5 Latino References On American TV

Latinos still lack a serious presence on television and on the big-screen, so it's always a surprise to tune in and see Latino culture represented or referenced. These TV shows — from Grimm to Angel — have all drawn upon Latino culture for inspiration. Check it out: 

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: "Inca Mummy Girl"

In this episode of Buffy The Vampire SlayerBuffy battles an Incan mummy girl who comes back from the dead — and sucks the life from unsuspecting teenagers. 

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Angel: "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco"

In the episode, Angel — a vampire who hunts supernatural beings — has an unexpected run-in with a masked luchador on Dia de los Muertos. Together, Angel, the Mexican wrestler, and a few ghostly luchadors battle a demon. 

The inspiration for "The Cautionary Tale Of Numero Cinco" came from the real life luchador Santo, who appeared in several movies as a masked wrestler fighting vampires. 

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: "Kimmy Goes To Court"

Tina Fey's The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt pokes fun at racial and ethnic stereotypes constantly, using humor to expose their absurdity. In the opening episode, when four "Mole Women" are rescued from an underground bunker where they've been held against their will, the newscast cheekily announces that three women have been found... oh, and one Hispanic woman.

Later, the one Latina channels her reputation as a "Mole Woman" to create "The Mole Woman Mole Sauce." Sounds.... delicious? 


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Grimm: "La Llorona"

Grimm frequently draws upon Latin American folklore for spooky episodes of their show. In Season Two, Det. Nick Burkhardt investigates a series of child abductions — and discovers La Llorona may be to blame. 

In a later episode, the detectives deal with a vigilante of supernatural proportions: El Cucuy! 

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Breaking Bad: "Negro Y Azul"

Breaking Bad deals with the drug trade in New Mexico — not too far from the Mexican border. Unsurprisingly, the show frequently addresses the drug trade in South America and Mexico. In the episode "Negro Y Azul," a Mexican band performs a narcocorrido based upon the story of Heisenberg. Called "The Ballad Of Walter White," the corrido sounds eerily similar to some of the non-fiction drug tales of Latin America.