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The Best Spanish Series on Netflix in 2023

Inside: A guide to the top Spanish series on Netflix, organized by genres. 

As Netflix’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, they’ve been busy expanding their selection of Spanish-language TV shows.

And these aren’t limited to your abuela’s telenovelas, either: you can find a Netflix series for everyone. With shows set in Spain and across Latin America, you can find everything from BBC-type dramas to reality TV.

I’m a Spanish-speaking mom and teacher, but not a native speaker. I still need lots of Spanish input. And lucky for me, improving my language skills can be as easy as setting the audio and subtitles to Spanish, and getting into a good Spanish Netlflix series.

One more note: this list was NOT created for teachers wanting Spanish series to watch in class, with learners. If that’s you, don’t worry! I have a whole post on Spanish-language shows to use in class and for learners.


This list of Spanish Netflix shows is LONG! So I divided it into sections.

You can scroll the entire list, or click on the genre most interesting to you:


1. Modern Series in Spanish
2. Period Dramas in Spanish
3. Spanish Comedies on Netflix
4. Spanish Drama/Mystery/Thrillers
5. Action TV Series in Spanish
6. Biographical Shows in Spanish
7. Musical Spanish Shows
8. Reality/Documentary Spanish Shows

Ready? Let’s get started.

Modern Spanish SEries on Netflix

These TV shows were created since 2015 and are set in the present. They reflect current themes and life now, and have that “modern Netflix| feel.

1. La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)

The massively popular show Money Heist, as it’s known in English, is now the #1 Original Foreign Show on Netflix. A group of burglars joins together to pull off the most daring robbery in the history of Spain, guided by a mastermind called “The Professor.” The original plan was to pull of the perfect crime: an infiltration of the Royal Mint of Spain, that would leave them rich and leave no victims. As plans go awry, relationships and loyalty are tested in this psychological thriller.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Breaking Bad, Ocean’s Eleven, or Inception. (2017-)

2. Club de Cuervos (Club of Crows)

A dysfunctional brother-sister siblings combo are left in charge of a soccer team in this dramady, and a power struggle ensues. Club de Cuervos is one of the few Spanish-language TV series that taps into more ironic and dry modern humor. Irreverent, but also complex, funny, and memorable. (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.)

Set in Mexico. Watch if you’d like a combo of Orange is the New Black, La Casa de las Flores, and a touch of House of Cards. (2015-2019)

3. Monarca

Ana María left her family’s billion-dollar tequila empire in Mexico years ago, along with the violence and compromise involved with it. When her aging father unexpectedly calls to say he wants to leave the family business in her hands, she must decide to stay in the US or re-enter her old life– to either fight against the corruption or be sucked into it herself.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Ingobernable, La Reina del Sur, The Good Wife, or Breaking Bad.  (2019-)

4. 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, prove her innocence, and untangle the web of corruption gripping the Mexican presidency.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked House of Cards, The Good Wife, Narcos or Breaking Bad. (2017- )

5. La Casa de las Flores (The House of Flowers)

La Casa de Flores is an interesting mix of traditional soap elements (a wealthy, socialite family plagued by past misdeeds and secrets) and modern comedy. It’s quickly become one of the most-watched Spanish shows on Netflix. The series begins as the wealthy de la Mora family is celebrating their renowned Flower Shop’s anniversary– when their father’s secret mistress ends her life, leaving behind letters that expose his double life.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Transparent, Arrested Development, and Modern Family.  (2018-)

6. Élite

Three scholarship students begin their first year at an elite school in Spain, attended by students from the wealthiest families in Spain. We quickly find out that one of the police are investigating a student murder, and each episode is presented as a flashback. (Although this series has so much potential as it explores race, class, and religion, I was a little put off by the depiction of explicit situations these supposed teens are in. Definitely TV-MA.)

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black, or Dynasty.  (2018-)

7. Valeria

Valeria’s writing career is not going well, nor is her marriage, but she does have a tight-knit group of friends who navigate modern relationships in Madrid together. (Does this sound like Sex in the City? Yep– replace NYC with Madrid and you’ve got it!)

