America Ferrera became a star thanks in part to her lead role in the ABC sitcom Ugly Betty, and she later expanded her profile with a starring role on the sitcom Superstore. Now, the actor is returning to television with a brand new comedy series, only this time she'll be behind the scenes. Ferrera is an executive producer on the new series Gentefied, whichis among the new shows and movies on Netflix this week.
The series is about a longstanding Mexican-American-run taco shop in Los Angeles that is facing extinction due to encroaching gentrification. In order to save the business, three of the owner's millennial grandchildren try to come up with some changes that will allow the restaurant to survive in the rapidly-evolving neighborhood. While the series is a comedy, it tackles important issues like gentrification, the erasure of Latinx culture, and the overall Mexican-American experience. "I was laughing and crying, with so much recognition for that internal struggle, growing up first-generation, deeply rooted in my parents’ culture, but also a hundred percent American," Ferrera said of her decision to become involved with the show, according to Deadline. "To read something that felt so authentically all of the things that I am was really new. I’d never seen anything like it. So for me, it was just like, ‘I’ll do anything to be a part of this.'"
Gentefied may be the marquee edition, but it's not the only new content hitting Netflix this week. Take a look below for the full list.