Gordita Chronicles season 1: release date, cast, trailer and everything we know about the new comedy series

Savannah Nicole Ruiz, Olivia Goncalves and Diana Maria Riva laying by the pool as Emilia, Cucu and Adela in Gordita Chronicles
Savannah Nicole Ruiz, Olivia Goncalves and Diana Maria Riva laying by the pool as Emilia, Cucu and Adela in Gordita Chronicles (Image credit: HBO Max)

With many broadcast networks airing reality competitions and movie theaters debuting blockbuster actions and thrillers for the summer, Gordita Chronicles season 1 delivers a nice option for streamers looking for a change of pace. The sitcom offers a throwback look at a Dominican-American family trying their best to achieve the American dream in Miami, Florida. 

Based on the trailer alone, we feel the series has the potential to be a comedic hit. Additionally, some viewers may find themselves taking a trip back down memory lane, while millennials and Gen Z folks will be reminded that simpler and less-expensive times once existed. 

Here’s everything we know about Gordita Chronicles.  

When is the Gordita Chronicles season 1 release date?  

Gordita Chronicles premiered in the US with all ten episodes of the season on Thursday, June 23 on HBO Max

To date, there has been no official announcement as to when the series will make its debut in the UK. However, we will provide updates as that information becomes readily available. 

Below, we've provided an episode guide for the season. 


Episode 1: "In America Everything is Possible"

"After leaving the Dominican Republic to start anew in Miami, the Castelli family attempts to fit in, make friends and thrive in a place where the American Dream isn’t as dreamy as they imagined."

Episode 2: "In American We Speak English"

"Cucu finds herself in hot water for speaking Spanish and then English. Victor and Adela struggle to make good first impressions, while Emilia finds herself in the crosshairs of the most popular girls in school."

Episode 3: "In America No One Likes a Chicken"

"Cucu tries to kick-start puberty, Adela gets pulled over for not driving ‘the American way” and Emilia accidentally agrees to see a horror movie on opening night with the Bubblegum Girls." 

Episode 4: "In America We Sleepover"

"The Castellis experience a slew of American firsts: Cucu’s first sleepover, Victor’s first American business dinner and Emilia’s first babysitting job." 

Episode 5: "In America We Trick or Treat"

"The Castellis endure a tricky first Halloween when Cucu’s Dominican grandmother arrives. Emilia makes a horrifying discovery in the boys’ bathroom and the Bubblegums help her get some brujería revenge." 

Episode 6: "In America We Play to Win"

"The Castelllis engage in cutthroat competitions at school, work, home and an all-American pool party." 

Episode 7: "In America We Stereotype"

"When his boss incorrectly assumes he’s great at baseball, Victor attempts to transform himself into the ‘Santo Domingo Slugger’ with Adela’s help. Cucu defies gender stereotypes by signing up for shop class, while Emilia finds a new niche."

Episode 8: "In America You Get What You Pay For"

"Cucu borrows money from an unlikely loan shark, Adela becomes the coupon queen of Miami and Victor and Emilia take on a shady used car salesman." 

Episode 9: "In America We Fall in Love"

"Love is not in the air as Adela and Victor attempt to celebrate their anniversary, and Cucu must rescind an offer to the dance. Meanwhile, a rhythmless Emilia must perform a series of complex dance moves at her frenemy’s quinceañera."

Episode 10: "In America We’re Brave"

"After becoming the target of gossiping cousins back in Santo Domingo, the Castellis set out to prove they’re thriving in Miami." 

Gordita Chronicles plot 

Olivia Goncalves and Savannah Nicole Ruiz as Cucu and Emilia at school in Gordita Chronicles

(Image credit: HBO Max)

Here's the official description of the show from HBO Max:

"The year is 1985 and Cucu ‘Gordita’ Castelli (Olivia Goncalves) has just said goodbye to all of her friends and family in Santo Domingo and moved to Miami with her marketing executive father Víctor (Juan Javier Cardenas), bold and vivacious mother Adela (Diana Maria Riva) and suddenly status-obsessed older sister Emilia (Savannah Nicole Ruiz). While life in America is far from what they imagined, the Castellis are determined to take charge of their strange new world. A uniquely funny coming-of-age series, Gordita Chronicles is about family, opportunity, love, resilience and boldly defying the status quo in pursuit of the ‘American Dream.'"

One interesting side note: in addition to her serving as an executive producer of the series, Eva Longoria directed the pilot episode. 

Gordita Chronicles cast 

Starring as the matriarch of Gordita Chronicles is actress Diana Maria Riva. Riva should be recognizable to some fans as Detective Ana Perez from the Netflix series Dead to Me and Mrs. Rodriguez from Matt LeBlanc’s Man with a Plan. Alongside her as the patriarch of Gordita Chronicles is Juan Javier Cardenas who most notably portrayed Dante in The Walking Dead

Playing the titular character of the show is newcomer Olivia Goncalves. She doesn’t have major credits to her name and Gordita Chronicles looks to be her breakout role. Rounding out this little nuclear family is Savannah Nicole Ruiz, who portrays the older sister Emilia. Ruiz was previously featured in the series Gentefied as a young Ana. 

Gordita Chronicles trailer 

Sometimes they say all you need is a trailer to hook you. Gordita Chronicles fits the bill, and then some. We are excited to laugh alongside other viewers when the show premieres. 

How to watch Gordita Chronicles 

Gordita Chronicles is an HBO Max Original series and can only be viewed in the US with a subscription to the streaming service. 

While there is no official release date for the sitcom in the UK, we will be sure to provide an update as more information becomes available. 

Terrell Smith

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.