The story was about a young woman named Rita who goes to New York City to try to achieve her dream of becoming a famous singer. She falls in love with a clueless former rich brat named José Gabriel who is also an immigrant, and her musical career is manipulated by Pete Duke, a candidate for city mayor who is desperately trying to earn the votes of the Hispanic community. Hilarity Ensues.
You can watch it online (in Spanish) here .
Tropes in Simplemente Rita:
- Bilingual Bonus: Many jokes (spoken and written) are in English.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Duke's adopted son, who sides with Rita.
- Deus ex Machina: All the major problems are resolved in the last episode, in a parody of the Happily Ever After endings of telenovelas.
- Gonk: The Narrator, in an intentional contrast to his Wicked Cultured personality (he's broadcasting from a booth while wearing an undershirt and smoking a cigar.)
- Subverted in that he had surgery to look handsome for the woman he loved, only to discover she was ugly too.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Every character speaks in an exaggerated version of his national accent (including the American characters). This is a Take That! to many actual Telenovelas where the actors don't bother to adapt their accents to the setting.
- Medium Awareness: The characters occasionally mention the fact that they are on a TV show.
- Radio Drama: This is what the show is implied to be; we see the narrator broadcasting from a booth. He claims the events actually happened, but he's not exactly trustworthy.
- Serious Business: Latin food, drink and songs. To ridiculous levels.
- Not to mention their votes, which Duke is willing to do anything to get, including murder!
- Shout-Out: Several, to both Hispanic and American pop cultures. Most notably, Rita sings at the "Mala Vista Social Club", a reference to the famous Buena Vista Social Club. (Buena Vista meaning Good Sight, Mala Vista meaning Bad Sight.)
- Super Senses: José Gabriel has a superhuman sense of taste; it's his only employable skill.
- Upper-Class Twit: What José Gabriel used to be. Now he's a lower class twit.