The Best Latin TV Shows

Olga Trędota 2020-06-03

María la del Barrio

Drama Soap Mexico 1995

María la del Barrio

Drama Soap Mexico 1995

1 season, 185 episodes

María la del barrio, the third telenovela in the Las Tres Marías trilogy, is a Mexican telenovela starring Thalía, Fernando Colunga, Itatí Cantoral, Ricardo Blume, Irán Eory and the young actors Ludwika Paleta & Osvaldo Benavides. It was produced and broadcast on Televisa in 1995–1996. The series is a remake of Los Ricos También Lloran, which featured Verónica Castro, Rogelio Guerra and Rocío Banquells. María la del barrio is considered one of the most popular and successful telenovelas ever, having been broadcast in over 180 countries and watched by more than two billion people.

Escrava Isaura

Drama Soap Brazil 1976

Escrava Isaura

Drama Soap Brazil 1976

1 season, 25 episodes

Escrava Isaura is a 1976 Brazilian telenovela it tells the story of the struggles of Isaura, a white-skinned black slave, to find happiness during the Brazilian Empire.

Deceptions

Drama Soap Mexico 1998

Deceptions

Drama Soap Mexico 1998

  • Deceptions
  • 6,5/10

1 season, 103 episodes

La Usurpadora is a Mexican romantic drama telenovela produced by Salvador Mejia Alejandre and originally broadcast on Canal de las Estrellas from February 9 to July 24, 1998. It starred Gabriela Spanic and Fernando Colunga, and was based on La Intrusa, a novela originally broadcast in Venezuela which was its self a remake of Radio Caracas Television's 1971 telenovela La Usurpadora, which was starred by Marina Baura and Raúl Amundaray. This was one of the last telenovelas to feature Libertad Lamarque, who here portrayed the character of Abuela Piedad Bracho. The show's premise revolves around a pair of twin sisters who were separated when they were young, and as adults the younger sister is forced to act as a "replacement" for her wealthy twin who wants to temporarily leave her husband and his family to enjoy a life of luxury with multiple lovers. The telenovela had huge success in Mexico and has been exported and ported to various languages across the world.

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Pasión de gavilanes

Drama Colombia 2003

Pasión de gavilanes

Drama Colombia 2003

1 season, 188 episodes

Pasión de Gavilanes is a Colombian telenovela that ran for 188 episodes, from 2003 to 2004. Written by Julio Jiménez, it was produced by RTI Colombia in conjunction with the Telemundo network and with the participation of Caracol TV company. In Colombia, it was broadcast by Caracol TV. It is based on the 1994 telenovela Las aguas mansas, also written by Jiménez and produced by RTI, broadcast on Canal Uno.

Esmeralda

Drama Soap Mexico 1997

Esmeralda

Drama Soap Mexico 1997

1 season, 140 episodes

Esmeralda is a telenovela that was released by Televisa in 1997. It is a remake of a 1970 Venezuelan telenovela of that same name, and was itself remade in Brazil in 2004. Another version is Topacio from Venezuela in 1984. One of the most famous telenovela all the time.

Yo soy Betty, la fea

Comedy Drama Soap Colombia 1999

Yo soy Betty, la fea

Comedy Drama Soap Colombia 1999

  • Yo soy Betty, la fea
  • 6,3/10

1 season, 335 episodes

Yo soy Betty, la fea is a telenovela filmed in Colombia, written by Fernando Gaitán and produced from October 25, 1999 to May 8, 2001 by the Colombian network RCN. More than a dozen versions of the telenovela have been made in other countries. In the United States, both the comedy-drama hit Ugly Betty and Televisa program La Fea Más Bella are based on the Colombian soap opera. Betty, la Fea re-aired on Spanish-language U.S. network TeleFutura in January 2009. Eight years after the telenovela's original run, the highly anticipated return of the original version of Yo Soy Betty, La Fea delivered impressive ratings for the network, attracting over one million viewers, more than half a million of which were adults aged 18–49. In addition, the premiere episode doubled and in some cases nearly tripled its prior audience among all key demographics. Due to the success of re-runs aired in the United States, in June 2009, Yo soy Betty, la fea re-aired in México on Canal de las Estrellas. Betty, la Fea is arguably the most successful telenovela of all time and one of the most popular television shows in the world. It is the first telenovela to have been remade worldwide and has been regarded as bringing the telenovela to new levels of success.

Wild Angel

Comedy Drama Argentina 1998

Wild Angel

Comedy Drama Argentina 1998

1 season, 270 episodes

Muñeca Brava is an award-winning Argentine telenovela, produced by Telefe in 1998 - 1999. The television series was broadcast in more than 80 countries over the world, enjoying high ratings. The show was written by Enrique Oscar Torres and directed by Hernán Abrahamnsohn, Gaita Aragona and Víctor Stella First episode was aired in Argentina on 10 October 1998 on channel Telefe The play was filmed mainly in Argentina. Some of the episodes were filmed in Italy and Spain. The programme is known for launching the international career of Natalia Oreiro.

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