14 Things People Who Grew Up Watching Univision Will Understand
The greatest thing about growing up in the '90s was that there was no social media to distract me from all that Univision brought into my world. Imagine if I'd missed out on Sábado Gigante because something was trending on Twitter long enough to grab my attention. There's something special about looking back on how everything from Univision's novelas to talk shows impacted how I grew up and perceive media. And also, William Levy's muscles.
Anyone who like me had the beloved channel on all the time for that entire decade will understand what I mean when I say La Cuatro or make reference to Soraya Montenegro — we're our own special club. Read ahead if you're a proud member, too!
You don’t know a world without El Gordo y La Flaca.
Raul and Lili are the dynamic duo that you didn't know you needed but now can't live without.
Saturday nights were always reserved for Sábado Gigante.
Sorry, not one bit sorry about how we spent every Saturday night of our youth on our couch.
The number four is never not going to remind you of La Cuatro.
Sábado Gigante's star character will go down in history as one of our favorite comedians.
The 3 p.m. novela time slot was filled by your favorites.
Rebelde, Clase 406, the list goes on.
Those 8 p.m. novelas were your dramas and fairy tales wrapped together.
It was hard not to fall in love with those small-screen romances or to get caught up in whether the wedding finale was actually going to happen. All the drama!
Cristina Saralegui will forever be your Oprah.
From her incredibly candid interviews with greats like Selena to her feel-good pieces, Cristina captured our attention for years.
You and Despierta América have a history that Good Morning America can’t even touch.
Every morning you woke up to your favorite cast and favorite pup, Cosita. Even Jake Gyllenhaal can't resist Karla Martinez!
You know lyrics to entire songs because of novela openings.
The songs were probably not age appropriate, but it didn't stop you from knowing every single line.
At one point, you attempted to copy a look straight from your favorite teen novela.
Your first real fashion inspirations probably came from the likes of Roberta on Rebelde or any other of the beautiful female protagonistas.
You know the dramatic music that's playing in the background even without any audio.
Knowing the soundtracks to novela scenes is an art form that you mastered at an extremely young age.
Before the horoscopes page in your favorite magazines, there was Walter Mercado.
You were not allowed to speak during his five-minute segment, and if you did, the future was not bright for you.
You remember where you were the first time you saw William Levy.
Univision consistently blessed us with shirtless William Levy scenes and for that we will be forever grateful.
You can point out the villana in a novela a mile away.
The looks they master, the soundtracks that play during their scenes, you know someone is bad news the minute they first appear on screen during a telenovela's premiere.
You know that Jorge Ramos is the only man on TV that your abuela trusts.
Even though it seems like the world is just finding out about Jorge Ramos, you've been privy on his awesomeness for years. All thanks to Univision.