I might as well just tell you this show is excellent right away and save you the bother of reading the whole review.
Oh, you’re still here? OK. This is why I loved Jane The Virgin.
It sounded so silly that I almost didn’t start watching it: a woman who’s never had sex gets accidentally inseminated by a doctor who’s having an off day when conducting a smear test, and then she ends up a pregnant virgin. Hilarity ensues.
I thought I’d give it a shot, since the BFF had been raving about it, but I didn’t expect to like it.
And I don’t like it. I freakin’ love it.
It’s done telenovela-style, complete with Spanish-English switches and a narrator who seems very invested in the story. It has an unbelievable number of twists and turns that would never happen in reality. It’s silly and ridiculous and all the things I so often hate, and yet…
AND YET IT’S PERFECT.
The relationship between Jane, her mother and her grandmother is beautiful and will be relatable for anyone who’s grown up in a complicated, female-led family. The characters are flawed, sweet, sometimes awful to each other, often wonderful to each other: so in short, deeply human.
Watch it and laugh, and cry a little bit too.