The third and final season of the gorgeous Latinx drama Vida is now available to binge first on Showmax.
The story of Emma and Lyn Hernandez and their fight to save the bar left to them by their enigmatic late mother has captivated the critics, earning itself a consistent 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the Season 2 critics consensus called it “a masterclass in crafting multidimensional characters” and Season 3’s reads, “A bittersweet farewell that’s entirely too short, Vida‘s final season is as messy, beautiful, and inspirational as life itself.”
Vida was nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Media Award as Best Comedy Series, earned fourth place on Time Magazine’s 10 Best TV Shows of 2019, and won the Audience Award at SXSW 2018.
Mishel Prada (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage, Riverdale) stars as Emma, with Melissa Barrera (Mexican telenovela Siempre Tuya Acapulco and the upcoming Lin Manuel Miranda movie In the Heights) in the role of Lyn, and Ser Anzoategui in a 2019 Imagen Award-nominated role as Vida’s partner, Eddy.
What to love about ‘Vida’
The new season opens with business booming at the bar. Both sisters’ love lives are flourishing and for once it seems they have a shot at happiness. Then another long-buried family secret emerges, leaving them wondering if they can continue together as a family or if they should each move on alone — for good this time.
“What I love about Vida,” says Time Magazine’s Judy Berman, “– the reason that I hope people will keep discovering it even after its deeply satisfying series finale – is how close it comes, especially in its second and third seasons, to capturing the rhythms of real, embodied life.”
The series, created by Mexican-American playwright and TV writer-producer Tanya Saracho (Girls, Devious Maids), boasts the first-ever all-Latinx (and almost all-female) writers’ room on TV, with an almost all-female line-up of directors.
As AVClub has said, “Vida is rightly lauded for its excellent performances, incisive writing, and commitment to centering queer, female and non-binary, and Latinx voices both in front of and behind the camera. But you know what? It’s also one of the best-looking shows on TV. The cinematography is top-tier. The direction is impeccable. It’s beautiful, immersive, often dreamlike filmmaking.”
In a farewell letter following the announcement that the series would end with Season 3, Saracho thanked the show’s fans, saying, “You championed our delicate and darling little series – we were gifted three beautifully compelling, trailblazing seasons of television.”
“This goodbye is too bittersweet for words,” she wrote. “I’d be lying if I said I’m not sad about not getting back into that magical writers room to keep crafting our story. But after all, I got to tell the exact story I wanted to tell, exactly how I wanted to tell it, and that is rare in this industry. Mil gracias.”
So much more to celebrate
The news saddened fans, with IndieWire exhorting other networks “scrambling for better representation” and looking for a “safe bet” to pick up Vida. “Vida was arguably just hitting its stride…” they posit, “and from the looks of the Season 3 trailer, was gearing up to turn the bar into Boyle Heights’ hottest lesbian hangout. There is so much more Vida to celebrate.”
Saracho, however, did leave us with something to look forward to. “I do hope you’re able to give this, our last season, a good send off, because let me tell you, it is a powerful one. It is just as compelling as ever, with imagery and themes I’ve never seen on television before. I’m profoundly proud of it.”
And with good reason. Vida is one of a kind.