'Refreshing and beautiful' new TV show 'Vida' premiered to a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

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  • Critics are raving about the new Starz drama series “Vida.”
  • “Vida” premiered on Sunday to a 100% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The series follows two Mexican-American sisters who return home to the Latinx community of East Los Angeles following the death of their mother.
  • Critics have praised the series for its portrayal of gentrification and its representation of queer communities of colour.

Critics are universally praising the new Starz series “Vida,” a half-hour drama set in the Latinx community of East Los Angeles.

“Vida,” which premiered on Sunday to a 100% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, follows two Mexican-American sisters who return home to L.A. following the sudden death of their mother, Vida.

The series’ first season was written by creator Tanya Saracho, premium cable’s first Latina showrunner, and a writers room of all Latinx writers.

Critics have commended the show for its nuanced portrayal of gentrification in the city, specifically in the Boyle Heights neighbourhood, and for its representation of queer communities of colour.

Rachael Vaughan Clemmons for Metro called the show “a refreshing and beautiful series that feels both current and seriously overdue.”

Vulture‘s Jen Chaney praised the show’s approach to gentrication in her review, writing, “‘Vida’ doesn’t address gentrification through a single story line, episode, or a few lines of dialogue; it’s embedded in the premise of the whole series and in the identities of the characters it thoughtfully portrays.”

Lorraine Ali wrote in her review for the Los Angeles Times that “sexual identity, and plenty of graphic sex, are a big part of the picture here, but the more interesting subplots are in Vida’s depiction of the Boyle Heights resistance.”

The first episode of the show’s six-episode, debut season premiered Sunday on Starz.

“Vida” airs Sundays on Starz at 8:30 pm ET.

Watch the NSFW trailer for the first season below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0ttPSaqhF0

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