These Are The Latino-Led Television Series That We Couldn’t Stop Bingeing This Decade
We are truly in the golden age of television. This is in part because of all the options for television from streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Another reason we are swamped with an increased number of stellar TV options is because the platforms are focusing on content creators, producers, directors, writers and actors who might not have had the chance to tell their stories before now.
One example of this is the increased presence of Latinx talent on the television screen. By giving Latinx actors and creators access to these story telling tools, they’re able to reflect the truth about their worlds. In that way, we can see ourselves, we can see each other and we can direct the conversations about our communities.
So, to honor that, we’ve compiled a list of incredible Latinx-centered TV series from the last decade. These programs made us laugh, cry, rage and binge so get your popcorn ready because these deserve a re-watch.
1. “One Day at a Time”
The 2017 re-imagining of the 80’s classic brought the Alvarez family to Netflix. Following the three generation family, the series deals with issues such as PTSD and LGBTQ identities in a comedic and sincere way that resonates with fans. When Netflix decided to cancel the series after three seasons, fans started a campaign for it to be picked up by another source. Luckily, “One Day At a Time” was saved by POP TV so we’ll be able to have more time with this funny family.
2. “Orange Is The New Black”
A bold and humorous look at prison life, “Orange Is The New Black” has became a pop culture phenomenon. The ladies of Spanish Harlem started off as minor characters in the series but soon found themselves to be stars of their own important story lines. In fact, the issue of immigration and ICE was the most dominate topic addressed in their final season.
3. “Jane the Virgin”
“Jane the Virgin” tells the story of a miracle-like pregnancy caused by comical mix ups and the how the main character, Jane’s, life changes because of it. Presented similarly to Spanish TV’s telenovelas, the series was a hit with La Cultura. It also made actress Gina Rodriguez a household name.
4. “Elena of Avalor”
For generations, little girls have looked to the Disney princesses and dreamed of their own fairy tales. In 2016, Latinas got a princess of their own with Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Set in a mythical Latin American kingdom, the cartoon includes pieces of Latinx culture presented alongside magic, singing and the adventures of this brave princess.
5. “Brooklyn 99”
This assemble comedy set at a Brooklyn police precinct isn’t like your average cop show. The series takes on tough issues like sexual harassment and racial profiling with a side of comedy. Actresses Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero are two of the series’ stars and the cast often features special guest like Lin-Manual Miranda, Eva Longoria and Jimmy Smits.
6. “Los Espookys”
The first Spanish-language series to appear on a major network, “Los Espookys” follows a group of friends fascinated by the supernatural and all things scary. Written by and starring Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres, the 2019 series was approved for a second season before its first season even fully aired.
“Vida” tells the story of two very different sisters that are forced to return back to their childhood home after years away. The return forces uncomfortable truths out into the open and delivers powerful performances from the cast. For its handling of LGBTQ issues, the series received a 2019 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
8. “Carmen Sandiego”
Everyone’s favorite red-clad international thief was rebooted this decade as a Netflix original animated series. Voiced by Gina Rodriguez, the series brings Latinx talent and characters to the world of children’s programming — a category that has often been lacking in diversity.
An avente garde look at the Black and Latinx ballroom scene of 1980’s New York, “Pose” features an important examination of these marginalized communities. Themes like found families, the AIDs epidemic and violence against trans and gay people have made this series an important chronicle of LGBTQ history.
10. “When They See Us”
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