Cristela

Ended Friday / 7:00pm ABC (US) 25 min.
The series chronicles the life of a Mexican-American law school graduate living in Dallas, who must balance her chance to live the American Dream by working as an unpaid intern at a law firm with the concerns of her family, including her sister (a call center manager at a cable TV company who wants her to get a real job), her brother-in-law (who sees her as a freeloader and wants her to move out), and her mother (who wants her to settle down).

Season 1

22 Episodes

Cristela, Maddie and Josh eagerly await the results of the bar exam. Much to everyone's surprise, Maddie passes while Josh does not. Cristela also passes the exam and Trent offers her an attorney position at his law firm that comes along with an added perk of hiring an assistant. Faced with moving back in with his parents, Josh eagerly accepts the assistant gig. An ecstatic Cristela returns home to celebrate, but is lovingly confronted by Daniela who wants Cristela to move out and start living the life of a single girl, the life she deserves.
Apr 17 2015
Cristela, Josh & Maddie are hours away from taking the bar exam and everyone is handling the stress a little differently. Cristela is feeling confident about the test, until Daniela loses her job. It's a family crisis when Natalia goes into "Village Mode" -- which is similar to survival mode, demanding that Cristela put off the test and get a job at the local hair salon. Will Cristela pass up the opportunity to advance her own career just to help put her family at ease?
Apr 10 2015
Mike Baxter and Ed Alzat of the Outdoor Man stores seek legal help when he is looking to expand the store's gun range in Dallas. Trent insists Cristela try to gain the favoring of the zoning commissioner. Meanwhile, Josh has some competition when Cristela works with Ben Buckner, a handsome associate.
Apr 03 2015
Cristela is charged with motivating Maddie at work and tries to convince her to carry her weight, while at home, Daniela's work trip leaves Felix home alone with the kids.
Mar 27 2015
When Trent represents a landlord accused of refusing to rent to minorities, he has Cristela sit at the counsel table during the trial hoping to demonstrate that the defendant doesn't have any prejudices, but his plan backfires. Meanwhile, Alberto bonds with Natalia and Daniela questions his motives.
Mar 27 2015
When Juanita Canales invites the family to her granddaughter’s quinceañera, Natalia wants to show off and use different aspects of the family to impress everybody. This culminates in her pushing Cristela to bring Josh from work as her date, and Cristela has the first dance she never had when she turned fifteen.
Mar 20 2015
Cristela’s loyalties to both home and work are tested when she promises to be Henry’s sponsor for his confirmation ceremony and Trent asks her to be by his side at a fundraising event. Then, after Maddie posts a video online and Trent is seen in the background making what are perceived as racist comments, he holds a press conference in an attempt to clear his name. Cristela has to make a difficult decision.
Mar 13 2015
Cristela tries to help Isabella get into a school program for the gifted and talented.
Feb 27 2015
Trent and Veronica (Roseanne Barr returns) are headed for a divorce, but it's revealed a prenup was never signed and the thought of giving Veronica half of his fortune makes Trent wince with pain. Knowing Cristela and Veronica have grown close, Trent asks for Cristela's help in trying to get Veronica to sign a prenup. Veronica says she doesn't want the divorce. When Cristela takes this back to Trent, he says the same thing -- thus Cristela begins playing marriage counselor. Meanwhile, Daniela becomes upset with Felix after she finds out the story he told her about dumping his ex-girlfriend for her was a lie.
Feb 20 2015
Cristela is thrilled to be filling in as Trent's assistant for the week since it comes along with pay. But Josh points out the road to a successful lawyer might not be best met by taking the secretary route. Meanwhile back at home, Daniela and CRISTELA learn of a missed call from Natalia's doctor and immediately fear the worst -- which prompts them to come up with a "Bucket List" for Natalia - they feel bad that she hasn't been able to experience much of what life has to offer
Feb 06 2015
Daniela is worried that Cristela is not paying attention to her health due to her busy schedule, and suggests she should lose a few pounds, making her as an example. But when Cristela says she doesn't want to become like Daniela, Daniela tricks Cristela to get a free blood pressure test and finds out its her that should be worried. Meanwhile, Maddie tries to teach Josh a lesson when he tries to impress Trent by learning CPR.
Jan 30 2015
