On My Block (TV series)

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On My Block
On My Block (TV series).png
Poster
GenreComing-of-age
Comedy-drama
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)KOVAS
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Lauren Iungerich
  • Eddie Gonzalez
  • Jeremy Haft
Producer(s)
  • Jamie Dooner
  • Robert Sudduth
  • Hal Olofsson
CinematographyJoe Kessler
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25–31 minutes
Production company(s)Crazy Cat Lady Productions
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16) – present (present)
External links
Website

On My Block is a coming-of-age 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.[5]

The series stars Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, Jessica Marie Garcia, and Ronni Hawk. 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][6] a headstrong Afro-Latina[7] tomboy, who serves as the de facto leader of her friend group.[8] Raised by her single father, she is star-crossed lovers with one of her best friends, Cesar.
  • Diego Tinoco as Cesar Diaz,[2][6] 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][6] a smart-aleck math whiz of Mexican descent often serving as the group's conscience.[8]
  • Brett Gray as Jamal Turner,[2][4][6] the nerd of the group,[9] who is African-American. In Season 1, he is drawn into finding a hidden treasure scheme surrounding RollerWorld.
  • Jessica Marie Garcia as Jasmine,[2][4] a classmate of the group.
  • Ronni Hawk as Olivia, a friend of Ruby's family who moves in with them after her parents are deported.

Recurring[edit]

  • Julio Macias as Oscar "Spooky" Diaz, Cesar's brother and leader of Santos gang.
  • Peggy Blow as Abuela, Ruby's grandmother.
  • Paula Garces as Geny Martinez, Ruby's mother.
  • 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.
  • Angela Gibbs as Rosé Westbrook, a former Soul Train dancer caught up in Jamal's hidden treasure scheme.
  • Eme Ikwuakor as Dwayne Turner, Jamal's father.
  • Reggie Austin as Monty Finnie, Monse's father.
  • Lisa Marcos as Julia Whitman, a woman with a connection to Monse.
  • Eric Neil Gutierrez as Mr. Martinez, Ruby's father.
  • Raushanah Simmons as Mrs. Turner, Jamal's mother.
  • Danny Ramirez as Mario Martinez, Ruby's brother.
  • Kylie Samaniego as Ruby’s little sister.
  • Julian Lerma as Ruby’s little brother.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Chapter One"Lauren IungerichJeremy Haft & Eddie Gonzalez & Lauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
2"Chapter Two"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
3"Chapter Three"Steven TsuchidaRobert SudduthMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
4"Chapter Four"Steven TsuchidaEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
5"Chapter Five"Ryan ShirakiJamie UyeshiroMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
6"Chapter Six"Ryan ShirakiAdam Starks & Francesca GailesMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
7"Chapter Seven"Steven TsuchidaLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
8"Chapter Eight"Steven TsuchidaEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft & Lauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
9"Chapter Nine"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
10"Chapter Ten"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)

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.[10] 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." [11] 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."[12] 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."[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show On My Block Won [14]

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. 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. January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 13, 2018). "'On My Block' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "ABOUT THIS SHOW - ON MY BLOCK (NETFLIX)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ https://shadowandact.com/sierra-capri-brett-gray-on-my-block-review
  8. ^ a b Liebman, Lisa. "The Inner-City Kids Are All Right in Netflix's Binge-Worthy On My Block". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Brett Gray Gives Us the Scoop on His Role in the Upcoming Netflix Series, "On My Block"". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  10. ^ "On My Block: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "'On My Block': Netflix's Timely Coming-Of-Age Dramedy Has A Lot Of Heart (Review)". shadowandact.com. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Netflix's On My Block Could Be the Year's First Breakout Hit". Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  13. ^ Matt Seitz (19 March 2018). "On My Block Is a Remarkable Coming-of-Age Story". Vulture.com. New York Magazine. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  14. ^ 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.

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