3 Telenovelas In English You Must Watch

3 Telenovelas In English You Must Watch

Binge-watching TV is a real issue in America. With Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other such services at our fingertips, we can’t help but be a culture of TV-lovers. What I love is telenovelas in English.

One time I was walking down the street with my friend (and who knows what I was saying), but she stopped and turned to me. “You could be in a Spanish telenovela,” she said. I gushed in my best accent, “Gracias!” and then mimicking fake crying, “¿Pero cómo puedes hacer este conmigo?” What can I say? I love all things Latino, and I have a flare for the dramatic.

My sister, knowing these things about me, texted me one day: “You should watch Jane the Virgin. It’s like a Spanish telenovela. You would love it.” Because I may or may not be addicted to TV shows, I binge-watched all 22 episodes in just a couple of weeks. (I know, a couple of weeks isn’t that bad, but I had work and school and other important things to deal with too … so it seemed like a big deal.)

But THEN I had a small crisis. Once I finished the first season, the first three episodes of season 2 were no longer on Hulu. So instead of going the illegal route, I decided to wait until it came out on Netflix so I could binge-watch it. It’s been a hard couple of months. BUT I found a way to fill that void. No, not with a Latino man (but that would be an acceptable void-filler) — but with other telenovela-like shows!

So if you don’t know Spanish (I do — so even if you do know Spanish…) and you love drama and comedy and beautiful people, here are 3 shows that will give you just that:

  1. Jane the Virgin
  2. Devious Maids
  3. Telenovela

I’ll break it down for you.

Jane the Virgin

Jane’s grandma, Alba, taught Jane from a young age that once your “flower” is crumpled up, it will never be beautiful like it was before. So Jane is a virgin. BUT she accidentally gets artificially inseminated with a stranger’s sperm. It’s a great springboard for a telenovela. There’s some murder too, which always excites things. Also, basically every episode ends with a cliffhanger—so be prepared for binge-watching. (You won’t be able to help yourself.) Here’s a promo trailer for an episode from season 1:

Devious Maids

These maids don’t just clean houses; they solve crimes. This show is full of love, murder, and cliffhangers. I just can’t get enough. Each season is amazing. Did I mention that there are murders? Here are some “Best One-Liners” from season 1:


Eva Longoria stars in this comedy about what goes on behind the scenes of a telenovela. It’s a good ‘ole comedy in which people’s lives are crazy and everyone’s dramatic. It’s just wonderful. Here’s the trailer for season 1:

If you love some drama and flavor in your life, these are your shows. Happy binge-watching.

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