I’ve been really enjoying the amount of comedy shows we have on the air this year. You can argue with me all you want about The McCarthys being a copy-cat of several already-existing shows, A to Z not ending up being as funny as expected (and thus getting cancelled really soon), Marry Me relying solely on Casey Wilson’s amazing talents but Cristela has been different.
Cristela Alonzo (both the character and the actress portraying her) is the heart of the show. She reminds me so much of Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez because of how delightful these two women are. Yes, they’re leading extremely different lives but I can’t help but love seeing them on my screen.
Cristela’s relationship with Felix, her brother-in-law, is another thing I find absolutely fascinating. This relationship is developed further this week in Enter Singing when she is trying to convince him to let his son to discover more about American culture, and specifically West Side Story. I love Felix’s reaction because that’s how he was raised and he’s not ready to accept “theater” just yet.
Another part of the show that is probably even better is the office where Cristela works as an intern at a law firm. Her chemistry with Josh is so spot-on, but I hope they don’t jump into a relationship soon. I would love to see them develop their dynamics a bit more. Cristela’s other co-worker, Maddie who is also the boss’s daughter, also has hilarious scenes where she delivers some cute one-liners every now and then.
My favorite part of this episode was Cristela and Maddie posing for Josh’s camera to increase the diversity image of the firm. Ah, there’s just so much chemistry on this show that I am absolutely thrilled by the news that it got a full season pick-up. Well done, ABC.
-“Daniela thinks that the whites should be separate.” Loved that line! Terry Hoyos adds a lot of love to this show.
-Henry still trying to drink a beer in the end was adorable.
-Cristela making cough-sounds while opening that soda can made me really laugh. Cristela Alonzo is seriously the best thing about this show.
-I didn’t really talk much about Cristela’s boss Trent, who I really love. He’s always saying racist stuff in a way that’s hard to take as racism. Sam McMurray is doing a perfect job in this top-notch performance.
-I’ll definitely be reviewing this show until the end of the season. It’s one of my favorite new sitcoms already.