This Mexican Thriller Has Become Netflix’s Most Popular Non-English Series Ever

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Netflix has another hit on its hands, and it’s a Spanish-language thriller from Mexico. In the last month, the series, Who Killed Sara?, has become Netflix’s most popular non-English series ever.

This week, Netflix released its figures and showed an estimated 55 million viewers tuned into the show since it debuted on March 24. The series stars Manolo Cardona (Contracorriente) as Álex Guzmán, a man who is wrongfully sent to prison for 18 years for killing his sister Sara (Ximena Lamadrid).

Now out of prison, Álex sets off to discover who is responsible for the death of Sara nearly two decades prior. He’s always believed her boyfriend Rodolfo Lazcano (Alejandro Nones) was to blame, but when it turns out that he wasn’t involved, Álex must start from a clean slate, so that he can find justice for his sister.

“Another goal is to create great, locally authentic stories in countries all around the world,” Netflix said in a statement. “It’s why our priority for local language titles is to have a big impact in the home territory so we don’t sacrifice local impact for travelability. But we’re increasingly seeing that these local titles find significant audiences around the world, which supports our thesis that great stories are universal: they can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere.”

In February, Netflix released a study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that took a look at the amount of diversity found in its original film and TV series in 2018 and 2019. The study showed that only 2.6% of all films and series featured leads/co-leads who were Latinx.

“These findings are problematic, given that Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S. and likely a large share of the Netflix audience,” the study read.

Season 2 of Who Killed Sara? is scheduled to hit Netflix May 19.