Jane the Virgin is a romantic comedy-drama television series produced in the US. The
series is surrounds the almost unbelievable events that take place in the life of Jane
Gloriana Villanueva. Jane is a hard-working, religious young woman who as stated in
the title is a virgin. The show's early seasons follows Jane's life with her boyfriend and
family, as she is accidentally inseminated with another man's sperm, and falls pregnant.
Jane the Virgin is set in Miami and follows the format of a South American telenovela.
Jane the Virgin is currently one of the only shows on American network television that
has a largely Latino cast. As such, the series is targeted towards young women aged
18-34, and has a large following in South America as it follows themes such as
immigration, citizenship and Latinos in North America. Jane the Virgin tells the story of
life through the working class in predominantly Hispanic neighbourhoods in the US.
Unlike other shows in the US with a diverse cast, Jane the Virgin portrays its cast
through the lens of other Latinos and embraces the culture of its characters. I believe
that this show is produced with an international audience in mind as it effectively
embraces another method of production and format of TV. The shows cast is unlike any
other show in prime time slots. To put it bluntly, while shows like Grey's Anatomy and
How to Get Away with Murder have diverse, multi-cultural casts, the shows barely target
viewers out of the American perspective. Because of this, I think it attracts more than
just a Latino audience as there are millions of young viewers in North America that don't
often feel represented in the media.
It's refreshing as a woman of colour to see the characters on this show grow and
change as the seasons go on. Although it is a comedy, with a satirical voice, it's also
reflective of many events that all women go through (on a smaller scale). While the
basis may be heavily stretched (who gets accidentally inseminated as a virgin, and has
the child), the events that take place surrounding this are relatable to women around the
world. Canadians get the opportunity to watch via Netflix and I think this is something
they would be interested in watching to a certain extent as they get the opportunity to
see life through a different perspective as well as see how people south of the border
live. Canadians often hear and watch shows about Mexicans living in the United States
illegally and they get to see this perspective from the grandmother's perspective
(grandmother is in the US illegally.) This show may not have a big of an international
audience like syndicated shows NCIS, Grey's Anatomy and others, but it addresses
international topics at a higher level of efficiency that many others.