HBO Max’s ‘The Garcias,’ created by Jeff Valdez and Sol Trujillo, is a sequel to ‘The Brothers Garcia,’ a beloved sitcom from the early 2000s about two brothers. The Garcias, a Latino family from San Antonio, Texas, embark on a three-month summer vacation in their luxurious beach house in Mexico in the sequel series. The series depicts changes in family dynamics and how members cope with them.
The reboot shows how the dynamics of the Garcias siblings have changed dramatically while remaining fundamentally unchanged. The drama in the lives of the popular family, peppered with some relatable woes, is a breath of fresh air that will pique the interest of viewers, particularly fans of the popular Nickelodeon series.
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The Garcia Release Date
The 10-episode series will debut on HBO Max on April 14, with new episodes released weekly.
The Garcia Storyline
“The Garcias” picks up 15 years after the original Nickelodeon series ended, with the Garcia kids all grown up and juggling their own families. The show will follow the extended Garcia family, who live in San Antonio, TX, as they travel to their luxurious Riviera Maya beach home for a summer vacation. There, the family will embark on an adventure to learn what it takes to be a “familia.”
The Garcia Cast
Ada Maris (Sonia), Carlos Lacamara (Ray), Alvin Alvarez (Larry), Jeffrey Licon (Carlos), Bobby Gonzalez (George), and Vaneza Pitynski will all reprise their roles from the original series in the reboot (Lorena). Oliver Alexander (Max), Nitzia Chama (Ana), Maeve Garay (Victoria), Elsha Kim as Yunjin Huh, Ayva Severy as Andrea Huh, and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss are among the newcomers to the cast (Alexa Huh). Guest stars on “The Garcias” include Maria Conchita Alonso, Valente Rodriguez, Paul Rodriguez, Carmen Carrera, and Nancy Lee.
Why The Garcia Is Not a True Story?
However, ‘The Garcias’ is not based on a true story. The sitcom is a spin-off of the popular family show ‘The Brothers Garcia.’ The original show aimed to depict a Latino family without perpetuating stereotypes. The Nickelodeon series, set in San Antonio, Texas, made history with its all-Latino cast and creative team. The show’s realistic portrayal of the Garcias as just another family and the rarely-seen representation of the Latino community at the time helped it gain popularity with the audience.
As the original series progresses, we see Larry Garcia’s attempts to fit in with his brothers and how their relationship develops. After nearly two decades of waiting, Jeff Valdez (co-creator of the original series) was able to secure the rights to the sequel, The Garcias. “I spent seven years attempting to obtain Nickelodeon’s rights to The Brothers Garcia.” When my friend Bob Bakish became CEO of Viacom, I flew to New York and persuaded him to return my rights,” Valdez told Forbes.
Furthermore, most of the original show’s actors, such as Alvin Alvarez, Carlos Lacámara, Ada Maris, Jeffrey Licon, and others, reprise their roles in the sequel, along with some talented newcomers such as Oliver Alexander, Nitzia Chama, and others. Bringing back the people from the 2000s show was critical for Jeff Valdez to maintain the Garcias family’s charm.
Despite the fact that the majority of the people reprising their roles in the new production did not work in the industry after the end of ‘The Brothers Garcia,’ Jeff Valdez reached out to them. “When I asked them to come back, they were kind of like, are you sure you want to do this?” the co-creator said in the same interview. “We haven’t acted in a long time. I compared it to riding a bike. “You’re familiar with the character.”
Given the time difference between the two shows, the Garcia siblings are married and have children in the sequel. The most recent crop of young Garcias was meticulously crafted. “In the original episodes, there were three boys and a girl; now there are three girls and a boy,” Valdez explained. “We’re giving the female energy in the show a bigger voice on purpose.”
According to Valdez, one of the show’s main goals is to ensure that it meets the high standards of the Latino community. A fair representation and a well-told storyline go a long way toward ensuring that the community approves the series. “The whole point of the show is to create a sense of normalcy,” Valdez told the San Antonio Express-News. “I believe Hollywood goes too far in trying to make us Latino. We do not drive Latino vehicles. There are no Latino pens available. It’s not a shirt for Latinos. We’re people first and foremost. That is the entire point of the show.”
Unlike the Nickelodeon show, which primarily targets a young audience, the HBO Max production tackles more mature themes while maintaining a high level of entertainment. Thus, while ‘The Garcias’ is not a true story, the dynamics between the family members and the issues they face are based on real life. This allows the show to maintain its relatability and natural family dynamics with a hint of comedy, thus touching the hearts of the people it was created for. Fans of the show will recognize themselves in the characters and enjoy the antics of this lovingly chaotic family.
Where To Watch The Garcia Online?
As of Thursday, April 14, 2022, The Garcias will be available exclusively on HBO Max. If you don’t already have a Hulu subscription, you can add HBO Max as an add-on. However, this only works if you already have a Hulu subscription.