On My Block (TV series)

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On My Block
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Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)KOVAS
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Lauren Iungerich
  • Eddie Gonzalez
  • Jeremy Haft
Producer(s)
  • Jamie Dooner
  • Robert Sudduth
  • Hal Olofsson
  • Arlyn Richardson
Cinematography
  • Joe Kessler
  • Tommy Maddox-Upshaw
  • Tarin Anderson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23–36 minutes
Production company(s)Crazy Cat Lady Productions
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16) –
present (present)
External links
Website

On My Block is an American teen comedy-drama web television series, created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft.[1][2] The first season, consisting of ten episodes, was released on Netflix on March 16, 2018.[3][4] On April 13, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season and it premiered on March 29, 2019.[5][6] On April 29, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on March 11, 2020.[7][8]

The series stars Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, and Jessica Marie Garcia. The series's diverse cast, story-lines, and performances were praised by critics.

Premise[edit]

In a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood, called Freeridge, four teens find their lifelong friendship tested as they begin high school.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sierra Capri as Monsé Finnie,[2][4][9] a headstrong Afro-Latina[10] tomboy, who serves as the leader of her friend group.[11] Raised by her single father, she is in love with one of her best friends, Cesar.
  • Jason Genao as Ruben "Ruby" Martinez Jr.,[2][4][9] a smart-aleck math whiz of Mexican descent often serving as the group's conscience.[11]
  • Brett Gray as Jamal Turner,[2][4][9] the nerd of the group,[12] who is African-American. In season 1, he is drawn into finding a hidden treasure scheme surrounding RollerWorld.
  • Diego Tinoco as Cesar Diaz,[2][9] an intelligent teen forced into gang life once his brother is released from prison, putting a strain on a blossoming relationship with Monsé.
  • Jessica Marie Garcia as Jasmine Flores (season 2–present; recurring season 1),[2][4] a classmate of the group, who has a romantic obsession with Ruby.
  • Julio Macias as Oscar "Spooky" Diaz (season 3; recurring seasons 1–2),[13] Cesar's older brother and a member of the Santos gang.

Recurring[edit]

  • Ronni Hawk as Olivia (season 1), a friend of Ruby's family who moves in with them after her parents are deported.
  • Jahking Guillory as Latrelle (season 1–2), former classmate of the group and a member of a gang rival to the Santos.
  • Emilio Rivera as Chivo (season 1–2), (season 3, voice only), a gardener caught up in Jamal's hidden treasure scheme.
  • Peggy Blow as Marisol Martinez (season 1–present), Ruby's grandmother.
  • Paula Garcés as Geny Martinez (season 1–present), Ruby's mother.
  • Eric Neil Gutierrez as Ruben Martinez (season 1–present), Ruby's father.
  • Danny Ramirez as Mario Martinez (season 1–2), Ruby's older brother.
  • Kylie Samaniego as Luisa Martinez (season 1–2), Ruby's little sister.
  • Julian Lerma as Luis Martinez (season 1–2), Ruby's little brother.
  • Reggie Austin as Monty Finnie (season 1–present), Monsé's father. A truck driver, mostly on the road away from Monsé to work
  • Lisa Marcos as Selena "Julia" Whitman (season 1–2), Monsé's biological mother who left at a young age.
  • Eme Ikwuakor as Dwayne Turner (season 1–present), Jamal's father.
  • Raushanah Simmons as Mrs. Turner (season 1–present), Jamal's mother.
  • Rob Murat as Coach Ron (season 1–2), the high school football coach and Sex Ed teacher.
  • Angela Gibbs as Rosé Westbrook (season 1, 3), a former Soul Train dancer caught up in Jamal's hidden treasure scheme.
  • Shoshana Bush as Amber (season 2), Mario's girlfriend.
  • Ada Luz Pla as Cuchillos (season 3), the leader of the Santos
  • Gilberto Ortiz as Cuete (season 3), the leader of 19th St. gang
  • Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Kendra (season 3), Jamal's love interest
  • Ian Casselberry as Ray (season 3), Cesar and Spooky's father

