It’s no secret over the past few years, Spanish TV shows have become a popular choice in many’s streaming experiences. From iconic telenovelas that we can watch over and over to some brand new stories that they’ve been kept thirsting for new seasons to arrive, these television series will grab you from the first second and you won’t be able to look away. Not to mention, getting hooked on a binge-worthy Spanish TV show is a great way to improve your vocabulary and listening skills. You could also learn about other cultures and gain exposure to different accents and slang.
Here are the best binge-worthy Spanish TV shows!
1. Elite (Elité)
When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder…
2. Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)
A criminal mastermind who goes by “The Professor” has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history — to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves takes hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture The Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.
3. Club de Cuervos
The death of the patriarch from a distinguished family triggers a power struggle between the brother and sister over who will receive ownership and direction over the family’s treasured football squad: the Ravens New Toledo.
4. Locked Up (Vis a Vis)
Total Orange Is The New Black vibes! Locked Up is a Spanish crime-drama following a middle-class young woman who is set up by her lover and boss for corporate fraud. Macarena Ferreiro finds herself locked away in a high-security women’s prison after being framed, while the real perpetrator walks away with the stolen money. With ruthless criminals surrounding her, she struggles to deal with prison life but manages to find a friend in fellow cellmate Yolanda. Other prisoners threaten her safety as the jail’s most dangerous inmate, Zulema, takes an interest in the newcomer
5. Unstoppable (Desenfrenadas)
Three young people go on a road trip to escape their problems but cross paths with a desperate woman who forces them to change direction.
6. Control Z
When a hacker begins releasing students’ secrets to the entire high school, the socially isolated but observant Sofía works to uncover the hacker’s identity.
7. The Day I Met El Chapo (Cuando Conocí al Chapo)
Kate del Castillo’s account of the meeting between El Chapo, Sean Penn, and herself contributed towards his later arrest, with never-before-seen footage and exclusive details.
8. Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable)
It’s the 1920s and Spain has just gotten its first national telephone company, located in Madrid. For four young women who get jobs there, it’s more than just work. It represents the progress that is being made at the time as women are gaining more equality with men. This drama series follows the ladies, known as “cable girls,” who feel attached in different ways — to their families, their partners, and their memories.
The first lady of Mexico, a woman of conviction and ideals, must uncover the truth when she loses faith in her husband.
10. The Neighbor (El Vecino)
Javier, a 20-something struggling with adulthood and his girlfriend, unexpectedly becomes a superhero; based on the comic by Santiago García and Pepo Pérez.
*Cover image credits: Instagram @elitenetflix / @chicasdelcable