Quinceañera (telenovela)

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Genre Telenovela
Created by René Muñoz
Written by
  • René Muñoz
  • Edmundo Báez
  • Marcia del Río
Story by Jorge Durán Chávez
Directed by
Opening theme "Quinceañera" performed by Timbiriche
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 103
Executive producer(s) Carla Estrada
Cinematography Antonio Novaro
Camera setup Multi-camera
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 405-line
Original release October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05) – February 26, 1988 (1988-02-26)
Preceded by Senda de gloria
Followed by Amor en silencio

Quinceañera (English title: Sweet 15) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carla Estrada for Televisa in 1987. Quinceañera was the first telenovela to talk about substance abuse, date rape and gangs, and is considered to be the first telenovela made for teenagers.[1][2]

Quinceañera was named by the Associated Press as one of the 10 most influential telenovelas ever to air in Latin America,[2] and Univision tlnovelas viewers named it one of their all-time favorite Mexican telenovelas.[3] In 2010, Quinceañera was placed #7 on the People en Español's "20 Best Telenovelas" list,[4] and in 2012, Terra named it as one of the 50 best telenovelas of all-time.[5]

Adela Noriega, Thalía, Ernesto Laguardia and Rafael Rojas starred as protagonists, while Sebastián Ligarde and Nailea Norvind starred as antagonists.


Maricruz (Adela Noriega) and Beatriz (Thalía) are classmates and best friends. Maricruz is from a working-class family, while Beatriz's is very wealthy. They are both 14 and excited about their quinceañera parties and becoming women.

Mechanic's apprentice Pancho (Ernesto Laguardia) and gang tough Memo (Sebastián Ligarde) are attracted to Maricruz. Maricruz is immediately disgusted by Memo and eventually accepts Pancho's love. Memo attacks Maricruz; she faints before he can rape her, but he lets her believe he did rape her. She feels violated, defiled, and unworthy of Pancho and believes he won't want her now.

At the same time, Maricruz's brother Gerardo (Rafael Rojas) starts dating Beatriz when their mother pressures her children to raise their social class. When Beatriz becomes pregnant, her family supports her after their initial horror. Both girls realize that the passage to womanhood was not what they expected.[1]



Track listing[edit]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1988 6th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela of the Year Carla Estrada Won[1]
Best Antagonist Actor Sebastián Ligarde
Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega
Best Young Lead Actor Ernesto Laguardia
Best Female Revelation Thalía
Best Male Revelation Armando Araiza
Best Original Story or Adaptation René Muñoz
Best Young Antagonist Nailea Norvind
Premios El Heraldo de México Best Telenovela Carla Estrada
Best Actress Revelation Adela Noriega

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  1. ^ a b c "Quinceañera, la telenovela juvenil mexicana sobre el verdadero amor y la amistad" (in Spanish). Kidzworldespanol.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (December 27, 2008). "Las 10 telenovelas más influyentes de AL" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Univision.com. "¿Cuál ha sido la mejor telenovela de Univision tlnovelas?" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Las 20 mejores telenovelas: Quinceañera". People en Español (in Spanish). March 31, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  5. ^ Terra.com.pe (November 14, 2012). "Las 50 mejores telenovelas de todos los tiempos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-04-28. 

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