Telenovela: Season 1 Reviews

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July 17, 2020
The show offers a playful take on the world of Mexican soap operas. It is witty, insightful, fun and definitely unique in its setting.
May 20, 2020
While Telenovela might not strive to be high art, who is asking it to go above and beyond? Sure, there is a lot of intelligent comedy out there, but sometimes you just want a show where the laughs are a bit obvious and the guys are pretty to look at.
May 20, 2020
A lot of Telenovela's humor will stretch across any cultural divide.
May 20, 2020
Trouble is, there's not a single surprising twist on any of the threadbare inside-showbiz tropes, and even worse, every single zinger feels like it's from a hastily assembled first draft.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 20, 2020
Taking on Spanish-language soap operas, Eva Longoria tries to show the "30 Rock"-like fun that happens behind the scenes. All too often, though, this looks like a "Saturday Night Live" skit that doesn't quite land.
May 20, 2020
Still, this is Longoria's show all the way and she's never been better. Her physical comedy is on point; her timing is impeccable; and even when Ana Sofia is supposed to look bedraggled, Longoria remains radiant.
May 20, 2020
If nothing else, it will make you laugh at the nonsense of it all, and that's a good thing. A very good thing.
May 20, 2020
Take a genre that's easily mocked and mock it - not much art in that. At least, not as it's done here.
May 20, 2020
Telenovela is a welcome reflection of America 2015 as well as an on-the-money satire and love letter to a beloved TV genre watched by millions daily.
January 7, 2016
Although Telenovela takes its name from an exuberantly dramatic genre of soap opera, its plots are mundane.
January 6, 2016
Telenovela manages to mine a few culturally specific tropes for some genuinely universal laughs.
December 31, 2015
Telenovela may not have depth, but watching Longoria mug for the camera ain't a bad way to spend half an hour.
December 9, 2015
While Telenovela employs a lot of Latin actors, it doesn't give them enough good lines to make the latest entry in the Too Much Television universe worth your time.
December 9, 2015
A comedy that strains for fizzy yet comes off as frantic, like so many other network comedies this show wastes great actors -- in particular the divine Eva Longoria -- on bad writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2015
Silly and eccentric but not quite graceful enough to be considered irreverent, producer/star Eva Longoria's eager commitment to the premise still allows Telenovela to crackle with great jokes and solid physical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
December 7, 2015
Fun, light, colorful and original.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 7, 2015
Longoria and most of the cast are charming; if you're looking for well-performed, lightweight entertainment, here it is.
December 7, 2015
It would be worth the effort, because there's clearly potential in this pleasant but not-yet-impressive showbiz comedy - as you should expect from a series starring Eva Longoria, at her best here as soap diva Ana Sofia Calderon.
December 7, 2015
The show is paced well, with a likeable cast and plenty of avenues for humor that haven't been mined a million times before.
December 7, 2015
Telenovela is legitimately laugh-out-loud funny.
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