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Girls, Chicas del Cable, or Sex in the City.  (2020-)

8. Madre solo Hay Dos (Daughter from Another Mother)

Two babies, switched at birth. We’ve heard of this plot before– except this time, their mothers decide to create a family unit together, resulting in a touching, hilarious, and unexpected story together.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked One Day at a Time or 100 días para enamorarnos. (2021-)

9. Desenfrenadas (Unstoppable)

Four young women set out on a weekend road trip Oaxaca, Mexico, and the trip takes a turn when they are surprised by a fourth passenger. This empowering dramedy portrays a different side to the lives of Mexican women than what’s typically shown in Latin films and series.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you like House of Flowers, Girls, or Chicas del Cable. (2020-)

Spanish Period Dramas on netflix

These are some of my favorite Spanish TV shows on Netflix — dramas set across different places and historical contexts. Just a note: I put El ministerio del tiempo under the drama/mystery/thriller section, but those of you who love history mixed in with Sci-Fi will want to check it out! You can also jump to the Spanish biographical shows section if that interests you.

1. Velvet

This is a gorgeous series if you like period pieces and don’t mind a little soapy drama. Set in a top fashion gallery in 1950s Spain, the son of the owner falls in love with one of the seamstresses downstairs. The aesthetics, clever dialogue, and lively personalities, make this one of my personal favorite Spanish shows on Netflix. (Velvet Colección, a spin-off series, is now available as well!)

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Mad Men and Downton Abbey.  (2013 – 2016)

2. La Cocinera de Castamar (The Cook of Castamar)

This series takes place in 18th-century Madrid. It centers on the love story between Clara Belmonte, an agoraphobic cook, and the Duke of Castamar, a widowed nobleman who’s dealing with the loss of his pregnant wife.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Bridgerton and Downton Abbey.  (2021-)

3. Alta Mar (High Seas)

Smuggled passengers. Buried family secrets. Romance, intrigue, stormy seas, an 600 passengers on luxury shop bound for Brazil would make for an interesting enough voyage– until the murders begin. This murder mystery set in the 1940’s will remind you of the show Velvet, with gorgeous scenery and plenty of drama to go around, though with faster-paced storytelling and more suspense.

Spanish cast, set on the Atlantic Ocean. Watch if you liked Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Agathie Christie.  (2019-)

4. Siempre Bruja (Always a Witch)

Starring an Afro-Colombian time-traveling witch, Siempre Bruja mixes the feel of a historical telenovela with modern supernatural twists. Carmen, a slave living in the 17th century, is condemned to be burned at the stake after her owners discover she and their son are in love. Carmen makes a deal to with a wizard and finds herself in modern-day Cartagena, where she must navigate her new surroundings on the condition that she not use her powers. Pros: the series features a black women as the lead, with a strong cast and gorgeous scenery. It’s much cleaner than most shows and could work to show in high school classes. Cons: there is so much potential with the story, but the show delivers a shallow treatment of serious themes, depending on more than one racial cliché along the way.

Set in Colombia. Watch if you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrow, or Alias Grace. (2019-)

5. Gran Hotel (Grand 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 in this turn-of-the-century drama.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Downton Abbey and Poldark. (2011-2013)

6. Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls)

From the creators of Gran Hotel and Velvet, this Spanish show is packed with favorite actors from both shows, as well as El Barco and El Internado. It follows four women who work for the National Telephone Company in the 1920’s Madrid, a turbulent time of old traditions vs. progressivism.I have a love-hate relationship with this one, but check it out if you like gorgeous period dramas, with lots of drama.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Peaky Blinders, Mad Men, or Downton Abbey.

7. Alguien Tiene Que Morir (Someone Has to Die)

A limited-series thriller produced by Netflix, this show features an all-star caste and is set in 1950s Spain, under the Franco regime. Gabino Falcón returns to Spain after living in Mexico for 10 years, under the expectation that he will find someone to marry. However, he shocks his family and community when he shows up accompanied by a famous male ballet dancer.

Set in Mexico and Spain. Watch if you liked House of Flowers, The Mess You Leave Behind. (2020)

8. Morocoo: Tiempos de Guerra (Morroco: Love in the Times of War)

Set in the 1920’s, a group of wealthy nurses is sent to the Moroccan front during the Rif War and must adapt to the harsh conditions and reality of wartime. If you weren’t ready to let Gran Hotel go, Cristina is back as the star of this romantic drama.

