The only thing better than TV is… nothing. TV rules! And more TV series created by underrepresented populations is even better.
Thanks to the decades-long success of Disney Channel Latin America, the Argentinian producer’s incredible career Victoria Alonso (an executive producer for all your favorite Marvel properties, including the Marvel shows below!), and a recent push for a more diverse series roster, Disney+ has a great selection of shows all written, directed, or produced by Latino and Latina creators.
And because we love you almost as much as we love TV, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, in no particular order, for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!
1. Diary of a Future President
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Created by Ilana Peña and produced by Gina Rodriguez, Diary of a Future President is a warm and charming series about a 13-year-old Cuban-American girl who dreams of being President of the United States. Although we’re told in flash-forwards that she eventually achieves her goals, here in the present, she has to learn a few life lessons first. This delightful series has been hailed for its diversity, talented cast, and inspiring tone.
2. All the same… or not
Carol is your typical teenager going through big changes in her life. At school, she’s busy trying to figure out her friendships, her first relationship, and how to be her best self – she doesn’t have time to also deal with her mother’s impending wedding or make friends with his new stepbrother! All the same… or not (a.k.a, Tudo Igual… So Que Não) is a new Brazilian comedy-drama written by André Rodrigues and Luly Trigo, directed by Juliana Vonlanten and produced directly for Disney+. It’s a brilliant, honest, and engaging series that already has a second season in production.
3. it was always me
Lupe Díaz Smith returns from Mexico to Colombia after the sudden death of her father, a famous Colombian musician. The journalism student soon suspects that something is wrong with her death and decides to stay behind to investigate. it was always me (a.k.a, Siempre Fui Yo) is a gripping Colombian crime drama series. Created by Alejandro Stoessel, directed by Juan Felipe Cano, and written and produced by a Colombian team, this puzzle will keep you guessing. And don’t worry, the show has already been renewed for season two!
4. Boba Fett’s Book
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Robert Rodriguez, whose production you may have seen in the Desperado Trilogy Where spy on kids (!!!), joined The Mandalorian team as executive producer and director for 2021 Boba Fett’s Book. This meditative series dives deep into some well-known star wars properties that never really caught the eye. Over the course of the 7-episode series, you’ll get a backstory for beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett, a revealing story arc for the Tusken Raiders, and an investigation into Tatooine’s corrupt politics. It’s a fresh and thoughtful approach to star wars universe that feels different from its many predecessors. An additional bonus? It may or may not provide key information for season 3 of The Mandalorian!
A disproportionate amount of Disney shows feature characters with prodigious musical gifts, and Violet, from Disney Channel Latin America, is no exception. This is the show that launched Argentinian pop star Tini’s career!
Violetta (Martina Stoessel, aka Tini) is a 17-year-old with a gift for singing, much like her late mother. Her overprotective father spent years keeping Violetta away from musical pursuits, fearing that success and fame would affect her life. Do you think Violetta will discover her voice throughout the series??? You bet your ass she does – and more. Written by Solange Keoleyan and Sebastián Parrotta, Violet is a hugely successful and captivating teen series with the brightest and most bubbly pop soundtrack you’ve ever heard.
How to watch: Violet is now streaming on Disney+.(opens in a new tab)
Sixteen-year-old Allegra wants nothing more than to do musical theater like her grandmother did, and she can’t understand why her mother seems determined to stop her. Mother and daughter continue to clash until Allegra finds an old bracelet that takes her back to 1994, where she meets her mother as a young teenager and learns a bit more about her family’s past. intertwined (a.k.a Interlaced) is a new musical version of the proven experience terrible friday format, created by Jorge Edelstein and produced in Argentina.
seven. O11CE (a.k.a Once)
Written by Javier Castro Albano, Marcos Osorio Vidal, Tom Wortley and Fernando Riveros, and created by Jorge Edelstein, O11CE is an exciting Argentinian sports telenovela. Gabo, a teenager from a small village, won a prestigious scholarship at the University Institute of Sports in Buenos Aires to play football. But once he gets there, he finds he has a long way to go before he’s ready to be the star player he dreams of becoming.
How to watch: O11CE is now streaming on Disney+.(opens in a new tab)
8. Ms. Marvel
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While Marvel Studios’ ongoing Phase Four has been defined by big swings, Ms. Marvel‘s may be the greatest.
The coming-of-age story follows Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Pakistani-American teenager who lives in Jersey City. This is Marvel’s take on the magical realism of Scott Pilgrim vs the world, with Kamala’s inner life expressed visually on screen as she confronts overprotective parents, high school life, and reconciles her traditional Muslim upbringing with her modern teenage existence. In addition, there are superpowers.
Ms. Marvel stands out among other MCU fare for slowing down and taking the time to dive deep with its central characters, and for doing it all through the perspective of an in-universe superhero fan. Kamala, for all the unique elements that shape her daily life, is like all of us. — Adam Rosenberg, Senior Entertainment Reporter (*)
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9. soy moon
Luna’s world is turned upside down when her parents move from Cancun to Buenos Aires for a job opportunity. Luna feels out of place in Argentina until she finds a home in the local roller-skating and dancing community. soy moon is a fun, free-spirited Argentinian telenovela from Gabriela Fiore and Jorge Edelstein – a big name in Disney Channel Latin America programming.
ten. Helen of Avalor
Looking for something that will keep your little ones glued to the TV so you can take a nap?! Helen of Avalor is the show for you. This sweet and silly animated series follows teenage princess Elena as she rebuilds her kingdom after decades of rule by an evil witch, while learning what it means to be a leader. With a host of Latin writers and Silvia Olivia as editor behind the scenes, Helen of Avalor was praised both for its characters (Elena in particular as a great role model for children) and for its genuine incorporation of Latin influences into all aspects of the show, including art design and music.
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Loki has always been one of the funniest and most dynamic supporting characters in the MCU, thanks in large part to Tom Hiddleston’s charismatic performance. With Lokithe god of mischief finally gets his time in the spotlight.
After the time flight events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki is recruited by the Time Variance Authority to hunt down a rogue variant of Loki. Shenanigans across time and space ensue, aided by Hiddleston’s great chemistry with co-stars Sophia Di Martino and Owen Wilson. Loki is both a fun ride and a compelling character study. Plus, it’s starting to usher in the much-hyped Multiverse, so it’s sure to be key to the MCU’s Phase Four. — Belen Edwards, entertainment reporter (*)
How to watch: Loki is now streaming on Disney+.(opens in a new tab)
After a tragic accident years ago that left several people dead, the Gutiérrez and Urquiza families hated each other. Which, as we all know, is the perfect environment for two young members of these enemy clans to fall in love! Walk in Bia, a Disney Channel Latin American telenovela that follows the romance between Bía Urquiza, an aspiring artist, and Manuel Gutiérrez as their families do everything in their power to separate these two crazy children. Created by Jorge Edelstein, Marina Efron and Carmen López-Areal, Bia is a captivating, exciting and sometimes musical teen love story that will suck you in from the start.
How to watch: Bia is now streaming on Disney+.(opens in a new tab)