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From ‘Narcos’ to ‘Empire’: 13 Must-See Fall TV Shows Starring Latinos

We are currently living in the age of Peak TV. There used to be only networks. Then came cable. Then streaming services. And now it’s hard to keep up with everything premiering, airing special new episodes, or dropping full seasons. But this also means that we’ve seen more TV shows with casts and creators that speak to and about different life experiences. Prestige drama and successful comedies no longer mean “shows about white guys.” Indeed, right now there are plenty of series that feature Latino actors and characters in key roles.

And so, if you’re looking for a handy refresher of which Latino-fronted shows are heading back to the small screens this fall, you’re in luck! Find below a list of 13 series that will keep you company as the weather starts to cool and you find it easier to make excuses to stay home on your couch.

1

Narcos

The Pablo Escobar series is coming back in its full dad-sweater glory for season 2. Paulina García may have revealed what we all knew was going to happen at the end of this follow-up season but that doesn’t mean the ride to get there will be anything but exhilarating. Plus: you know Moura got a chance to work on his Paisa accent so we have that to look forward to!

Season 2 premieres September 2 on Netflix.

2

StartUp

This 10-episode drama series, airing on Crackle, takes place in modern Miami bringing a brilliant Latina coder (Otmara Marrero), a banker with a lot of money to burn (Adam Brody), and a Haitian gang member hoping to go legit (Edi Gathegi) together in the unlikeliest of alliances as they ready to launch a new controversial currency called GenCoin. All of this while a corrupt FBI agent (played by Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) circles their new “Start Up” endeavor.

Series premiere September 6 on Crackle.

3

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Golden-Globe-winning comedy is back for a fourth season this fall. The new season promises more laughs courtesy of the latest plot twist in the celebrated ensemble comedy with its leads being in the witness protection program and a promised crossover with fellow FOX comedy The New Girl. More importantly, the new season means we can expect more more hijinks from our favorite pair of funny lady cops: Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero).

Season 4 premieres September 20 on Fox.

4

Empire

Season 2 of the hip-hop musical DRAMA (the show’s antics call out for all-caps) may have been a bit too crazy for fans, but there’s no denying that the Lee Daniels’ produced series is a riot to watch. Everyone will surely be tuning in to see how last season’s cliffhanger gets resolved (who do you think actually went over the balcony?!) but our eyes will be peeled to see whether Laura (Jamila Velazquez) circles back into Hakeem’s orbit after that disastrous would-be wedding.

Season 3 premieres September 21 on Fox.

5

Modern Family

The long-running comedy that made Sofia Vergara a household name will be back for its (count it) eighth season! Showrunner Steven Levitan has already begun hyping up this year’s Halloween episode which has become an annual tradition for the Emmy-winning show. Look out for the Pritchett family (that’d be Jay, Vergara’s Gloria, and her youngest kid) to dress up as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The twist? It’ll be Jay (Ed O’Neill) who’ll be donning the Jesus costume.

Season 8 premieres September 21 on ABC.

6

Black-ish

The one under-the-radar ABC comedy you should be catching returns for its third season this Fall. Fresh off its Emmy nominations (including one for Best Comedy Series), the Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross sitcom focusing on an African-American family in California will surely prove to be as vital as it was last year when they dealt with police brutality in a modern twist on the “very special episode.” And, of course, look out for Allen Maldonado (of African American and Puerto Rican descent) who plays Curtis, Dre’s assistant on the show.

Season 3 premieres September 21 on ABC.

7

How To Get Away With Murder

After a sudsy season 2, the successful Viola Davis drama enters its third season with plenty of questions to answer. In between the mysteries, the backstories, and the backstabbing that we’ve come to expect, it looks like season 3 might also give us more details on Laurel’s past which should give Mexican box office star Karla Souza more to do this season. But what we’re most intrigued about? The set of guest stars already lined up which include Dexter’s Lauren Vélez and NYPD Blue star Esai Morales.

Season 3 premieres September 22 on ABC.

8

Superstore

The America Ferrera workplace comedy aired a special Olympics-themed episode ahead of its season 2 return and we hope that means more people will be checking out what might be NBC’s best comedy in years. Set in the fictional big box store Cloud 9, Superstore boasts one of the most diverse ensemble casts this side of Orange is the New Black which has led to some of the funniest moments of the series. Case in point: when Filipino Mateo was tasked with selling salsa while wearing a sombrero only to have Ferrera’s Amy rail against the tired stereotypes promoted by the store.

Season 2 premieres September 22 on NBC.

9

Pitch

In a first for television, Fox has teamed up with Major League Baseball for Pitch, a drama that looks to tap into current conversations about sexism in sports. The show is about the first female baseball player to join the major league. Can she overcome the odds against her to make it with the “big boys”? Thankfully, she’ll have the full support of the team’s general manager and president, Oscar, who’ll be played by Marc Consuelos.

Series premieres September 22 on Fox.

10

Code Black

CBS hopes Code Black can be this generation’s ER. Set in the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, the show tackles what it’s like to work in an understaffed, busy emergency room that lacks sufficient resources. In its sprawling cast you can find Luis Guzmán as Jesse Salander, otherwise known as “Momma,” the type of senior nurse who manages the residents who is the epitome of “tough on the outside but caring on the inside.”

Season 2 premieres September 28 on CBS.

11

Westworld

HBO hopes it has its next Game of Thrones in its hands with this ambitious sci-fi Western. The concept, adapted from a 1973 film of the same name, is billed as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Translation: the Western world we’ll be watching is an AI/robot-filled virtual reality that caters to expensive clients who want to literally live out their fantasies. The sprawling cast includes Tessa Thompson, a mysterious and savvy provocateur with a unique perspective on Westworld, and Rodrigo Santoro filling out a cowboy outfit like no one else could while playing the resident “Most Wanted” guy.

Series premiere October 2 on HBO.

12

The Flash

As the CW continues expanding its DC-universe fans will be happy to know that The Flash will continue to be at the heart of it all. Case in point: following Supergirl’s move to the CW, we’re getting a much anticipated crossover which will have you swooning over how great Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist are as the titular superheroes. But don’t mind us, we’ll be keeping tabs on Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) the youngest member of the team of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs, the team which supports Barry “The Flash” Allen in fending off evil threats.

Season 3 premieres October 2 on the CW.

13

Jane the Virgin

Are you still reeling from that season 2 cliffhanger? Tried as we may, we couldn’t get Jane herself to dish on what’s gonna happen to Michael when season 3 kicks off later this fall. That just means we’ll be glued to our television come mid-October when the Villanueva girls return in their full, hilarious glory. One thing we know for sure will happen in season 3? “The Virgin” part of the show’s title will soon become incorrect. Yes, as exec producer Jennie Snyder Urman confirmed this past summer, our Jane will finally have sex. Just don’t expect it to be a big deal.

Season 3 premieres October 17 on the CW.