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Taina (TV series)

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GenreSitcom, Musical
Created byMaria Perez-Brown
Opening theme"Gonna Be a Star", performed by Christina Vidal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production locations
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
  • Dorado Productions
  • Nickelodeon Productions
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseJanuary 14, 2001 (2001-01-14) –
May 11, 2002 (2002-05-11)

Taina is an American teen sitcom created by Maria Perez-Brown and starring Christina Vidal. It aired on Nickelodeon from January 14, 2001, until May 11, 2002. Originally taped at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, it was the final sitcom filmed there before moving to Nickelodeon on Sunset for its second season. The series achieved high ratings.

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Taina Morales is a young Puerto Rican teenager who aspires to be a singer and actress. She and her best friend Renee Jones attend the Manhattan High School of the Performing Arts, where they reunite with Lamar, whom they haven't seen since elementary school. The girls' nemesis Maritza Hogg, who knew them before high school, also attends the performing-arts school and hopes to be a singer/actress. Every episode features Taina daydreaming of eventual superstardom and occasionally performing a new song.

Cast and characters


  • Christina Vidal as Taina Maria Morales, a young girl who dreams of becoming a professional singer and actress. She attends a performing arts school with her best friend Renée, rival Maritza, and friends Daniel and Lamar. She and her friends often get themselves into wacky situations in their search for stardom. Though Taina's impatience and impulsiveness occasionally get her into scraps, her honesty and compassion get her out. The name Taina is the female form of the name of the indigenous Puerto Rican people, the Tainos.
  • Khaliah Adams as Renée Aretha Jones, Taina's best friend. She is an aspiring comedienne and rapper. A boy-crazy girl, she often helps to ground Taina when her imagination runs away with her. Renée also tends to chase after boys frequently; unfortunately, her love interests aren't the right ones for her.
  • Chris Knowings as Lamar Carlos Johnson, Taina's friend and an aspiring director and writer. Not only does he serve as an editor of the performing-art school's newspaper, he also has a crush on Taina and awaits the day she might finally come around. His best friend is Daniel, and the two often join forces to make a quick buck. He serves as a support for Taina and the others, often offering level-headed advice.
  • David Oliver Cohen as Daniel Nathaniel McDaniel, a multi-instrumentalist, who also shares the same school locker with Taina. Handsome and opinionated, his loves include writing songs, playing other instruments, and chasing after girls. Daniel prides himself on being quite the ladies' man but often ends up scorned. It's hinted that he had true feelings for Renée. He loves The Beatles, and usually accompanied Taina's songs on his guitar.
  • LaTangela Newsome as Maritza Hogg, Taina and Renée's rival. She also aspires to be an actress and singer but tends to be more ruthless than Taina. She loves to upstage others in her quest to become a star. However, she isn't all bad, and sometimes joins forces with Taina and her friends to make money or fight other rivals. She prides herself on being an "evil diva".


  • Lisa Lisa as Gloria Elana Morales
  • Cristina Saralegui as Principal Rojas
  • Josh Cruze as Eduardo Morales
  • Manolo Villaverde as Gregorio "Abuelo" Sanchez
  • Brandon Iglesias as Santito Morales (season 1)
  • Selenis Leyva as Titi Rosa
  • Joseph Bertot as Hector Colon
  • Ruben Rabasa as Papito
  • Jacob Urrutia as Santito Morales (season 2)

Development and production

Production on the show began sometime around the summer of 2000. The pilot was partially shot at the Laguardia Performers School in 1999 and finished at Nickelodeon on Sunset. Season 2 was shot from December 2001 – January 6, 2002. The show premiered on January 14, 2001, on Nickelodeon where ratings grew. New episodes would eventually move into the TEENick block at launch on March 4, 2001, starting with its eighth episode [1][2] and lasted for two seasons. Taina was scheduled to air every Sunday at 6 pm.[3] The show was even put on Nickelodeon's SNICK lineup on Saturday nights from January to May 2002, where ratings more than doubled in its second season.[4] Despite its popularity (the show garnered Nickelodeon its highest ratings in 3 years), the show was canceled that summer.[5] CBC reran the show for a few months in 2003.


In July 2002, Nickelodeon quietly canceled Taina after two seasons. There were reports that the show was only appealing to a female demographic, as well as the show starting to get too expensive to produce (according to Josh Cruze). However, according to Vidal in a 2021 interview, the show was canceled due to behind-the-scenes business decisions and the network clashing with Vidal's management team, which included her mother. Vidal additionally stated that she believes her then-newly signed recording contract with MCA Records created further dismay for Nickelodeon executives. Scripts for a third season and a made-for-television movie of the series were already written before Nickelodeon canceled the show.[6][7] Vidal says Nickelodeon replaced the show with Romeo!