Set in Morocco and Spain. Watch if you liked Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, or Land Girls.

9. Hache

In a desperate attempt to find a lawyer and help her husband get out of jail in 1960s Barcelona, Helena becomes involved with the heroin trade as is forced to seek help from an aberrant, violent gangster– and begins a cat and mouse game with police herself. Beware that while this well-produced with an incredible main actor, it is definitely gritty with more than one disturbing scene.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Beaking Bad and Narcos. (2019-)

Comedies in Spanish on Netflix

1. Cien Días para Enamorarnos (100 Days to fall in love)

Thing begin to unravel in a tight-knit group of friends when one of the couples in the group announces the are separating for 100 days, and create a contract to establish the boundaries. This shows feels like a telenovela with a lot of drama, but it’s also modern and funny, and slightly addicting with with dozens of episodes to watch.

Set in Houston, Texas. Watch if you liked How I Met Your Mother, La Casa de las Flores, or Friends.  (2020- )

2. Paquita Salas

In the 90s, Paquita Salas a top talent agent from the 90s. But now their agency is struggling to find new clients. After losing her most famous client, Paquita must reinvent herself to keep the agency alive. 

Set in Spain. (2016-2018)

3. Silvana Sin Lana

A wealthy family’s life comes crashing down when the dad leaves and their fortune is lost. The mother must get a real job and the kids have to adjust to a “normal” life in this lighthearted dramedy.

Set in the U.S. Watch if you liked100 Días para Enamorarnos. (2016-)

Spanish Drama/Mystery/Thriller TV Series

1. El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time)

El Ministerio del Tiempo is a top-secret time-travel agency that functions loosely under the government of Spain. As the series opens, three new agents join forces to guard the doors of time: a 16th-century soldier, a 21st-century paramedic, and a 19th-century student. This one is packed with history and art as the trio defends time itself, preventing intruders from using time travel for their own gain.

Set in Spain, mostly. Watch if you liked Dr. Who, The Last Kingdom, or Orphan Black. (2015-2020)

2. El Desorden Que Dejas (The Mess You Leave Behind)

Based on the 2016 award winning novel (El desorden que dejas), this limited-series psychological thriller follows a woman who takes a mid-year teaching position in her husband’s small hometown, in the midst of a failing marriage and the recent grief of losing her mother. She soon discovers she’s entered a dangerous web of painful secrets in both the town and the school. This one is good but fairly dark, so check out the preview to see if it fits for you.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Homeland, Gypsy, or El reemplezante. (2020)

3. Who Killed Sara?

Alex has been wrongfully imprisoned for eighteen years, for the murder of his sister Sara. After being released, he sets out to clear his name and find out who was responsible for his sister’s death. Along the way, he discovers dark secrets about his wealthy and powerful in-laws, the Lazcano family, and becomes embroiled in a complex web of betrayal, revenge, and deceit.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Money Heist, The Mess You Leave Behind, or Gone Girl. (2021-)

4. Pérdida (Stolen Away)

13 years after his young daughter disappears, her father purposely gets arrested in a Colombian airport to continue his search for her, this time leading his investigation into the prison system.

Set in Spain and Colombia. Watch if you like Narcos and The Mess You Leave Behind. (2020-)

Bala Loca

In this political thriller, a group of journalists join together to fight corruption in post-Pinochet Chile, led by veteran journalist Mauro Murillo (who has suffered an accident and is now confined to a wheelchair). As they form their online newspaper, one journalist is murdered. Mauro’s investigation into her death reveals a dark web of corruption between government, businesses and people.

