Club de Cuervos
Club de cuervos logo.jpg
Also known asClub of Crows
GenreComedy drama
Written by
  • Gary Alazraki
  • Michael Lam
  • Jay Dyer
  • Russell Eida
  • Alessia Costantini
Directed byGary Alazraki
StarringLuis Gerardo Méndez
Mariana Treviño
Stephanie Cayo
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45 (list of episodes)
Production
Producers
Production locationsPachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07) –
January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)
Chronology
Related showsThe Ballad of Hugo Sánchez
Yo, Potro

Club de Cuervos, also known as Club of Crows, is a Mexican comedy-drama streaming television series produced by Gary Alazraki and Michael Lam.[1][2] Premiering with its full first season on August 7, 2015, it is the first Spanish-language Netflix original series. The story centers on the football club Cuervos FC, based in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico, and the power struggle that follows the death of its long-time owner and patriarch.[3] Club de Cuervos stars Luis Gerardo Méndez and Mariana Treviño as two siblings who fight over ownership and direction of the team.

Scripted by both Mexican and American writers, the first season of Club de Cuervos was shot in Pachuca, Hidalgo. The series has received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the show's pacing and originality. It was renewed for a second season on October 28, 2015.[4] The second season premiered on December 10, 2016.[5] Season three premiered on September 29, 2017.[6] All episodes of the 4th and final season premiered on January 25, 2019 [7]

Premise

Set in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico, the series focuses on the Cuervos FC, a football team that faces an identity crisis after the death of its owner, Salvador Iglesias Sr. Due to male-dominant cultural attitudes, his son, Chava, is quickly chosen to take on the role of new president, despite the fact that his sister, Isabel, is considered to be better suited to run the team. Isabel is resentful of Chava and his position as leader, and vows to do whatever possible to take his place as president. Chava, whose vision is to transform the team into the "Real Madrid of Latin America", soon proves to be a poor decision-maker and often angers his subordinates, especially Vice President Felix Domingo and Coach Goyo. The series also explores the relationships between the players on the team, and how they are impacted by Chava's decisions.

Cast and characters

Club de Cuervos cast at the 2017 Premios Fénix
Club de Cuervos cast at the 2017 Premios Fénix

Main cast

Secondary characters

Special performances

Development

Club de Cuervos is filmed in Pachuca, Hidalgo (Pachuca's historic center pictured)
Club de Cuervos is filmed in Pachuca, Hidalgo (Pachuca's historic center pictured)

Hoping to expand further into the Latin American television market by producing a local show, Netflix contacted Mexican director Gary Alazraki, who had directed the 2013 film The Noble Family, which became the highest-grossing Mexican film of all time.[8] In response Alazraki and his friend Mike Lam began developing a show with the idea of "Game of Thrones set in the world of soccer", focusing on family members fighting over leadership of the team.[8] Alazraki and Lam decided to hire a writer who had experience with American cable shows, and decided on Jay Dyer, writer of Californication and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, despite his limited knowledge of soccer and the Spanish language. The staff held a meeting in Los Angeles in which Alazraki educated the others about Mexico and the commentary he wanted to make about class and gender relations in the show.[8] The following month, the team traveled to Pachuca, Hidalgo to become immersed in the culture, meeting with soccer players and people from a wide variety of economic backgrounds.[8]

Reception

Club de Cuervos has received positive reviews from critics. The first season has a score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.[9] Xaque Gruber of The Huffington Post writes that the series "oscillates brilliantly from laugh-out-loud comedy to poignant drama, while never dipping into Latin stereotypes or telenovela melodrama."[10]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
210December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
310September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
412January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)

Episodes

Season 1 (2015)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Be a Captain"Gaz AlazrakiMichael Lam & Jay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
22"We Make Soap"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
33"Uniform Response"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
44"Slap"Gaz AlazrakiRussell EidaAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
55"Barriers to Exit"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
66"Lucky to Play"Gaz AlazrakiRussell EidaAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
77"Our Guggenheim"Gaz AlazrakiGaz Alazraki & Alessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
88"Aitor"Carlos ArmellaMichael LamAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
99"Spanish Fever"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1010"New Dick in Town"Gaz AlazrakiMichael SvobodaAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1111"Push"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1212"Happy Birthday Mr. President"Gaz AlazrakiAlessia CostantiniAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
1313"Iglesias vs. Iglesias"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerAugust 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)

