More Teens Are Coming to Netflix in On My Block

Here’s a trailer for On My Block, a coming-of-age
comedy from Netflix featuring a bunch of cute teens just trying
to live, which I will probably describe at some point towards
the end of March as something I’ve been “meaning to watch.”

What I’m seeing here is a jaunty, jangly, little comedy
featuring a bunch of kids bungling their way through high
school. There are laughs and bullies and a slogan: IN SQUAD WE
TRUST. Something about the show looks a little different. I
wonder what that is? Here’s the log line, per Netflix.

On My Block, which has assembled a young cast of
mostly up-and-coming actors, is about four bright and
street-savvy friends navigating their way through the
triumph, pain and the newness of high school set in the rough
inner city. It’s set in a predominantly Hispanic and African
American part of South Central LA, and follows a fearless
foursome as they enter high school and confront the
challenges of adolescence and their neighborhood.

Setting aside the “rough inner city” bit, lets focus on the
abundant positive. This is a high-school comedy—in the same
vein as classics of the genre, Can’t Hardly Wait and
10 Things I Hate About You—but featuring people of
color! These shows feel few and far between; the teen TV
landscape is currently ruled by the smooth cast of
Riverdale—diverse like a Benetton ad in the way that
so many network television shows are.

I hope this show is good, but even if it isn’t, I’m happy to
see it in the world. The series streams on Netflix on March 16.

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