El Chapo (TV series)

El Chapo is an American crime television series co-produced by Netflix and Univision about the life of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán . [1] The series premiered on April 23, 2017 at Univision before being subsequently added to Netflix worldwide. [2] It stars Marco de la O as the titular character. [3]

The series recounts the beginnings of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in 1985, when he was a low-level member of the Guadalajara cartel until his rise to power and his last fall.

On May 12, 2017 Univision confirmed that the series would be renewed for a second season to be released in September 2017. [4]

Netflix released the first season of 9 episodes on June 16, 2017. [5]

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 7 April 23, 2017 May 21, 2017 [6] [7]
2 TBA September 2017 TBA


  • Marco de la O as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán
  • Valentina Acosta as Alejandra
  • Alejandro Aguilar as Too
  • Juan Carlos Oliva as El Güero
  • Rodrigo Abed as Amado
  • Juliette Pardau as Graciela
  • Teté Espinoza as Chío
  • Humberto Busto as Don Conrado Sol
  • Hernán Romo as Benjamín Avendaño
  • Abril Schreiber as Guadalupe


Season 1 (2017)

No. in
title Original air date US viewers
1 1 “Chapter 1” April 23, 2017 1.73 [8]
Joaquín Guzmán is a man who has been working in the illegal world of drug trafficking for a long time. Capo named Pablo Escobar is a great place to spend a few days. Joaquín is a lover of the tunnels to cross the drug along the Mexican border without any danger of being discovered and this will be his key to climbing the business. When El Chapo receives the news of his father’s death by a severe illness and his relationship was not the best he wanted to say goodbye but time did not work in his favor.
2 2 “Chapter 2” April 23, 2017 1.73 [8]
Joaquín Guzmán Loera initiates a war against the Avendaño to avenge the death of his compadre and of the family of El Güero. Amado, General Blanco and Don Sol decides to blame El Chapo for the murder of Cardinal Posadas Ocampo.
3 3 “Chapter 3” April 30, 2017 1.60 [9]
Ramón will be delighted to return to El Chapo. Don Sol meets with Gabriela to question her about the crimies of Colonel Blanco that he has been able to maintain in the dark.
4 4 “Chapter 4” May 7, 2017 1.58 [10]
El Chapo proposes to Herrerías to give him part of his merchandise in El Salvador as long as they are associated. El Chapo is quoted to talk business with Herrerías but all turns out to be a deception of Lieutenant Rosado to be able to deliver it to the police.




“Chapter 5 and 6” May 14, 2017 1.37 [11]
El Chapo is taken to Mexico thanks to the military. Conrado Sol is given the task of holding a press conference where it presents El Chapo as the most important drug trafficker in Mexico. Gabriela is murdered for having had copies of the unpublished newspaper file of Colonel Blanco that implicates him. El Chapo begins his days in jail and this puts him thinking about how to escape.
7 7 “Chapter 7” May 21, 2017 1.54 [12]
El Chapo spent four months in the Paddies on orders from La Licenciada. After a long time in the punishment cell, El Chapo returns to his cell where he believes he can rest from so many humiliations.

Season 2 (2017)

No. in
title Original air date US viewers
8 1 “Chapter 1” September 2017 [13] [14] TBD


  1. Jump up^ Littleton, Cynthia (May 17, 2016). “Netflix and Univision Partner for ‘El Chapo’ Series, ‘Narcos’ and ‘Cuervos Club’ Pact . Variety .
  2. Jump up^ Blistein, Jon (January 26, 2017). “Unifision, Netflix ‘El Chapo’ Series Sets April Premiere” . Rolling Stone .
  3. Jump up^ Fridman, Mandy. “Marco de la O, protagonist of ‘El Chapo’, confiesa su miedo y felicidad to interpretar al narco” . Laraza.com (in Spanish) . Retrieved 30 April 2017 .
  4. Jump up^ “Todas las nuevas telenovelas y Univision series: ‘El Chapo’ y Sebastián Rulli regresan” . Laopinion.com (in Spanish) . Retrieved 14 May 2017 .
  5. Jump up^ “Netflix in June: What’s new and expiring” . USA TODAY . Retrieved 2017-05-25 .
  6. Jump up^ “Disfruta an adelanto exclusivo del capítulo final of the primera temporada de ‘El Chapo ‘ ” . Univision.com (in Spanish) . Retrieved 19 May 2017 .
  7. Jump up^ Univision . ” ‘ El Chapo’ / Final de temporada, Domingo Mayo 21, 9 PM / 8C / 8PAC” . Youtube.com (in Spanish). Youtube . Retrieved 19 May 2017 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:b Pucci, Douglas. “Sunday Final Nationals: TNT Wins Second Straight Sunday in All Key Demos with NBA Playoff Doubleheader” . Programminginsider.com . Retrieved 15 May 2017 .
  9. Jump up^ Pucci, Douglas. “Sunday Final Nationals: Utah-LA Clippers Game 7 on ABC Sees Decline Goal NBA Playoff First Round Ratings Good Overall” . Programminginsider.com . Retrieved 15 May 2017 .
  10. Jump up^ Pucci, Douglas. “Sunday Final Nationals: ‘The Last 100 Days of Diana’ Rises to ABC’s Ten-Week Highs in Their Sunday Slot” . Programminginsider.com . Retrieved 15 May 2017 .
  11. Jump up^ Pucci, Douglas. “Sunday Final Nationals: Spurs-Warriors Game 1 Scores Best NBA NBA Non-Finals Playoff Audience in Six Years” . Programminginsider.com . Retrieved 23 May 2017 .
  12. Jump up^ Pucci, Douglas. “Sunday Final Nationals: Scarce Sampling for ‘Twin Peaks’ Return on Showtime’ . Programminginsider.com . Retrieved 31 May 2017 .
  13. Jump up^ ” ‘ El Chapo’ al borde de la locura: Termino así la primera temporada the sober series Joaquín Guzmán Loera” . Univision.com (in Spanish) . Retrieved 22 May 2017 .
  14. Jump up^ “The ultimate gran of ‘El Chapo’: the series is despide este domingo con un desenlace de impacto” . Univision.com (in Spanish) . Retrieved 22 May 2017 .

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