7 Shows Set in Latino Hotspots

While Latinos and Latinas have certainly been undercast on TV shows for decades, culturally-vibrant Hispanic cities around the United States have served as the backdrop for some amazing shows recently. Here are 7 that center around a Latino hotspot: 

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Breaking Bad: Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Albuquerque-based AMC drama may have a nearly all-white cast, but the New Mexico city Walter White calls home actually boasts a Hispanic population of nearly 47 percent. Hopefully the spinoff Better Call Saul will add some amazing, dynamic Latino characters to the mix!


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Dexter: Miami, Florida

The Showtime serial-killer drama did an amazing job advertising the spirited and vibrant city of Miami. It even cast two Latinos —David Zayas and Lauren Vélez — in starring roles. Miami, whose population is a staggering 70 percent Hispanic, has a strong Latino presence which provided a festive background to the dark drama.


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The Bridge: El Paso, Texas

The FX crime drama follows two police detectives in their joint effort to investigate a serial killer terrifying the Texas-Chihuahua border. El Paso, Texas, which lies directly across the border from Juarez, Mexico, is nearly 80% Hispanic. The culturally-rich city features prominently in the show, and the cast boasts Latino actors Demian BichirEmily Rios, Diana-Maria Riva, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.


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Chicago Fire: Chicago

The NBC show, which explores the professional and personal lives of the firefighters  and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department, is set in one of the most vibrantly Hispanic cities in the midwest. However, despite the fact that Chicago has a 28% Latino population, there’s a surprising lack of Hispanics on the show. We’d love to see a few more sexy Latino firefighters next season!


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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Brooklyn, NYC

The new Fox comedy explores the dynamics between a laid-back NYPD detective and a staff of uptight colleagues in the New York borough. The show can proudly brag two Latina stars (Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero), and its Brooklyn setting has a 20 percent Hispanic population.


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Dallas: Dallas, Texas

It may be hard to believe, but over 40 percent of Dallas residents identify as Hispanic! While we love Jordana Brewster’s role on the drama, we’d love to see a little more of that authentic-Texas flavor in the show with the addition of a few more Latino stars! 


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Modern Family: Los Angeles

With the exception of Sofía Vergara and Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family has an all-white cast that does little justice to the city it’s set in . Nearly 60% of Los Angeles residents identify as Hispanic, so we’d love to see a few more episodes that center around Gloria’s culture!