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 14, 2001April 22, 2001
213January 19, 2002May 11, 2002

Season 1 (2001)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Be Careful What You Wish For"Carl LautenFracaswell HymanJanuary 14, 2001 (2001-01-14)

Taina Morales, an aspiring entertainer, begins her first day at Manhattan School for The Arts, but when her drama teacher, Mr. Colon, calls her out on her overacting, she starts to doubt her acting ability. Lamar is convinced that Daniel is a jinx, then he's forced to take an all-female ballet class.

Guest star: Cristina Saralegui as Principal Rojas (can be heard on the intercom).
22"Blue Mascara"Kim FieldsTracy GrandstaffJanuary 21, 2001 (2001-01-21)

Taina is asked to join the senior girl group Blue Mascara (3LW). However, the group discourages her from continuing to hang out with Renee, feeling that she will interfere with the group's career pursuits. Meanwhile, Daniel loses a bet to Lamar and must join the school's losing basketball team. Taina ultimately decides that her friendship with Renee is more important than being in Blue Mascara and quits the group. Gia (Adrienne Bailon), Lia (Kiely Williams), and Ria (Naturi Naughton) go on to perform "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" without Taina, and Maritza tries to take her place in the group.

Guest stars: 3LW
33"Quinceañero"Kim FieldsFracaswell Hyman and Maria Perez-BrownJanuary 28, 2001 (2001-01-28)

Taina and Gloria disagree on what dress she should wear for her Quinceañero, her 15th birthday party; Lamar competes with Alex (Nick Cannon), Maritza's boyfriend who appears to have feelings for Taina.

Guest stars: C-Note, Nick Cannon
44"Mega Funds"Beth McCarthyAnthony HillFebruary 4, 2001 (2001-02-04)
Taina is forced to find her own way to get money to go on an amusement-park trip to see singer Joe perform, after her parents refuse to giver her the money. After winning a cash prize in a radio contest, Taina spends almost all of the money on an expensive pair of shoes instead of on the trip. Lamar and Daniel win the chance to be radio DJs for a week at Papito's, but Lamar's ego goes to his head, ruining the experience for them both.
55"En Español"Carl LautenFracaswell HymanFebruary 11, 2001 (2001-02-11)
When Taina gets a bad grade on a Spanish exam, Abuelo Gregorio goes overboard immersing the family in their Puerto Rican heritage. Lamar helps Taina write a love letter to Papito's nephew, who only speaks Spanish. A weird goth girl, Ice, falls in love with Lamar.
66"Charmed Bracelet"Carl LautenTracy GrandstaffFebruary 18, 2001 (2001-02-18)
After buying a cheap bracelet and being told that her great-grandmother was psychic, Taina is convinced that she is also psychic. Daniel and Lamar are so obsessed with a skiing video game at Papito's that they refuse to take showers.
77"I Want It That Way"Kim FieldsNicole JeffersonFebruary 25, 2001 (2001-02-25)

A short play that Taina wrote is chosen for a showcase which she must also direct. The task becomes overwhelming when her actresses Renee and Maritza, her musician Daniel, and her assistant-director Lamar all want to do their own thing.

Guest star: Cristina Saralegui as Principal Rojas
88"A Twitch in the Tail"Rick FernandesFracaswell HymanMarch 4, 2001 (2001-03-04)
Taina auditions for a soap opera but Santito, who accompanied her, gets the role. Beatrice (Benita Robledo), whom Daniel had a crush on back in band camp, moves to town and falls for Lamar.
99"Big Break"Chuck VinsonAnthony HillMarch 11, 2001 (2001-03-11)
Taina is desperate to be cast as Robert De Niro's daughter in a movie. Daniel and Lamar get jobs to buy a used computer program to make their movies. Taina's Titi Carmen visits, causes tension with Abuelo Gregorio.
1010"Friend or Phone"Chuck VinsonAnthony HillApril 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)
Taina wants a new cell phone after hers malfunctions. When Titi Rosa buys her a new phone, she sells her old one to Renee; when it finally breaks down for good, Renee asks for her money back, causing a rift in their relationship. Daniel and Lamar try to bribe Maritza for Knicks-Lakers tickets.
1111"Singing with the Enemy"Kim FieldsAnthony HillApril 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)
Taina, Renee, and Maritza must team up to perform for a talent show or get a failing grade in drama class. Taina has difficulty telling Renee that she can't sing. Daniel has writer's block and turns secret, embarrassing stories from Lamar and Taina into songs.
1212"Undercover"Kim FieldsTracy GrandstaffApril 15, 2001 (2001-04-15)

Taina suspects that Alex of the group MDO is a fraud.

