In the Nickelodeon cartoon The Casagrandes, Ronnie Anne Santiago, 11, has just moved to the big city with her mother and brother to live with her grandparents, who own a small grocery store. Ronnie’s aunt, uncle, and cousins complete the busy household.
While the new series traffics in some sexist and ageist stereotypes (Ronnie’s teenaged cousin, Carlota, is a beauty blogger; Grandpa Hector is prone to snoring on the couch with mouth agape), it gives the millions of American kids who live with their grandparents an opportunity to recognize themselves on TV.
The show, a spinoff of The Loud House, also offers a rich portrayal of middle-class Mexican Americans. Ronnie’s mom, who’s single, is a nurse; her aunt is an experimental artist; and her uncle is a professor who likes to skateboard with her. Though Abuelo and Abuela don’t always understand the two younger generations, they steadfastly support and care for them.
The clan lives next to a Chinese American family, the Changs, and welcomes customers of every stripe to their store.
The Casagrandes airs on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other streaming services.