After her grandmother convinces her that she will be ruined if she gives away her virginity before marriage, Jane decides to wait. Unfortunately, due to a mix up at the hospital, she gets inseminated instead of getting a regular check up. As a hard-working, religious Venezuelan-American woman, abortion is out of the question so she becomes Jane, the pregnant virgin.
To complicate matters, she’s become accidentally pregnant not to her fiance, but to her dreamy, cancer-surviving, now-infertile boss, Rafael Solano. Oh, and the doctor who accidentally impregnated her was Rafael’s sister.
Having never actually seen one before (only ever seen references to them used as a plot device to characterise women), it took me a long time to realise that Jane the Virgin is a loving, satirical ode to telenovelas. Once that realisation settled in, the surreally heightened characters, the absolutely off the wall happenstances and the hazy, gorgeous filming of the show made perfect sense. Once I realised that it was adapted by someone who had worked on Gilmore Girls, even more of it made sense.
Jane the Virgin is a riot but it is important to take it with a large pinch of salt. Two pinches. A chunk, if you will.
Pros: woman writer, full cast of people of colour
Cons: some biphobic and queerphobic plotlines, obviously a fairly strong abstinence-only thread that is quite shame-y
Genre: comedy, satire, romantic comedy, telenovela
Approach carefully if: you have difficulty with infidelity, strong catholic plotlines
Can be found: Netflix
Accessibility: subtitled 🙂