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 Tú, Pasión 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?"
Pasión de gavilanesDanna García, Ana Lucía Domínguez
Gabriela Spanic, Fernando Colunga
La PatronaAracely Arambula, Jorge Luis Pila
Premiered: January 8, 2013One of my greatest telenovelas ever.
Porque el amor mandaBlanca Soto, Ninel Conde
El Rostro de AnalíaGaby Espino, Alejandro Chabán
El ClonSandra Echeverría, Christian Meier
Los MiserablesAracely Arámbula, Erik Hayser
Avenida BrasilÍsis Valverde, Carolina Ferraz
Mar de amorNinel Conde, Mariana Seoane
PrisioneraGaby Espino, Gabriela Spanic