Netflix’s Mexican dramedy returns with equal parts melodrama and hilarity in a worthwhile follow-up, and a third season is already in the works.
Netflix’s Spanish-language telenovela The House of Flowers, known as La Casa de Las Flores in Spanish, was a breakout international hit for the streaming giant last August. And the attention was deserved. It was a well-made, funny, progressive show that struck a fine balance between soapy melodrama, slapstick hilarity and complicated familial dynamics. I liked it. And evidently enough other people liked it for second and third seasons to be greenlit. The House of Flowers Season 2 debuted globally today, and it’s a worthy follow-up of roughly analogous quality to its predecessor.
We rejoin the de la Mora family — Elena (Aislinn Derbez), Paulina (Cecilia Suárez), Julián (Dario Yazbek Bernal) — still reeling from the dramatics of the first season; love triangles, betrayals, and the loss of the beloved family flower shop. They’re in different places now but still slip easily back into their familiar personalities and dynamics. There are notable omissions in the main cast — no spoilers here, folks — but the same style and tone are quickly and effectively re-established, with the new objective of buying back the shop and enacting revenge on Diego (Juan Pablo Medina). By the end of the first episode — of nine, all running a breezy half-hour — you’ll feel right back at home in Mexico.