"Velvet": 1950s fashion takes Madrid by storm. 1
The love story between Alberto and Ana may very well have been the one between Romeo and Juliet, but what really grabs you about this show is the fashion, the customs, and the difficulties of everyday life in Spain in the 50s.
"Velvet": The locations used on the show are simply amazing. 2
Spanish producers clearly know how to recreate past eras in a spectacular way, and Velvet showed us a side of Madrid that was clean, dynamic, well-put together, and super elegant.
"Velvet Collection": The '60s revolutionized Spain. 3
If you loved the stories of Velvet, then Velvet Collection will surely be to your liking. This spin-off tells the story of Galerias Velvet opening a store in Barcelona, 10 years after the first show. If the '50s were all about looking for freedom, the '60s are those of open-mindedness in which the younger generations of the country took over. Velvet Collection shows us that reality with a lighthearted touch.
"Cable Girls": This is the OG for Spain on Netflix. 5
Cable Girls was the first Netflix production in Spain and it was such a massive success that the company didn't hesitate to increase its investment in the mighty creative minds of the country.
"Cable Girls": It's all about women's rights and empowerment in 1920s Spain. 6
Blanca Suárez plays Lidia, one of the four main characters who gets a job in Madrid in 1928 in a modern company that is installing telephones in the country. While the love stories of Blanca and her friends are the main theme of the show, the subtext of independent women of that time was one of the reasons why the show was so successful.
"Money Heist": The story of the most creative robbery ever told. 7
Thousands of movies have been produced about bank robberies, some with more creative plots than others, but the one told in Money Heist is gold. The Professor, Tokyo, and rest of the band decide to hold up a bank...they actual take over the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Madrid, so they can print all the money they want during an entire week. Will they make it out alive?
"Money Heist": Tokyo stole the show. 8
Úrsula Corberó is Tokyo, the main character and narrator of the story. The young actress was a hit because of her beauty and her feisty character, which made her tackle all the problems that arose during the heist head-on.
"El Marginal": The stench of street and corruption make this a true gem. 9
The story was supposed to be about an undercover cop who goes into a prison with a complicated mission and then loses his contact outside, yet it was Diosito, played by Nicolás Furtado, who made the biggest impact on the show.
"La Casa de las Flores": Everything you love--and hate--about soap operas and more. 11
I'm still not certain whether La Casa de las Flores is a homage to soap operas, a critique, or both things at once. What's true is that the stellar cast, including Verónica Castro and Aislinn Derbez, makes this spectacular story resonate with the audience in ways few shows do.
"La Casa de las Flores": It was such a hit that Netflix is already making a second season. 12
The 12-episode series is the third production Netflix has completed in Mexico, and the company is already working on the next season of the show.
"Ingobernable": Kate del Castillo as you have never seen her before. 13
The Mexican actress plays an idealistic first lady of the country who, after losing faith in the work her husband is doing as president, decides to take justice into her own hands. It's one of Del Castillo's best roles ever.
"Ingobernable": The story is so raw that it almost seems to be based on true events. 14
Ingobernable caused a huge splash when it made its debut. In September 2018, the show premiered its second season. The story is as raw as it gets, so much so that many asked themselves if it was based on true events. I wouldn't doubt it...
"Pasión de Gavilanes": For the nostalgic viewer, Netflix even has old soap operas. 15
Once upon a time, all South American women were in love with the Reyes brothers. Pasión de Gavilanes was one of the most important and impactful soap operas ever produced, so it makes sense Netflix has revived it in digital form.
"Pasión de Gavilanes": The portrayals of the main characters are historic. 16
The love story between the Reyes brothers and the Elizondo sisters became TV history. This soap opera, produced in Colombia in early 2000, is based on an older telenovela from 1994, called Las Aguas Mansas.
"The Drug Lord": Andrés Parra plays a great Pablo Escobar. 18
Narcos' Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, was heavily critized for not looking or acting like the real-life drug dealer. Andrés Parra doesn't have that issue--on the contrary, his character mimics real-life Pablo almost to a tee.
"Elite": Another Spanish production that promises to be a hit. 19
Three young girls from humble families get a spot in Spain's top private school. It makes sense that the students will not like these changes in their school, which makes Elite a must-watch.
"Elite": There are no taboos in this show. 20
Social relationships, sex, relationships with people from different religious and economic backgrounds... there's no theme that is not covered in this intriguing and sensual show.
"Luis Miguel, La Serie": The life of the Mexican singer brought forth tons of controversy. 21
The singer worked with the producers, so the final version of the show could be considered as his autobiography. It's his side of the story and obviously is was heavily criticized.
"Luis Miguel, La Serie": Everyone ended up hating Luisito Rey. 22
Since the story was approved by Luis Miguel, it was a surprise to see the light that was shone on his dad, Luisito Rey. The show not only makes it clear that he was not the best dad, but actually that he was a deplorable person. Everyone who watched ended up hating him, and the show even suggests he may have killed Luis Miguel's mom, Marcela Basteri.
"Club de Cuervos": Netflix's first production in Mexico is a gem. 23
When two siblings inherit a soccer team in Mexico, a battle ensues to see who will become the president. A hilarious comedy, with dramatic twists, that does a great job not becoming a soap opera.
"Grand Hotel": A period drama that tells an intriguing story. 25
Everything surrounding Grand Hotel gives off a feeling of great taste, elegance, and sophistication. The story in set in an ultra luxurious hotel in Spain in the early 20th century, and the plot twists between the hotel owners and the servants are simply amazing.
"Grand Hotel": The show was filmed in Northern Spain and the cinematography is astonishing. 26
If you love well-manicured shots, you will love Grand Hotel. Every detail is perfectly rendered, and the imagery will leave you breathless.
"Morocco": Love in times of war will crush your heart. 27
A group of nurses from Madrid travel to Morocco during the Rif War in the 20s, to open up a hospital and support the army. A great drama that also boasts the great performance of Amaia Salamanca.
"Morocco": José Sacristán puts his outstanding touch on this epic story. 28
Sancristán one of the most renowned actors in Spain and what he provides the production is nothing short of amazing. Being able to enjoy 80-year-old José Sacristán in action is yet another reason to watch Morocco.
"The Ship": A mysterious series that will hook you from the beginning. 29
The show ended six years ago in Spain, but it was so popular that Netflix picked it up and it has now become a worldwide success. The first show premiered on TV in 2011 reaching 4.7 million viewers, with 24% of the audience share.
"The Ship": The story is imaginative, although it does seem a bit like "Lost." 30
A true thriller telling the story of a group of teenagers that board a ship to learn how to be seamen when the world changes drastically due to a nuclear incident. The adventures the kids go through promise to be one-of-a-kind.