If you haven’t watched any of Netflix’s international offerings, you haven’t reached the value of your subscription. The streaming giant has built an impressive catalog of TV series from around the world, with several Spanish, French and Korean hits entering the US top 10 in recent years.
A must-see for any telenovela fan, Netflix’s Spanish shows include both classics of the genre and new additions that subvert some well-loved tropes. For anyone who wasn’t introduced to their first Spanish language show in a high school classroom, there are several Spanish shows on Netflix that will remind you of your absolute favorites gibberish to Sex and the City to Teddy Lasso. Ahead, the Spanish language shows on Netflix to check out right away.
One of Netflix’s most popular international titles, this tale of masked robbers set out to steal €2.4 billion from the Royal Mint of Spain won fans over with its high-octane thrills and compelling backstories behind the code-named characters.
Told primarily in English with Spanish dialogue, this popular crime drama chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia in the late ’80s, following both the industry’s leading figures, including Pablo Escobar, and the law enforcement agencies trying to stop them to bring down. It also spawned a companion series focused on the Mexican drug war.
This is what the have-and-have-nots teen drama reminds us of gibberish, three working-class students win scholarships to an elite Spanish private school, Las Encinas. not how gibberishthe clashes between the rich and the working class lead to murder, with the first season framing all college students as possible suspects.
This historical drama, which is also the first Spanish show produced by Netflix, follows four female employees of a telecommunications company in 1920s Madrid. Over five seasons, Alba, Ángeles, Carlota and Marga explore the challenges facing working women and the political issues of the time.
Netflix has remastered the popular ’00s telenovela, set in the renowned Elite Way School on the outskirts of Mexico City. In this series, a new group of six young musicians must contend with a secretive organization called The Lodge, who will do whatever it takes to foil their dreams.
“The House of Flowers”
This Mexican dark comedy follows the wealthy and dysfunctional de la Mora family, who own a renowned flower shop and a ailing cabaret, both called the House of Flowers. Known as the “millennial telenovela,” the show explores many of the hypocrisies in modern Mexican society while also featuring multiple LGBTQ+ characters and storylines.
“Who killed Sara?”
Last year’s surprise hit follows Alex, who was living happily as a young man until his sister Sara was killed and a wealthy family manipulated him into accepting the fall. Released from prison after 18 years, Alex is hellbent on using his engineering and explosives expertise to find out who killed Sara and bring down his wealthy former friends.
A group of Spanish aristocrats and crew members become involved in a crime spree on a luxury cruise in this Agatha Christie-esque post-war mystery.
This Spanish dramedy is a must see Sex and the City fans. Defending champion Valeria, an author working on her first novel, and her friends Lola, who is dating a married man, Carmen, who has an office crush, and Nerea (Teresa Riott), who is reclusive and lives with her parents , have the type of lasting friendship and sexual entanglements that SATC fans would love it.
Ana María has made a living from her family and her seedy tequila and hotel empire for twenty years. When her father is murdered shortly after returning to Mexico, the estranged daughter decides to stay, which enrages her brothers Joaquín and Andrés. All three face multiple conflicts on different sides – whether or not to clean up the business, whether to share property – while trying to keep their family life together in the chaos.
This erotic thriller is about a married college professor who has a one night stand with a younger man while she thinks her husband is cheating on her. Eventually, the young man begins to interfere in her life when she discovers their night together may not have been as random as it seemed.
‘The Cook of Castamar’
This historical drama stretches back to Madrid in the 1720s and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Fernando J. Muñez. After developing agoraphobia following the death of her father, Clara becomes cook for the widowed Duke of Castamar, who has just returned to society after the death of his pregnant wife. The two eventually begin an impotent love story.
This reality docuseries follows the glamorous life of businesswoman Georgina Rodriguez, who is also the longtime partner of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
A working seamstress falls in love with the heir to a fashion empire in this historical romance set in the fashion world of 1950s Spain.
‘La Reina del Sur’
Longtime telenovela queen Kate del Castillo plays Teresa, a young woman who goes on to become a ruthless drug dealer known as “La Mexicana.” The original 2011 season was so popular that both a US remake (USA Network’s Queen of the South) and a 2019 extension in which Teresa is drawn back into the world she thought left her.
“Club de Cuervos”
In front Teddy Lasso, there was this Mexican dramedy about Mexican billionaire siblings who fought over their family soccer team after the death of their father. Slightly edgier than the other popular football show, Club de Cuervos also has a balanced mix of laugh-out-loud comedy and heartbreaking drama, as well as a passionate fan base.
“The Queen of the River”
Set in the reggaeton music industry in Medellin, Colombia, this drama follows Yeimy, a talented singer-songwriter whose childhood dreams are shattered when she is charged and imprisoned for attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States. Two decades later, she returns to Medellin for revenge and a new chance at glory.
This Spanish thriller follows three exotic dancers from different walks of life who are forced into prostitution. After unsuccessfully attempting to kill their club owner and pimp, the women flee to avoid their oppressors before finally hunting them down.
At the center of this high school mystery is Sofía, a loner who lost her father when she was very young. When a hacker starts leaking everyone’s dirty secrets at her school, Sofía sets out to stop the hacker before something catastrophic happens.
This drama begins with Mexico’s First Lady Emilia Urquiza (another role perfected by Kate Del Castillo) leaving her husband the President. When he is assassinated shortly thereafter, Emilia is framed and must work with new allies to save herself and the country.
Male stripper Hugo has been in prison for seven years for a crime he didn’t commit. He faces a rich and powerful family and tries to prove that Hugo’s ex was the one who killed her husband and framed him. With even his rising star lawyer doubting him, Hugo only has his best friends and strippers on his side (and yes, there are some flashbacks from their shows).
This delicious docuseries dives deep into the taco, covering the history and different preparation methods of six types of tacos, from al pastor to guisado (stew). portion Taco Chronicles What sets it apart from other food shows is its narrative, in which different actors embody the type of taco featured in each episode.