20 Latino-Inspired Shows Ready For You To Netflix ‘N Binge This Month
We’re all already fans of Netflix for changing the name of the game with TV as we know it, but they’ve done more than nix the ads for us. Netflix features content made by and for Latinos like no other subscription service. It’s own productions (Netflix Originals) are letting us stream relevant content from Pablo Escobár to Spanish language telenovelas, to stories of Angelino teens just going to high school.
Here are our top picks:
1. “Jane the Virgin,” The CW
As if I could ever not lead with “Jane the Virgin.” It’s America’s first English-language telenovela, and all I want to do is watch star Gina Rodriguez’s face as her character navigates through all the twists and turns of life in present day Miami with a detective boyfriend and a casual accidental artificial insemination.
2. “La Reina del Sur,” Telemundo
Kate del Castillo stars in this hit Telemundo telenovela, which had the biggest budget and highest rated finale of any Telemundo show to date! She plays the character of legendary Teresa Mendoza, who is known as the bold woman who climbed to the top of the drug trafficking ladder. #SheABoss
3. “The Day I Met El Chapo,” Netflix Original
If you think Kate del Castillo is a Queen on-screen, check out this docu-series sharing her untold story of her encounter with El Chapo Guzmán, the world’s most wanted drug lord. I’m screaming.
4. “Riverdale,” The CW
Starring Camila Mendes as the Archie Comics brought to real life character, Veronica Lodge, “Riverdale” will make you gasp at the 1950’s inspired, present day drama around every corner. Plus, seeing Latinos as the richest family in town is refreshing af.
5. “Cristela Alonzo,” Netflix Original
If you’re into standup, Alonzo will get you a case of the jajas, especially if you also grew up with a Mexican mother. Look out for some Selena warm and fuzzies.
6. “Celia, La Serie,” Telemundo
Colombiana Carolina Gaitán stars as Celia Cruz in this Telemundo series commemorating the life and achievements of the young black singer in 1950s Cuba. Try not to be inspired by the stories of Cruz overcoming racism, sexism and more to make it into your parents radio sets and your AirPods.
7. “Cuba and the Cameraman,” Netflix Original
This documentary was filmed over the course of 45 years, and chronicles the fortunes of three Cuban families throughout intense political change from the 1970s to 2016. The filmmaker, Jon Alpert, is an Emmy-winning producer and you can tell throughout this short documentary.
8. “Ingobernable,” Netflix Original
Kate del Castillo stars as the First Lady of Mexico, Emilia Urquiza, who is fighting for peace in her country, while she divorces her husband, the President of Mexico. Need some female leadership in your life? Let Kate del Casitllo lead the way.
9. “La Niña,” Netflix Original
Just watch this trailer. Ana María Estupiñán stars as the Colombian child guerrilla fighter grown up as she faces her childhood trauma head on, and uses her steady hand to become a doctor. Season 1 is avail for binging!
10. “Los Punks: We Are All We Have”
You know that East Side/Echo Park “hipster” look? It came from Punk Latinos who have found community in punk rock music. This documentary features Latino teens in South Central, Boyle Heights and East L.A. and their underground scene.
11. “Malcriados,” Dynamo
This Colombian remake of Mexican hit, “Nosotros los Nobles,” features a rich widower cutting off his rich, spoiled children to teach them the lesson of… life? I promise it’s funny.
12. “Marias: Faith in Womanhood”
Finally! A documentary that takes a deep dive into the cultural meaning, and ripple effect, of so many Latina women named Maria, after the Virgin Mary. Hear from women in Brazil, Nicaragua, Cuba, Peru and Mexico and what their shared name means to them.
13. “The Fosters,” Freeform
This offbeat drama shares the story of an interracial lesbian couple who decide to adopt two twin Latinx kids, and the ups and downs of their developing lives with biological, adopted and foster children. Prepare to cry. And laugh. And binge.
14. “Pablo Escobar, el patrón del mal,” Netflix Original
Ok, there are a LOT of shows on Netflix about Pablo Escobar, but this one, starring Andrés Parra is top charting. In a series format, we see the life of Escobar while he was a petty thief all the way up to how he became the head of a drug-trafficking empire.
15. “On My Block,” Netflix Original
Please, please, please, watch this show. It’s about the life of four inner-city Los Angelinos who are childhood best friends. We meet these smart, funny and tough teens as they begin high school and I’m here for the whole ride.
16. “Girls Incarcerated,” Netflix Original
This docu-series follows the lives of teen girls who find themselves locked up in Indiana’s Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility. Let’s talk about how prison systems are filled with Latino and Black Americans and start when they’re kids. You’ll cry, but you’ll also laugh and be inspired by their bravery to go back to their lives outside the prison. I’m counting down the days till Season 2.
17. “Grey’s Anatomy,” Freeform
Grey’s Anatomy has been around for forever, and when Sara Ramirez’s role as Calli Torres first debuted, she was one of the few Latinas on mainstream television. Her character is a badass orthopedic surgeon, who tells it like it is, and whose relationship with her dad, and with her own sexuality develops throughout the series, in ways that only we can relate to.
18. “Narcos,” Netflix Original
Confession: I can’t make it past the first 30 minutes of the pilot, because this show about drug kingpin Pablo Escobar don’t hold back on the drama, the violence, and the savagery it takes to make it to the top. Set and filmed in Colombia, it eventually features other drug kingpins throughout the years and is a cult classic.
19. “Mexico Diseña,” Netflix Original
Ever bought a copy of Elle Mexico? Here’s the competition show behind the design covers, where 11 fashion designers compete for their work to be featured on the cover, on the runway at Fashion Week Mexico and lots more. The first season is on Netflix and the theme is Total Black.
20. “One Day at a Time,” Netflix Original
So, I don’t remember the original this Netflix Original is based off of, but your mom probably does. This reboot gives us a glimpse into a fictional Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. The show tackles important issues like immigration, sexism, PTSD, homophobia and racism that Latinos face every day.
21. “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix Original
Thought I would e v e r forget OITNB? A true cult classic, “Orange is the New Black” touches on corruption in the private prison industry, the systemic racism that disproportionately locks Latinos and African Americans up, and the drama, the love and communities made behind bars.