Five Series With Latinx Artists You Need to Watch

Sofía Vergara's 'Griselda' has just premiered on Netflix

Griselda, the series that Sofía Vergara has already made viral even before its release —let’s remember her heated confrontation with a Spanish TV host— has just premiered on Netflix on January 25. In the series, which is about the famous «Cocaine Godmother,» mentor to Pablo Escobar, you can also see the — albeit brief but intense — acting debut of our Karol G as Carla, one of the prostitutes who transport cocaine from Colombia.

The truth is that there are not many productions that feature Latinx actors and actresses as main characters (or speaking characters in general). In fact, studies certify that they make up only 12.8% in the top 100 grossing films in the USA from 2002 to 2022, according to a report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (University of San Diego, California).

That’s why we’re here to recommend 5 series that you can’t miss and that are led by Latinx artists, actresses, and actors.

Griselda

Griselda is a series produced and starring the superstar Sofía Vergara, who steps away from comedy to embody Griselda Blanco, one of the most significant women in the history of drug trafficking in Colombia. It is one of the most anticipated productions since the success of ‘Narcos.’

  • Cast: Sofía Vergara, Alberto Guerra, Martin Rodriguez, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Vanessa Ferlito, Christian Tappan
  • Where to watch: Netflix

The Last of Us

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic television series based on the 2013 video game of the same name. It basically tells the story of Joel (Pedro Pascal) in a world that has come to a standstill after the spread of a fungus that turns people into zombies. His mission is to escort the teenager Ellie (Bella Ramsey) through a desolate United States.

  • Cast: Pedro Pascal, Joel Miller, Bella Ramsey, Ellie Williams, Anna Torv
  • Where to watch: HBO

Wednesday

Wednesday, a fun — but mysterious and unsettling — series based on the iconic Addams Family movie tells the story of Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), who, while attending Nevermore Academy, tries to master her psychic abilities while witnessing a wave of murders and solving the mystery that surrounded her parents almost three decades ago.

  • Cast: Jenna Ortega, Emma Myers, Christina Ricci, Percy Hynes White, Hunter Doohan, Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Where to watch: Netflix

Euphoria

Euphoria became one of the breakout series of the moment. The plot follows a teenager with addiction issues — Rue Bennet (Zendaya) — trying to find her place in the world and readjust to social relationships in a challenging time. It also explores other parallel stories, focusing mainly on the challenges, contradictions, and difficulties faced by a group of teenagers. The cast includes co-protagonists and actresses of Latinx descent Alexa Demie (Maddy Pérez) and Barbie Ferrera (Kat Hernández).

  • Cast: Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi
  • Where to watch: HBO

Élite

Another worldwide phenomenon series is this production that takes place in an «elite» school, «Las Encinas.» Élite, a story set in Madrid, Spain, begins with the mysterious murder of one of its students, Marina Nunier (played by actress María Pedraza), and unfolds chronologically to explain how the events happen and who is responsible. The series has up to 7 seasons, and in its early episodes, you can see one of our Latin divas, Danna Paola, in the role of the twisted Lucrecia Montesinos.

  • Cast: Danna Paola, Ester Expósito, Itzan Escamilla, Arón Piper, Miguel Bernardeau, Mina El Hammani, Omar Ayuso, María Pedraza
  • Where to watch: Netflix