On My Block (TV series)

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On My Block
On My Block (TV series).png
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)KOVAS
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Lauren Iungerich
  • Eddie Gonzalez
  • Jeremy Haft
Producer(s)
  • Jamie Dooner
  • Robert Sudduth
  • Hal Olofsson
Cinematography
  • Joe Kessler
  • Tommy Maddox-Upshaw
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23–31 minutes
Production company(s)Crazy Cat Lady Productions
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16) –
present (present)
External links
Website

On My Block is a teen drama television series, created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft.[1][2] The first season, consisting of ten episodes, was released on Netflix on March 16, 2018.[3][4] On April 13, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season and it premiered on March 29, 2019.[5][6] On April 29, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season which is set to premiere on March 11, 2020.[7][8]

The series stars Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, and Jessica Marie Garcia. The series's diverse cast, story-lines, and performances were praised by critics.

Premise[edit]

In a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood, four teens find their lifelong friendship tested as they begin high school.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sierra Capri as Monse Finnie,[2][4][9] a headstrong Afro-Latina[10] tomboy, who serves as the leader of her friend group.[11] Raised by her single father, she is in love with one of her best friends, Cesar.
  • Diego Tinoco as Cesar Diaz,[2][9] an intelligent teen forced into gang life once his brother is released from prison, putting a strain on a blossoming relationship with Monse.
  • Jason Genao as Ruben "Ruby" Martinez,[2][4][9] a smart-aleck math whiz of Mexican descent often serving as the group's conscience.[11]
  • Brett Gray as Jamal Turner,[2][4][9] the nerd of the group,[12] who is African-American. In season 1, he is drawn into finding a hidden treasure scheme surrounding RollerWorld.
  • Jessica Marie Garcia as Jasmine Flores,[2][4] a classmate of the group, who has a romantic obsession with Ruby.
  • Ronni Hawk as Olivia (season 1), a friend of Ruby's family who moves in with them after her parents are deported.
  • Julio Macias as Oscar "Spooky" Diaz (season 3; recurring seasons 1–2)[13], Cesar's older brother and a member of the Santos gang.

Recurring[edit]

  • Jahking Guillory as Latrelle, former classmate of the group and a member of a gang rival to the Santos.
  • Emilio Rivera as Chivo, a gardener caught up in Jamal's hidden treasure scheme.
  • Peggy Blow as Marisol Martinez, Ruby's grandmother.
  • Paula Garces as Geny Martinez, Ruby's mother.
  • Eric Neil Gutierrez as Ruben Martinez, Ruby's father.
  • Danny Ramirez as Mario Martinez, Ruby's older brother.
  • Kylie Samaniego as Luisa Martinez, Ruby’s little sister.
  • Julian Lerma as Luis Martinez, Ruby’s little brother.
  • Reggie Austin as Monty Finnie, Monse's father.
  • Lisa Marcos as Selena "Julia" Whitman, Monse's biological mother who left at a young age.
  • Eme Ikwuakor as Dwayne Turner, Jamal's father.
  • Raushanah Simmons as Mrs. Turner, Jamal's mother.
  • Angela Gibbs as Rosé Westbrook (season 1) , a former Soul Train dancer caught up in Jamal's hidden treasure scheme.
  • Shoshana Bush as Amber (season 2), Mario's girlfriend.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110March 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
210March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Chapter One"Lauren IungerichJeremy Haft & Eddie Gonzalez & Lauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
22"Chapter Two"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
33"Chapter Three"Steven TsuchidaRobert SudduthMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
44"Chapter Four"Steven TsuchidaEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
55"Chapter Five"Ryan ShirakiJamie UyeshiroMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
66"Chapter Six"Ryan ShirakiAdam Starks & Francesca GailesMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
77"Chapter Seven"Steven TsuchidaLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
88"Chapter Eight"Steven TsuchidaEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft & Lauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
99"Chapter Nine"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
1010"Chapter Ten"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Chapter Eleven"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
122"Chapter Twelve"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
133"Chapter Thirteen"Ryan ShirakiJamie UyeshiroMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
144"Chapter Fourteen"Ryan ShirakiChristopher EncellMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
155"Chapter Fifteen"Jeremy HaftEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
166"Chapter Sixteen"Erica WatsonLauren IungerichMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
177"Chapter Seventeen"Ryan ShirakiSonia KharkarMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
188"Chapter Eighteen"Ryan ShirakiAdam StarksMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
199"Chapter Nineteen"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
2010"Chapter Twenty"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an approval rating of 95% based on 22 reviews, and a weighted average rating of 7.83/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Charming, realistic, and focused on underrepresented communities, On My Block is the respite from stylized teen dramas you didn't know you needed.".[14] Trey Mangum of Shadow and Act wrote, "On My Block is different than anything we’ve seen on television in relation to the experience of growing up. The stars are young people of color, dealing with real issues that happen in communities that they have to wrangle with during this pivotal time in their lives. For a lovely story about friendship and timely societal issues, along with superb youth acting, here is your next binge." [15] Alexis Gunderson of Paste said, "When the final credits hit, it’s clear that not one second of the season’s 10 short episodes was wasted: Every line was measured out, every background track meticulously calibrated, every initially jarring tonal shift set up precisely for a singular cumulative effect that lands in the season’s final moments like a punch to the chest you realize too late you should have seen coming from a mile away."[16] Matt Seitz of New York Magazine wrote, "One of the many remarkable things about this series is how it folds crime and the awareness of potential violence into everyday life, which is something white sitcoms never do unless it’s a Very Special Episode."[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show On My Block Won [18]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actress Jessica Marie Garcia Nominated [19]
Choice Summer TV Actor Diego Tinoco Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Awkward' Creator to Launch Inner City High School Comedy on Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. December 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Netflix Prepping Comedy Series From 'Awkward' Creator Lauren Iungerich". Deadline Hollywood. December 14, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Netflix Orders Inner City High School Comedy 'On My Block'". Variety. December 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "'On My Block' Trailer: First Look At Netflix Comedy From 'Awkward' Creator Lauren Iungerich & Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 13, 2018). "'On My Block' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (March 7, 2019). "'On My Block' Teaser: Season 2 Cold Open Offers Eye-Opening Revelations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (April 29, 2019). "'On My Block' Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (February 18, 2020). "'On My Block' Season 3 Premiere Date Set On Netflix; Watch The Announcement Video". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d "ABOUT THIS SHOW – ON MY BLOCK (NETFLIX)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^ https://shadowandact.com/sierra-capri-brett-gray-on-my-block-review
  11. ^ a b Liebman, Lisa. "The Inner-City Kids Are All Right in Netflix's Binge-Worthy On My Block". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Brett Gray Gives Us the Scoop on His Role in the Upcoming Netflix Series, "On My Block"". Sheen Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (August 7, 2019). "'On My Block': Julio Macias Upped To Series Regular For Season 3". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "On My Block: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "'On My Block': Netflix's Timely Coming-Of-Age Dramedy Has A Lot Of Heart (Review)". shadowandact.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "Netflix's On My Block Could Be the Year's First Breakout Hit". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Matt Seitz (March 19, 2018). "On My Block Is a Remarkable Coming-of-Age Story". Vulture.com. New York Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Douglas, Esme. "Teen Choice Awards 2018: See the full list of winners". EW. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Swift, Andy (July 8, 2019). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Stranger Things' Leads Final Wave of 2019 Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved July 17, 2019.

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