Guest stars: MDO
1313"My Left Eye"Rick FernandesFracaswell HymanApril 22, 2001 (2001-04-22)
Taina is selected to record a song with a popular artist and must go on tour for a year; she faces a tough decision on whether or not to go.

Season 2 (2002)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Crouching Actor, Hidden Chicken"Richard A. FernandesFracaswell HymanJanuary 19, 2002 (2002-01-19)
Taina acts like a tough girl to snag a role in a boxing movie; Daniel and Renee build a robot for a robot-fighting competition.
152"Sabotage"Chuck VinsonTracy GrandstaffJanuary 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)

Taina and Maritza join forces to take down Lizzie (Brooke Allison), a southern girl who sabotaged her way to the lead role in the school musical; Renee develops romantic feelings for Daniel.

Guest star: Brooke Allison
163"Scary Legend"Richard A. FernandesAnthony HillFebruary 2, 2002 (2002-02-02)
A scary story Mr. Colon told spooks Taina and the gang; while staying at school at night for costume fittings, Taina and Renee make a bet with Lamar and Daniel to see who can last longest there without being scared.
174"Test Friends"Virgil L. FabianWayne ConleyFebruary 9, 2002 (2002-02-09)
Taina and Renee take a magazine quiz on their friendship and find out they hardly know anything about each other; Lamar, Daniel, and Maritza must work at Papito's to pay for a display-case glass they broke.
185"Papi Don't Preach"Fracaswell HymanFracaswell HymanFebruary 23, 2002 (2002-02-23)

Eduardo questions Taina about whether she attended an all-night party after he told her not to, and Taina vehemently says she didn't go; Lamar and Daniel get jobs at a movie theater and promise they will sneak Taina and Renee into the film premiere starring Teck Money of The Real World.

Guest star: Nick Cannon as LaTanya (of All That and The Nick Cannon Show)
196"The Big Show"Kim FieldsLuisa LeschinMarch 2, 2002 (2002-03-02)

Taina tries to audition for the lead in the new school play directed by Shevchenko (Liz Torres), a once-prestigious theater director, but she must overcome the long-standing rule that only seniors can auditions for lead roles in school plays. Lamar and Daniel sell tickets to the play with extreme measures, and Renee and Maritza compete for the affection of Darius, the play's senior male lead.

Guest star: Jaci Velasquez as Yvette
207"Crushin’"Joe MenendezRodney StringfellowMarch 9, 2002 (2002-03-09)
Taina discovers that the guy she's crushing on is younger than she thought; Lamar gets jealous when Renee and Daniel share interest in sumo-wrestling.
218"Abuelo Knows Best"Maria Perez-BrownMaria Perez-BrownMarch 16, 2002 (2002-03-16)

Abuelo Gregorio spends more time with Taina but starts to cramp her style; Maritza wants to write her own songs and asks Lamar and Daniel for help.

Guest stars: Luis Fonsi and Shakira
229"Bad Review"Melissa Joan HartTracy GrandstaffMarch 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)

Taina gets a bad review of a play from Lamar, which has her reevaluating her performance. Daniel invites Maritza as his plus-one for an opera show in exchange for Maritza promising to give him a guitar signed by all four Beatles, but her fashion advice drives him crazy.

Guest stars: Solange Knowles as Rachel and Dorothy Lyman as Ms. Harper
2310"Desperately Seeking Agent"Kim FieldsTracy GrandstaffApril 6, 2002 (2002-04-06)

Taina is willing to go through many extremes to be signed by an agent; Daniel, caught in a lie by his dad, blames Lamar for not cooperating with him on hiding the truth.

Guest stars: Carlos Alazraqui as Stan LaBlan and Melanie Chartoff as Sasha Simmons
2411"Starstruck"Loretha JonesJim HechtApril 13, 2002 (2002-04-13)

When actress Nicole Burke (Kelly Rowland) starts at Manhattan School for the Arts, everyone believes that she is as evil as the character she plays on her popular teen soap and only Taina gives her a chance. On Mr. Colon's orders, Renee and Lamar pretend to be mother and son outside of class to bring better performances out of them for an emotional scene.

