Getting hooked on binge-worthy TV shows is
a great way to relax on your couch, right? But then suddenly you find yourself
in a situation that you have nothing to stream. Don’t panic, I’ve got some good
news for you! There’s a whole other side of Netflix that you can continue your
bingeing. Netflix’s library of Spanish shows is so good. It’ll (hopefully) give
you a chance to understand there’s a whole new and different world outside of
Narcos. You can choose from hilarious comedies to super intense dramas. Also,
you won’t feel guilty for sitting all day in front of a screen and potato
couching, since it helps you sharpen some Spanish skills. Here are 8 popular
Spanish TV shows for starters.
Even the most action-loving viewers need a
lighthearted watch every once in a while, and Valeria is exactly
that. As I like to put it, this series is like if Sex and the
City, Girls, and Bridget Jones had a baby...in Madrid, Spain.
You'll love getting to know the titular character, Valeria, an aspiring
novelist who finds her life derailed by an unexpected love triangle. And of
course, there to support her are her very own Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda,
although in this case, the squad is Carmen, Lola, and Nerea — each just as
lovable in their own right.
Just in case the darkly alluring story of a
spoiled rich girl in the middle of a love triangle at an exclusive private school in
Spain isn't enough for you, there's also a mysterious unsolved murder — and
plenty of clutch-your-pearls sex scenes. If you do join the more than 20
million households around the world that became instant fans of Netflix's
glossy teen drama, your sole regret will be that there are only short seasons.
But thankfully, there are already 3 seasons and a fourth one is coming, too.
3. Casa de Papel
A mysterious man known as "The
Professor" helps train a dozen young, money-hungry criminals to pull off
the largest bank heist in history. Hooked yet? I was, especially when the
series somehow managed to keep me on the edge of my seat with a show set almost
entirely in one location (first 2 seasons), the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid.
But don't worry, Casa de Papel isn't all action, no fun: There are
quite a few love stories here, and fans of Élite will notice a few
familiar faces in this cast.
4. Vis a Vis
If you like Orange Is the New
Black, you’ll LOVE Vis a Vis. Here’s the gist: Girl falls in love
with her boss, boss asks the girl to manipulate their accounting, girl gets
sent to jail for tax crimes. The series follows her journey to prison—and the
other female inmates she meets.
5. Club de Cuervos
If you're in the mood for a dramedy that
brings as many laughs as it does feel, Club de Cuervos will do the
trick. Chava and Isabel are two siblings who inherit their father's soccer team
after he unexpectedly dies, and their battle toward who gets to be the boss is
full of the kind of drama that will keep novela-lovers on the edge of their
seat every episode.
6. Siempre Bruja
One of Netflix's most recent original
Spanish-language series was Siempre Bruja, which had a lot of promise as
the tale of a 17th-century Afro-Latina witch in Colombia who time travels
to modern times. But the show immediately received major criticism for playing
into some problematic stereotypes and a slave/master love story plotline. But
if you want to give the show a shot yourself, you can stream the first season.
7. Paquitas Salas
A show so unexpectedly popular that Netflix
bought it after the first season. The show is about a talent agency that is
losing clients left, right, and center. When their last, most important
client terminates the relationship, the main character and her eclectic team is
are forced to re-invent themselves and go on the search for talented
individuals that could save their firm. If you love your comedy – and want it
in Spanish – this show is for you.
Well, this show is actually in Portuguese,
but it’s possible to switch the language to Spanish, so it sort of counts,
right? Set in the distant future in a reality in which society is split between
an affluent colony and impoverished mainland Brazil. Each year, all 20-year
olds are subjected to a test that determines their entire future. Pass, and you
get to join the colony. Fail, and you remain in poverty. With only 3% of
applicants succeeding, competition is tough, and survival uncertain.
Hopefully, you’ll love our choices. Tell us
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