Set in Chile Watch if you liked The Blacklist, El Reemplazante, or House of Cards. (2016-)

6. La Niña

Based on real-life events, La niña tells the incredible story of a girl forcibly recruited by the guerillas in Colombia, who then escapes and tries to reintegrate into society. Although she manages to reunite with her family and even gets into medical school, her past haunts her. 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. Watch if you’d like Grey’s Anatomy, Jessica Jones, and a bit of telenovela drama mixed together.  (2016)

7. Mar de Plástico (Plastic Ocean)

A detective searches for answers after the murder of a girl in southern Spain. The region is called the “plastic sea,” from so many greenhouses in the area. The drama unfolds against the backdrop of interracial conflicts between the workers in the greenhouses.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Law and Order and Unauthorized Living. (2015-2016)

8. El Reemplezante (The Substitute)

Just out of prison, a former executive becomes a math teacher on parole.

Set in Chile. Watch if you like Bala loca. (2012-2014)

9. Vivir Sin Permiso (Unauthorized living)

On the surface, Nemo Bandeira is a successful businessman. What no one knows is that he’s a drug dealer diagnozed with Alzheimer’s and is looking for a successor without his family finding out.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Monarca and Mar de Plástico. (2018-2020)

10. La Valla (The Barrier)

In 2045, the whole world is controlled by a dictator and natural resources are scarce, and a family struggles to survive together.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Perdida and Equinox. (2020-)

11. La Venganza de Analía (Her Mother’s Killer)

30 years ago, Analía’s mohter was murdered. Now, Analía sets in motion a complex plan to kill the presidential candidate who was responsible for her mother’s death.

Set in Colombia. Watch if you liked the Queen of Flow and La Niña. (2020-)

Spanish Action Series on Netflix

1. Costa del Sol

In a newly post-Franco Spain, drug-trafficking is on the rise in the 1970s. Four very different police detectives come together to form an elite squad to fight crime and the drug trade together.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Sweeney and the Professionals, Fugitiva, or Narcos.

2. Narcos

Based on true events, this series explores the growth of drug cartels, beginning with the rise of Pablo Escobar in Colombia. There’s a mix of English and Spanish as the story is told through the eyes of DEA agent Steve Murphy and his team. This is obviously a violent show about a difficult part of history, but also a very high-quality and nuanced look into the relations between the DEA, Latin American governments, and cartels.

Set in Colombia, Mexico, and other parts of the Americas. Watch if you liked Black Mirror, House of Cards, or Breaking Bad. (2015 – 2017)

3. Vis a vis

In a attempt to please the boss she’s in love with, Macarena Ferreiro commits several tax crimes and ends up in jail. Faced with the shock of seven years of imprisonment, she must reinvent herself in order to survive– and possibly return home.

Set in Spain. Watch if you liked Orange is the New Black or La casa de papel. (2015 – 2019)

4. El Dragón: Return of a Warrior

Miguel Garze returns to Mexico after growing up in Japan, following the murder of his parents as a young boy. Unbeknownst to him, his education in martial arts and discipline is part of a secret plot to install him as the head of his family’s cartel.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked La Reina del Sur, Ingobernable, or Wu Assassins. (2019-)

5. 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. This one is well-done, in my opinion, and provides the history of El Chapo’s rise to power. (It’s interesting to watch alongside Kate del Castillo’s documentary “The Day I Met Chapo,” also available on Netflix).

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Narcos and Ozark. (2017)

6. No te Puedes Esconder (You Cannot Hide)

A mother flees Mexico with here daughter and tries to create a new life in Spain, while hiding from her husband’s drug-trafficking past. A mix of fast-paced action and soapy telenovela feel.

Set in Mexico and Spain. Watch if you liked Monarca, Unauthorized Living, or Ingobernable.  (2019-)

7. La Reina del Sur

Queen of the South is based on a novel of the same name, and tells the story of Teresa Mendoza’s return to Mexico after 8 years, when she was part of a small-time drug cartel and her boyfriend was murdered. This time, she returns and decides to take control of her own destiny, including rising in power to the top position in the cartel.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Pablo Escobar, Narcos, or Ingobernable.  (2011 – 2019)

8. Sobreviviendo a Escobar (Alias J.J.)

If you haven’t gotten your fill of narco-theme shows, Sobreviviendo Pablo Escobar was a fascinating follow-up to Pablo Escobar (and Narcos). It details what happened the Escobar’s people and rival cartels after his death.

