Television has historically shown motherhood as a wholesome, gratifying part of women-over-30’s lives. In the media, abortions are usually a plot point for the characters to get talked out of, and the duress of being a mother is often fully outweighed by the joy of having children. While these are undoubtedly relatable narratives for a great number, it is essential to offer alternatives representation of the experience of motherhood.
When Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project” debuted in 2012, it was a revelation for thousands of South Asian-American women like myself who were excited about the opportunities for representation that the show would afford us. Unfortunately, after the conclusion of its fifth season this March, it’s become clear that “The Mindy Project” has hit a (very repetitive) wall that it may not bounce back from.
On April 28th, Netflix premiered its first Spanish original series, “Las Chicas del Cable.” Responsible for the series is Madrid’s Bambú Producciones, a company helmed in part by Spanish television executive Teresa Fernandéz-Valdés.