“On My Block” is a show depicting a group of friends in South Central Los Angeles experiencing coming of age themes like trying to survive high school, crushes, and gangs. Well, gangs aren’t part of the typical experience, but that’s what’s great about this show.
“On My Block” gives viewers a unique depiction of life portrayed by characters of color, adding a huge diversity factor to its pros. If this show doesn’t do anything else for you, it will give you a huge laugh! Here are some reasons you should totally binge watch it right now, spoiler-free:
If you’re not laughing at Rubin’s self-deprecating humor, Monse’s straight forward demeaning jokes will do the job. Jamal’s honest, at times super odd humor is great as well, as he says the things we’re all thinking but would never say out loud.
When it comes to wisecracking nothing is left off-limits, as death itself is often the butt of the jokes. Prepare for clowning grandma’s having the last word, or in this case — joke — as well. Rubin’s looney neighbor Jasmin will have you wondering if you’re losing your mind with her super raunchy and clearly inappropriate jokes, and you’ll love it.
It’s refreshing, raw, and relatable
The cast caters to a diverse audience including everything from a black male, some Hispanic characters, and a biracial female. A lot of the topics and jokes that are told on the show stem from the reality that some people of these races go through, and they’re either presented in a light-hearted comical way with no filter, or with raw acting that is unparalleled during the dramatic scenes when sh*t gets real.
Topics such as death, gang violence, drugs, surviving high school in an urban area and more are covered giving viewers who don’t typically see things that they can relate to on TV a breath of fresh air. The show focuses on depicting a demographic that is often overlooked or only shown in an innocent light — 13-14 year olds — in a more raw and realistic way. It highlights the things that they actually go through, and gives viewers their age real-life solutions to their problems. If you’re well beyond those years, don’t worry. You definitely won’t fall short of being intrigued and amused.
There’s something for everyone
RollerWorld, romance, gangs, and talking gnomes are four words that come to mind when I think of “On My Block”. If you’re a sucker for a good romance look no more. “On My Block” caters to those needs with an ongoing storyline between lovestruck teenagers. If romance isn’t your jam, there is a bunch of gang and money related drama within the show to keep your attention. The “talking” gnomes will give you a run for your money as well.
Add this show to your binge list as soon as possible and don’t miss out. It’s worth all the hype, and if you don’t take anything else from it, you’re guaranteed a good laugh!