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The Best Telenovela TV Shows

Updated September 22, 2020 7.1k votes 1.4k voters 68.7k views112 items

List RulesVote up the best telenovelas and Spanish-language soap operas to have ever aired.

The very best telenovela TV series have one key difference from more traditional soap operas beyond the language used. Telenovela shows are technically limited series, telling their stories in about the length of a year - though some shows take hundreds of episodes to tell their tales. Where traditional U.S. soap operas can ramble on for decades, Spanish soaps pack all the drama and story into a contained span of time. This list of the greatest telenovela shows is ranked from best to worst based on your votes and also includes pictures from the shows, cast, and premiere dates.

Like all kinds of soaps, Spanish novelas have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about which shows are the most entertaining telenovela TV series of all time. Don't let your favorite telenovelas in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top. Some of the telenovela shows on this list include Solamente TúPasión de gavilanes and Perro Amor, and several telenovelas that have been adapted into US TV series, such as La Reina del Sur.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best telenovela show of all time?" and "What are the greatest telenovela shows?"

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  • Pasión de gavilanes1
    366
    150

    Pasión de gavilanes

    Danna García, Ana Lucía Domínguez

    Premiered2003

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  • La usurpadora2
    156
    67

    La usurpadora

    Gabriela Spanic, Mario Cimarro

    Premiered1998

    Gabriela Spanic, Fernando Colunga 

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  • La Reina del Sur3
    282
    158

    La Reina del Sur

    Kate del Castillo, Edith González

    Premiered2011

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  • La Patrona4
    209
    127

    La Patrona

    Aracely Arambula, Jorge Luis Pila

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2013

    One of my greatest telenovelas ever. 
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  • Sin Senos no hay Paraíso5
    152
    89

    Sin Senos no hay Paraíso

    María Fernanda Yépez, Catherine Siachoque

    Premiered2008

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  • Corazón Salvaje6
    127
    75

    Corazón Salvaje

    Angelique Boyer, Helena Rojo

    Premiered2009

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  • Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa7
    122
    73

    Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa

    Marlene Favela, Christian Meier

    Premiered2007

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  • Porque el amor manda8
    101
    65

    Porque el amor manda

    Blanca Soto, Ninel Conde

    Premiered2012

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  • La Gata9
    102
    66

    La Gata

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  • El Rostro de Analía10
    102
    68

    El Rostro de Analía

    Gaby Espino, Alejandro Chabán

    Premiered2008

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  • Doña Bárbara11
    111
    80

    Doña Bárbara

    Génesis Rodríguez, Lucero

    Premiered2008

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  • Gata Salvaje12
    86
    57

    Gata Salvaje

    Marlene Favela, Mario Cimarro

    Premiered2002

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  • El Clon13
    113
    83

    El Clon

    Sandra Echeverría, Christian Meier

    Premiered2010

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  • El Cuerpo del Deseo14
    109
    87

    El Cuerpo del Deseo

    Mario Cimarro, Lorena Rojas

    Premiered2005

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  • Victoria15
    64
    47

    Victoria

    Victoria Ruffo, Arturo Peniche

    Premiered2007

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  • Los Miserables16
    56
    39

    Los Miserables

    Aracely Arámbula, Erik Hayser

    Premiered2014

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  • La Tormenta17
    64
    49

    La Tormenta

    Enrique Lizalde, Raúl Dantés

    Premiered2005

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  • Avenida Brasil18
    35
    18

    Avenida Brasil

    Ísis Valverde, Carolina Ferraz

    Premiered2012

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  • La Malquerida19
    53
    39

    La Malquerida

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  • Mar de amor20
    49
    36

    Mar de amor

    Ninel Conde, Mariana Seoane

    Premiered2009

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  • Acorralada21
    43
    32

    Acorralada

    William Levy, Sonya Smith

    Premiered2007

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  • Prisionera22
    60
    53

    Prisionera

    Gaby Espino, Gabriela Spanic

    Premiered2004

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  • El Fantasma de Elena23
    46
    36

    El Fantasma de Elena

    Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Ana Layevska

    Premiered2010

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  • Dame Chocolate24
    60
    52

    Dame Chocolate

    Génesis Rodríguez, Zuleyka Rivera

    Premiered2007

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  • Marina25
    44
    34

    Marina

    Sandra Echeverría

    Premiered2006

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