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Hispanic Heritage Month: These 8 TV shows celebrate Hispanic culture


October 04, 2018

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TV LAND — Hispanic Heritage Month, dedicated to celebrating Latin culture and all of its colorful influence and history, started Sept. 15 and continues to Oct. 15.

At the end of October is Dia de los Muertos, a holiday honoring those who have passed. So why not spend October relishing in the great Hispanic culture television at your fingertips?

These television shows remind their viewers that diversity in storytelling is important and most stories are universal.

'Dora the Explorer'

It’s a classic for a reason. It teaches kids Spanish and confidence in learning as they explore. It just might have you spouting words in Spanish yourself. Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

'Elena of Avalor'

A princess of Hispanic descent was a long time coming, and this successful Disney show has magic, romance and all the usual princess tropes.

'Jane the Virgin'

"Jane the Virgin" is an award-winning show about a family whose roots are in Venezuela, but their home is in Miami. They deal with regular ups and downs, with a tiny bit of surrealism sprinkled in — like a cheeky narrator telling the whole story.

'One Day at a Time'

A remake of an old sitcom, this show centers around a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles and trying to make the most of the time they have together. Available on Netflix.

'Cristela'

Star, creator, producer and writer Cristela Alonzo steered her show in a direction that was at once heartwarming and silly. Taking the opportunity to explore and make fun of Hispanic stereotypes, it’s a self-aware romp. Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

With two leading Latina ladies, Brooklyn Nine-Nine shows what it looks like when representation rings true. Amy Santiago and Rosa Diaz are totally separate and different women with Hispanic heritage. Available to stream on Hulu.

'Superstore'

Some funny cliches and relatable minimum wage hijinks make “Superstore” fun to watch. America Ferrera was born in Los Angeles to Honduran parents. Her heart and great acting take the sitcom to the next level. Available to stream on Hulu.

'Riverdale'

Making iconic character Veronica Lodge and her family Latino might have been a risk, but it has paid off in spades, reaching a level of diversity the comics from the 1960s never did. Available to stream on Netflix.

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