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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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Exes Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato Are Playing Soulmates in Netflix’s Animated Movie Charming and Talk About Awkward

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Exes Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato Are Playing Soulmates in Netflix’s Animated Movie Charming and Talk About Awkward

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Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato don’t let a little thing like emotional baggage get in the way of their careers. The famous former couple proved that exes can actually be friends when they worked together on the new Netflix animated movie, “Charming”, that premiered on Friday.

Not only did Lovato and Valderrama co-star in the children’s movie together, but they played lovers. And not just lovers, but soulmates.

It looks like Lovato and Valderrama truly decided to remain friendly and supportive of each other after their breakup in 2016. Which in itself is a rarity!

In “Charming”, Valderrama voices a spoiled Prince who is “cursed” to have every woman fall in love-at-first sight with him until his 21st birthday.

When the project was announced in 2015, Valderrama was extremely excited about the opportunity to represent greater diversity in a children’s movie. “We’ve all been waiting so long to see a Latin princess represented in an animated fairy tale,” he told Deadline. “I’m grateful to the enlightened producer John Williams for anointing me as the first Latin prince.”

Lovato plays a Lenore, a savvy street urchin who is also cursed to never find love. Together, the unlikely duo are tasked with going on a quest to break Charming’s curse so he can save the kingdom.

When discussing their previous relationship in the past, Lovato and Valderrama have been nothing but gracious.

In fact, Demi Lovato recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she’s happy for Valderrama and his new fiancée, Amanda Pacheco. “I’m really happy for him and I wish him nothing but the best, but we’re not in each other’s lives, haven’t spoken in a long time,” she admitted.

She continued: “But I think I needed that because I needed to learn to be okay on my own. When you get into a relationship with somebody at that young of an age and then you spend six years with somebody, you don’t really get to learn about yourself.”

When Lovato has talked about the reasons behind their split before, she’s always maintained that it had “nothing to do with falling out of love”.

“The sparks never faded, but there are issues that I haven’t conquered yet that I know I won’t conquer if I’m relying on somebody else to take care of the loneliness,” said Lovato in her 2017 documentary, “Simply Complicated”.

But Lovato and Valderrama aren’t the only reason to queue up this flick. The movie also stars Ashley Tisdale as Cinderella, Avril Lavigne as Snow White, and Chinese popstar phenomenon G.E.M. as Sleeping Beauty.

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