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11 Binge-worthy Telenovelas You Need to Watch on Netflix

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We can’t help we’re addicted to dramatic, over-the-top telenovelas – as Latinos, it’s in our blood. Thankfully the telenovela santos have answered our prayers and we no longer have to wait to catch them on TV because they’re finally available on Netflix! Here are the juiciest, most ridiculous telenovelas you should add to your queue asap…let the binge watching begin.

La Usurpadora

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Ready for double the trouble? Gabriela Spanic plays a set of twins who swap lives, and we mean entirely. The rich, evil sister and her poor, innocent twin were separated at birth. When they finally come face to face they do what we would all do if we found out we had a twin – switch places. All the drama leads to hour-long episodes full of twice the amount of hot lovers, scandalous death plots, violent scenes and one final epic act of vengeance.

Teresa

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Dominated by greed and envy, Teresa (Angelique Boyer) uses her hot looks to seduce multiple men in hopes of getting filthy rich. But, as luck would have it, along the way she gets shot and becomes paralyzed! Yea, super dramatic, yet it doesn’t stop her from being a money hungry brat. But the most nail-biting part is watching her trying to decide which galán she’s going to stay: either Aarón Díaz’s character or Sebastián Rulli’s.

Rebelde

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Let’s get this straight: before Glee, there was Rebelde. Centered in Mexico City, the drama follows a group of six singers who use phrases we all uses when we’re feeling sassy like: “Osea, obvio,” “¿Te tomaste el perfume o te lo pusiste?”, “Te lo juro por mis cremas importadas de paris,” and “Top secret” – all with a Spanish accent, of course.

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María la del Barrio

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Thalía warmed our hearts as an orphan whose luck is forever changed when she’s taken in by the wealthy man, but Itatí Cantoral’s character, the infamous Soraya Montenegro, stole the show as one of the most violent and ruthless villains on the small screen. Just watch, she’ll beat the crap out of you.

Rubí

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They don’t get any crazier than Rubí, a heartless woman who uses her beauty to win over men for her own financial gains. She wreaks havoc for years, breaks up marriages and even kills her lover’s wife. Gasp! As she gets older, she befriends her niece who has an impeccable resemblance to her, which leads to Rubi 2.0. Her evil destruction has no end.

La Viuda Negra

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Cheaters beware your girlfriends are probably taking notes from this black widow who is a heartless killer and the No. 1 cocaine dealer in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. After being sexually abused by her stepfather, Griselda Blanco leaves her home for Colombia. Her street smarts, ruthless demeanor and business savvy make her a multimillionaire, but she’s got one massive target on her back.

Lazos de Amor

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If you thought La Usurpadora was entertaining, you’ll be hooked to Lazos de Amor. Singer-turned-actress Lucero plays triplets. After a car accident that leaves their parents dead, one of the girls is left blind, the second suffering from amnesia and the third, well, she was just born evil. Crazy enough, they didn’t all grow up together. Watch as they reunite for the first time in the video above.

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La Reina del Sur

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Kate del Castillo is the queen of the south in Telemundo’s hit La Reina del Sur. She plays a young lady from Mexico who grows up to be the most powerful drug trafficker in southern Spain. Needless to say, she’ll stab you, cut you, shoot you and even skin you if you get in her way. Who runs the world?

Señora Acero

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There are lots of lessons to be learned from Señora Acero. The first is never mess with a Latina, and the second is never, eveeer mess with her children. When Blanca Soto’s character’s husband is killed by the cartel, she moves to Guadalajara to protect her son and ensues her bloody vengeance.

Para Volver a Amar

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This makes Sex and the Citylook like child’s play. Para volver a amarfollows six different women from all walks of life and their complex love lives, fueled with passion, infidelity and abuse. The essential ingredients for an addictive telenovela. Get your #girlsquad together and make it a wine night.

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Una Familia de Diez

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If you miss The Brady Bunch, Una familia de Diez will fill that void. The hilarious telenovela with a one-of-a-kind Mexican family that get on each other’s nerves will remind you of your own upbringing with your siblings as they struggle to find privacy and peace in the tiniest apartment known to mankind.

What telenovela had you hooked? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below. 

Stereotypes Colombians Can't Stand Hearing

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Stereotypes Colombians Can’t Stand Hearing

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Colombia has been declared “the happiest country in the world” on several occasions. But there are certainly plenty of things that make us Colombianos less than happy, like being asked if we carry coke at all times ?. Wanna see Colombianos smile again? Then stay clear of these stereotypes…

All Colombians Sound the Same

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Few things are more annoying than having complete strangers say you don’t sound Colombian because you don’t have that accent. News flash: we’re not all from the same region.

All Colombian Women Look Like This

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Colombian women come on all shapes and sizes, including ladies of Afro and indigenous descendent. Oh yeah, not all of us got boob jobs for our quinces either.

Colombians are Addicted to Coffee

I know this might come as a shock to most, but just because Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee in the world, it doesn’t mean every Colombiano loves it. There are plenty of other delicious beverages in the country including tea and aguapanela (if you don’t know what it is, look it up).

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Every Colombian is a Drug Dealer

Everyone knows who Pablo Escobar is. However, what he isn’t is a fair representation of all Colombians. Not everyone in the country is a coke trafficker, coke farmer, coke mule or drug lord. Also, shocking fact, coke is not legal in Colombia.

Colombian Women are Easy

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Have you heard of the term friendly? That’s what people from Colombia are, both men and women. Because we use terms of endearment like “baby” and “love,” doesn’t mean we’re trying to get into everyone’s pants.

Colombians are Only Good at Fútbol

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While Colombia made it to the 2014 World Cup and played fairly well (James Rodriguez is like a God), soccer is not the only sport Colombians dominate. Catherine Ibargüen from Apartadó, Colombia is a Summer Olympics medalist in the high jump; tennis player Marianna Duque from Bogotá high rank sits at 90 worldwide and Rigoberto Urán won second place in the 2014 Giro D’Italia.

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Every Colombian Abuses Cocaine

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You want to be careful with this one. Remember former UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nicolette van Dam? Her offensive tweet of the “Colombian wall,” which made an allusion to Colombian national soccer team members James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao snorting cocaine, led to millions of very upset Colombians – and a resignation on her part.

Colombia is a Third-World Country Where Tourists Get Kidnapped

 

Have I mentioned we’re a happy country? This above is a better representation of who we are. Sing it, Carlos!

Colombians are Only Made of Mulatos Dancing Salsa

We sure love to dance, but there’s much more to us than just salsa dancers. Have you heard of vallenato?

Colombia = Guerrillas and Paramilitaries

Wrong! We’re great food, amazing music, incredibly charming people, great cities, amazing beaches. Colombia is not all mass media makes it out to be.

Colombia is a Caribbean Country

There are paradise-like beach destinations to visit in both the Atlantic and Pacific coast, but you can’t go to Bogota wearing flip flops and get mad because it’s not a tropical weather. The city is 2,600 meters above sea level! Pull out your Almanac and get to studying.

Every Colombian is a Party Animal

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Colombians have a reputation of being high energy, music lovers, great dancers and extremely sociable individuals. That might be true to some extent, it doesn’t mean we party every night and arrive hungover to work and school the next morning.

Colombian Food is Spicy because All Latin Food is Spicy, Duh

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Not true. As a matter of fact the only Latin American country that loves chile so much they add it to literally everything is Mexico.

Colombianos, what’s the most annoying stereotype you’ve heard? mitú wants to know. Let us know in the comments below. 

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