Given that Netflix has always had its sights on global domination (TV-wise, at least), it’s no surprise to have seen it slowly producing more and more “global content.” That’s included French shows like Marseille, Brazilian hits like 3%, German dramas like Dark, and even Korean comedies like My Only Love Song. The streaming giant knows that its audiences don’t just want English-language fare. They also want local productions in their own languages. That’s meant that in fewer than five years Netflix has become home to many a Spanish-language series.
There are so many now that we can handily make a Top 10 list that doubles as a great binge-worthy To-Do list! Check it out below, where you’ll find Spanish heists, Argentinean fashion designers, Mexican flower shops, and, a Colombian action series.
La casa de las flores
The dark Mexico City-set comedy revolves around a seemingly successful and idyllic family-run flower business full of dysfunctional secrets. One day, the patriarch finds out his longtime mistress has committed suicide (in their own flower shop!) and decides to bring their daughter into the household alongside his current wife (played by icon Verónica Castro) and family who didn’t know they existed. The series explores the need to protect and forgive loved ones, no matter how uncomfortable.
Three working class kids are admitted to Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain, after their own academy is destroyed by an earthquake. The clash between Las Encinas elite student body, who have everything, and its new students, who have nothing to lose, creates the perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder. Who is behind the crime?
Narcos: Mexico explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfolds, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.
La casa de papel
The gripping story follows a mysterious man who calls himself “El Profesor” (Álvaro Morte) who’s decided to rob the Royal Mint of Spain. For this multiple-day assault, he’s assembled his own Oceans 8-like group. His co-conspirators, all given code names, include narrator Tokio (Úrsula Corberó), miner-turned-criminal Moscow (Paco Tous), and hacker Rio (Miguel Herrán). The plan: to enter the Royal Mint of Spain, staying there for several days in the hopes of printing 2.4 billion dollars in Euros. Trapped in the mint for the next 11 days, the group deals with sixty-seven hostages and the police, all of whom hope to complicate the plan.
Club de Cuervos
The rivalry between Chava (Luis Gerardo Méndez) and Isabel Iglesias (Mariana Treviño) has fueled three seasons of the Mexican comedy Club de Cuervos. When their father dies and Chava steps up to take control of their family’s soccer club, straight-laced Isabel fumes about having been set aside despite being the more capable sibling. Hopeless at his job and wanting to reshape the club into the “Real Madrid of Latin America,” Chava soon realizes he’s in over his head.
This Mexican political thriller opens with a murder. Emilia Urquiza (Kate del Castillo) is the hopeful First Lady of Mexico when she becomes the number one suspect in the death of her husband, President Nava. Her flight and her subsequent attempts to clear her name – while trying to uncover the corruption that first landed her in such a situation – have driven del Castillo’s small-screen return to high-octane drama.
Las chicas del cable
This series is set in 1928 Madrid, where the national telephone company opens its headquarters. Hundreds of girls queue up to get a job as a “cable girl” (a telephone operator) in the only place that represents progress and modernity for women at the time. Four young women, coming from very different backgrounds, will start work as operators. From that day forward, jealousy, envy and betrayal get mixed up with the hunger for success, friendship and love.
Billed as a thriller, this Argentine series takes viewers into the glamorous world of fashion and design, an area that comes with a healthy dose of sex and danger. Edha follows the titular character: a young, up-and-coming fashion designer who is on the cusp of reaching new a career high when she sparks a passionate relationship with an immigrant-turned-model.
This Argentine series follows a district attorney, an undercover cop, and a high-profile journalist as they get mixed up in a web of intrigue surrounding an investigation on the disappearance of a young woman. Along the way, the trio uncovers a tentacular international network of human traffickers and puts their own safety on the line.
Distrito Salvaje follows Jhon Jeiver (Juan Pablo Raba), a lethal guerrillero who escaped the jungle after the Colombian Peace Treaty was signed. He arrives in Bogotá hoping to escape his past and re-enter the life and the family he’d left behind. Quickly, though, he finds himself at the center of a crime ring, fighting to understand the rules of this urban jungle all the while trying to protect his family from his past and figure out what side of the law he wants to be on.