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The Best Telenovela TV Shows

Updated September 22, 2020 6.6k votes 1.3k voters 65.9k 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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  • 1
    Pasión de gavilanes
    336
    130

    Pasión de gavilanes

    Danna García, Ana Lucía Domínguez

    Premiered2003

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  • 2
    La Reina del Sur
    272
    153

    La Reina del Sur

    Kate del Castillo, Edith González

    Premiered2011

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  • 3
    La usurpadora
    138
    58

    La usurpadora

    Gabriela Spanic, Mario Cimarro

    Premiered1998

    Gabriela Spanic, Fernando Colunga 

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    La Patrona
    196
    120

    La Patrona

    Aracely Arambula, Jorge Luis Pila

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2013

    One of my greatest telenovelas ever. 
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    Sin Senos no hay Paraíso
    140
    79

    Sin Senos no hay Paraíso

    María Fernanda Yépez, Catherine Siachoque

    Premiered2008

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    Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa
    113
    70

    Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa

    Marlene Favela, Christian Meier

    Premiered2007

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    Corazón Salvaje
    106
    71

    Corazón Salvaje

    Angelique Boyer, Helena Rojo

    Premiered2009

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    Porque el amor manda
    94
    61

    Porque el amor manda

    Blanca Soto, Ninel Conde

    Premiered2012

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    El Rostro de Analía
    93
    62

    El Rostro de Analía

    Gaby Espino, Alejandro Chabán

    Premiered2008

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    La Gata
    88
    57

    La Gata

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    Gata Salvaje
    78
    48

    Gata Salvaje

    Marlene Favela, Mario Cimarro

    Premiered2002

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    El Cuerpo del Deseo
    104
    79

    El Cuerpo del Deseo

    Mario Cimarro, Lorena Rojas

    Premiered2005

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  • 13
    Doña Bárbara
    104
    80

    Doña Bárbara

    Génesis Rodríguez, Lucero

    Premiered2008

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    El Clon
    101
    78

    El Clon

    Sandra Echeverría, Christian Meier

    Premiered2010

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    Los Miserables
    54
    33

    Los Miserables

    Aracely Arámbula, Erik Hayser

    Premiered2014

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    Avenida Brasil
    31
    14

    Avenida Brasil

    Ísis Valverde, Carolina Ferraz

    Premiered2012

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    La Tormenta
    58
    45

    La Tormenta

    Enrique Lizalde, Raúl Dantés

    Premiered2005

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    Mar de amor
    46
    33

    Mar de amor

    Ninel Conde, Mariana Seoane

    Premiered2009

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    Marina
    43
    31

    Marina

    Sandra Echeverría

    Premiered2006

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    Victoria
    55
    45

    Victoria

    Victoria Ruffo, Arturo Peniche

    Premiered2007

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    Prisionera
    60
    51

    Prisionera

    Gaby Espino, Gabriela Spanic

    Premiered2004

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    La Malquerida
    47
    37

    La Malquerida

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    41
    31

    En Otra Piel

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    Dame Chocolate
    58
    51

    Dame Chocolate

    Génesis Rodríguez, Zuleyka Rivera

    Premiered2007

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    Acorralada
    39
    29

    Acorralada

    William Levy, Sonya Smith

    Premiered2007

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