If you want proof that America has moved beyond Leave It to Beaver, look at today’s prime-time TV lineup. The success of shows such as Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, and Modern Family proves that diversity is more than a hook – it’s reality. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in a crop of shows that combine Latino characters, cultures, and generations for a mix that many of us can relate to. Sure, cultural stereotypes still persist, but the smart money is on shows that add a little bit of this and a little bit of that – sort of like families.
For a fun cultural fusion experience that’s great for all kinds of kids, try these Latino-ish shows.
Nina’s World, 3+
An alternative to the classic Dora the Explorer, this sweet animated series showcases many elements of Latino culture and has a diverse cast. You may recognize Abuelita Yolie’s voice, performed by Puerto Rican star Rita Moreno, who often speaks in Spanish and helps Nina connect with her roots. By watching this show, kids can also learn about important character strengths such as empathy and communication.