Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)

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

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Critic Ratings: 19

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User Ratings: 289

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 23, 2016

In the premiere, the Mexican drug cartel comes after Teresa, forcing her on the run.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2016

Teresa sets out to prove her worth to Camila; Epifanio hones in on Teresa; and, in Mexico, Brenda desperately searches for Teresa and tries to hide from the cartel.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2016

Camila tests Teresa's loyalty by sending her on a big job; and Camila makes a major move in her quest to take control of Epifanio's cartel. In other events, Brenda plots her escape to America.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2016

Teresa's first solo drug run doesn't go as planned; and Brenda and Tony escape to Dallas.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2016

Teresa advances her plans after witnessing a horrific incident; and Brenda, who's safely in Dallas, begins assembling a team to help her sell drugs.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2016

Camila, who's deep in debt and short on supply, contemplates giving up Teresa; and Brenda's drug enterprise causes problems between her and Tony.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2016

Camila sends Teresa on a dangerous mission; and Brenda, facing a supply shortage, puts her crew in the line of fire.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2016

Camila attempts a risky heist; and Teresa is forced to make a life-changing decision while undercover.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2016

Camila returns to Mexico in order to protect herself; James hunts Teresa; and Teresa faces danger while taking Maria through the tunnel to Mexico.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2016

Camila's operation goes underground after aligning with the Jimenez cartel; and, using information gleaned from Güero's book, Teresa and Brenda attempt to start a new life.

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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 (19) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Aug 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.

Jul 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.

Jun 30, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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While [the premiere] is burdened by the usual pilot trappings, such as too much exposition and an expedited plot, it's also a good look at just what this show will potentially be: a violent, fun drama with a great lead performance.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…

If potential was cocaine, this show would have mounds of it piled up on the coffee table.

Jun 27, 2016 | Full Review…
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There's nothing that sets it apart from, well, most shows, and any attempt to break out of the typical drama structure comes off as forced and unnecessary.

Jun 27, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Judging by [the premiere], Queen of the South faces some tough going.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…

A lot of Queen of the South's dialogue is faux-noirishly over-arch. And its too-frequent, too-lush romantic scenes betray its novela roots. But the action scenes, when the come, are surprisingly effective.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Queen of the South is unapologetically trashy one moment and bizarrely triumphant the next. And, yeah, by the end of the [premiere], I found myself totally wanting more.

Apr 29, 2019 | 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.

Jul 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Gritty, violent drug cartel story has strong female lead.

Jun 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.

Jun 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Queen of the South: Season 1

  • Aug 25, 2020
    Good entertainment. It's surprising that this is a USA Network original, actually. Impressive work.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    Woww I liked this serie too much ,i recommend it badly
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Ridiculous caricatures, more holes in the plot than a Swiss cheese, absolutely dreadful acting from some of the leads. Only Americans with no taste or sensibility could rate this as good n
  • Jun 21, 2020
    Season 1 was interesting, in that it revealed a bit of the more complex scenarios and personalities that the drug world is replete with. However, the other seasons were the most repetitive of any show I've ever watched on television. The entire story could have been easily summarized in a total of about 15-20 episodes. Instead, each season repeated the same story-line, changing the name of the characters and cities, same plot lines, this drug queen or king pin stealing the load from another, kidnapping and killing key members of their rival gangs in various fashion from hanging upside down to nailing them onto the wall with a large nail gun. The show is disturbing and a vehicle to display violence. The one redeeming theme is that Theresa Mendoza, the lead character, Queen of the South, claims to want to be more honest and just with people, but she inevitably fails in that philosophy as well, when she realizes she can't win by being "fair," when you are dealing with the type of characters that live in the drug world. The only thing she earns is the followership of some of her own gang, which, in the end, doesn't matter one bit. In the face of her leadership, thousands of people die consuming drugs and pursuing the money and power that comes "temporarily" with the sale of the drugs. I do not recommend this series.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    My guy friend suggest me and I believe it worth it. After I start to watch it, getting more and more curious to know what's next. And addictive. Until season4 it's a bit different that previous season 1-3. But still fun to watch.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Great writing, incredible cast and so good to see women in charge; albeit of a drugs cartel! Compulsive, dare I say- addictive, viewing!
  • Apr 24, 2020
    My cup of tea! Unrealistic or not as some said, it's a great entertaining show, and it is always exciting to see a badass gorgeous woman kicking ass while having a big heart! I love it! PS: And, sorry, Alice Braga is just too damn beautiful!
  • Feb 03, 2020
    Excellent viewing. Binge Worthy.
  • Aug 31, 2019
    Addictive and enticing!
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Consistent action, drama, and suspense.

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