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El Chapo 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2017– )
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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 during the '90s as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel 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 ...  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 ...  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 during the '90s as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel and his ultimate downfall in 2016.

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Crime | Drama


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Joaquín 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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The best show univision has produced thus far!
7 August 2017 | by leonardmajereSee all my reviews

8/10...seems pretty high, doesn't it? For a show that has countless similarities to Narcos, is based on an already told take, and on a platform that isn't new. Well, I'll tell you why, it is because this IS new, for all of Latin America THIS is totally new!

Prior to this Univision has been known for absolutely terrible, terrible programming and this skyrockets them into a whole new nexus of quality programming. As far as the Latin America television options, this is an absolute home run! I couldn't have been more surprised and happy with what they have put out. Several reasons.

So, the show is MUCH better if you know your history surrounding the person, the country, and the drug trade. They changed basically everyone's name except for El Chapo, I am sure to protect themselves from the very real violence they might suffer if they offended the wrong people with their depictions of certain characters.

I.E. The families of "Benjamin and Ramon Arellano Félix" might not like them being depicted as the murderous bastards that they were, so they make their debut as the "Avendaño Brothers" instead. In that respect that have done an incredible job re-naming the characters but still keeping the authenticity of who they are/were.

Also, something that really hasn't been said in anyone's review. They have done an UNBELIEVABLE job with the character design, makeup, wardrobe(especially), and period appropriate set design. The outfits you see these characters wearing are pulled from actual outfits the real people wore, it is incredibly authentic, shockingly so! GOOGLE Ramon Arellano Félix and go to images, you will see pictures of him wearing the shirt they put him in when Do Chapo first goes to their club at the beginning of the series. Just amazing that they payed that kind of attention to detail.

I don't think the people that are bashing the show quite understand the level of history and authenticity that this show has, in that respect, it is 1 and 1 with Narcos. It follows a historical timeline perfectly and for those that are complaining about the bad quality English dubbing.....ALL DUBBING IS BAD QUALITY, OF COURSE THE MOUTHS DON'T MATCH THE WORDS.....HAHAHA WHAT?!?! (Sorry, I was shocked someone actually said that.)

Anyways, watch the show in Spanish. Take the time to read the subtitles and simply enjoy an incredibly authentic depiction of the most notorious criminals on the planet.

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Release Date:

23 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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