Season 2 (2016)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Descenso"Mariana ChenilloJay DyerDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
152"Welcome to Second"Carlos ArmellaNicki RennaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
163"Who Are You Looking For?"Luis Gerardo Méndez & Salvador EspinosaRussell EidaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
174"Ho Oponopono"Carlos ArmellaMike LamDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
185"Matahari"Carlos ArmellaGaz AlazrakiDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
196"The Oasis in the Desert"Mariana ChenilloNicki RennaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
207"La Salvadora"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
218"The Truce"Mariana ChenilloMike LamDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
229"The Curse of the Black Feather"Gaz AlazrakiRussell EidaDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
2310"Iglesias vs. Iglesias 2"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerDecember 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)

Season 3 (2017)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
241"The Third Generation"Gaz AlazrakiJay DyerSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
252"The Treaty of Versailles 14"Mariana ChenilloJames EaganSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
263"The Leftovers"Mariana ChenilloRussell EidaSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
274"Business or Pleasure?"Mariana ChenilloMatt HausfaterSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
285"The Road Back"Gaz AlazrakiJames EaganSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
296"Our Cuau"Gaz AlazrakiMatt Hausfater & Michael LamSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
307"Church and State"Luis Gerardo MéndezRussell EidaSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
318"Puebla…"Salvador EspinosaMarcos BucaySeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
329"Girl, Interrupted"Salvador EspinosaJay DyerSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
3310"The Heart of Nuevo Toledo"Gaz AlazrakiJames Eagan & Gaz AlazrakiSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)

Season 4 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
341"Diego Villalobos"Luis Gerardo MéndezRussel EidaJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Amid hostility from the public about his father, Chava ponders a name change. The Iglesias family debate selling the Cuervos to pay off their debt.
352"You've Got Email"Salvador EspinosaMatt PattersonJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
When Gaspar steals players from the Cuervos, Isabel seeks help from unlikely sources. Chava's plan to raise money is foiled by a person from his past.
363"Valle de Silicon"Salvador EspinosaMatt PattersonJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Potro helps Isabel block Fede's romantica advances. Chava launches Cuervos TV. Email's religion causes conflict with Aitor. Gaspar's sabotage continues.
374"The Slut of Nuevo Toledo"Salvador EspinosaChris LuccyJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Mary Luz enters World Cup negotiations. Chava gets creative when the Cuervos are moved to a 7 a.m. time slot. Isabel and Fede's tryst hits the press.
385"Cyrano de Bergerac"Salvador EspinosaMarcos Bucay & Brett IsaacsonJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Isabel secretly helps Potro improve his coaching. fed up with all the bad press about the team, Chava decides they should use it to their advantage.
396"The Black Plague"Roberto SneiderGaz AlazrakiJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Chava urges Isabel to lean in to her "promiscuous" reputation. Email worries he's been found out. The Cuervos get a new coach and face the Tarantulas.
407"Four Minor Miracles"Roberto SneiderMatt PattersonJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
When the Iglesias bank accounts are frozen, the players leverage social media to raise money, but their lack of focus affects a qualifying match.
418"Concentration Camp"Roberto SneiderMarcos BucayJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
The Cuervos go on a retreat to unplug from social media, but Isabel and Rafa's feud and a confession from Email threaten the team-building dynamic.
429"Something About Mary Luz"Roberto Sneider & Salvador Espinosa & Gaz AlazrakiMarcos BucayJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Paty and Chava produce a documentary that could change the course of fate for the Cuervos. Mary Luz charms Maldonado to help take down Gaspar.
4310"Two for the Road"Salvador EspinosaLauren BachelisJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
Traveling together to the semifinals, Isabel and Rafa are "Two for the Road", reflecting on their first meeting in 2006 and their decade-long marriage.
4411"A Trip to the Moon"Salvador EspinosaRussel EidaJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
After Chava kidnaps a reporter, his family asks him to do the unthinkable. Gaspar calls the authorities on Mary Luz. The Cuervos play in the semifinals.
4512"Todos Somos Cuervos"Gaz AlazrakiGaz AlazrakiJanuary 26, 2019 (2019-01-26)
As the finals arrive, the Cuervos and Nuevo Toledo are on the brink of ruin. Chava and Isabel must pull off their greatest scheme yet to save them.

References

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