I understand (kind of) that Netflix can’t promote the living heck out of every single project they put up. I kept hearing about ‘On My Block’ by word of mouth, and I was only two episodes in before I started telling people around me, ‘You need to get involved with this,’ and now that I’ve finished season 1 (and I’ve heard Netflix has already greenlit season 2), I’m writing about it today.
The best pitch came from one of the homies who actually finished binging it before I did: ‘It’s one of those CW shows, but for us.’ Accurate. ‘On My Block’ is an often hilarious, coming of age story centered around four teens: insecure, nerdy Ruben, trying to stay out of ‘the life’ Cesar, tomboy growing into a woman’s body Manse, and the resident goofball Jamal. Following the kids entering the first year of high school, the series does a great job giving each member of the ensemble a relatable individual arc that doesn’t pull the overall tone too deeply into melodrama.
And it has to be said: young actors can be hit or miss, but the casting on this one is pitch perfect. A lot of the fun of this series comes from how much we’re cheering for each of these characters and their quests.
Ten half hour episodes. Quick and easy binge if you’re interested.