Vocabulary - TV programmes and film genres

Family watching sports on television

These days, a lot of people stream their favourite programmes, songs and films and watch them on devices as well as on the TV, so it's worth being familiar with vocabulary from Technology in everyday life. Many of the programmes that are popular in the UK are also popular in Spain, from reality TV and talent shows to quiz shows and series. There are also lots of Spanish-language films and television programmes that have found an international audience through streaming platforms.

Here are some types of TV programmes to get started:

la comediacomedy
el concursoquiz show
el dibujo animadocartoon
el documentaldocumentary
las noticiasnews
el programa de cocinacookery programme
el programa de deportesports programme
el programa de músicamusic programme
los programas infantiles children's programmes
la serie policíacadetective series
la telerrealidad/el programa de realidadreality show
la telenovelasoap opera

It's also essential to be able to talk about different genres of films:

Cinema scene with icons of different film genres around it
las películas de acciónaction films
las películas de amor/las películas románticasromance films
las películas de comediacomedies
las películas de ciencia-ficciónscience-fiction films
las películas de terrorhorror films
las películas de guerrawar films