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The Best US Versions of Telenovelas  

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List Rules Vote up the best US series based on telenovelas.

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!

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Based onJuana la Virgen, Venezuela

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more
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Devious Maids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes

Based on: Numerous series, Mexico

Devious Maids is an American television comedy-drama series created by Marc Cherry, produced by ABC Studios and executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan, Larry ...more
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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera

Based onLa Reina del Sur, Colombia

Queen 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
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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana

Based on: Yo Soy Betty, La Fea?, Colombia

Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more
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Los Herederos del Monte is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Los Herederos del Monte Marlene Favela, Mario Cimarro, Diana Quijano

Based onHijos del Monte, Chile

Los 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
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Marido En Alquiler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Marido En Alquiler Verónica Castro, Sonya Smith

Based On: Fina Estampa, Brazil

Marido 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
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Killer Women is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Tricia Helfer, Michael Trucco, Marc Blucas

Based on: Mujeres Asesinas, Argentina

Killer Women is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from January 7 to February 18, 2014. The series is based on the Argentine crime drama Mujeres Asesinas, which was ...more
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Los Miserables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Los Miserables

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
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Fashion House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Bo Derek, Morgan Fairchild, Natalie Martinez

Based on: Salir de Noche, Cuba

Fashion House is an American nighttime telenovela that aired at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central Monday through Saturday on MyNetworkTV stations. The series premiered on September 5, 2006 and ...more
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American Heiress is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
AnnaLynne McCord, Joe Manganiello, Theresa Russell

Based on: La Heredera, Mexico

American Heiress is a telenovela which debuted on March 13, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the American television network MyNetworkTV. This romantic melodrama tells the story of a roughneck ...more
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Watch Over Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Jaimie Alexander, Catherine Oxenberg, Casper Van Dien

Based on Resistiré, Argentina

Watch Over Me is an American Television series that debuted on December 6, 2006 on the television network MyNetworkTV. Twentieth Television produced 66 episodes to air weekdays. The limited-run ...more
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Desire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Desire Sofia Milos, Vivian Gray, Michelle Belegrin

Based on: Mesa para tres, Colombia

Desire 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
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Saints & Sinners is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Saints & Sinners Natalie Martinez, María Conchita Alonso, Robin Givens

Based on: La Calle de las Novias, Mexico

Saints & 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
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El Juramento is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Dominika Paleta, Osvaldo Ríos, Natalia Streignard

Based onLa Mentira, Mexico

El Juramento is the title of a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. It was a limited-run series that debuted in the US on June 30, 2008. ...more
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El Clon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Sandra Echeverría, Christian Meier, Andrea Montenegro

Based on: O Clone, Brazil

El Clon is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the U.S.-based television network Telemundo, the Colombian network Caracol Television and the Brazilian network Globo. It is a remake of O ...more
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Perro Amor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Carlos Ponce, Maritza Rodríguez, Khotan Fernández

Based OnPerro Amor, Colombia

Perro Amor is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo that originally ran in the United States from January to July 2010. This is a ...more
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Marina is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Sandra Echeverría

Based OnMaría la del Barrio, Mexico

Marina is a Spanish-language telenovela that aired on United States-based television network Telemundo. It premièred on October 16, 2006. The final original episode aired on Thursday, ...more
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Ojo por Ojo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Ojo por Ojo Gaby Espino

Based OnEl leopardo al sol, Colombia

Ojo 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
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La Casa de al Lado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
La Casa de al Lado Angélica María, Karla Monroig, Maritza Rodríguez

Based onLa familia de al lado, Chile

La 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
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Decisiones Extremas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Decisiones Extremas Alejandra Lazcano

Based on: Decisiones Extremas, Colombia

Decisiones 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
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Flor Salvaje is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Norkys Batista, Tony Dalton, José Luis Reséndez

Based onLa novia oscura, Colombia

Flor Salvaje is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones.
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Hollywood Heights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Melissa Ordway, Hunter King, Carlos Ponce

Based onAlcanzar una estrella, Mexico

Hollywood 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
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I Am Frankie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Alex Hook, Uriel Baldesco, Armani Barrett

Based onYo soy Franky, Colombia

I Am Frankie (Nickelodeon, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Marcela Citterio. Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook), an android, pretends to be a regular high school student, while ...more
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Chasing Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Chasing Life Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller, Richard Brancatisano

Based onTerminales, Mexico

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Dama y obrero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Versions of Telenovelas
Dama y obrero Ana Layevska, José Luis Reséndez, Fabian Rivers

Based on: Dama y obrero, Chile