There is a key difference between your average Latin American telenovela and the soap operas found in the United States. While many of the former certainly carry the negative qualities of US daytime television (bad lighting, writing, acting, casting, plots), telenovelas generally run for only one or one-and-a-half years, providing relief for the general population from their generally horrendous production values. In the US, soap operas will run for as long as is humanly possible, ensuring a career trap for the actors involved, and possibly their children.

Examples of recent successful novelas include:

From Brazil (generally produced by Rede Globo, the largest television broadcaster in the world outside of the U.S.)

  • O Clone
  • Esperança
  • Aquarela do Brasil
  • Laços da Familia
  • Terra Nostra
  • Uga Uga
  • Padres e Hijos
  • Hilda Furacão
  • Xica da Silva

    From Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia(Aired in the U.S. by Telemundo, Univisión, and Telefutura)

  • Daniela
  • Dos Mujeres, Un Camino
  • Pedro el Escamoso
  • Las Juanas
  • Vale Todo

    From Spain

  • Betty la Fea
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