Los Espookys Season 1, episode 1 (debut 6/14/19): Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega, Bernardo Velasco, Julio Torres. photo: Jennifer Clasen/HBO

(Photo by Jennifer Clasen/HBO)

TV Shows That Celebrate Latino Culture

Hispanic actors have been part of the TV ecosystem practically since the medium was born, but it took Lucy’s love of Ricky Ricardo in 1951’s I Love Lucy to highlight the intimate family life of a Latino character and help set aside a strict vaqueros-and-villains tradition of Latino characters on TV. Stereotypes still appear — these days more often as drug dealers and human traffickers — but TV has evolved so that representation is no longer simply superficial or disparaging.

Take HBO’s refreshingly surreal Los Espookys. Fred Armisen wanted to create a show “that isn’t an explanation of Latino culture, that’s moving past the foreignness of it,” the former Saturday Night Live talent told The New York Times about the Spanish-language series he co-created with Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega for the U.S. television market.

Los Espookys follows a group of friends who fake horror events for a living in an unidentified Latin American country. The show stars Torres, Fabrega, Cassandra Ciangherotti, and Bernardo Velasco, with José Pablo Minor and Armisen as a recurring guest star. Season 1 is also Certified Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer with 23 reviews.

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, we take a look at some American TV series that not only feature Latino (or “Latinx,” if you prefer) actors, but embrace Hispanic culture overall. Some will be familiar, like ABC’s Ugly Betty, The CW’s Jane the Virgin, and Netflix’s reboot of One Day at a Time (renewed for season 4 on Pop). Netflix has done a fantastic job of also introducing U.S. audiences to Spanish-language series that resonate broadly, like Elite (91% Tomatometer score) and Money Heist (100%), but those series weren’t necessarily made with American audiences in mind, and so we’ve left them off of this list.

Read on to see which U.S. television series have celebrated Hispanic culture. Don’t see your favorite on our list? Hit the comments section with the titles you love, and we’ll add your recommendations.

The Bridge (2013)
88%

#1
Synopsis: When an American judge known for anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso, Texas, with Juarez,... [More]

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
95%

#2
Synopsis: The detectives of Brooklyn's 99th Precinct -- hotshot Jake Peralta, overachiever Amy Santiago, tough-as-nails Rosa Diaz, sweetheart Charles Boyle, devoted... [More]

Cristela (2014)
52%

#3
Synopsis: Six years into law school, Cristela is on the brink of landing her first big internship at a prestigious firm.... [More]

Devious Maids (2013)

#4
Synopsis: In Beverly Hills, whoever "has the dirt" holds the power. In some of the city's wealthiest families, that power belongs... [More]

#5
Synopsis: "Dora the Explorer" features the adventures of young Dora, her monkey Boots, Backpack and other animated friends. In each episode,... [More]

East Los High (2013)

#6
Synopsis: This is not your mother's high school. "East Los High," a teen drama original to Hulu, follows a group of... [More]

#7
Synopsis: Princess Elena is on a journey that began years earlier when evil sorceress Shuriki took her parents and kingdom from... [More]

I Love Lucy (1951)

#7
Synopsis: Lucy Ricardo is the wacky wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Living in New York, Ricky tries to succeed in... [More]

Los Espookys (2019)
100%

#9
Synopsis: A primarily Spanish-language comedy (with English subtitles), the series follows the adventures of Renaldo, a horror and gore enthusiast who... [More]

The Fosters (2013)
97%

#10
Synopsis: Stef, a dedicated police officer, is in a relationship with Lena. The two have built a close-knit family with Stef's... [More]

Lopez (2016)
73%

#11
Synopsis: Comic George Lopez stars as a fictionalized version of himself in this semi-autobiographical sitcom. Lopez portrays America's most successful Hispanic-American... [More]

Jane The Virgin (2014)
100%

#12
Synopsis: Jane Villanueva, the daughter of a teen mother, grew up determined not to repeat her mom's mistakes. Jane is studying... [More]

One Day at a Time (2017)
99%

#13
Synopsis: This comedy-drama is inspired by Norman Lear's 1975 series of the same name. This time around, the series follows the... [More]

On My Block (2018)
93%

#14
Synopsis: "On My Block" follows a quartet of bright, street-savvy friends who are navigating their way through high school, including all... [More]

#15
Synopsis: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to... [More]

Narcos (2015)
89%

#16
Synopsis: Netflix chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and the gripping real-life stories of drug kingpins of the... [More]

Matador (2014)
67%

#17
Synopsis: Antonio Matador Bravo uses soccer as a cover from his real job in a little-known branch of the CIA.... [More]

Mayans M.C. (2018)
86%

#18
Synopsis: "Mayans M.C." follows the life of Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes, a newly patched member of the Mayans M.C. charter on the... [More]

Modern Family (2009)
85%

#19
Synopsis: Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents... [More]

#20
Synopsis: While living in the barrio of Jalisco, Mexico, poor Teresa Mendoza falls in love with a member of a successful... [More]

Synopsis: If grown-up spies can't do the job, it's up to junior spies Juni and Carmen Cortez to defeat S.W.A.M.P.... [More]

Ugly Betty (2006)
97%

#22
Synopsis: The series focuses on the life of wannabe writer Betty Suarez, a plain girl from Queens, N.Y., who is smart,... [More]

Vida (2018)
100%

#23
Synopsis: "Vida" is a drama series about two Mexican-American siblings from East Los Angeles. Party girl Lyn lives a carefree life... [More]

Synopsis: Alex Russo and her brothers Justin and Max come from a long line of wizards and now must master their... [More]


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