Jane the Virgin Is a Telenovela For People Who Hate Telenovelas

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I am aware that Gizmodo dot com's core audience probably does not overlap much with that of telenovelas. (To the valiant few in the middle of the Venn diagram, hello, hooray!) But here's something: Everyone has been saying Jane the Virgin is the smartest new show on television, and they have a point.


The show on CW (yes, I know) is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen and a satire of telenovelas as a whole. Twenty-three-old Jane, who is happily fiancéd but indeed a virgin, is accidentally inseminated with the sperm of playboy hotelier who gave her her first kiss. (Not her fiancé, of course.) This is only the beginning of a thornily improbable plot that the very self-aware narration is happy to guide you through.

For a show about fundamentally good people shot in such pastel colors, Jane the Virgin is blissfully unsentimental and non-saccharine. It pulls off ridiculous plot twists while going right up against painful issues like abortion and illegal immigration. Every episode is a high-wire balancing act. Give it a chance—it'll surprise you. [Hulu]


Classic Chad

Why do you use the spanish word for soap opera, instead of, you know, soap opera?