The dog days of summer are upon us. Beach get-a-ways, familia vacay’s, and not our favorite, but extreme heat conditions, so why not take some time to beat the heat and binge watch some of your favorite shows hitting a TV screen near you. There are some kick-ass Latinas doing their thing on TV this summer, and bringing all they got to light up the small screen with some action-packed, and at times suspenseful, episodes. These five shows are steaming up your summer months with an exciting new season, and for some the final season, so you definitely want to set those DVR’s to record in case you miss an episode!
Shades of Blue
Our favorite triple threat Latina, Jennifer Lopez, is back as detective Harlee in the third, and final season of the dramatic series with plot twists, and unexpected turns that leave you wanting more by the end of each episode. Sadly, this show wasn’t renewed so this is your last chance to catch all the suspense of Lopez on the streets of New York playing good cop/bad cop alongside Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, and Cristina Santos, who plays Lopez’s young daughter lighting up the screen with her own impressive acting chops. “Shades of Blue” started on June 17th and is on NBC Sunday’s at 10/9 central.
Queen of the South
OMG! There’s just no other way to say what an impressive lineup of Latinas this show has brought to the table proving that the tides are surely turning on how television portrays females in lead roles. Very few shows on television have been this explosive straight out the gate. Portraying the heart-wrenching story of Teresa Mendoza, played by Alicia Braga, and her rise to fame in the drug cartel world in which she holds her own against the current “Reina Del Sur” Camila Vargas, played by Veronica Falcon. The series takes you through the darkest and deadliest encounters Teresa has faced in the drug trafficking world only to have her come into her own to become one of the most powerful women in the business. But wait there’s more. There just might be a new queen on the horizon as Camila’s daughter, Isabella Vargas, played by Idalia Valles, will come into her own. After having witnessed the murder of her father Epifanio last season, she just might show everyone the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Don’t miss the action-packed episodes on the USA Network Thursdays 9/8 central. Season 3 started on June 21st.
Orange is the New Black
Back for its sixth’s season on July 27th is a fan favorite with a stellar cast of its own kick-ass Latinas. The Netflix original has a bevy of talented actresses portraying their experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, the series is one of the most watched on television, and with award-winning actresses such as Jackie Cruz, who plays Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales, and Dascha Polanco who portrays Dayanara Diaz, it’s no wonder. A must watch drama touching on the brutal realities these women face behind bars on a daily basis. Garnering 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations its first season this show is not one to miss binge watching. Stay tuned to their website for exact times of when you’ll be able to stream the sixth season.
The TNT original “Claws” is making waves with its season two in full force this summer. You definitely want to catch up on the first seasons of this spicy new hit with one of your favorite Latinas, Judy Reyes, at the helm. Reyes portrays Quiet Ann in a series that centers on the powerhouse of a team of leading ladies who live diverse lives as manicurists in a South Florida nail salon. By day they may be whipping out some of the most unique nail art this side of town, but behind all that gel and shellac lies secrets, and stories to be shared of their organized crime sprees and laundering money. Be sure to tune in to this fly by the seat of your pants series airing every Sunday 9/8 central on TNT.
This Netflix original set in the 1980’s against the backdrop of a league of female wrestlers trying to reinvent themselves will have you rolling in your seats as you fall in love with the ensemble cast and their endearing and some wise-cracking attitudes. In its second season, this comedy is from the creative minds of “Orange is the New Black.” Shakira Barrera who has jumped into the ring for season 2 plays Yolanda aka Yo-Yo, “a Mexican American dancer/stripper and out-and-proud lesbian who joins the team,” states deadline.com. This one will take you back in time complete with the big hair, the music, and unique styles all while rooting for the girls to reach their wrestling dreams. Season two hit the air on June 29th.