Club de Cuervos

Club de Cuervos
Genre Comedy, drama
Written by
  • Gary Alazraki
  • Michael Lam
  • Jay Dyer
  • Russell Eida
  • Alessia Costantini
Directed by Gary Alazraki
Starring Luis Gerardo Méndez
Mariana Treviño
Stephanie Cayo
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Original network Netflix
Original release August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07) – present

Club de Cuervos is a Mexican comedy-drama web TV series produced by Gary Alazraki and Michael Lam.[1] Premiering with its full first season on August 7, 2015, it is the first Spanish-language Netflix original series. The story centers on the football club Cuervos FC, based in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico, and the power struggle that follows the death of its long-time owner and patriarch.[2] Club de Cuervos stars Luis Gerardo Méndez and Mariana Treviño as two siblings who fight over ownership and direction of the team.

Scripted by both Mexican and American writers, the first season of Club de Cuervos was shot in Pachuca, Hidalgo. The series has received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the show's pacing and originality. It was renewed for a second season on October 28, 2015.[3]


Set in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico, the series focuses on the Cuervos FC, a soccer team that faces an identity crisis after the death of its owner, Salvador Iglesias Sr. Due to male-dominant cultural attitudes, his son, Chava, is quickly chosen to take on the role of new president, despite the fact that his sister, Isabel, is considered to be better suited to run the team. Isabel is resentful of Chava and his position as leader, and vows to do whatever possible to take his place as president. Chava, whose vision is to transform the team into the "Real Madrid of Latin America", soon proves to be a poor decision-maker and often angers his subordinates, especially Vice President Felix Domingo and Coach Goyo. The series also explores the relationships between the players on the team, and how they are impacted by Chava's decisions.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Secondary characters

Special performances


Club de Cuervos is filmed in Pachuca, Hidalgo (Pachuca's historic center pictured)

Hoping to expand further into the Latin American television market by producing a local show, Netflix contacted Mexican director Gary Alazraki, who had directed the 2013 film The Noble Family, which became the highest-grossing Mexican film of all time.[4] In response Alazraki and his friend Mike Lam began developing a show with the idea of "Game of Thrones set in the world of soccer", focusing on family members fighting over leadership of the team.[4] Alazraki and Lam decided to hire a writer who had experience with American cable shows, and decided on Jay Dyer, writer of Californication and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, despite his limited knowledge of soccer and the Spanish language. The staff held a meeting in Los Angeles in which Alazraki educated the others about Mexico and the commentary he wanted to make about class and gender relations in the show.[4] The following month, the team traveled to Pachuca, Hidalgo to become immersed in the culture, meeting with soccer players and people from a wide variety of economic backgrounds.[4]


Club de Cuervos has received positive reviews from critics. The first season has a score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.[5] Xaque Gruber of The Huffington Post writes that the series "oscillates brilliantly from laugh-out-loud comedy to poignant drama, while never dipping into Latin stereotypes or telenovela melodrama."[6]


  1. "Club de Cuervos". IMDB. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. Spangler, Todd. "Netflix Comedy 'Club de Cuervos' Starts Shooting in Mexico". Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  3. Lesley Goldberg (28 October 2015). "Netflix Renews First Spanish-Language Original 'Club de Cuervos' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Zax, David (August 19, 2015). "The Creative Team Behind "Club de Cuervos," Netflix's First Spanish-Language Series". Fast Company. Fast Company, Inc. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  5. "Club de Cuervos - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  6. Gruber, Xaque (August 10, 2015). "Club De Cuervos Is Netflix's Freshest New Series of the Year". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
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