'Gentefied' Season 2: Everything We Know About the Cast, Timeline and Premiere
By Mona Khalifeh
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Netflix is heading back to Boyle Heights to explore the lives and drama of three Mexican-American cousins navigating the day-to-day challenges of working at their family’s taco shop and caring for their abuelo, Pop, in the rapidly gentrifying Los Angeles neighborhood. Gentefied, which is co-produced by America Ferrera, was renewed for an eight-episode second season last May, just three months after the bilingual series premiered on the streamer.
Based on the 2017 Sundance Film Festival web series of the same name, the show, which is centered around cousins Ana, Erik and Chris Morales, is as much about spending time in Mama Fina’s taco shop as it is about their individual dreams, daily struggles and love lives, and season 1 left us wanting more of this irresistible dramedy.
How Season 1 Ended
At the end of season 1, Pop is taken away by ICE without the Morales family’s knowledge after being arrested for a months-old outstanding fine. In the midst of this, Erik and his girlfriend, Lidia, are contemplating a major move to Palo Alto, Chris’ father offers to pay for his culinary school and Mama Fina faces extinction after Vivian, an art connoisseur, buys the taco shop with plans to transform it into a themed “pop-up culinary experience.”
What Season 2 Is About
While the series left off on some major cliffhangers, the cast and the show’s creators were able to reunite to give fans a taste of season 2 with a virtual table read of one of next season’s episodes. Hosted by George Lopez, the event premiered on the Netflix Is a Joke YouTube channel in May 2021, in an effort to raise awareness for Proyecto Pastoral, a Boyle Heights non-profit aimed at addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the community’s low-income residents.
As for what's in store in season 2? The Morales cousins -- Erik, Chris and Ana -- will fight alongside Pop as he fights to stay in the country, "all while dealing with new love, new babies, estranged fathers, and of course, tracking down Bad Bunny at a Halloween party," per the synopsis.
"They’ll fight to thrive, but along the way will question where they truly belong in a world made up of borders, family separation, and the potential loss of their beloved taco shop, Mama Fina’s. Because what’s life without free tacos?"
The New and Returning Cast
J.J. Soria, Carlos Santos, Karrie Martin, Joaquín Cosío, Julissa Calderon, Annie Gonzalez, Laura Patalano and Felipe Esparza will be returning for the second season.
As for new faces this second season? Clarissa Thibeaux will portray Bree Solano, Manuel Uriza is Chris's father Ernesto Morales, Ivana Rojas is Chris' love interest Sarai Damian, and Melinna Bobadilla portrays. Melinna Barragan
The cast started filming February 2021, with America returning to the director's chair. The new episodes will drop Wednesday, Nov. 10.