TV Series Review: LOS ESPOOKYS
Bernardo Velasco as Renaldo, Cassandra Ciangherotti as Ursula, Ana Fabrega as Tati, Julio Torres as Andres in LOS ESPOOKYS | Photo Courtesy of HBO

I am kind of impressed with the direction that HBO has been going in. First, they had the amazing show Folklore that delved into the lore and legends from 7 different Asian countries, each in their respective language and focusing on their supernatural stories. Now we have an almost complete Spanish language show delving into the strange and spooky. I see what you are doing HBO and I like it. The show I am talking about is called LOS ESPOOKYS and this show is as delightful as the title sounds.

LOS ESPOOKYS stars Fred Armisen, Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Jose Pablo Minor. It follows friends Renaldo, Ursula, Andres and Tati who love all things dark and horrifying. LOS ESPOOKYS starts with the coolest Quinceanera I have ever seen and Renaldo’s Uncle Tito suggests that they do events like that for a living and thus Los Espookys was born. From word of mouth, people will hire Los Espookys for a variety of spooky needs: an exorcism, a haunting, an abduction and more. By the end of the show, you don’t know what’s creepier and more mysterious, the events they set up or the friends themselves.

This HBO show is fantastic. There is slapstick humor about it that is JUST enough to be laugh out loud funny but not over the top. Normally at this point, I would pick a single stand out character and actor portrayal but they were all so amazing in their own way that you need each of them to complete the humor puzzle. I will say that the character of Andres is probably one of the funniest characters I have seen in a show in a very long time. I only wish I had a friend like Andres to bring the deadpan humor to my every day life. Tati comes in a very close second for pure hilarity. And can I just comment on what an amazing actor that Fred Armisen is? I think he can literally play anything.

If you don’t like subtitles, then this show isn’t for you. It is almost entirely in Spanish with English subtitles, but I personally like that a lot. You get the cultural nuances that you wouldn’t get if they did it fully in English. The only negative thing I can say about this show is that it gets just a little slow and a lot more strange as the episodes continue but it just seems too short. There are only 6 episodes in the first season and it leaves you wanting more. Other than that, this show is on point. The editing is great, the dialogue is hilarious, the character development is entertaining and the premise is new and different. LOS ESPOOKYS will be a show that you watch on repeat until the new season comes out. I’m not sure I can recommend this show enough for those of you that love horror and all things creepy who also want some belly laughs. LOS ESPOOKYS premieres on Friday, June 14 at 11:00pm ET/PT on HBO.

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