Bravo's Mexican Dynasties Is the Best Reality Show You're Not Watching | 4/23/2019 | Sadie Gennis
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For a certain subset of television viewers, Bravo is the gold standard of programming. Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, Southern Charm, Below Deck — when it comes to glossy, narrative reality TV, no one is doing it better right now. However, with so many successful franchises in the works, it can be hard for a freestanding new show to break through with fans. But it seems as though the network may have found its next potential hit.

Mexican Dynasties, which premiered in February, is quickly becoming a sleeper sensation among the Bravo fandom, as word of the show's addicting drama and over the top personalities spreads. Set in Mexico City, the series follows three wealthy Mexican families: the Madrazos, whose grandfather was the first to bring luxury cars to Mexico; the Bessudos, whose family founded Jarritos; and the Allendes, whose fortune comes from the success of the patriarch and former teen idol/soap opera star Fernando Allende.

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While each of the three families is fascinating in their own right (the uncomfortably close relationship between the Madrazo siblings, Oscar and Paulina, could fuel an entire essay, with their cast mate Doris Bessudo even saying their relationship reminds her of Game of Thrones' Jaime and Cersei), it's the Allende family that is the clear breakout of the series.

Led by Fernando and his wife of 31 years, Mari, who also acts as his manager, the Allendes are as dysfunctional as they are eccentric. Seven years ago, Fernando and Mari gave their eldest son, Elan, an ultimatum — either choose his wife Jenny or his band with his younger brother Adan. And Elan did what most of us would do: choose his wife and to make a name for himself on his own terms. After establishing a career in construction, Elan and Jenny have now returned to Mexico...
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