A great way to practice the Spanish language would be to watch a binge-worthy Spanish TV show. It will also help you know about a different culture and get exposure to different accents and slang. Those who are an intermediate or advanced Spanish learner should consider using Spanish subtitles while watching a Spanish series as it will enhance language learning while beginners to the language would have to use English subtitles.
Most of the Spanish shows also happen to fulfill your couch potato fantasies with high-school drama, steamy sex scenes, edge-of-your-seat action and much more that make you forget about any language barriers. If you are wondering about which Spanish series to binge on Netflix, here is a list of few.
The popular Spanish period drama series, directed by Carlos Sedes, is set in an early 20th-century aristocratic hotel during the reign of King Alfonso XIII. The show features a major mystery that involves the hotel owner’s family and the hotel servants. The show follows a working-class young man Julio Olmedo, who infiltrates the hotel in the guise of a footman to investigate the truth about his sister’s mysterious disappearance. The show, which is back on Netflix by popular demand, has plenty of romance, murder, blackmail, betrayal, and comedy.
The Spanish period drama web series, produced by Netflix, is set in the 1920’s Madrid. This show is one of Netflix top recommendations and features the events after one of the world’s first modern telecommunications companies, National Telephone Company, starts operations in Madrid. Four young women begin working as phone operators at the company. Each woman fights for independence trying to escape her dark past while adorning dazzling 20s fashion. The show reflects the hardships of working women in the 1920s Spain, and severe restrictions they face in a male-dominated society.
The series, that exploits the life story of the infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar, is one of the most popular Netflix original series. The show is partially in English, but it still takes you on a compulsive viewing spree and sure, it is a fun way to practice Spanish! Narcos, which is one of the costliest Netflix Original production, may have an upcoming fourth season consisting of 10 episodes with a new drug cartel and a new team of DAE agents. More than just a biopic on Pablo Escobar, world’s most notorious drug lord, the series also depicts the undercover DEA’s battle against narcotics.
The Spanish thriller, teen-drama series, created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona, focuses on three working-class teens who are enrolled in an exclusive private high school in Spain and the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. The juicy murder mystery throughout the entire season, obscene displays of wealth, and lots and lots of sex made the show surprise hit when it premiered on Netflix in 2018. Elite is a soapy whodunit with issues-based side plots and deals with topics like class inequality, xenophobia, and the stigma of HIV.
The Spanish drama, produced by Atresmedia and Plano a Plano, follows four male strippers nicknamed “toy boys” who work in the affluent, seaside vacation city of Marbella, Spain. The show focuses on the main character a young, handsome and carefree stripper, Hugo Beltrán, who is jailed for a murder he didn’t commit. After seven years in a Malaga prison, he is released pending a retrial. He sets out to prove that his lover, a mature and powerful woman, framed him for her husband’s murder. The addictive murder mystery plotline, glamorous beach town setting and the eye candy of its four stars made the show a cult favorite.
The Spanish action crime mystery series, that premiered in 2017, is currently the most anticipated show on Netflix. The story follows a group of robbers assigned with the task of stealing buildings by occupying them, on behalf of a nameless boss, the Professor. The series has similarities with films Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Baby Driver (2017) but has established a prime space among global fan-base by now. When asked about the forthcoming of the series, creator Alex Pina said that “Someone knows there will be a fifth season, but we don’t.”
The Spanish comedy-drama series, based on Elísabet Benavent’s novel series, En Los Zapatos de Valeria, is developed by María López Castaño for Netflix. The show is worthwhile for those who need to watch something light-hearted every once in a while. The show revolves around the titular character, Valeria, an aspiring novelist who finds her life derailed by an unexpected love triangle. In her creative and marital crisis, she finds support from her friends – Carmen, Lola, and Nerea, who are also discovering themselves and each just as lovable in their own right.
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