2018-2019 Arts Slider — 14 May 2019
A “Block” worth visiting

Second season of popular TV show continues to entertain
By DaYi Huang
“On My Block” is a coming-of-age TV show about four friends who live in a fictional neighborhood called Freeridge, California. As they go through their years in high school, gangs, death, money, and families get in the way.
There are currently two seasons of the show on Netflix. The first season of the show came out on Netflix on March 16, 2018. The second season came out on March 29, 2019, and the next season is currently in development. I honestly hate how it takes a whole year before another season comes out. By the time the next season came out, I have already forgotten what happened in the previous season.
The main characters include Ruby (Jason Genao), Jamal (Brett Gray), Monse (Sierra Capri), Cesar (Diego Tinoco), Jasmin (Jessica Marie Garcia) and Olivia (Ronni Hawk). Sadly, Hawk’s character was killed out of the show after she got shot at the end of Season 1.
Season 1 was mainly focused on the six teenagers and their relationships. Season 2 focuses on making difficult decisions and figuring out whether to leave the past behind. Both seasons featured hardships each individual character had to go though. Both seasons ended with a cliffhanger.
I love how even though “On My Block” showcases fear, grief, surprise, and hatred, the humor in the show remains. I can remember how many times I laughed and cried while watching this.
“On My Block” quickly became one of the top TV shows teens watch. During the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, an award annual awards show honoring the year’s biggest achievements in the entertainment industry, “On My Block” was nominated for and won Choice Breakout TV Show.
The show is full of twists and turns, and is unlike any other shows. You will have to watch Season 1 in order to understand Season 2. Take my advice and don’t binge-watch it all in one night; the cliffhangers will leave you wanting more. Still, the wait for next season is too long, and you might end up needing to re-watch to remember what was happening.
“‘On My Block’ is a really good show,” said Vivian Phung, a freshman. “It shows topics that other shows don’t really talk about. I liked the cliffhangers they left us on.”
Overall Grade: B+

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