A telenovela has a number of guidelines to which to follow, one of those guidelines includes the length of the telenovela. Usually a telenovela is on air for about 120 episodes or more depending on the reception of the audience. If the telenovela is doing well in ratings then the network might extend the storyline, but on the other hand if the telenovela is a complete flop then the network will try to end it as soon as possible to cut its losses. What I find very interesting is that this common sense formula was not followed in Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso. Although this was one of the best rated telenovelas at the time it was aired and its popularity remained throughout its broadcast, the production only lasted for about 23 episodes. This brings to question whether this production can be called a telenovela at all or whether it should be described as a short series based on a book. In my opinion, this should be called a telenovela. Although it was extremely short, I feel
that it goes straight to the point and keeps the viewer captured through the whole telenovela. In
contrast, I feel that sometimes the 120 or more episodes are not needed. They turn out to be filler episodes with no real purpose in the storyline besides making it longer. As a result, the audience usually becomes bored in the middle of production. Even if a novela is doing well, the episodes should be kept to just the necessary number to tell an interesting and complete storyline. Adding fluff just ruins the quality. Although more than 23 episodes would have been nice because at times this telenovela felt rushed, I applaud the network and the production team for abstaining from adding more episodes. It is up to the viewer to decide whether Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso is a telenovela or just a series. I feel that 23 episodes is just enough when one compares it to the other versions that have been made. For example, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso added a lot more episodes when it was remade by Telemundo, but I could not watch the middle. A horrible and unnecessary storyline was added because it was doing so well in the United States. More than 152 episodes were added in order to make the proper telenovela length, but many viewers that has watched the original version felt that those episodes were not necessary for its success in the United States. The original version had been a hit in Colombia with only 23 episodes.The extra fluff ruined the plot and the message the writer was trying to portray in the original version was not properly showcased in this second version. By comparing these two versions, the viewer can clearly see that sometimes less is more.