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The Best US Versions of Telenovelas

Updated April 2, 2019 0 votes 166 voters 3.3k views25 items

List RulesVote 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

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Based onJuana la Virgen, Venezuela

    Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela...  more
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    Devious Maids

    Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez

    Based on: Numerous series, Mexico

    Devious Maids is an American television comedy-drama series created by Marc Cherry, produced...  more
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    Ugly Betty

    America Ferrera, Eric Mabius

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

    Ugly Betty (ABC, 2006) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio...  more
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    Fashion House

    Bo Derek, Morgan Fairchild

    Based on: Salir de Noche, Cuba

    Fashion House is an American nighttime soap opera that aired at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central...  more
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    American Heiress

    AnnaLynne McCord, Joe Manganiello

    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...  more
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    Watch Over Me

    Jaimie Alexander, Catherine Oxenberg

    Based on Resistiré, Argentina

    Watch Over Me is an American Television series that debuted on December 6, 2006 on the...  more
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    Desire

    Sofia Milos, Vivian Gray

    Based on: Mesa para tres, Colombia

    Desire is an American telenovela which debuted at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central on September...  more
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    Saints & Sinners

    Natalie Martinez, María Conchita Alonso

    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...  more
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    El Juramento

    Dominika Paleta, Osvaldo Ríos

    Based onLa Mentira, Mexico

    El Juramento is the title of a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based...  more
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    El Clon

    Sandra Echeverría, Christian Meier

    Based on: O Clone, Brazil

    El Clon is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the U.S.-based television network...  more
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    Perro Amor

    Carlos Ponce, Maritza Rodríguez

    Based OnPerro Amor, Colombia

    Perro Amor is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television...  more
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    Marina

    Sandra Echeverría

    Based OnMaría la del Barrio, Mexico

    Marina is a Spanish-language telenovela that aired on United States-based television network...  more
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    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...  more
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    La Casa de al Lado

    Angélica María, Karla Monroig

    Based onLa familia de al lado, Chile

    La Casa de al Lado is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based...  more
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    Los Herederos del Monte

    Marlene Favela, Mario Cimarro

    Based onHijos del Monte, Chile

    Los Herederos del Monte is a Spanish-language telenovela to be produced by the United...  more
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    Decisiones Extremas

    Alejandra Lazcano

    Based on: Decisiones Extremas, Colombia

    Decisiones Extremas is a Colombian telenovela produced by the United States-based television...  more
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    Flor Salvaje

    Norkys Batista, Tony Dalton

    Based onLa novia oscura, Colombia

    Flor Salvaje is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television...  more
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    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...  more
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    Killer Women

    Tricia Helfer, Michael Trucco

    Based on: Mujeres Asesinas, Argentina

    Killer Women is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from January 7 to...  more
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    Hollywood Heights

    Melissa Ordway, Hunter King

    Based onAlcanzar una estrella, Mexico

    Hollywood Heights is an American family drama, which aired on Nick at Nite and TeenNick from...  more
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    Los Miserables

    Aracely Arámbula, Erik Hayser

    Based On: Les Misérables, Venezuela (Adaptation)

    Los miserables, is an Spanish-language telenovela to be produced by United States-based...  more
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    Queen of the South

    Alice Braga, Justina Machado

    Based onLa Reina del Sur, Colombia

    Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the...  more
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    I Am Frankie

    Alex Hook, Uriel Baldesco

    Based onYo soy Franky, Colombia

    I Am Frankie (Nickelodeon, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Marcela...  more
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    Chasing Life

    Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller

    Based onTerminales, Mexico

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    Dama y obrero

    Ana Layevska, José Luis Reséndez

    Based on: Dama y obrero, Chile