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What’s on the menu in Acapulco? Sitcom leftovers. [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆

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Acapulco recap Apple TV+: It's another week of seduction, jealousy and hackneyed jokes.★★☆☆
We get heaping helpings of seduction, jealousy and hackneyed jokes this week on Acapulco.
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TV+ ReviewIt’s dueling dinner parties on this week’s episode of Apple TV+ culture clash comedy Acapulco. Memo is under investigation, Chad is under suspicion, Julia’s jealous, Esteban’s nervous, Sara’s drunk, Hector’s in lust, and — as usual — Maximo’s in the middle.

It’s an agreeably hectic week on the show, which doesn’t seem sure how to proceed with its more- serious ideas. As a result, Acapulco relies on an old-hat sitcom formula instead.

Acapulco reverts to its unsatisfying sitcom roots this week [Apple TV+ recap] ☆☆☆

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Acapulco recap Apple TV+: Just when it seemed like the show was ready to break free of its sitcom bindings, a hopelessly frothy episode ensues.☆☆☆
Just when it seemed like Acapulco was ready to break free of its tedious sitcom bindings, a hopelessly frothy episode ensues.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ comedy Acapulco, about an old millionaire reminiscing about his early life as a wage slave at a popular resort in the ’80s, takes two trips down memory lane this week. Diane relives her glory days before Las Colinas, while Maximo remembers a moral dilemma that cost him and rewarded him in equal measure.

There’s a party at the resort, and all the ghosts of Diane’s past are invited in an unfortunately middling episode.

It’s party time in Acapulco! [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Acapulco recap: A trip to a club doesn't play out as planned.★★★☆☆
A trip to a club doesn't play out as planned.
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TV+ ReviewCandy-colored Apple TV+ comedy Acapulco takes stock of its situation on an eventful trip to the city this week. Sara is sleeping at Las Colinas illegally, and her mother Nora still wants to put the fear of god into her. Meanwhile, Memo’s feeling down and Maximo’s solution just makes things worse. Also, Chad wants to dance, and Don Pablo wants out.

Acapulco goes through a few ups and downs this week as the creative team takes a few risks, and the writers fall back on bad habits.

Love is in the air this week on Acapulco [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Acapulco review: Everybody's trying to connect in Acapulco.★★★☆☆
Everybody's trying to connect in Acapulco.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ ’80s comedy Acapulco has romance on the brain this week. Maximo and Julia have to talk, Hector and Don Pablo are feeling unloved by Diane, Memo’s love is over and blooming at once, and Sara is heartbroken but she ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

A strong episode of the tacky comedy reveals some important things about the limits of a show like this, how formula and reality don’t always match, and how much you can get away with in a comedy. It’s a fascinating, frustrating study in the state of the sitcom.

’80s coming-of-age comedy Acapulco adds actual jokes for season two [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆

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Acapulco season 2 recap: Acapulco returns with more '80s fun at a madcap Mexican resort. And this time, it's actually funny!★★☆☆
Acapulco returns with more '80s fun at a madcap Mexican resort. And this time, it's actually funny!
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TV+ ReviewBilingual Apple TV+ comedy series Acapulco returns this week for a second season of bright colors and frothy hijinx narrated by Eugenio Derbez. The Mexican resort is an ’80s uproar, young Maximo’s life is crumbling (though he won’t admit it), and his family is at a crossroads. And everyone, as usual, needs a favor.

The second season so far seems exactly like the first, which is to be expected, so if you like the softest possible jokes, you’re in luck. The show is fleetingly charming and expertly designed — the art direction remains Acapulco‘s greatest virtue — and little by little, it’s relaxing into a funnier groove.

Apple TV+ picks up a respectable 9 Critics Choice nominations

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Apple starts shooting second season of For All Mankind next month
“For All Mankind” picked up a nomination Best Drama Series in the Critics Choice TV Awards. Other Apple TV+ shows also received nominations.
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Apple TV+ received nine nominations across six programs for the 27th Annual Critics Choice TV Awards. That includes Best Drama Series for For All Mankind, Best Comedy Series for Ted Lasso, and Best Movie Made for Television for Come From Away.

The winners will be announced in January.

Acapulco serves up innocuous snapshot of ’80s Mexican resort life [Apple TV+ review]

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Eugenio Derbez in Acapulco
Eugenio Derbez takes a trip back to the '80s.
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Apple TV+ brings its first bilingual sitcom to audiences with Acapulco, a workplace comedy with a nostalgic bent. Eugenio Derbez produces and stars in this look back at Mexican resort culture in the 1980s.

Will audiences continue their love affair with the Latin star?