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The Best US Versions of Telenovelas

Updated April 2, 2019 0 votes 182 voters 3.7k 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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  • 1
    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo
    190
    0

    PremieredOctober 13, 2014

    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 pregnant...  more

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  • 2
    Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes
    40
    7

    PremieredJune 23, 2013

    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 Shuman,...  more
  • 3
    Alice Braga, Hemky Madera
    35
    2

    PremieredJune 21, 2016

    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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  • 4
    Bo Derek, Morgan Fairchild
    0
    0

    Premiered2006

    Based on: Salir de Noche, Cuba

    Fashion House is an American nighttime soap opera that aired at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central Monday through Saturday on MyNetworkTV stations. The series premiered on September 5, 2006 and concluded...  more
  • 5
    AnnaLynne McCord, Joe Manganiello
    3
    0

    Premiered2007

    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 pilot...  more
  • 6
    America Ferrera, Eric Mabius
    30
    11

    PremieredSeptember 28, 2006

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

    Ugly Betty (ABC, 2006) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea. Smart but wholesome Betty (America Ferrera)...  more

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  • 7
    Jaimie Alexander, Catherine Oxenberg
    0
    0

    Premiered2006

    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
  • 8
    Sofia Milos, Vivian Gray
    0
    0

    Premiered2006

    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
  • 9
    Natalie Martinez, María Conchita Alonso
    0
    0

    Premiered2007

    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 serial, based...  more
  • 10
    Dominika Paleta, Osvaldo Ríos
    3
    0

    Premiered2008

    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. It...  more
  • 11
    Sandra Echeverría, Christian Meier
    0
    3

    Premiered2010

    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 Clone,...  more
  • 12
    Khotan Fernandez, Vivi Pineda
    0
    3

    PremieredOctober 3, 2019

    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 Colombian...  more
  • 13
    Sandra Echeverría
    0
    3

    Premiered2006

    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, June 28, 2007...  more
  • 14
    Gaby Espino
    0
    3

    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 Restrepo's...  more
  • 15
    Angélica María, Karla Monroig
    11
    0

    Premiered2011

    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 produced...  more
  • 16
    Marlene Favela, Mario Cimarro
    2
    4

    Premiered2011

    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 Chilean...  more
  • 17
    Alejandra Lazcano
    0
    3

    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 26...  more
  • 18
    Norkys Batista, Tony Dalton
    0
    3

    Premiered2011

    Based onLa novia oscura, Colombia

    Flor Salvaje is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones....  more
  • 19
    Verónica Castro, Sonya Smith
    5
    0

    Premiered2013

    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 a...  more
  • 20
    Tricia Helfer, Marc Blucas
    2
    3

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2014

    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 adapted...  more

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  • 21
    Melissa Ordway, Hunter King
    0
    3

    Premiered2012

    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
  • 22
    Aracely Arámbula, Erik Hayser
    5
    3

    Premiered2014

    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 Arámbula will...  more
  • 23
    Alex Hook, Nicole Alyse Nelson
    0
    3

    PremieredSeptember 4, 2017

    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 hiding...  more
  • 24
    Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller
    0
    0

    Premiered201

    Based onTerminales, Mexico

  • 25
    Ana Layevska, José Luis Reséndez
    3
    0

    Premiered2012

    Based on: Dama y obrero, Chile