Vida: Season 1 Reviews

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January 2, 2019
These are a lot of heavy themes to squeeze into the six-episode first season of a half-hour drama, but Vida tackles each one gracefully within a story of two sisters who reunite after the death of their mother.
Top Critic
December 17, 2018
Couching a familiar story in an authentic, specific experience helps create transformative, groundbreaking television. And Vida delivers.
December 15, 2018
There's a lot more tucked inside Vida than the story of the Hernandez sisters, but that story is plenty gripping all on its own, and the performances are exceptional.
December 15, 2018
It manages to turn a potentially abstract subject like gentrification into potent and personal material for drama, and smartly views the way different characters are either linked or divided by blood, ethnicity, sexuality, and more.
December 15, 2018
It's a complicated issue, and Vida makes great, necessary strides in holding this conversation.
December 15, 2018
In many ways a road map into the real American mosaic of 2018 in all its messy, hurtful, complex and heartfelt glory.
October 30, 2018
Showrunner Tanya Saracho has truly created a unique television experience. She knows how to create meaningful and palpable conflict through ... interesting visual language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 26, 2018
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.
August 23, 2018
The critically-acclaimed drama has already proven its ability to stand out in its use of sex and nudity as poignant storytelling devices.
August 6, 2018
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.
June 12, 2018
Vida deftly takes on themes of sexual identity in communities of color, assimilation, fraught sibling dynamics, discrimination and gentefication...
May 29, 2018
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 25, 2018
This new series about two Mexican-American sisters brought back together by their mother's death is off to an engrossing if sometimes irritating start.
May 19, 2018
An intriguing, intimate, and culturally expressive approach to storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 15, 2018
Sisters return to East L.A. in unique, tender drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 10, 2018
With a strong cast and a clear focus on identity and homecoming, Vida explores a familiar story through a unique and thought-provoking Latina/Latinx lens
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2018
The care with which they've written this world guides us into its complications with a level of understanding that one hopes can also earn the audience's patience.
May 7, 2018
Despite the hardly surprising plotting, Vida excels as a series with a notably different look and feel.
May 7, 2018
Vida is a vibrant show with two excellent leads. It has the potential to turn into an interesting ensemble given time, but this has been one of the few shows this year that have left me wanting more.
May 7, 2018
Vida's instant sense of place has that specific, complicated feeling of home.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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