1. First Elite follows the lives of several students as they attend Las Encinas, an exclusive private school in Spain. Their lives become even more complicated when one of their fellow classmates is murdered.
2. Looking behind the scenes, the series was created by Darío Madrona and Carlos Montero, who have also written nearly every episode.
3. With a small and brilliant writers room, Elite is able to plot its mysteries extremely well — every move by each character is meticulously thought out.
4. Elite also has a How to Get Away With Murder-like structure that jumps back and forth between present day and flashbacks — with every episode you’re trying to piece together the overarching mystery.
5. In terms of cast, they are a group of extremely talented (and attractive) actors who you will fall in love with almost instantly .
6. I mean, if you’re someone who loves spending hours seeing a cast interact on Instagram, you won’t be disappointed.
7. Also, if you’re a fan of Netflix’s Money Heist/La Casa de Papel, Jaime Lorente, Miguel Herrán, and María Pedraza star in Elite too.
8. While on the surface Elite looks like another teen TV show, it ends up being so much more.
9. The series explores living within the constraints of your family’s beliefs, your social class, and high school cliques.
10. Basically, what makes Elite different from other teen TV shows is that it’s almost like a show for adults who still love teen drama.
11. While the mysteries are compelling, what makes Elite great is the character development.
13. And since it’s a teen TV series at heart, there are enough love triangles and forbidden romances to go around.
14. If you still don’t believe me about how amazing this show is, Elite Season 1 was viewed in more than 20 million homes worldwide during its first month! so, aren’t you interested to see what all the hype is about?
15. The pilot alone is one of the best first episodes of TV I’ve watched and there are several big reveals that will make you want to keep watching.
16. In fact, the entire series is a perfect Netflix binge-watch because there are so many twists and turns that you won’t be able to stop.
17. And finally, if you still aren’t sold on Elite, think of it as the mystery of How to Get Away With Murder plus the teen drama of Gossip Girl. Jump on the bandwagon already!