Episodes: 22 (hour)
TV show dates: October 10, 2014 — April 17, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Cristela Alonzo, Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds.
TV show description:
Created by stand-up comedienne Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench, this comedy series follows the life of a Mexican-American law school graduate. She dreams of becoming a lawyer, something her traditional family doesn’t quite understand. She’s entering her sixth year of law school after juggling home obligations and working multiple jobs to pay her way.
Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) lives in cramped quarters with her sister Daniela (Maria Canals-Barrera), her long-suffering brother-in-law Felix (Carlos Ponce) and their two young kids. Daniela loves her sister but balks when she tries to bring her modern views into family life. Felix resents that Cristela doesn’t pay rent and worst of all, always drinks his last beer.
The senior member of this extended family — who all live under one roof in Dallas — is Cristela’s old school mother, Natalia (Terri Hoyos). After six years of setbacks, Natalia worries that becoming a lawyer might not be in the cards for Cristela and doesn’t want her to be hurt by an unrealized dream.
Felix’s cousin and co-worker Alberto (Gabriel Iglesias) flirts shamelessly with Cristela, but the only feeling she has for him is a shared passion for the Cowboys.
Cristela’s life begins to look up when lawyer Trent Culpepper (Sam McMurray), who is unapologetically politically incorrect about Latinos and just about everyone else, offers her an internship at his prestigious firm. She’ll be working unpaid with Culpepper’s pampered daughter Maddie (Justine Lupe) and good-natured fellow intern Josh (Andrew Leeds).
Her family can’t believe she’s going to work for free. But when a turn of events shows just how effective Cristela can be when she works her lawyer knowledge for the greater good of the family, they decide it might be worth supporting her as she follows her dreams. They might not be so impossible after all.
Episode #22 — Movin’ On Up
Cristela, Maddie, and Josh eagerly await the results of the bar exam. Much to everyone’s surprise, Maddie passes while Josh does not. Cristela also passes the exam and Trent offers her an attorney position at his law firm that comes along with an added perk of hiring an assistant. Faced with moving back in with his parents, Josh eagerly accepts the assistant gig. An ecstatic Cristela returns home to celebrate, but is lovingly confronted by Daniela who wants Cristela to move out and start living the life of a single girl, the life she deserves.
First aired: April 17, 2015.
What do you think? Do you like the Cristela TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?