Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Queen of the South

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 262
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Air date: Jun 23, 2016
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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…
Top Critic

"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…
Top Critic

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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Queen of the South: Season 1

  • Aug 31, 2019
    Addictive and enticing!
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Consistent action, drama, and suspense.
  • Jul 10, 2019
    Love the show can't want to see more 😊
  • Jun 02, 2019
    While Queen Of The South is at times interesting, some of the scenarios that they came up with in order to create drama was just downright not believable. All in all though I do like this show and it is fun to watch.
  • Jan 13, 2019
  • Dec 02, 2018
    Entertaining enough but incredibly unrealistic. I was looking something like Narcos and thought this would be interesting after learning that this is supposed to be based on the female character from Season 4. Well, it's entertaining but it's like Narcos meets Dynasty and not in a good way. First, I find it very hard to believe that Teresa and Brenda wouldn't be found and killed pretty quickly if they were dealing with a real cartel. We all know how ruthless Mexican cartels can be and they certainly don't let anyone who poses a risk to them get away. Their reach is far and wide and no one rusn or long. Second, Camila is supposed to run drugs and own the territory to half of Texas, she has no problem dropping a million plus on 5 Bentleys and sending millions of dollars in each trunk as gifts, tells her accountant to buy a shipping company and liquidate assets to do so, when he tells her she would lose a lot of money she doesn;t bat an eye, then she tells him even a small percentage of her business would make him more money than he can imagine, and her husband is supposed to have a powerful enough cartel to be a big player in Mexico yet she has trouble coming up with 5 million? Even if she doesn't want to ask her husband for money, she still had access to his money before she broke off on her own and she would've had access to hundreds of millions because everyone knows to even be a player Mexico cartel wise you have to be worth at least a billion or close to it. Anyone who couldn't afford 5 million would be laughed out of the business and certainly wouldn't be considered a player or anyone to fear. I find it hard to believe that she could afford to buy a shipping company and planned on taking her husband to war but had trouble coming up with 5 million. Also, Camila is not nearly ruthless enough, again they try to make her out as this cold-blooded Cartel boss but she comes off as just play acting. The people who are part of the cartel seem like soap opera versions of Cartel members. Not ruthless enough at all. There is no way Teresa would live through trying to run a million times, stealing, etc. Another issue I have is how they deliver the drugs from the very beginning. The first part where Teresa swallows baggies which are like the tiny little Ziploc bags you would sell coke in. You would be lucky if that amounted to an 8 ball, which would never be worth the risk. Drug mules swallow drug filled with condoms and they're much larger and carry much more, at least 800 g of whatever it is. The condoms allow them to pass through the system without disolving. Plus mules don't just take it to the airport and throw it up in some random closet (really? No one would bust them and who can enter some random closet in the airport that would have cleaning products that could be dangerous if smuggled onto the flight?), they carry them the whole trip and use laxatives to pass them when they arrive at their destination. The risk of getting busted with drugs is just as great if not greater upon arrival than it is on takeoff, which is why they don't pass them until they are somewhere safe..One more thing, everyone speaks English in Mexico? I find it hard to believe that 2 poor Mexican street girls would even know English let alone speak it perfectly. So, yea this show is fun if you are looking for a really unrealistic soapy version of a drug cartel story. You must suspend a lot of belief to get through it.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    Esta série, apesar do que muitos críticos possam dizer, tem um potencial intrigante. O elenco é bom, assim como o enredo e o cenário típico do mundo da droga e das armas.
  • Sep 11, 2018
    Love the show - have been watching since Season 1 and have never been disappointed - amazing actors and love the fact that the writers comment and keep in contact with fans on twitter - GREAT job everbody!
  • Aug 24, 2018
    Very bad cast, lots of stereo types with the way mexicans speak & act. Out of all the Mexican actors and actress out there they pick brazillians ? es mejor ver LA REINA DEL SUR ??
  • Aug 16, 2018
    Better than breaking bad

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