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The Best Telenovela TV Shows

Updated September 22, 2020 7.0k votes 1.4k voters 68.3k 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
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    141

    Pasión de gavilanes

    Danna García, Ana Lucía Domínguez

    Premiered2003

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  • La usurpadora2
    153
    64

    La usurpadora

    Gabriela Spanic, Mario Cimarro

    Premiered1998

    Gabriela Spanic, Fernando Colunga 

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  • La Reina del Sur3
    282
    157

    La Reina del Sur

    Kate del Castillo, Edith González

    Premiered2011

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  • La Patrona4
    207
    125

    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
    88

    Sin Senos no hay Paraíso

    María Fernanda Yépez, Catherine Siachoque

    Premiered2008

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  • Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa6
    122
    73

    Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa

    Marlene Favela, Christian Meier

    Premiered2007

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  • Corazón Salvaje7
    123
    74

    Corazón Salvaje

    Angelique Boyer, Helena Rojo

    Premiered2009

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  • La Gata8
    100
    62

    La Gata

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  • Porque el amor manda9
    101
    64

    Porque el amor manda

    Blanca Soto, Ninel Conde

    Premiered2012

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  • Gata Salvaje10
    87
    54

    Gata Salvaje

    Marlene Favela, Mario Cimarro

    Premiered2002

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  • El Rostro de Analía11
    100
    67

    El Rostro de Analía

    Gaby Espino, Alejandro Chabán

    Premiered2008

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  • Doña Bárbara12
    112
    80

    Doña Bárbara

    Génesis Rodríguez, Lucero

    Premiered2008

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  • El Clon13
    111
    81

    El Clon

    Sandra Echeverría, Christian Meier

    Premiered2010

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  • El Cuerpo del Deseo14
    106
    83

    El Cuerpo del Deseo

    Mario Cimarro, Lorena Rojas

    Premiered2005

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  • Los Miserables15
    57
    36

    Los Miserables

    Aracely Arámbula, Erik Hayser

    Premiered2014

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  • Victoria16
    62
    45

    Victoria

    Victoria Ruffo, Arturo Peniche

    Premiered2007

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  • La Tormenta17
    63
    46

    La Tormenta

    Enrique Lizalde, Raúl Dantés

    Premiered2005

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  • Avenida Brasil18
    33
    16

    Avenida Brasil

    Ísis Valverde, Carolina Ferraz

    Premiered2012

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  • La Malquerida19
    51
    38

    La Malquerida

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  • Acorralada20
    43
    30

    Acorralada

    William Levy, Sonya Smith

    Premiered2007

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  • Mar de amor21
    48
    35

    Mar de amor

    Ninel Conde, Mariana Seoane

    Premiered2009

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  • Prisionera22
    60
    51

    Prisionera

    Gaby Espino, Gabriela Spanic

    Premiered2004

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  • Dame Chocolate23
    60
    51

    Dame Chocolate

    Génesis Rodríguez, Zuleyka Rivera

    Premiered2007

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  • El Fantasma de Elena24
    46
    36

    El Fantasma de Elena

    Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Ana Layevska

    Premiered2010

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  • Alguien Te Mira25
    40
    29

    Alguien Te Mira

    Danna García, Christian Meier

    Premiered2010

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