While there have been many amazing things to come out of Central and South America, the best export may just be the wonderful world of telenovelas! These incredibly dramatic television series captivate and enthrall their viewers, but the format that makes them famous hasn't stayed south of the border, leaving more and more adaptations (and actors who got their start on telenovelas) making their way into the United States.
Over the years, there have been many TV shows based on or adapted from telenovelas that have premiered in the United States. Many of these series have been based on shows out of Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Chile, but there are plenty of other shows to follow the format from other nations. The popularity of the format means it has thoroughly made its way into both English and Spanish-language American television, with Telemundo making most of the Spanish language North American telenovela adaptations and everybody from Nickelodeon to The CW adapting other telenovelas in English.
Which are the best recent US versions of telenovelas? Don't forget to add any North American versions of telenovelas that we might have missed and vote up your favorite below!
Based on: La Reina del Sur, ColombiaQueen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more
Based on: La novia oscura, ColombiaFlor Salvaje is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones.
Based On: Fina Estampa, BrazilMarido en alquiler, originally known as Reina Madre, is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by United States-based television network Telemundo Studios, Miami, and Brazilian Rede Globo. It is ...more
Based on: Alcanzar una estrella, MexicoHollywood Heights is an American family drama, which aired on Nick at Nite and TeenNick from June 18 to October 5, 2012. Loosely based on the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella, the series ...more
Based On: Les Misérables, Venezuela (Adaptation)Los miserables, is an Spanish-language telenovela to be produced by United States-based television network Telemundo Studios, Miami. Telemundo announced that the Mexican actress Aracely ...more
Based on: Terminales, Mexico
Based on: Decisiones Extremas, ColombiaDecisiones Extremas is a Colombian telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones. Telemundo aired the serial from Monday to Friday over about ...more
Based on: Hijos del Monte, ChileLos Herederos del Monte is a Spanish-language telenovela to be produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Colombia, with Colombia as location. It is a remake of ...more
Based on: Mesa para tres, ColombiaDesire is an American telenovela which debuted at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central on September 5, 2006, on the American network MyNetworkTV, and ended on December 5. It was produced by Twentieth ...more
Based on: La Calle de las Novias, MexicoSaints & Sinners is a telenovela which premiered on March 14, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the American television network MyNetworkTV. Twentieth Television produced this limited-run ...more
Based On: El leopardo al sol, ColombiaOjo por ojo, is a Spanish-language telenovela to be produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Colombia. From Gustavo Bolivar, the story is based on Laura ...more
Based on: La familia de al lado, ChileLa Casa de al Lado is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. This mystery is a remake of the Chilean telenovela La familia de al lado ...more
Based on: Dama y obrero, Chile