It’s finally Latinx/Hispanic Heritage month (although Latinx folks celebrate our heritage 365 days a year)! If you’re like me-- you’re consuming endless amounts of media content during this very long quarantine. Unlike decades ago-- or even 5 years ago-- the emergence of streaming platforms has led to a plethora of Latinx/Hispanic shows to enter the consumer market.
Below are my top 10 TV shows to tune in to this Latinx/Hispanic heritage month. Shoutout to Hulu for having a curated Latino Heritage Month selection of Latinx-focused content for this month!
1. EAST LOS HIGH
If you haven’t tuned in to this drama-filled show, no time to start like the present! East Los High was Hulu’s first and only original series to feature an all-Latinx cast and crew. The series centers around a group of Latinx high school students as they navigate their lives and deal with issues like immigration, violence, peer pressure and more in complex ways. You can find all 4 seasons of East Los High streaming on Hulu.
2. LOVE, VICTOR
Another Hulu original on this list, Love, Victor is a spin-off of the 2018 film Love, Simon. The show is about Victor-- a half Puerto Rican, half Colombian teen male as he navigates being the new kid in school, his sexuality, and tough family situations. Endearing and emotional, this series is a must-see and thank goodness it just got approved for a second season!
3. LOS ESPOOKYS
From the brilliant comedic minds of Julio Torres & Fred Armisen, comes a show that’s surely one of a kind. Los Espookys is a Spanish-language comedy series that centers around Renaldo and his friends who live in a town where the strange is just a part of daily life. This group of friends turn their love of horror, goth, and the peculiar into a business. If you love to camp, quirkiness, and spooky stuff-- then this is the show for you! Watch season 1 on HBO.
4. TRUE COLORS
Premiering on September 29 on Peacock TV, this short-form documentary series will follow the trailblazing power of prominent Hispanic figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Alex Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, Mario Lopez, Ellen Ochoa, and more. Episodes will come out on a weekly basis and what better way to celebrate this month than to celebrate the influence and power of the Latinx community in all aspects of society.
5. HABLA NOW
Now in its 15th installment, HBO’s Habla Now documentary special interviews everyday Latinx folks on their experiences living in the U.S. Through this doc special, the diversity and breadth of the Latinx community will be on full display and will show the audience just how immense of a voice the Latinx community has. It will feature everyday heroes and also notable Latino figures such as Diane Guerrero, Chef José Andrés, Carmen Carrera, and many more. Habla Now premieres on HBO on September 18.
Looking for a show that dives deep into the intersection of class, sexuality, immigration, and cultural identity but is also a comedy? Look no further than Gentefied. While the series is only one season (for now), it features an amazing, dynamic ensemble cast who beautifully depicts what it means to be Latinx in LA’s Boyle Heights. The characters are all chasing the American dream in various ways and through their trials and tribulations comes a show that, while comical, is truly emotional at its core. Stream Season 1 of Gentefied on Netflix!
7. ONE DAY AT A TIME
A remake of Norman Lear’s classic TV show from the 70s, One Day at A Time deserves its own place in television history. With acting greats like Rita Moreno and Justina Machado, this show centers around a multi-generational Cuban family and their funny antics as they navigate their everyday life. While a sitcom, this show doesn’t shy away from issues regarding sexuality, mental health, racism, and class. Both charming and genuinely hilarious, One Day at a Time is a must-watch. Season 4 now on POP!
8. LA CASA DE PAPEL
Welcome to the Spanish, heist crime drama. Once you tune in to the first episode, you’ll be hooked as you follow “The Professor” and his group of newly-minted recruits as they execute two very ambitious heists. Featuring an unreliable narrator, strong emotional dynamics, plot twists, and beautiful set design-- this show is a must for anyone who’s a fan of drama. The show got renewed for a fifth and final season on Netflix so get your binge-watching on!
9. ON MY BLOCK
On My Block is a true dramedy and will leave you laughing just as much as it will leave you reeling from the serious drama. Centering around four smart and charming teens in South Los Angeles, the show tackles their transition into high school, the conflicts of adolescence, and the grittiness of the neighborhood and circumstances they were brought up in. Featuring a diverse Latinx and Black cast, you will finish this show demanding more. Seasons 1-3 streaming on Netflix.
10. THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA
A female, Latinx lead who’s 15 and a STEM queen working for NASA? Sign us up! Netflix’s most recent foray into comedy follows the life of Ashley Garcia, a robotics extraordinaire who moves across the country to work at NASA and finally gets a crack at being a teenager. Oh, the hilarity that ensues! Make sure to tune in to Season 1 on Netflix.
SELENA: THE SERIES -- A Netflix show centered on the life of music legend, Selena Quintanilla (Premieres in late 2020).
NARCOS: MEXICO -- A spin-off of Narcos, this Netflix show follows the illegal drug trade world in Mexico (Seasons 1-2 are streaming now).
DIARY OF A FUTURE PRESIDENT -- This show follows Elena, a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl who aspires to be the future president of the United States (Season 1 streaming on Disney+).