Neon (TV series)

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The poster shows the stars posing together over the Miami skyline, left to right: Emma Ferreira, Tyler Dean Flores, Jordan Mendoza, and Courtney Taylor. The background is a cerulean sky with yellow and pink tones.
Official promotional poster
Created byShea Serrano
Max Searle
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)

Neon is an American comedy television series created by Shea Serrano and Max Searle for Netflix. The series follows a trio of friends that move to Miami to pursue a reggaeton career. Neon stars Tyler Dean Flores, Emma Ferreira, Jordan Mendoza, and Courtney Taylor. It was released on October 19, 2023.


Santi, a gen Z[1] reggaeton artist, and his two best friends Vanessa and Felix move to Miami to help his music career take off.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Dream"Oz RodriguezShea Serrano & Max SearleOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
2"Opening Up"Eli GondaMax SearleOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
3"Forbidden Fruta"Eli GondaDemi AdejuyigbeOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
4"Art Basel"Eli GondaBrianna Porter & Christopher EddinsOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
5"Corillo"Kimberly McCulloughWally BaramOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
6"Isanti"Steven CanalsRaina MorrisOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
7"New Management"Kimberly McCulloughAdriana CaballeroOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)
8"The Reality"Steven CanalsJordan MendozaOctober 19, 2023 (2023-10-19)


Neon was created by Shea Serrano and Max Searle, and received a series order from Netflix on November 8, 2022.[5] The series is executive produced by Scooter Braun’s production company SB Projects with Scott Manson, James Shin, and Kyle Vinuya as co-executive producer.[5]

After the show was announced, Hyperallergic critiqued the series, which focuses on the Caribbean genre of reggaeton, for its lack of Puerto Rican producers.[6] After its release, it was noted that Daddy Yankee was added as an executive producer and guest star for the series.[7][1] The executive music producers are Tainy, Lex Borrero, and Ivan Rodriguez, collectively known as Tainy & One Six.[1]

All eight episodes were released on Netflix on October 19, 2023.[1]


In a positive review for Variety, Aramide Tinubu wrote, "Glossy and fun, the reggaeton-centered “Neon” puts the viewer in the mind of “Rap Sh!t” without the grit framing the Issa Rae-created show. It’s a series about friendship, determination and the perils of the modern-day music industry."[1] Kelly Lawler of USA Today reviewed Neon as 3.5/4 stars and described it as "funny, occasionally absurd and with a vision to match its glowing title."[4] While The Hollywood Reporter's Angie Han praised Neon for "delivering an endless party set to danceable beats, and populated by characters worth giving a damn about" she also wrote, "Neon‘s glossy positivity limits its portrayal of the reggaeton world to the surface level. For all its gushing over its celebrity cameos, the series spends very little time exploring what makes the genre unique — why specifically it speaks to Santi, what sets this corner of the music industry apart from the ones chronicled in, say, Dave or Atlanta or The Idol or the similarly Miami-set but much grittier Rap Sh!t."[3] In a less positive review, Cristina Escobar stated for, "“Neon” is a series of jokes, rhythms, and points with no guiding anchor. It’s a lot of things, but excellent is not one of them. And that’s a shame, especially as reggaeton continues its global dominance; we will need more shows and films depicting its particular culture and cadence."[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Tinubu, Aramide (2023-10-19). "Netflix's Reggaeton Series 'Neon' Finds Its Rhythm Amid a Glossy Miami Landscape: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  2. ^ Keller, Joel. "'Neon' Netflix Review: Stream It Or Skip It?". The Decider. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  3. ^ a b c d e Han, Angie (2023-10-19). "'Neon' Review: Netflix's Miami Reggaeton Comedy Is a Glossy Good Time, if Not Much Else". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  4. ^ a b Lawler, Kelly. "Daddy Yankee's reggaeton Netflix show 'Neon' is an endless party". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  5. ^ a b White, Peter (2022-11-08). "Reggaeton Comedy Series 'Neon' From Shea Serrano & Max Searle Drums Up Series Order At Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  6. ^ Zubizarreta, Denise (2023-02-12). "Netflix Forgot to Include Puerto Ricans in Production of Reggaeton Show". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2023-10-24.
  7. ^ a b Escobar, Cristina. "Netflix's Neon Gets Lost in Its Many Disconnected Elements | TV/Streaming | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2023-10-24.

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