Narcos: Mexico: Season 1 (2018)


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Narcos: Mexico

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Dangerous, thrilling, and highly addictive, Narcos: Mexico's first season expertly expands the franchise by exploring new territory in the drug war's grim history and showcasing electric performances from Diego Luna and Michael Peña.



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Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.


Michael Peña
as Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena
Diego Luna
as Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo
Joaquín Cosio
as Don Neto
Matt Letscher
as James Kuykendall
Jose María Yazpik
as Amado Carrillo Fuentes
Alyssa Diaz
as Mika Camarena
Tenoch Huerta
as Rafael "Rafa" Caro Quintero
Fernanda Urrejola
as Maria Elvira
Teresa Ruiz
as Isabella Bautista
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Critic Reviews for Narcos: Mexico Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13)

This season... is a wonderful showcase for two talented Latinx actors who've long deserved a high-profile TV project. "Narcos: Mexico" is all that and more, a poignant lesson on the bloody history behind our modern war on drugs.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Showrunner Eric Newman has gotten very good at dramatizing the ever-expanding saga of the drug war for television, and the result here are 10 tense, detail-oriented episodes that don't lack for action and drama.

Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Luna is a talent. But Luna had to elevate more choppy writing than his predecessors did in the first three seasons. It seems as if the primary writers for this season weren't sure what kind of gangster they wanted Gallardo to be.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Offers a new beginning with a more than interesting focus and context. [Full review in Spanish]

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It's worth looking at ourselves in this mirror, even if it hurts. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite having practically the same structure as previous deliveries, the rhythm and sense of the show are still present. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a product that should work much better and it has the potential to. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This Eric Newman showrun late 1970s set series is a near perfect study in character, criminal and otherwise.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's fresh and original, not just another gangster show.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Narcos: Mexico is the TV version of a popcorn movie. It's super-violent, full of colourful lowlifes, and tells an edge of your seat story.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I have surprised myself at how bored I am with this new season of Narcos. [Full Review in Spanish]

Dec 2, 2018 | Full Review…

If you liked Narcos, you'll like this. But I'm beginning to find it exhausting.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Narcos: Mexico: Season 1

  • May 18, 2019
    I'm very sorry, I thought the Narcos series was top notch until this abortion. I hated Kiki so much, by the end of the show, I was almost glad the guy really got killed in real life. I know, that's so wrong, but Jesus Christ, this character was so painful to watch.
  • Feb 16, 2019
    Very engaging and well acted. I looked forward to watching each episode. I only watched the series while on the treadmill, which was great, as it made time pass more quickly.
  • Jan 18, 2019
    Narcos: Mexico might not be as thrilling as Narcos, but with the performance's from Diego Luna and Michael Pena, Narcos: Mexico is definitely a series that standout from others.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    the best season of narcos imo
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Highly entertaining crime story, every bit as good as the original Narcos series. And an even better lesson on the stupidity of the US war on drugs.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Casting was very poor. solid enough story.
  • Dec 24, 2018
    A definite favourite from 2018. I found myself loving Narcos: Mexico just as much as its predecessor.
  • Dec 23, 2018
    Don Neto makes the show deeper and more interesting.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Good series to start to understand the history behind the Drug War
  • Dec 12, 2018
    After watching all three seasons of Narcos, I was a bit skeptical of them pulling a new territory off with a brand new cast but boy was I wrong. Narcos Mexico takes the same formula from the original but improves on it. The cinematography and the color grading makes each episode seem like a movie with a narrative on its own and the performances by Diego Luna and Michael Peña were fantastic. With Diego portraying Miguel Angel the Mexican drug lord and Michael Portraying Agent Camerana. This show has a good balance of action fueled fun while keeping the stakes high for all the characters.

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