Our 10 Favorite Telenovelas of All Time

Were you glued to the TV last night as the monster hit telenovela La Reina del Sur came to an end? We certainly were.

In the Telemundo drama, Kate del Castillo played Teresa Mendoza, an unexpected drug lord. The soap was based on the best-selling book by the same name written by Spanish author Arturo Pérez Reverte. After Mendoza’s lover is killed by drug cartels, she flees from her small Mexican town for the Costa del Sol in Spain. Eventually, Mendoza becomes a big time Queen Pin, running a drug dealing ring spanning three continents.

The premiere of La Reina set ratings records, netting 2.4 million viewers for Telemundo. Now the network has launched its first ever Emmy campaign, hoping to land a Best Drama Series nod for Reina and a Best Drama Actress nom for del Castillo. “It would have been stupid not to do it,” del Castillo declared of Telemundo's decision to push for awards recognition. “We have to elevate our voice to make them acknowledge all the Spanish-speaking shows.”

In honor of the end of the first new telenovela to get us super excited in a while, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and round up our ten favorite Spanish-language soaps of all time. Let us know if we forgot any!


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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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