The Five Most Dramatic Telenovelas Filmed in Miami

Dueños del Paraiso is now airing on Telemundo.
Dueños del Paraiso is now airing on Telemundo.

Miami has been the fictional home of some of television's most iconic television shows: The Golden Girls, Crockett and Tubbs, and Dexter all lived in the Magic City. But if those are the only shows you can think of, then you're missing an entire genre of amazing television filmed in Miami: the telenovela.

Romance, action, and -- most importantly -- drama are central to the telenovela. "Over the top" is a good thing when it comes to novelas -- the bigger or the louder, the better. Admit it, the manufactured passion and intrigue are your secret guilty pleasure. You like it when she slaps him across the face! He deserved it! iClaro que si! Even if you don't speak the language, the telenovela's melodrama transcends language.

Aqui en Miami, our Latin flare is put to good use to spice up some drama on the small screen. Therefore, we felt the urge to compile a list of the five most dramatic novelas filmed in Miami (but, c'mon, aren't they all escandaloso?). And really, is there any place better suited to such over-the-top drama than our beautiful city?

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5. Cosita Linda (2013, Univision/Venevision)

There's this foxy, gray-haired older man who dates a much younger girl. He's all, "I promise imma leave her for you," and she's all, "Oh my god!" And then she randomly goes to jail for a bit, so we can assume that relationship broke off. Years later, while she's working as a makeup artist, she works the wedding of her ex-beau (the feels). Stuff happens and the pretty young thing ends up with the brother of her ex! Talk about an awkward love triangle. Cosita Linda was filmed at the Univision studios here in Miami.

4. El Capo 3 (2014, MundoFox)

The third season of this epic show was filmed all over the world, and our lucky little city was among the stomping grounds. The inspiration for the lead character in El Capo is the famed Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, who was known to be referred to as "El Patrón del Mar" in heyday. Naturally, it's only fitting to have a show about a drug lord come to Miami at one point in the series.

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