Selena: The Series



Marisol Cabrales


The Selena Series was released on Netflix on December 4, 2020. The series tells the story of Tejano singer Selena’s rise to fame, and the sacrifices her family made along the way. Now, 25 years after Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s tragic death, her legacy continues to strive.

There are many arguments and negative opinions on the series after it was released. Many viewers  were left unsatisfied with it, and a lot of the complaining focused on the casting. Much of that focus was mainly with the casting of Selena, which Christian Serratos took on the role of. Christian is a very talented actress that has appeared on The Walking Dead, Twilight and she played Suzie in the Nickelodeon show Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.

The whole argument with Christian playing Selena is because some people claim she does not look like her. They claim Christian is skinnier than Selena was, and she lacks the same dancing skills. However, in my opinion she does an adequate job playing the role. In today’s culture people on social media love to bash what the don’t agree with and many are bashing the choice of Christian Serratos as Selena. 

Having the characters look like the original artists is important, but its not what really matters. What matters is having the writers and producers make the series portray Selena’s life to the best of their ability. Mind you Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, is one of the producers so the family is heavily involved with the series. 

The series has 2 parts to it, the first part had 9 episodes and was mainly about Selena’s childhood and then started going into detail about her and her siblings rise to performers. Eventually we see the family begin winning awards and going on tour. They are yet to release the date for Part 2 where many more tragic and known events in Selena’s life will occur and be shown. Tune in to Netflix to see part one now.