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El Chapo 

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A look at the life of notorious drug kingpin, El Chapo, from his early days in the 1980s working for the Guadalajara Cartel, to his rise to power of during the '90s and his ultimate downfall in 2016.
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Series cast summary:
Marco de la O ...  Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán 34 episodes, 2017-2018
Humberto Busto ...  Conrado Higuera Sol 'Don Sol' 32 episodes, 2017-2018
Diego Vásquez Diego Vásquez ...  Ismael Zambrano 'Don Ismael' 27 episodes, 2017-2018
Juan Carlos Cruz Juan Carlos Cruz ...  El Bravo 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Alejandro Aguilar Alejandro Aguilar ...  Toño 18 episodes, 2017
Héctor Holten Héctor Holten ...  President Carlos Salinas de Gortari 17 episodes, 2017-2018
Laura Osma ...  Elba Coronado 17 episodes, 2017-2018
Iván Aragón Iván Aragón ...  Quino 17 episodes, 2017-2018
Wilmer Cadavid Wilmer Cadavid ...  Dámaso Jiménez Gálvez 16 episodes, 2017-2018
David Ojalvo ...  Richard Smith 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Paco Rueda Paco Rueda ...  Licenciado Alberto Lora 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Juan Pablo de Santiago Juan Pablo de Santiago ...  Franco 14 episodes, 2017-2018
Juan Feldman ...  Héctor Luis Palma Salazar in English 14 episodes, 2017-2018


A look at the life of notorious drug kingpin, El Chapo, from his early days in the 1980s working for the Guadalajara Cartel, to his rise to power of during the '90s and his ultimate downfall in 2016.

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

23 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ελ Τσάπο See more »

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Production Co:

Univision Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is planning to sue Netflix and Spanish speaking network Univision for allegedly defaming him with a TV series about his past life of conducting illegal activity. See more »


Referenced in Luke Cage: On and On (2018) See more »

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Dive deeper into the world of a kingpin
20 June 2017 | by SpectralianSee all my reviews

When I first saw El Chapo I was convinced it was another spin-off from Netflix's Narcos. Oh boy was I deceived. Seeing the nature and culture of South America again after Narco's makes me realize how easily confused one might get from watching another series based in the same continent. The show features fantastic nature and spectacular environments with great actors and actresses.

Instead of following the life of Pablo Escobar in Colombia you're following the life of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera in Mexico. The first season of the series follows El Chapo through his personal quest on becoming a dominant drug lord in the harsh streets of Mexico. The drama, violence, love life and flashbacks of an easier life becomes more and more real as El Chapo faces troubles after troubles. At some points, you will witness 'raw' scenes that makes the camera become very intimate with El Chapo played by Danny Pardo as you go through the episodes. I must also note that having the series in Spanish and not being able to hear the American narrative you heard in Narco's makes the series a fresh and new experience.

For me, most of my foreign friends see Mexico as a fantastic vacation country with lots of good food and hats. Series such as this is what makes one really feel a more personal connection to another side of the country. That's also why I highly recommend the show to everyone.

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