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La Reina del Sur (TV series)

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La Reina del Sur
La-reina-del-sur poster.jpg
Created byRoberto Stopello
Based onLa Reina del Sur
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Written by
  • Juan Marcos Blanco
  • Valentina Párraga
  • José Miguel Núñez
  • Miguel Ferrari
  • Christian Jiménez
  • Lina Uribe
  • Darío Vanegas
  • Tatiana Andrade
Story byArturo Pérez-Reverte
Directed by
  • Mauricio Cruz
  • Walter Doehner
  • Carlos Bolado
  • Carlos Mario Urrea
  • Claudia Pedraza
  • Carlos Villegas
  • Diego Rendón
Creative directorGabriela Monroy
Narrated byKate del Castillo
Theme music composerBello Jaime Teodoro
Opening theme"La Reina del Sur" performed by Los Cuates de Sinaloa
Country of originUnited States
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes183 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Patricio Wills
  • Marcos Santana
  • Rodrigo Guerrero
  • Martha Godoy
  • Kate del Castillo
  • Rodrigo Guerrero
  • Ximena Cantuarias
ProducerÁngel Ossorio
CinematographyAlejandro García W.
  • Perla Martínez
  • Alba Merchan Hamann
  • Hader Antivar Duque
  • Sam Baixauli
  • Gerson Aguilar
  • Pablo Escalera
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companies
Original networkTelemundo
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original release28 February 2011 (2011-02-28) –
present (present)
Queen of the South

La Reina del Sur (lit.'The Queen of the South') is a Spanish-language telenovela based on a novel of the same name by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The first season is produced by the American television network Telemundo in conjunction with the Antena 3 network and RTI Producciones, while season 2 is co-produced by Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix. It premiered on 28 February 2011. The series depicts the rise of Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a young woman from Mexico who becomes the most powerful drug trafficker in southern Spain.

With a $10 million budget it is the second most expensive telenovela ever produced by Telemundo, the first being El Señor de los Cielos.[1] An English language remake, Queen of the South, premiered in June 2016 on USA Network, starring Alice Braga.[2][3]

The series has been renewed for a second season that premiered on 22 April 2019.[4] On 16 July 2020, Telemundo announced that the series was renewed for a third season.[5][6] The third season premiered on 18 October 2022.[7]


Season 1 (2011)

The series is the television adaptation of the literary work of the same name of Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It is the chronicle of the rise to power of a Mexican woman within the world of international drug trafficking. Teresa Mendoza begins her adventure as a humble young woman in love with a pilot employed by the Mexican cartels. When they execute her boyfriend, Teresa flees, desperate to avoid the same fate. Her escape takes her to the south of Spain where she tries to start a new life. However, she is once again immersed in the world of narcotics trafficking, and for a second time, she suffers the death of a beloved man. After several blows, Teresa decides to take the reins of her destiny and becomes the head of her own organization. This is done with the help of a woman she meets in prison, who decides to share her fortune with Teresa. Through strategic alliances and a strong sense for business, Teresa "La Mexicana" begins to control an intercontinental drug distribution business. However, her great success is accompanied by a high personal price, and Teresa's happiness and heart are tested.

Season 2 (2019)

The second season of La Reina del Sur follows the life of Teresa Mendoza eight years after the events of the first-season finale. Isolating herself from the rest of the world, Teresa now lives an idyllic life in Italian Tuscany, but the kidnapping of her daughter forces her to go back to the underworld and reintroduces herself into drug trafficking. To save her daughter, Teresa needs to confront her old enemies once more and face her past that she tried to leave behind.[8][9]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16328 February 2011 (2011-02-28)30 May 2011 (2011-05-30)
26022 April 2019 (2019-04-22)[10][11]29 July 2019 (2019-07-29)[12]
S1227 April 2019 (2019-04-27)
36018 October 2022 (2022-10-18)16 January 2023 (2023-01-16)



Introduced in season 1

Recurring and guest

  • Karim El-Kerem as Mohamed Mansur (season 1)
  • Klaus as Eddie Álvarez (season 1)
  • Nerea Garmendia as Eugenia Montijo (season 1)
  • Juan Pablo Raba as Jaime Gutiérrez Solana (season 1)
  • Ezequiel Montalt as Jaime "Jimmy" Arenas (season 1)
  • Rodolfo Valdés as El Chino Parra (season 1)
  • Jesús Castro as Jesús (season 2)
  • Pol Monen as Juan (season 2)[15]
  • Eduardo Yáñez as Antonio Alcalá (seasons 2–3)
  • Aitor Luna as Pedro (season 2)
  • Eduardo Santamarina as Mariano Bravo (season 2)
  • Eric Roberts as Erick Sheldon (season 2)
  • María Camila Giraldo as Jimena Montes (season 2)
  • Vera Mercado as Virginia Vargas (season 2)
  • Norma Angélica as Morgana (season 2)
  • Eduardo Pérez as Sergio (season 2)
  • Dimitry Anisimov as Anton (season 2)
  • Aroha Hafez as Triana (season 2)
  • Anna Ciocchetti as Marietta Lancaster (season 2)
  • Roberto Abraham Wohlmuth as Lencho (season 2)
  • Daniel Martínez as Senator (season 3)
  • Carlos Valencia as Montaño (season 3)
  • Arturo Ríos as Delio Jurado (season 3)
  • Dmitry Anisimov as Anton Potapushin (season 3)
  • Denia Agalianou as Vanessa (season 3)
  • Anderley Palomino as Mateo Mena (season 3)
  • Noé Hernández as General Carlos Garrido (season 3)


An English language remake, titled Queen of the South, premiered in June 2016 on USA Network, starring Alice Braga.[2][3]


Viewership and ratings per season of La Reina del Sur
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Mon–Fri 10:00 p.m. 63 28 February 2011 (2011-02-28) 2.4[16] 30 May 2011 (2011-05-30) 4.2[17] TBD
2 60 22 April 2019 (2019-04-22) 2.36[18] 29 July 2019 (2019-07-29) 2.23[19] 1.89
3 Mon–Fri 9:00 p.m. 60 18 October 2022 (2022-10-18) 1.21[20] 16 January 2023 (2023-01-16) 1.10[21] 0.93

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Result
2011 People in Spanish Awards
Best Telenovela Roberto Stopello Won
Best Actress Kate del Castillo Won
Best Supporting Actor Humberto Zurita Nominated
Rafael Amaya Nominated
Best Villain Salvador Zerboni Nominated
Newcomer of the Year Cristina Urgel Won
Iván Sánchez Nominated
Sweethearts Kate del Castillo & Iván Sánchez Nominated
2012 TVyNovelas Awards Colombia
Best Series Roberto Stopello Nominated
Favorite Production Roberto Stopello Nominated
Best Villain Of Series Humberto Zurita Nominated
1st Your World Awards[22][23][24]
Novela of the Year Roberto Stopello Nominated
Favorite Lead Actress Kate del Castillo Nominated
Best Bad Luck Video Amor que mata Nominated
2020 International Emmy Award[25] Best Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program La Reina del Sur Won

Source material

Pérez-Reverte, author of the novel, has stated that a great source of inspiration were Mexican drug ballads,[26] country-polka songs that tell the stories about real life Mexican drug lords.

One of the real life characters that inspired the novel is Sandra Ávila Beltrán,[27][28][29][30] known as the Queen of the Pacific, famous for being one of the first female drug traffickers to reach the level of "Boss" in the Mexican cartels, a place usually reserved for men.[31]


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