Guest star: Kelly Rowland
2512"The Fear Factors"Chuck VinsonFracaswell HymanMay 4, 2002 (2002-05-04)

Taina's old friend Lisa shows up to the Manhattan School for the Arts to audition for the lead in the school musical and asks Taina to help keep secret that she isn't a registered student. Lamar asks retired wrestler Gladys Goldfinger (Roma Maffia) to help him perform better in his stage combat class in exchange for teaching her how to cry to fulfill her acting dreams; when her elderly piano player dies, Maritza asks Daniel to be her new one.

Guest star: Tina Landon as Jackie
2613"Beyond The Music"Kim FieldsFracaswell HymanMay 11, 2002 (2002-05-11)

Lamar shows the drama class his Behind the Music-style documentary looking back on the short-lived group made up of Taina, Renee, Daniel, and Maritza.

Guest stars: Dream and Lil' Romeo

Home releases

The series has seen no DVD releases in North America, however a single-release VHS/DVD was released by Maverick Entertainment in the United Kingdom in March 2004 named "Be Careful What You Wish For"', which features the first four aired episodes.[8][9]

Current availability

As of June 2022, the original series is not available to stream on Paramount+ in the United States (though available in Spanish in Latin America), where many of its Nickelodeon counterparts can be streamed. The series is, however, available on the Paramount Streaming service Pluto TV as a Spanish-dubbed program.[10] Despite these developments, YouTube remains the only means of viewing the program in its original English language.


"Taina: Original Television Soundtrack" is the official soundtrack for the series. It was released on February 19, 2002, by Nick Records distributed through now-defunct Jive Records/Zomba Recording Corporation and MTV Networks. The album contains songs featured in the show's second season, such as "Feel Good" and "I'm In Love With Me" and none from the first season, with the exception of "Gonna Be A Star", the show's theme. The songs are performed by the show's stars Christina Vidal and LaTangela with additional songs performed by 3LW and Dream (previously featured on their respective albums 3LW and It Was All a Dream), as members of both groups made appearances during the show's first season. Additionally, the soundtracks boasts writing and production from legendary R&B group and production team Full Force (known for working with show star Lisa Lisa) as well as Nate Butler, Lindy Robbins and Kevin Paige.

Taina: Original Television Soundtrack – CD
1."Gonna Be A Star"
  • Fracaswell Hyman
  • Maria Perez-Brown
  • Chuck Giscombe
Christina Vidal3:01
  • Martin Bushell
  • Nicky Alan Cook
  • Phil Dane
Christina Vidal3:02
3."I Represent"LaTangela3:02
4."Feel Good"Full ForceChristina Vidal3:33
5."Not While I'm Around"LaTangela3:47
6."Not This Time"
  • Chrissy Conway
  • Joe Priolo
  • Errol Johnson
7."I'm In Love With Me"Chuck GiscombeLaTangela3:03
8."I Thought That We Were Friends"
Christina Vidal3:14
9."In My Dreams"
10."Voy a Ser Una Estrella (Gonna Be a Star)"
  • Hyman
  • Perez-Brown
  • Giscombe
Christina Vidal3:00

Note: The album actually credits the artists as their characters with the exception of Dream and 3LW.

Awards and nominations

2002 – Outstanding Children's Television Programming (Won)
2002 – Outstanding Actress in a Television Series – Christina Vidal (Nominated)
2002 – Outstanding Script for a Television Drama or Comedy – Fracaswell Hyman & Maria Perez-Brown for episode "Quinceanero"(Nominated)

References in pop culture

  • In 2015, American rapper and singer, Shelley FKA DRAM's breakout hit single "Cha Cha" made reference to the titular character in the song's chorus with the lyrics, "...with a Dominican that resembles Taina...". Stating that he enjoys dancing with and entertaining Latina women that resemble Vidal.


  1. ^ Nickelodeon. "Premiere of Nickelodeon's 'Taina' Posts Triple-Digit Ratings Gains". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Nickelodeon. "Nickelodeon's 'Taina' Continues Ratings Rise, Posts Triple-Digit Gains in Tween and Kid Demos for Two Weeks" (Press release). Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Vázquez, Richard. "" Tania. N.p., n.d. Web. Jun 23, 2010. <>.
  4. ^ "Yahoo! Groups". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Usenet Replayer message view <>". Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2008.
  6. ^ "'Taina' at 20: Christina Vidal's pioneering Latina everygirl". Los Angeles Times. June 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "Christina Vidal Reveals Why Nickelodeon's 'Taina' Was Canceled". June 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "". Amazon UK.
  9. ^ "". Amazon UK. March 15, 2004.
  10. ^ "Taina on Pluto TV". Pluto TV.

External links

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