Set in Colombia. Watch if you like Narcos.  (2017)

9. Fugitiva

A fast-paced (though perhaps B-quality) story of a wealthy woman who stages the kidnapping of herself and her children, in order to escape the dangerous community her husband is involved with.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Ingobernable, No te puedes esconder, or Hachie. (2018-)

Biographical Spanish Shows

Explore the lives and histories of famous Spanish-speaking artists, leaders, musicians, and more in these true-story Netflix shows.

1. Luis Miguel: La Serie (Luis Miguel: The Series)

A dramatized telling of Luis Miguel’s life and rise to fame as the Sol de México. The story moves between his early years of stardom and childhood, exploring the disappearance of his mother and tortured relationship with his father. Not an easy watch in terms of the family dynamics, but Luis Miguel just might be a breath of fresh air for viewers looking for a violence-free Latin American show.

Set mainly in Mexico. Watch if you liked Nashville or Empire. (2018-)

2. Celia

Learn the story behind the Queen of Salsa: how she began her career in the tumultuous years of Cuba in the 50’s, and eventually rose to be one of the top salsa performers of all time. Gorgeous filming and music in this series.

Set mostly in Cuba. Watch if you liked Luis Miguel.

3. Bolívar

Simon Bolívar was one of the leaders of the Latin American revolution against Spain in the 19th century, and the liberator of Venezuela. This series is a dramatization based on his life, starting from childhood.

Set mostly in Venezuela. Watch if you liked Napoleon.

4. Pablo Escober: El Patrón del Mal

If you binged your way through Narcos, you really should give this one a watch. While Narcos narrates from a American perspective, Pablo Escobar is told directly from the Colombian side and provides an extensive, gripping look into the life of  Colombian drug lord Escobar and his effect on different communities in Colombia. Though not a historical documentary, it is very well done.

Set in Colombia. Watch if you liked Narcos and Breaking Bad. (2012)

5. José José: El Principe de la Canción

A loosely autobiographical look at the life and music of José José, who rose from humble beginnings to enormous fame as a singer, and whose battles with alcohol affected his life and relationships.

Set in Mexico. Watch is you liked Luis Miguel. (2018)

6. Selena: The Series

Another look at the life of Selena Quintanilla, exploring her beginning with the rocky start of the family band Selena y Los Dinos, along with her eventual rise to fame, marriage, and tragic death.

Set in the U.S. and Mexico. Watch if you liked Luis Miguel. (2020)

7. Sor Juana Ínes de la Cruz

A look at the life of Juana Ines, an outspoken nun in the 17th century who was a self-taught scholar, philosopher, and poet.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked The Crown and Alias Grace. (2015)

8. Apache – La vida de Carlos Tevez

An introduction to the childhood and life of Argentinian soccer player Carlos Tevez.

9. Jenni Rivera Mariposa de Barrio: La Serie

This is an autobiographical look at the life and musical career of Jenni Rivera, based on her own book.

Musical Spanish Shows on Netflix

Many of the biographies fit here too, so be sure to check them out!

1. GO! Vive a tu Manera

Thought there weren’t any G-rated shows in Spanish on Netflix? Think again! A new Argentinian show, Go! is a musical series from the same producers of Violetta and Soy Luna created for a young audience. Mía Cáceres is a talented young singer who gets a scholarship to Saint Mary, an elite prep school with a prestigious music program. There she meets both friends and arch-enemies (namely, the daughter of the school’s owners who is determined to sabotage her musical dreams).

Set in Argentina. Watch if you liked Glee.

2. La Reina del Flow

Yeimy is a talented 17-year-old from a working-class neighborhood, with big dreams of a life dedicated to music. After her parents are killed by a narco, she is betrayed by a close friend and loses 17 years of her life to prison under false accusation. When she finally leaves, she can think of nothing but revenge– and must alter her life completely in order to get it.

Set in Colombia. Watch if you liked Empire and/or Revenge.

Reality Shows/Documentaries in Spanish on Netflix

1. Nailed! Mexico

Contestants who don’t really know how to bake have to recreate masterpieces in the kitchen, in competition for $10,000. Light and funny.

Set in Mexico.

