, a retired Mexican soccer player. He is the only character throughout the series that is always referred to by his full name.
  • Richie Mestre as Guillo, one of the friends of Chava.
  • Alosian Vivancos as Aitor Cardoné: A famous Spanish soccer player, whom Chava meets at a nightclub in Miami. After being previously on FC Barcelona, he begins to play for the Cuervos at the insistence of Chava for a large sum of money. However, he is quite moody, stubborn, and eccentric, which irritates the other players and creates significant internal conflict for the team. He is pansexual, much to Chava's chagrin after Aitor makes sexual advances at him.
  • Carlos Bardem as Eliseo Canales: A powerful businessman who runs several soccer teams and players from the shadows. Felix is forced to engage with him, which allows direct influence on the team.

Development[edit]

Club de Cuervos is filmed in Pachuca, Hidalgo (Pachuca's historic center pictured)

Hoping to expand further into the Latin American television market by producing a local show, Netflix contacted Mexican director Gary Alazraki, who had directed the 2013 film The Noble Family, which became the highest-grossing Mexican film of all time.[7] In response Alazraki and his friend Mike Lam began developing a show with the idea of "Game of Thrones set in the world of soccer", focusing on family members fighting over leadership of the team.[7] Alazraki and Lam decided to hire a writer who had experience with American cable shows, and decided on Jay Dyer, writer of Californication and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, despite his limited knowledge of soccer and the Spanish language. The staff held a meeting in Los Angeles in which Alazraki educated the others about Mexico and the commentary he wanted to make about class and gender relations in the show.[7] The following month, the team traveled to Pachuca, Hidalgo to become immersed in the culture, meeting with soccer players and people from a wide variety of economic backgrounds.[7]

Reception[edit]

Club de Cuervos has received positive reviews from critics. The first season has a score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.[8] Xaque Gruber of The Huffington Post writes that the series "oscillates brilliantly from laugh-out-loud comedy to poignant drama, while never dipping into Latin stereotypes or telenovela melodrama."[9]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
210December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
310September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Be a Captain"Gaz AlazrakiMichael Lam & Jay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
22"We Make Soap"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
33"Uniform Response"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
44"Slap"Gaz AlazrakiRussell EidaAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
55"Barriers to Exit"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
66"Lucky to Play"Gaz AlazrakiRussell EidaAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
77"Our Guggenheim"Gaz AlazrakiGaz Alazraki & Alessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
88"Aitor"Carlos ArmellaMichael LamAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
99"Spanish Fever"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1010"New Dick in Town"Gaz AlazrakiMichael SvobodaAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1111"Push"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1212"Happy Birthday Mr. President"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1313"Iglesias vs. Iglesias"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Descenso"Mariana ChenilloJay DyerDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
152"Welcome to Second"Carlos ArmellaNicki RennaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
163"Who Are You Looking For?"Luis Gerardo Méndez & Salvador EspinosaRussell EidaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
174"Ho Oponopono"Carlos ArmellaMike LamDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
185"Matahari"Carlos ArmellaGaz AlazrakiDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
196"The Oasis in the Desert"Mariana ChenilloNicki RennaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
207"La Salvadora"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
218"The Truce"Mariana ChenilloMike LamDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
229"The Curse of the Black Feather"Gaz AlazrakiRussell EidaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
2310"Iglesias vs. Iglesias 2"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
241"The Third Generation"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
252"The Treaty of Versailles 14"Mariana ChenilloJames EaganSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
263"The Leftovers"Mariana ChenilloRussell EidaSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
274"Business or Pleasure?"Mariana ChenilloMatt HausfaterSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
285"The Road Back"Gaz AlazrakiJames EaganSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
296"Our Cuau"Gaz AlazrakiMatt Hausfater & Michael LamSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
307"Church and State"Luis Gerardo MéndezRussell EidaSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
318"Puebla…"Salvador EspinosaMarcos BucaySeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
329"Girl, Interrupted"Salvador EspinosaJay DyerSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
3310"The Heart of Nuevo Toledo"Gaz AlazrakiJames Eagan & Gaz AlazrakiSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.netflix.com/title/80030346
  2. ^ http://tagfestival.com/en/2017/08/10/6-things-you-didnt-know-about-netflixs-mexican-original-club-de-cuervos/
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Netflix Comedy 'Club de Cuervos' Starts Shooting in Mexico". Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Lesley Goldberg (28 October 2015). "Netflix Renews First Spanish-Language Original 'Club de Cuervos' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Hawkins, Kayla. "Will 'Club De Cuervos' Return For Season 3? Netflix's First Spanish-Language Series Won't Be Its Last". Bustle.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Club De Cuervos". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  7. ^ a b c d Zax, David (August 19, 2015). "The Creative Team Behind "Club de Cuervos," Netflix's First Spanish-Language Series". Fast Company. Fast Company, Inc. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Club de Cuervos – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Gruber, Xaque (August 10, 2015). "Club De Cuervos Is Netflix's Freshest New Series of the Year". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 

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