The opening episode felt more like an epilogue to the previous finale, and taking Lena Dunham’s Hannah out of Brooklyn and placing her in the Iowa Writing Workshop never gelled, but the show quickly revealed that that was the point: Hannah might have the talent to be a professional writer, but she doesn’t have the temperament, and the character soon made the surprisingly self-aware decision to give up on her long-held dream and become a teacher.
Putting her life in disarray signaled Dunham and co-showrunner Jenni Konner’s refusal to let the show carry along in its groove, and four seasons in, they also proved better at juggling their ensemble.
While “Jane the Virgin” resembles a fantasy in its over-the-top plot twists and the connections between its characters, the emotions are never less than genuine.
The idea of TV being a downgrade from cinema has long since dissipated, and barely a week goes by without the announcement or arrival of a television project from an acclaimed talent or featuring A-list stars. The new world of small screen entertainment means that the traditional TV season is becoming less important, with some of the most popular or acclaimed shows arriving in the once-rerun-heavy summer months.
READ MORE: 15 Filmmakers At The Forefront Of The TV Revolution But it’s still there, in part because of Emmy consideration (TV’s Oscars take place in September, honoring shows on a June-May calendar), and as a result, it’s at this time of year that we look back at our favorite TV shows of the year.
She has flaws, but she cares about the people around her, and the show features the strongest female family relationships since “Gilmore Girls.” All that sincerity, coupled with the soapy drama, could feel overwhelming, but the show’s tone ably straddles the line between serious and silly, making it unlike anything else currently on TV.
The scripts are smart, but “Jane the Virgin”’s secret weapon is Anthony Mendez as the show’s “Latin Lover” narrator.