Vida: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Vida explores familiar familial ground from a fresh perspective to create an earnest and heartfelt take on identity and what it means to belong.



Critic Ratings: 39


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User Ratings: 480

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Air date: May 6, 2018

Series premiere. Circumstances force estranged sisters Lyn and Emma to reunite in their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by their past and surprised by family revelations.

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Air date: May 13, 2018

Eddy struggles to connect with the two sisters as Lyn falls into old neighborhood patterns, and Emma searches for a way out.

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Air date: May 20, 2018

Emma tries to get a handle on the family business while Lyn creates chaos for them; Eddy withdraws into herself as she mourns Vidalia; and Mari's weakness is revealed.

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Air date: May 27, 2018

Lyn escapes the Eastside while market research in the neighborhood leads Emma to open an old wound. Mari is publicly humiliated by someone she trusted.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2018

Still would up from her encounter with Cruz, Emma struggles to find relief. Luckily, Lyn shows up for her when she needs it most. Mari refuses to be a victim and confronts Tlaloc.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2018

Lyn finally realizes she's messing up Johnny's life; Emma learns the true value of the bar, but it may be too late for Eddy.

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Air date: May 26, 2019

The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy's hospital expenses;Emma and Lyn learn the truth behind Vida and Eddy's marriage; Mari questions her life; and an event in the building leaves everyone stunned.

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Air date: May 26, 2019

The Vigilantes protest a local real estate agent whom Emma considers using to advertise an available unit in the building, which neighborhood handyman Baco agrees to repair.

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"Vida" is a half-hour series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and the surprising truth about their mother?s identity.

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Critic Reviews for Vida Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (24)

Couching a familiar story in an authentic, specific experience helps create transformative, groundbreaking television. And Vida delivers.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Vida deftly takes on themes of sexual identity in communities of color, assimilation, fraught sibling dynamics, discrimination and gentefication...

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the hardly surprising plotting, Vida excels as a series with a notably different look and feel.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a very good, very complicated story about people who keep doing things that are frustrating, that seem to take them either a step backward or a step sideways for no good reason.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Fine newcomer with excellent cast, and some universal themes.

May 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Vida should never be lacking in things to say; it fires off socio-political commentary as fast as the quick-tempered Emma will come down on anyone who questions her heritage.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

In many ways a road map into the real American mosaic of 2018 in all its messy, hurtful, complex and heartfelt glory.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Showrunner Tanya Saracho has truly created a unique television experience. She knows how to create meaningful and palpable conflict through ... interesting visual language.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Visually Vida is also an example of elegant grit. The visual style of the series films East L.A. in soft colors and beautifully framed compositions.

Aug 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The critically-acclaimed drama has already proven its ability to stand out in its use of sex and nudity as poignant storytelling devices.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully poignant and specific portrait of an experience familiar to me but also different in a way that didn't seem possible mere years ago.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The series is helmed by an all-Latinx writing staff and unravels a tangled web of queer identity, family estrangement and gentrification in the Spanish communities of East Los Angeles.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vida: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    One of the best series I've seen! Every second in this show is perfect.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    I am hooked! What a great show. I am very much enjoying the story line, the actors and especially the authentic Latino lives they are portraying. Love to hear and see the Latino references and traditions. Writing is so creative. I had never heard the word "whitetina" and when one of the actors said she was functioning on "chingona" level. LOL. So funny. Keep it up.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    It was a great season but the season finale ended too abruptly. This show and it's fans deserve a better finale than we got. Starz should do something about it.
  • May 31, 2020
    A really great show about two sisters in downtown L.A. navigating family traumas, Chicano politics, and LGBT issues. Done with humor and flair. The leads are great.
  • Nov 03, 2019
    Excellent soundtrack, cast, and writing. Entertaining as hell. Watched the whole thing in 2 days.
  • Oct 24, 2019
    Why do people generaliza and say that this TV series represents Latinos. It does not represent Latin America. It represents Mexicans born in the United States. Complete different culture. It does not even represent Mexico. These people are American born who hold on to their roots as best as they can. Many of them don't even know how to speak prose Spanish. So please do not generalize and say that they representing Latinos. The life in Latin America is very different. Costa Rica, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Brasil y Bolivia, Colombia, Chile y Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Guatemala y El Salvador, Costa Rica, Haití y Nicaragua, Honduras y Panamá, Norteamérica, México y Perú, Cuba
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Funny, sharp and whip smart. Great storytelling weaving universal themes unlike anything I've seen before on TV. Stellar ensemble acting. Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera as the two sisters are knockouts. After two episodes I'm hooked!
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Extraordinary. I am blown away by how good this show is. Definitely in the top ten TV series of all time. The cast, the writing, the cinematography, and the directing--unbelievable. Do not miss this gem of a show!!
  • Jun 06, 2019
    incredible writing, stellar acting, great cinematography but too much gratuitous sex.
  • Aug 02, 2018
    Laaaaaaame. The only thing worse than the show is getting bombarded by adds For it in between decent stuff.

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