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
1100March 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
2100March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
3800March 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Chapter One"Lauren IungerichJeremy Haft & Eddie Gonzalez & Lauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
In the neighborhood of Freeridge, four best friends Cesar, Monsé and Jamal are almost at the start of their high school life when Cesar is on outs by Ruby and Jamal. Monsé, having been on a writing camp for three months, looks for the reason of the fight which is revealed to be Cesar's confession of their secret love affair. Monsé confronts Cesar who did this only to protect her from his brother, Oscar, who has been bailed out of prison and is forcing him to join his gang. Jamal lies to his parents about his involvement in the football team as he is interested in finding a stolen large sum of money hidden in the neighborhood. Cesar and Monsé's affair being real, both agree to keep it a secret from the rest two.
22"Chapter Two"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
To save Cesar from falling in Oscar's hands, Monse encourages Ruby and Jamal to co-operate. Ruby is left out to talk Oscar into letting Cesar go because of his extraordinary skills of manipulating people by talking. Instead of budging, Oscar decides to harden on Cesar. Meanwhile, Ruby's parents welcome Olivia, a friend of the family, in their home. Ruby eventually falls for her and she becomes a part of the group.
33"Chapter Three"Steven TsuchidaRobert SudduthMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
As Monse and Cesar continue their relationship, they are faced with the challenge of homecoming dance in their school to which Monse is reluctant. Cesar starts doing Oscar's crimes at his order. Ruby tries his best to get him partnered with Olivia to dance. Jamal takes the help of Ruby's grandmother, Marisol to get a clue of the stolen money. With Marisol's tip, Jamal finds the address of Frankie's girlfriend in Brentwood, Frankie being one of those who carried out the heist. The homecoming dance is cancelled because of an incident in front of the school. Cesar makes everyone crash at Monse's place. Monsé declares Cesar to be unsafe in front of Olivia, which upsets him.
44"Chapter Four"Steven TsuchidaEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
On Halloween, Jamal encourages the group to trick-or-treat in Brentwood. As Ruby, Cesar and Olivia go trick-or-treating, Jamal and Monsé follow Marisol's lead. They meet Rosé, Frankie's girlfriend and a former Soul Train dancer. She tells them about Li'l Rickey, Frankie's best friend who Jamal deduces might be the one who hid the money. Monsé encounters a lady who she suspects to be her mother who left when she was young. After getting back to Freeridge, Olivia kisses Cesar.
55"Chapter Five"Ryan ShirakiJamie UyeshiroMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Ruby realizes that Olivia is not into him. Cesar tells Jamal about his kiss with Olivia. Jamal, being self-confessing, gives him time limit till which he can hold his secret. As Ruby calls Jamal at his place, Olivia also invites Monsé over. While the neighborhood goes on a lock-down, Cesar runs for his life being followed by their gang rival, Prophets. As Oscar appears at Ruby's place, it is clear that the lock-down is in lieu for his search so he hides there. As Jamal's time limit is about to end, Cesar makes it to Ruby's house but he is too late before Olivia told the group about their kiss, to everyone's astonishment.
66"Chapter Six"Ryan ShirakiAdam Starks & Francesca GailesMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
After the reveal, Ruby and Monsé are not on speaking terms with Cesar. Jamal takes Ruby's help in convincing the coach to let him on the bench during the football match. While Olivia patches Ruby and Monsé with Cesar, Jamal is forced on the ground when half of his team is sent off. To everyone's surprise, Jamal wins the match. He confesses to his parents that he does not like football to which they unexpectedly consent.
77"Chapter Seven"Steven TsuchidaLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Cesar is forced by Monsé to continue having affair with Olivia for the sake of the group's unity. Olivia tells the group about her upcoming quinceañera at which Ruby gets obsessed in conducting it. Jamal's search for the stolen money, commonly known as RollerWorld money, leads to a gardener, Chivo, who also turns out to be Li'l Ricky's cousin. He finds a key in one of his garden gnomes. While Cesar asks Monsé to continue their relationship, he is pointed out a gun on by Latrelle, a member of the Prophets. Monsé asks Jamal for the RollerWorld money to get Cesar out of town.
88"Chapter Eight"Steven TsuchidaEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft & Lauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Monsé babysits for her suspected mother, Julia's children as she works on a book based on her personal experiences. When Julia sees the photo of Monsé's father on her phone, she sobs, confirming she is Monsé's mother. Oscar spends quality time with Cesar on a beach which turns out to be a motivation for him to kill Latrelle but they miss the chance. Jamal finds out that the key he found is actually to an outhouse outside Chivo's nursery. On unlocking, he finds many locked boxes.
99"Chapter Nine"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
Jamal seeks help from Monse and Ruby with the boxes. They find a clue in of them which leads them to the park. Ruby suggests sending Cesar to a distant farm through a bus but Jamal insists on finding the money. After a series of frantic checkpoints, the group, along with Marisol, end up in a church where they find a box full of gold coins which actually turn out to be chocolates. Ruby and Monse fight with Jamal on the failure. Cesar, losing hope, points a gun on Latrelle.
1010"Chapter Ten"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)
At Olivia's quinceañera, Cesar unexpectedly shows up, revealing he let go Latrelle. Jamal still looks for more clues and ends up in the football field. Olivia, discovering about Cesar and Monse's affair, and realizing her love for Ruby, willingly breaks up with Cesar. After shoveling the ground and nearly losing hope, Jamal decides to dig it. Meanwhile, Latrelle appears at the quinceañera with a gun. Ruby foresees him while dancing with Olivia and moves in front of Cesar to save him. Latrelle shoots and the bullet passes through both him and Olivia Latrelle evades the scene. Ambulances carry them to hospital as Jamal is revealed to have found the money.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Chapter Eleven"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
A month after the previous events, it is revealed that Olivia died of the gunshot. Ruby wakes up from coma and is still traumatized by Olivia's death. His brother, Mario, returns home from his internship with his white girlfriend, Amy. Amy turns out to be pregnant with his baby, to his family's disagreement. Oscar's gang, the Santos, call a truce with the Prophets following previous events. Cesar is kicked out of the gang by Oscar for not killing Latrelle. Monse's father, Monty, also bans Cesar off his grounds as do Geny, Ruby's mother. Monty asks Monse to promise him not to have Cesar at their house and as a result, Cesar becomes homeless.
122"Chapter Twelve"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
Jamal panics when he finds out his mother has given away his football bag, which actually had the money in it, to Goodwill. He seeks help from Monse and Cesar and successfully finds the money in one of the Goodwill bins. Because of a fight on the money's possession, they fall in trouble with Officer Hammel. With their annoying classmate Jasmine's help, who is a member of The Explorer program at the police station, they distract him and save the money. Ruby, now in the second stage of grief, anger, bonds unexpectedly with Oscar. Jamal takes the money to his house but finds Coach Ron there who sues him for the dug up football field. Monse, keeping the promise with her father, lets Cesar sleep in his car.
133"Chapter Thirteen"Ryan ShirakiJamie UyeshiroMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
144"Chapter Fourteen"Ryan ShirakiChristopher EncellMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
155"Chapter Fifteen"Jeremy HaftEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
166"Chapter Sixteen"Erica WatsonLauren IungerichMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
177"Chapter Seventeen"Ryan ShirakiSonia KharkarMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
188"Chapter Eighteen"Ryan ShirakiAdam StarksMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
199"Chapter Nineteen"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
2010"Chapter Twenty"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)

