Netflix addiction is real guys! I’ve been there, and I’m still battling with it lmao! But why not take advantage of your addiction and use it as a way to master the beautiful Spanish language! I’m not kidding, after finishing these Spanish shows on Netflix, I started to genuinely believe I lived in Spain or Mexico. Out of nowhere and for absolutely no reason at all, I would just blur out “Joder” or “Ay Que Chingona“! I even started dreaming in Spanish… Like, what?
If you have the time to watch all these shows on the list, I’m pretty sure your Spanish will improve tremendously. Or at least you’ll have a healthy amount of slangs and swear words at your disposal for future purposes. Make sure to google the definitions of the words before you actually use them, just in case you offend the wrong people! Yikes
Elite is one of the most addicting teen murder dramas I’ve watched in a long time. From the very beginning of season one, I was already deeply immersed in each character’s worlds. The whole drama starts off with the acceptance of three working-class students into the infamously rich “elite” high school, Las Encinas. Just when these three peers thought their lives are about to change for the better, a chain of evil incidents starts to unravel and turn their whole worlds upside down. I don’t know about you, but I think mysterious crime-solving shows are THE BEST! Especially when romance and attractive teens are involved.
Number Of Seasons: 3
Number Of Episodes: 24
2. La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)
La Casa De Papel is an insanely popular Netflix series that has become a sensation all over the world ever since the premiere of its first amazing season in May 2017. Its super thrilling plot and captivating performance by each character will leave you sitting at the edge of your seat, holding your breath, and asking for more when each episode ends. The series centers around the daring feat of a group of eight robbers and a criminal mastermind attempting to rob the biggest and most prestigious bank in Spain while manipulating the police to carry out the plan.
I didn’t believe the hype of this show at first, but after finishing the first episode, I was completely sold!
Number Of Seasons: 2 (Four Parts)
Number of Episodes: 31
3. Las Chicas Del Cable (Cable Girls)
Las Chicas Del Cable is a dramatic yet stunning series that you will laugh and cry with. Set in the late 1920s, this series narrates the lives of four independent women who strived to better their life circumstances by working at a telecommunications company. Back in those days, men dominated almost every industry. Women barely had the right to fight for themselves, let alone work to make a decent income. However, these four chicas defied all odds and worked their way to the top. Throughout the five seasons, we get to witness the development of their strong friendship, and the unraveling of several life-changing events. This is definitely one of my favorite Spanish shows on Netflix.
Number Of Seasons: 5
Number of Episodes: 37
Okay, I’m sure most you have heard of Narcos, and probably have a good sense of who Pablo Escobar is. Set and filmed in Colombia, Narcos is an American crime drama based on the true story of the Colombian drug lord who became a multi-billionaire through the production and smuggling of cocaine on a huge international level. The captivating aspect of this series is that it shows you the family life of Pablo Escobar and gives a glimpse into his more “human” side. Also, since the characters use a mixture of both Spanish and English, it’s a great series to start off with if you’re not comfortable going full Spanish yet.
Number Of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 30
If you were a fan of Sex and The City, Valeria may be your cup of tea. Just recently premiered on May 8th, 2020, this series has already caught the attention of many Netflix fanatics around the world. Valeria is actually based on the novel by Elisabeth Benavent depicting the story of a young woman seeking a deeper connection with her work and her husband. Along her journey of “self-discovery”, she is accompanied by her three best friends who support her through thick and thin. Throughout the first season, we get to transport ourselves into the lives of these four women as we sympathize with their relatable experiences. And out of all the Spanish shows on Netflix I’ve recommended on this list, this one is definitely more “light”. So if you’re not into dark and dramatic plots, Valeria might be for you.
Number Of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 8
6. Gran Hotel
Gran Hotel is an incredibly romantic, suspenseful, and dramatic Spanish series that first debuted in 2011. Yon Gonzalez, who is the protagonist of this series, also starred in the other show mentioned above, Las Chicas Del Cable. His performance in both these two shows is honestly quite captivating, and that’s why I’m so in love with him haha. But anyway, back to the plot.
This series was based in the early 1900s and set in the luxurious Grand Hotel where Julio (Yon Gonzalez) arrives to visit his sister, Christina, who works there. However, upon his arrival, he was informed that Christina had already left due to being fired for theft. Unconvinced, Julio believed that there’s more to the disappearance of his sister. As he infiltrates into the hotel to investigate Christina’s disappearance, he meets his future lover, Alicia. And together, they attempt to solve this mystery.
Number Of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 39
Now Go Learn Some Spanish!
Watching shows and movies is, in my humble opinion, the BEST way to learn a language (apart from speaking with a native). If you’ve been dreaming about becoming fluent in Spanish but can’t afford to go abroad or take lessons. Spanish shows on Netflix is a great resource to help you master the language in the comfort of your own home. I hope this post has been valuable in helping you decide which Spanish series to binge on. Also! If you’re a Youtube addict like me, check out my post on “The Best Youtube Channels To Help Improve Your Spanish“!
Now go and immerse yourself in the Spanish speaking world! Let me know if you start dreaming in Spanish too!