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Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Vida tackles gentrification in a fresh, new way
The Starz drama about Mexican-American sisters that is staffed by a writers room of exclusively Latinx writers "doesn’t address gentrification through a single story line, episode, or a few lines of dialogue," says Jen Chaney, "it’s embedded in the premise of the whole series and in the identities of the characters it thoughtfully portrays." She adds: "Scripted TV has tackled the subject of gentrification a lot in the recent past. Search Party, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, She’s Gotta Have It, Girls, the web series The North Pole, BoJack Horseman, The Last O.G., High Maintenance: In ways large and small, all of these shows and others have shed light on what the transformation of American cities (mostly New York and L.A.) looks like, from the perspective of the young people doing the gentrifying and the neighborhood old-timers watching their communities get whited out. But even in this environment, the new Starz series Vida feels like something new."
- Vida has a so-so family tale, but it delves effortlessly into the compelling drama of gentrification
- Vida is able to able to avoid centering its stories of otherness, migration, and gentrification on whiteness
- Vida gives short shrift to issues that trouble Mexican-American culture
- Starz approached creator Tanya Saracho with the basic idea for Vida: "They wanted a female millennial show about gentefication, which is the gentrification of a Latinx space"
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
How TV's portrayal of Brooklyn has evolved
Girls tried to capture the hipsterness of the New York borough. But Tracy Morgan's The Last O.G. is trying to portray the old and new Brooklyn in its totality, post-gentrification.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
HBO’s The Deuce is really a show about gentrification
David Simon’s 1970s-set porn industry drama shows how the grit of Times Square formed the seeds for gentrification. “It’s possible to read The Deuce as an early example of a phenomenon modern American city dwellers are all too familiar with; television’s foremost chronicler of urban life and the systems that govern it has finally given us a show about gentrification,” says Alison Herman. “The Deuce is to the commodification of public space as The Wire was to the war on drugs: a surprisingly accessible, fiercely intelligent, and subtly principled exploration of a macro issue on the most micro of levels.”