Season 3 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Chapter Twenty-One"Lauren IungerichLauren IungerichMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
222"Chapter Twenty-Two"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
233"Chapter Twenty-Three"Valerie FinkelJamie UyeshiroMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
244"Chapter Twenty-Four"Jeremy HaftChristopher EncellMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
255"Chapter Twenty-Five"Ryan ShirakiLauren IungerichMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
266"Chapter Twenty-Six"Ryan ShirakiSonia Kharkar & Adam StarksMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
277"Chapter Twenty-Seven"Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
288"Chapter Twenty-Eight"Lauren IungerichLauren Iungerich & Auriel RudnickMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an approval rating of 95% based on 22 reviews, and a weighted average rating of 7.83/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Charming, realistic, and focused on underrepresented communities, On My Block is the respite from stylized teen dramas you didn't know you needed.".[14] Trey Mangum of Shadow and Act wrote, "On My Block is different than anything we’ve seen on television in relation to the experience of growing up. The stars are young people of color, dealing with real issues that happen in communities that they have to wrangle with during this pivotal time in their lives. For a lovely story about friendship and timely societal issues, along with superb youth acting, here is your next binge." [15] Alexis Gunderson of Paste said, "When the final credits hit, it’s clear that not one second of the season’s 10 short episodes was wasted: Every line was measured out, every background track meticulously calibrated, every initially jarring tonal shift set up precisely for a singular cumulative effect that lands in the season’s final moments like a punch to the chest you realize too late you should have seen coming from a mile away."[16] Matt Seitz of New York Magazine wrote, "One of the many remarkable things about this series is how it folds crime and the awareness of potential violence into everyday life, which is something white sitcoms never do unless it’s a Very Special Episode."[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show On My Block Won [18]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actress Jessica Marie Garcia Nominated [19]
Choice Summer TV Actor Diego Tinoco Nominated

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Netflix Orders Inner City High School Comedy 'On My Block'". Variety. December 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "'On My Block' Trailer: First Look At Netflix Comedy From 'Awkward' Creator Lauren Iungerich & Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 13, 2018). "'On My Block' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (March 7, 2019). "'On My Block' Teaser: Season 2 Cold Open Offers Eye-Opening Revelations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (April 29, 2019). "'On My Block' Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (February 18, 2020). "'On My Block' Season 3 Premiere Date Set On Netflix; Watch The Announcement Video". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d "ABOUT THIS SHOW – ON MY BLOCK (NETFLIX)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Mangum, Trey (March 10, 2018). "Sierra Capri And Brett Gray Of Netflix's 'On My Block' Explain The Importance Of The Show Subverting The Norm". Shadow and Act. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Liebman, Lisa. "The Inner-City Kids Are All Right in Netflix's Binge-Worthy On My Block". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Brett Gray Gives Us the Scoop on His Role in the Upcoming Netflix Series, "On My Block"". Sheen Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (August 7, 2019). "'On My Block': Julio Macias Upped To Series Regular For Season 3". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "On My Block: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "'On My Block': Netflix's Timely Coming-Of-Age Dramedy Has A Lot Of Heart (Review)". shadowandact.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "Netflix's On My Block Could Be the Year's First Breakout Hit". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Matt Seitz (March 19, 2018). "On My Block Is a Remarkable Coming-of-Age Story". Vulture.com. New York Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Douglas, Esme. "Teen Choice Awards 2018: See the full list of winners". EW. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Swift, Andy (July 8, 2019). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Stranger Things' Leads Final Wave of 2019 Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved July 17, 2019.

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