How to Watch Telenovelas on TV

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Telenovelas are romantic dramas about individuals who must overcome various obstacles to obtain what they want. Unlike American soap operas, which can run for decades without a conclusion, telenovelas have a climactic close. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the shows typically consist of 180 to 200 episodes over six months or so. The stations air an episode six days a week. Telenovelas originated in Latin America and are popular with Spanish-language audiences worldwide. In the United States, a growing English-speaking audience also tunes in to watch these shows.

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  1. 1

    Visit the website for a Spanish-language television network such as Azteca America, Univision and Telemundo. Univision and Telemundo are the largest Spanish-language television networks in the United States, and both networks produce their own telenovelas. Other networks, like Azteca America, import their shows from Latin America.

  2. 2

    Proceed to the section for telenovelas. On Univision, for instance, this section is called "Novelas y Series." On Telemundo, it is called "Novelas."

  3. 3

    Browse through the list of current telenovelas and click on a show title to read the synopsis. The stations also include information on the key characters and video excerpts from the show.

  4. 4

    Check the schedule to see when the show you want to see will air. On Univision's website, click "Schedule" and browse through the listings to find out when your chosen telenovela will be shows. On Telemundo, this information is provided on the show's page. In general, telenovelas begin to air from midday.

  5. 5

    Turn to the appropriate channel at the given time to watch your chosen telenovela.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also check for Spanish-language television listings in your local paper.
  • Telemundo includes English subtitles on its telenovelas for its English-speaking audience.

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