Netflix has released the first trailer and poster for the new comedy series On My Block, which offers a glimpse at life in South Central Los Angeles for four young teenagers. This Netflix original series will debut all 10 of its 30-minute episodes on March 16, smack dab in the middle of a very busy month for Netflix shows, where new seasons of Marvel's Jessica Jones (March 8), Love (March 9), Alexa & Katie (March 23) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (March 30) will debut. This trailer reveals On My Block will explore both the highs and lows of growing up in this inner city neighborhood.
On My Block, co-created by Lauren Iungerich (Awkward), Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, is a coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in the rough inner city. It's set in a predominantly Hispanic and African American part of South Central LA, and follows a fearless foursome as they enter high school and confront the challenges of adolescence and their neighborhood. The series stars Diego Tinoco (Teen Wolf) as Cesar Diaz, Jason Genao (The Get Down, Logan) as Ruby Martinez, Jessica Marie Garcia (Disney's Liv and Maddie) as Jasmin, Sierra Capri as Monse Finnie and Brett Gray as Jamal Turner.
This marks the first collaboration between Lauren Iungerich and the writing team of Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, which caters to all of their sensibilities. Lauren Iungerich is best known for creating MTV's Awkward, a beloved high school comedy series that ran for five seasons between 2011 and 2016. While she is best known for the high school series, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft are best known for telling inner city stories. They both made their writing debut with the 2011 straight-to-video sequel Street Kings 2: Motor City, and they also wrote episodes of Fox's Gang Related and Empire. Most recently, they both wrote the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, alongside Steven Bagatourian.
The supporting cast also includes Lukas Gage as Brad Ronni Hawk as Olivia, Eme Ikwuakor as Dwayne, Sheila Korsi as Mrs. Garcia, Julio Macias as Oscar, Rob Murat as Coach Ron, Marcel Nahapetian as Cooper and Danny Ramirez as Mario. Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft also serve as executive producers, with the show serving as the first credit for Sierra Capri in what looks to be a pivotal role as Monse Finnie. The show also brings Jason Genao back to the streaming service after Netflix canceled The Get Down and Sense 8, a move that was quite controversial among fans.
Whether or not this show will have any longevity remains uncertain, but a contemporary, diverse show like this that taps into the youth market with a cast full of rising stars could most certainly be a hot commodity for Netflix. Netflix is expected to spend a whopping $8 billion on content this year, and with more and more shows added to the Netflix slate as the year goes on, it will be interesting to see what moves forward, and which shows, if any, are "one and done." Take a look at the new trailer and poster for On My Block, courtesy of Netflix.