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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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Univision Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera is a Mexican drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed. Known as "El Chapo" he was considered the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" by the United States Department of the Treasury. See more »


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

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Great series that will give you insight into Joaquin Guzman
3 November 2017 | by dennisgcarrierSee all my reviews

What has struck me the most about this well-acted series is the sense of impending doom under which "El Chapo" lived. He worked hard and ruthlessly as a prolific murderer to become a "Patron" only to find his position always at the edge of a precipice. He is constantly betrayed, undermined, falsely accused (of the Cardinal's murder)and pursued by assassins. His life would make one wonder why anybody would be stupid enough to want his job. There would be a ton of cash but no peace ever in site for such a man or his family. I know of his impoverished upbringing. And that growing and trafficking drugs was the only way to make money in his isolated community. Multiple generations of his family were in the trade as Marijuana and Opium growers. His cousins were in it. He was born into it. But you would think that there would enough examples of how this would not end well for an intelligent man to make the decision to get out. Apparently in El Chapo's position it doesn't matter how smart one is. And you wonder if the lucky ones are not the ones who get killed early in their careers. Instead of living life constantly on the run from everyone and under daily mental suffering. This is a tale of some one willingly allowing himself to be sucked into an abyss. He had to know that if they didn't take his life, they would still take everything else. And they did. What you might question is the mentality of some one who continues going down that road despite knowing what lies at the end. And I also must question the mentality of a popular sub-culture in Mexico that worships and admires these "Narcos." They write songs about them. Do they not have eyes to see what happens to these people? El Chapo's life was not a pleasant one.

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