2. Made in Mexico

Can’t get enough of reality TV in English? Made in Mexico follows 9 Mexican “socialites” whose lives connect in some way, and who move within the wealthy circles of Mexico City. The camera shifts between their public interactions (brunches, dates, chats in nightclubs, family get-togethers), the drama that ensues, and subsequent interviews off-stage. Made in Mexico represents an interesting expansion of Spanish shows on Netflix beyond dramas.

Set in Mexico. Watch if you liked Real Housewives or following the Kardashians.

3. Street Food: Latin America

Explore typical dishes from countries all across Latin America (season 1 includes Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia).

4. Las Crónicas del Taco

5. Rompan todo (Break It All: The History of Rock In Latin America)

An overview of the history of rock in Spanish-speaking Latin America and its historical contexts, featuring bands like Soda Stereo and Café Tacvba (although, according to my rock-loving husband, several key bands were left out).

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

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  1. Carrie Bierman says:

    La Niña was an amazing show (you’re the only blog so far I have run across that has it). Yago is another well done telenovela set in Mexico City. Iván Sánchez stars in it and seeks revenge on all who had wronged Omar. It has great characters, acting and I actually got used to the Mexican dialect as opposed to Colombian (which is more familiar to me). I’ve been studying Spanish for a little over 2 years and now I’m trying to develop an ear for it. I notice some of the same key phases are used over and over, like ‘no se preocupe’, ’tranquilo’, ‘espera’, y ‘vamos’. I have found these shows to be much better than American tv shows. The plots are more intricate and the acting and characters are top notch.

    1. I will look into Yago! Thanks for letting me know. You’re so smart to look up authentic shows as you learn– best of luck on your Spanish journey!

  2. Javier Bardem says:

    Tienes que ver lady la vendedora de rosas! Me encantó

  3. tammy porter says:

    Sin senos yo hoy pariso…….and la reina del sur…..lady…..I agree Spainish shows are much better than american shows…I only know a little Spainish….so I rely on subtithles…but these are fantastic……

  4. Ana Chico Bermejo says:

    I am from Spain and I never got too much into Spanish shows.. until I started with velvet……. Is when everything started. My husband (American) and I are crazy about Spanish shows. I loved El tiempo entre costuras, Las chicas del cable, Gran Hotel and Morocco en tiempos de guerra. I am also a Spanish teacher 🙂

  5. Cynthia Rios says:

    Here is a little bit of the movie
    A family with a daughter catalina mother lost 2 other kids to the streets a doese what ever she has to. To protect her new daughter

  6. I’m hoping to find a show that’s not from Spain that’s also not about drugs or corruption. I don’t think I saw one on the list.

    I’ve watched El Barco (I agree with your take on that one) and El Internado (it was good!), but I want to practice my Latin American Spanish now. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    EL BARCO is a winner sometimes you just need to sit back relax and stop whining… they are movies and EL BARCO has us feeling every emotion wether you think it was too much or too little… it was really just perfect… I will watch it again and again every 46 episode especially Ulises and Ainhoa at the bar scene… with that beautiful JOVENES ENTERNAMENTE POL 314 spanish song wow….

    It had me in a different world the time I watched that series… it even warmed my heart and thought me how to love again… after losing the mother of my son I swore to never love again…

    Thanks to the creators and actors of that series for making me human again.

    1. Daniela Castañeda says:

      The author merely shared her personal review about this show; she didn’t “whine.” This show was perfect for you, great, but don’t expect it to be the same for others.

  8. I am teaching an Hispanic Studies course for native/upper-level/heritage speakers. Juniors and Seniors. Could any of these be appropriate to recommend for them?

    Thanks so much!

    1. None would be appropriate without some editing, but the safest ones seem to be Celia, Siempre Bruja (haven’t finished it), and Gran Hotel (definitely needs editing)!

  9. Judy Antoine says:

    You didn’t mention Celia Cruz which I thoroughly enjoyed…Spanish from Cuba and the music…to die for. Did you mention La Piloto? El Hotel de los Secretos? My favorites so far have been: Juana Inés, La Niña, La Esclava Blanca, El Barco, Celiz Cruz, La Piloto, El Internado. I’m going to start on your list now. Mil gracias!

