Mexico Has No Problem Admitting They Stole These Telenovelas

Sure, most telenovelas we grew up loving aren’t Mexican originals, but lets face it – Mexicans did it better.

María la del Barrio

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“Y a mucha honra.” Anything that Mexican actress Thalía touched turned to solid gold and María la del Barrio wasn’t the exception. This telenovela gave us some of the sexiest love scenes between her and Fernando Colunga ? and, of course, the most iconic villain in telenovela history…

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Soraya Montenegro played by Itatí Cantoral. Memes are still being created in her honor, because Mexicans definitely know how to do drama better.


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And you thought Rebelde was a Mexican original. Nope. Your favorite musical telenovela was taken from Argentina and it was called Rebelde Way. Here’s the original cast…

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There’s no competition. Mexico’s rebeldes were waaay hotter.


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This was everyone’s go-to when we were younger – it was better than Full House.  Few people know it was an adaptation of the Argentine soap opera called Señorita Maestra. In Mexico, the remake was released in 1989, five years after the original. We can’t really remember who was in the Señorita Maestra cast, but Carrusel made us fall in love with Cirilo, La Maestra Jimena and of course María Joaquina’s sassiness.

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That side-eye though.


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This soap opera was originally released in 1968, although it failed to take off internationally at the time, it became a movie in the seventies. BUT in 2004, Mexico remade the telenovela with bombshell Barbara Mori and broke rating records thanks to her over-the-top performances and sensuality. It’s still one of Mexico’s top performing telenovelas.

La Usurpadora

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In 1971, Venezuela tried their luck with a telenovela about a woman and her long-lost evil twin sister. It fell flat to say the least. Then Televisa added their magic touch to the story, plus Gabriela Spanic’s talent y sas and it was a hit.

Amor en Custodia

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With catch phrases like “cómprate una alcancía y ahorrate tus comentarios” and “cómprate una vida y cárgala a mi cuenta eres w, porque ni a la x llegas,” Barbie Pacheco totally overshadowed the original version that was created in Argentina in 2005. She was every mean girl’s idol.

Mirada de Mujer

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Mirada de Mujer is based on the Colombian telenovela Señora Isabel (1994) and is considered one of the best Telenovelas in history thanks to its stellar cast – in the Mexican remake — which included Angélica Aragón and Bárbara Mori among other fierce actresses. The telenovela tells the story of Maria Ines, a 50 year old woman, whose husband has a mistress 20-years-younger than her, but things take a turn when a young man helps her discover that there is love and life after turning 50. Drama.

La Fea Más Bella

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Angélica Vale brought to life the iconic character Leticia “Lety” Padilla Solis, a young intelligent woman that’s faces hardships for being ugly and we mean, ugly. The series was based on the Colombian telenovela Betty la fea. What made this version better than the original? Her adorable relationship with heartthrob, Jaime Camil.

Clase 406

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Ever heard of the telenovela Francisco el Matemático? It aired in 1999 in Colombia and gave way to the Mexican remake Clase 406, which featured a sexy cast of young actors like Aaron Diaz, Dulce Maria, Anahí and Alfonso Herrera. It’s central themes of sex, drugs, abuse drinking, deception, and heartbreak instantly hooked its audience making this remake a total hit.

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11 Latin American Legends Abuelita Told Us About That Used To Scare The Living Crap Out Of Us


11 Latin American Legends Abuelita Told Us About That Used To Scare The Living Crap Out Of Us

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Most kids grow up afraid of The Big Bad Wolf, but that’s pretty pathetic compared to the monstruos our parents used to tell us about…

1. El Cuco or El Cucuy

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Most of us still have no idea what El Cuco looks like and, at this point, I don’t think I want to. This monstrosity was always trotted out when parents wanted you to STFU and go to bed. Yeah, mom. It’s real easy to go to bed when you think a shapeless monster is going to come out of nowhere and eat you.

2. La Luz Mala

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La luz mala me llevo…

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This mysterious light was the perfect tool to keep us right by mami and papi’s side. See something in the distance? Well, you better stay away or you are going to die from a toxic gas under anything the light shines on. Like, did you want me to move out or not?

3. El Silbón


There is no logical point to using El Silbón to terrify children, but that doesn’t stop parents from telling their children just how terrifying this man can be. Worse? He is only dangerous if you hear him from far away. His whistle (more like the wind) was all abuelita needed to keep your butt in bed all night. Oh, and he has a special taste for womanizers.

4. La Ciguapa


La Ciguapa is a naked, long-haired woman whose feet are backwards. Honestly, that’s enough for me to run for the hills, but this tale was used to make sure none of the boys would wander out at night. If you look in her eyes you become enchanted and she takes you to the woods where you are never heard from again. ¡No, gracias!

5. El Cadejo


Way to keep me away from stray dogs, ma. If you don’t know, El Cadejo is a massive black dog with fire red eyes that appears at exactly midnight to destroy you. But if you are good, a white dog of equal size will show up to defend you. Be careful, because El Cadejo loves young maids with braided hair.

6. La Llorona


La Llorona is a thing of nightmares. Whenever you’d act up, you were sure to hear the threats of leaving you alone for La Llorona to come along, snatch you up, and take you away with her. Doesn’t make it any better when you know she supposedly drowned her own children in a river to get back at her cheating husband.

7. El Chupacabra

El Chuapacabra is a more modern monster, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t used anyway. One housewife in Puerto Rico sees a vampire-esque beast and all of a sudden the damn thing is everywhere threatening to suck your blood if you go outside and wander too far from your parents. Look guys, there are enough scary things in the world – why make up more?

8. La Mano Peluda

Not even our bed at home was safe. La Mano Peluda was always there just waiting for you to step out of bed after bedtime. La Mano Peluda belonged to a man who was killed during the inquisition. Just the hand came back to life and had nothing better to do than to live under your bed hoping to grab you by the ankle and drag you to who knows where.

9. La Lechuza


La Lechuza is an old witch who turns into a big ass bird, usually an owl. She definitely had a purpose: limit your alcohol consumption. La Lechuza likes to perch in an hidden spot and make calls to lure poor, unsuspecting people out to investigate. Once you do, girl will swoop down, take you to her lair and eat you. I always wondered why my drunk tío always seemed fine and unafraid,  now I know.

10. La Cegua

La Cegua is another jilted woman out to attack drunk, cheating men for the pain inflicted on her. She simply asks you for a ride on your horse and when she’s on, her head turns into a horse skull with red eyes and big yellow teeth.

11. La Carreta Chillona


And because there were not enough scare tactic to keep you trapped in bed with mom and dad, there was La Carreta Chillona. La Carreta was made by a Spanish priest who pretended to be a miracle doctor in San Salvador, but he was a coldblooded killer. After his death, he came back as a ghost. Now, if you see the cart — made out of the bones of his victims — you’ll wake up dead the next day. Moral of the story: keep your ass in that bed when the sun goes down.

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