It’s a case of the blame game when Isabella finds herself in a bit of trouble at school after being called out for being a bully. Cristela tries to figure out which family member taught Izzy this learned behavior as Daniela, Natalia, Felix and Alberto all have traits that might have influenced Izzy. It’s not until Cristela and Josh have a squabble at work over misinterpreting one another’s text messages that Maddie points out that even Cristela might have a few bully-like qualities of her own.
Jan 16 2015
Trent and his wife (guest star Roseanne Barr as "Veronica") are going through some martial problems and look to soon be separating. Veronica takes an immediate liking to Cristela and offers her a job at her law firm, which specializes in cases that entice Cristela, but will she be able to abandon her loyalties to Trent? Meanwhile, Henry and Isabella have opposing views on how best to sell chocolate bars for a school fundraiser and seek help from Felix, Daniela & Alberto.
Jan 09 2015
It's Christmas time and Cristela is looking forward to the tradition of making tamales with her mom and sister, while the men pretend to do housework. Among those men this year is Cristela's brother Eddie, returning from a job out of state. But when Josh mistakes a joke for an earnest invitation, he ends up crashing the family tamale party. Meanwhile, Trent and Maddie get some much needed father-daughter time at home, where they bond over their shared inability to prepare even the most basic of Christmas feasts.
Dec 12 2014
Trent wants the floor of his office redone and assumes Cristela knows someone in the flooring business, so she puts Felix & Alberto on the job. Even though the guys do a great job and bond with Trent, they treat Cristela like their put-upon little sister…like they do at home, so Cristela wants to find a way to get rid of them…fast. Meanwhile, Daniela teaches Natalia how to use the internet.
Dec 05 2014
Cristela, wanting to expose the kids to more cultural opportunities, tries to convince Felix to let Henry see “West Side Story.” But in doing that, Felix worries that his son’s interests will be changing and they won’t have as much in common as he gets older.
Nov 21 2014
Trent gives Cristela an equal pay sex discrimination case, a topic that gets a typical response from macho Felix and an unexpected secretive reaction from Daniela. At Cristina’s unrelenting probing, Daniela confides that she’s been hiding the fact that she earns more money than Felix. Cristina accidentally lets it slip, sending Felix into the expected funk. Cristela and Daniela use their combined creativity to try and set things back to status quo.
Nov 14 2014
Looking to enhance his chance for a promotion, Josh wants to get closer to Trent by learning more about sports. So when Mark Cuban (guest starring as a client of Trent's) comes to the office, Josh drops the ball in thinking he's there to fix the fridge. So Josh asks Cristela for help in teaching him the basics about sports, especially in Dallas where it goes God, family and the Cowboys...but not in that order in the 4th Quarter.
Nov 07 2014
Trent throws a mandatory staff Halloween Party and Cristela and Josh take on the challenge of making it a great one. It results in the office staff bringing out their inner selves with their costumes. Meanwhile Natalia builds an altar for the Day of the Dead, frustrated that her family chose Halloween instead. When they return from Trick or Treating, they’re surprised to find Natalia with an audience of wide-eyed neighborhood children, enthralled with her stories.
Oct 31 2014
After Daniela's friend mistakes Cristela for the nanny, tensions flare between the two sisters and surprisingly it is Felix who brings them back together. Meanwhile, Alberto tries to get closer to Cristela in an unexpected way.
Oct 24 2014
Daniela thinks Cristela needs a man in her life, so enrolls her on an online dating service. One of the matches catches Cristela’s interest with his witty and charming text messages. But when they meet for drinks, she’s caught off guard by who shows up.
Oct 17 2014
Pilot 1x01
Cristela’s family feels she is wasting her time trying to be a lawyer and should get a real job. Determined to make it, she attempts to stand out from the other intern candidates, and tries to impress the attorney with humor, which continually digs her into a deeper hole. Back at the house, Daniela encourages her to stop trying to achieve something she’ll never accomplish and come work with her at the call center. Cristela concedes, then goes into the shower to drown her frustration. She’s totally surprised when the attorney’s office staff calls her with the news that she’s among the chosen. She knows this will be the stepping stone she needs for her career, and yet another stumbling block between her and her family.
Oct 10 2014