    1. Somehow I missed that one! Sometimes the series don’t show up the same here in Peru. I am adding it to my to-watch list right now!

  10. Iwiyisi Tasker says:

    Hi, would you recommend these titles for IB students (16-18 years old)? I am looking for shows to help them improve their language learning whilst engaging in something entertaining.

    1. You would need to check the ratings and consider your school for sure. :/ Most of these have at least some level of “inappropriate” for school settings. I sooo wish there were some clean, interesting options I could recommend without any reservations!

  11. Ms Lily White says:

    I absolutely *loved* El Tiempo Entre Costuras and thoroughly enjoy El Internado. I’m watching it again in Spanish with Spanish subtitles (the first time through was with English subtitles). At the top of the page, it does say 2019, though the post and comments were last year or earlier, but as an update, El Tiempo Entre Costuras is sadly no longer on Netflix. I will definitely have to check some of these others out.
    Do you find that ratings for Spanish TV are milder than we would rate them here? Similar to movie ratings in the US in the ’80s and early ’90s, El Internado, for instance, is rated as TV-PG. The language alone would possibly make it an R as a movie. (Kids in peril do tend to throw the F word around a lot, as well as its variations.)

  12. Hi everyone
    I teach Spanish in New Jersey. Please watch EVA, NO NEED TO EDIT it, and students love it

  13. What is the show thats on the cover, or background behind the title?

  14. Go Vive a tu manera!! 1st totally appropriate for students even elementary. 2nd season starting in June. Like a Spanish version of glee. No sex. No swearing even their clothes are appropriate

  15. Las chicas de la mafia/ Celia location wasn’t Cuba was Cartagena Colombia and the actors are Colombians as well. My kids love El chavo!!

  16. La Niña is amazing. La Ley Secreta is my new obsession. I watch sin Senos si hay paraiso but that show was way too crazy for me.

  17. Do you know how to slow down the speed so the speech is a little bit slower? It would help me a lot. On YouTube I change the speed in settings from Normal to .75 and it makes such a big difference for me. Thank you!

    1. Not that I know of! I wish there were, as I use that feature in YouTube. I just put on subtitles in Spanish when I can.

  18. Thanks for the lighter & funny ones!! I watch Nailed it México with my middle schoolers. They love it! I hope they do another season!!

  19. Miguel Castillo says:

    Dont forget Vis a Vis. One of my favorite spaniard tv shows.

  20. Marisa Liss says:

    Just finished watching All for Love (Amar Y Vivir) Colombian,69 episodes series. Loved it!!! The songs are phenomenal. The lead actress is the same one as the one in La Nina. I’m fluent in Italian wanting to improve my high school Spanish and by watching so many Spanish speaking shows, I can honestly say that I don’t need the subtitles any more. I’ve binged on Luis Miguel, Velvet, La chicas del Cable, Morocco in the times of War and Silvana sin Lana which has hardly any nudity nor violence.

  21. Diane Sulawske says:

    The best love story is Velvet I’ve never seen a better movie watched it 4 times . Miquel and Paula are the best please make more movies with them.

    1. I absolutely LOVED “La Venganza de Analia” or Her Mother’s Killer. 50+ episodes. I cried, laughed, and was always waiting for what was next. My mom still talks about it. We stayed up until 3am to finish It’s not full of violence as the title implies so it’s a winner for me.

  22. This is a great guide! I’ve been trying to find some Spanish-language shows to watch on Netflix, and this guide has been really helpful. It’s nice to see a comprehensive list of options, so I can find something to watch no matter what my mood is. Thanks for putting this together!

  23. Daniel Abeyta says:

    I would also include “El Rey: Vicente Fernandez.” Es buenísimo. It would also be appropriate for High School.

  24. Gretchen Cole says:

    Me encanta “La flor más bella.” Very similar to “Never Have I Ever” and other teen rom-com series, only less constant talk about sex. Lots of interesting slang, and, bonus, turns out the lead can sing like an angel! Seems suitable for HS, but preview to be sure.

    Definitely not suitable for HS, but hilarious, is “La guerra de los vecinos.” A “Trading Places” Mexican class-conflict comedy. I loved the first season. Didn’t love the changes made in the second season quite as much 🙁

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