Based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, it’s fair to be sceptical of how successful Jane the Virgin could be. The word ‘telenovela’ inevitably carries baggage with it and the premise itself takes a bit of believing: Jane, a devout, strictly virginal young woman, is accidentally artificially inseminated with her boss’ sperm.
Jane the Virgin knows it’s melodramatic. It knows the plot is unbelievable. It knows the voiceover guy is a cheeseball. It knows these things and chooses to embrace them, and so the audience embraces them too. (Well, most of the audience probably does. If you’re tuning in looking for a straight up drama or family sitcom then you’ll quickly find you’re in the wrong place.) Don’t fixate on the premise. This is a show that knows what it’s doing and is confident in where it’s going. Just sit back and enjoy.