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Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Queen of the South enlivens an overdone premise with action and narrative vigor -- and shows hints of intriguing potential.


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The drama series based on the novel "La Reina del Sur" written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte follows the life of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a Mexican woman who flees to America after the murder of her drug-dealing boyfriend. Season 1 features Teresa joining forces with Camila (Veronica Falcon), the head of an American Cartel, in order to defeat the drug ring that killed her boyfriend and is now hunting her, too. Meanwhile, in Mexico, Teresa's best friend Brenda (Justina Machado) is searching for her while also hiding from the Mexican Cartel.


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Critic Reviews for Queen of the South: Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

The action is choreographed with kinetic propulsion; Alejandro Martinez's photography colourfully presents an adventure in wild places; and the trajectory of the complex plot, with its different story arcs, is impossible to guess.

August 5, 2016 | Full Review…

The action scenes are gripping, the language can be rough within the expanding confines of ad-supported basic cable and the glimpses of the flesh are fairly bold at times.

July 7, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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"Queen of the South" is far from the best modern TV has to offer. But for all its amped up aesthetics, I'm not sure it even wants to be part of the club.

June 30, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

In the first five episodes that have aired so far, it's the resourceful female characters' struggles to be seen as something more than single-use that give Queen of the South its moderate surprises and satisfactions.

July 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Gritty, violent drug cartel story has strong female lead.

June 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show sells us on the idea that pretty, wide-smiling Teresa can become a capable, even vicious, defender of her own hide when threatened, and that Queen of the South might be able to tell a familiar story in a fresh way.

June 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Queen of the South: Season 1

Not the most original idea but the acting was great and the story was intriguing enough to keep me coming back for more, though none of the characters were realistic enough to be relatable.


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