Griselda: Season 1 – Episode Recaps and Review

Sofia Vergara sheds away her well-known comic shtick for something far more serious with “Griselda,” which struggles to find her a good scene partner.


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In this post, you’ll find summaries of the episodes of Griselda: Season 1 and what we thought were the highlights, low points, on-the-fence topics, and notable parts of the season. Revisit this page as new episodes are released, as this post will be continually uploaded throughout the season.

Episodic Plot Summary

Episode 1 “Lady Comes To Town”

Director(s)

Andrés Baiz

Writer(s)

Ingrid Escajeda, Doug Miro

Newly Noted Characters and Cast

Griselda

Sofía Vergara

Alberto

Alberto Ammann

Carmen

Vanessa Ferlito

Amilcar aka Rafo Rodriguez

José Zúñiga

Recap

Griselda (Sofia Vergara) smoking
“Griselda (Sofia Vergara) smoking,” Griselda, “Lady Comes To Town,” directed by Andrés Baiz, 2024, (Netflix)

It’s 1978, and Griselda, after ten years working with her husband Alberto, moving drugs from Medellin to New York, is in a tight spot. Over $500,000 was lost in previous shipments, and their careers are over. However, while without a job, they still have a debt, and Alberto has Griselda pimped out in order to clear it, and once she is done, she decides she is leaving Alberto.

Now, being that they have been together for over a decade, and he has helped raise her three kids, he didn’t want to let her go easily, so she had to kill him to be free. Within 24 hours after his murder, she is in Miami, living in a friend’s spare room with her three kids. The woman, Carmen, left her ex, who was also in the drug game and rebuilt her life, but while she gives Griselda a place to stay and a job, the job isn’t enough, and Griselda does have a kilo of cocaine on her.

Amilcar aka Rafo Rodriguez (Jose Zuniga) telling part of his life story to Griselda before sending her away
“Amilcar aka Rafo Rodriguez (Jose Zuniga) telling part of his life story to Griselda before sending her away,” Griselda, “Lady Comes To Town,” directed by Andrés Baiz, 2024, (Netflix)

So, Griselda begins shopping around, and no sooner does she secure a $20,000 deal, she is nearly killed in a shootout orchestrated by Amilcar, aka Rafo Rodriguez. Now, Griselda tried to make a deal with Amilcar previously, but he blew her off. But with her showing tenacity and him actually trying her coke this time, he is willing to give her one chance, and she doesn’t have any intention to blow it.

Other Noteworthy Information

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General Information

Created By

Doug Miro, Eric Newman, Carlo Bernard, Ingrid Escajeda, Doug Miro

Network

Netflix

Start Date

January 25, 2024

End Date

January 25, 2024

Number of Episodes

6

Genre(s)

Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Biopic, Historical (1970s)

Renewal Status: Limited Series

Directory: (Series Page | Character Guide)

Review


Community Rating: 100% (1 votes)


Episodes To Anticipate

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Notable Performances, Moments, or Episodes

Highlights

Low Points

On The Fence

Episode 1: While Sofia Vergara Is Notable For Playing Against Type, She Has No One Notable To Play Off Of

There is no denying that seeing Vergara play someone whose accent isn’t being made fun of or where you question if you are laughing with her or at her is refreshing. However, while a talented actress, she also needs someone good to play off of, and “Griselda” doesn’t offer that in episode 1.

Carmen (Vanessa Ferlito) talking to Griselda
“Carmen (Vanessa Ferlito) talking to Griselda,” Griselda, “Lady Comes To Town,” directed by Andrés Baiz, 2024, (Netflix)

From Griselda’s ex-husband, friend Carmen, or the various men she interacts with to get a deal with Amilcar, or even Amilcar himself, no one has the type of chemistry with Vergara that you see she needs. Mind you, not desperately, but if she is the only notable hook of this show, while it will represent a turning point in her career, I can’t foresee it being the type that gets her the kind of acclaim that truly shows she isn’t bound to the comedy genre.


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Griselda: Season 1 - Review

Summary

Trajectory: Mixed (Stick Around)

In many ways, “Griselda” feels like the dramatic shift many comedic actors take to change the direction or narrative of their careers, and Vergara excels. However, so much is put into her star power that, starting off, she eclipses everyone, and while Vergara has presence, she is an actor who does best with a quality scene partner, and one has yet to appear.

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