The following article taken from thestar.com.
Jane the Virgin is like nothing you’ve ever seen on television. It has humour and originality and emotion. It’s so raw and so honest it can make you sob with its realness or bring absurd amounts of joy.
It provides fresh takes on the themes of family, love and sacrifice. It has a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s acclaimed by critics. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. Lead actress Gina Rodriguez, who won a Golden Globe in 2015, is stunning.
Still not convinced? Here are five reasons that Jane the Virgin is one of the most interesting, entertaining and complex series on TV right now.
It’s super feminist and empowering
Jane’s world is a woman’s world, in which ladies make most of the decisions and the men coexist with those decisions. Jane is a romantic, so a lot of her dialogue revolves around her love life and the romance novel she is writing, but the show does not punish her for wanting to be in love or have a partner. It is her choice how she acts and what she does (and whether she swoons at soap operas). Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) are two masculine (and sexy) men, but they are at the mercy of their women, who revert gender norms: Jane proposes to Michael and Petra (Yael Grobglas) gets pregnant without Rafael’s knowledge, and that’s just the pilot episode. But instead of emasculating the men, the women just flatten the uneven playing field. Jane’s men are skilled and passionate and complex, but not at the expense of its complex female characters. The show proves successful TV does not have to antagonize either sex; it can paint men as heroes while maintaining a positive focus on the beauty of women’s strength and sisterhood.
Men enjoy it too
Don’t you tell me you’re a man and can’t enjoy “chick shows” because a) men who watch chick shows are a wonderful breed and probably far more numerous than they’d admit; b) Jane is super cute, but it’s also tense and poignant and action-based (with crime and murder and mystery); c) it’s not shallow or gossipy or based on outdated ideas about women and men like a lot of female-focused shows can be. I’d argue it’s a new style of show entirely, one with little to no precedent; and d) my handsome, manly boyfriend watches it with me, not just because I want him to. He does it because it is silly and special, and he enjoys it and it makes him laugh. And because I want him to.