The Best Spanish Shows on Netflix

by | Dec 21, 2017

Inside: My top recommendations for Spanish shows on Netflix. 

 

I speak Spanish all day with my kids and as a teacher, but I need good input too! And lucky for me, there are more and more great shows to watch. Here are a bunch of suggestions (most of which I’ve personally watched). 

As a semi-introvert, my ideal evening just might be curled at home with a good show. Not surprisingly, a good series is one of my favorite ways to learn more Spanish.

(If you’re looking for little ones, check out my post on Spanish cartoons on Netflix for kids. I’ve also got a great list of movies in Spanish. My friend Allison wrote about her top five binge-worthy Netflix Spanish picks, which includes some shows I haven’t seen yet.)

Below, I’ve included a brief commentary where I could, However, if you’re wondering about ratings, please be sure to click on the title and get a better idea of the content. Remember that Netflix regularly adds and pulls shows– just let me know if you catch something I should update!

 

Spanish Shows on Netflix

 

Ready? Let’s get started.

 

1. Velvet

This is a GREAT show. The drama of the main two character wasn’t actually my favorite: what makes the show are the endearing supporting characters. I love the aesthetics, clever dialogue, and lively personalities throughout. Set in Spain.

 

2. El tiempo entre costuras

Often compared to Downton Abbey, El tiempo entre costuras is a mini-series based off a novel. Set during the Spanish Civil War, it follows a seamstress unlucky-in-love, who gets caught up between spies in Franco’s Spain. It has gorgeous scenery and costuming. This is one of my very favorites, and I’ve used it in class along with a study of the Spanish Civil War. Set in Spain and Morocco.

 

3. Club de cuervos

This was one of those shows I initially wrote off, then totally got into. The first episode is fairly explicit but gets a tamer as the series goes on. It’s quite the study in family disfunction, and turned out to be more complex, funny, and memorable than I expected. Both my husband and I have enjoyed it (I watched El tiempo entre costuras alone, haha). Set in Mexico.

 

4. Gran Hotel

Here’s your really well-done telenovela that even my action-loving husband couldn’t stop watching. Full of intrigue and mystery, it’s got plenty of the novela qualities– but with a solid story and characters to back it up. Like Velvet, the supporting characters are the best part of the story. (If you’re not finding it on Netflix, search Grande Hotel.) Set in Spain. 

 

5. Pablo Escobar: El patrón del mal

This was a hard show to watch, but one we both really liked. It’s an extensive series based on the life and rise of Pablo Escobar to power. A lot of the events shown were new to me, and filled in some gaps in the complicated relationship between the Colombian public and Escobar (even though it’s not a historical documentary). It was interesting to watch together, as my husband remembers much of the story from his childhood the nearby Peruvian jungle. Set in Colombia.

 

6. La niña

I just started this one and it looks really good. Difficult themes– life during the conflict between the FARC and the national military, re-integration after life as a guerilla, child soldiers– but still good. It manages to deal with those heavy themes while maintaining hope and everyday moments. Unlike many of the other series in this list, it gives a in-depth look into everyday life for working-class families in Latin America. Set in Colombia.

 

7. Morroco: Tiempos de Guerra

Brand-new to Netflix, this looks like a fantastic historical show. If you weren’t ready to let Gran Hotel go, Cristina is back as the star of this drama. Set in WWI, Morroco, and Spain.

 

8. El reemplazante

Just out of prison, a former executive becomes a math teacher. Haven’t seen this one yet, but it comes highly recommended– a perfect watch for teachers!

 

9. Ingobernable

Starring the iconic Kate del Castillo as the first lady of Mexico, Ingobernable begins as her world is turned upside down and she finds herself running for her life. Accused of assassinating her husband, she must find her way outside her life of wealth and power, to prove her innocence. Set in Mexico.

 

10. Las chicas del cable

From the creators of Gran Hotel and Velvet, this show is packed with favorite actors from both shows, as well as El barco and El internado. It follows 4 women who work for a cable company in the 20’s. I was a bit put off by the jarring modern music combined with a really gorgeous set, but enough of my friends like it that I think I’ll give it another chance. Set in Spain.

 

11. El internado

Confession: I haven’t watched this one! That’s pretty much Spanish-teacher sacrilege, I know. However– I have a lot of friends who LOVE it and swear by it. Set in a boarding school, it’s a mystery series. Set in Spain.

 

12. Merlí

An unorthodox philosophy teacher tries to open up the worlds of his students, a la Dead Poet’s Society. On my list to watch (I’ve heard good things), and set in Spain. 

 

13. El ministerio del tiempo

This one is set to come to Netflix on January 28, 2018. It’s a Dr. Who-type show and supposed to be really good! It’s a time-travel theme about two students who join forces under the direction of the Time Ministry of Spain, to go back in time and correct mistakes. This should be great to show in class– lots of history and art, set in Spain.

 

14. Juana Inés

I haven’t seen this one yet, but Allison from Mis Clases Locas reviewed it for us and recommend it

 

 

15. El chapo

It’s a reasonable criticism that too many shows/movies paint Latin America as full of drugs, violence, etc. And this show was hard to watch for the violence, same as Pablo Escobar. I did think it was well-done though, and we both got into it (it was a really interesting background to Kate del Castillo’s documentary “The Day I Met Chapo”). Set in Mexico.

 

15. Sobreviviendo a Escobar

Just to continue right along with narco-theme series, Sobreviviendo Pablo Escobar was a fascinating follow-up to Pablo Escobar (and Narcos). Set in Colombia. 

 

16. La casa de papel

This one just came to Netflix, about a group of burglars joined together to pull off the most daring robbery in the history of Spain.

 

17. Mar de plástico

A detective searches for answers after the death of a girl in southern Spain.

 

18. El barco

Another Spanish mystery, El barco follows a group of young people on a boat during a global cataclysm, who believe themselves to be the only people left on earth. We got really into this one initially, though my interest waned a bit with the extreme drama every episode, hah. If you liked El internado and Gran hotel, you’ll probably like this one! Set in Spain (sort’ve… they’re in the ocean most of the time).

 

19. La esclava blanca

A woman is taken rescued and raised by slaves, and later must make her life in a Spanish nunnery. I haven’t seen this one, but heard it recommended by several other teachers.

 

20. Bala loca

A journalist investigates corruption in Chile. 

 

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish shows on Netflix? Leave your favorites in the comments!

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