12 Best Spanish Series on Netflix to Spice Up Your Streaming in 2023
There’s nothing quite like a great Spanish TV series. They’ve got romance, drama, slapstick comedy, you name it.
As an added benefit, they can open your eyes and ears to a whole new part of the world.
As a team of avid Spanish learners and teachers, we spend more time than we’d care to admit watching Spanish series on Netflix.
So we figured, why not turn all that binge watching into something helpful? For your enjoyment, here’s a list of our team’s favorite Spanish series currently on Netflix in 2023.
- Best Spanish Series on Netflix
- 1. “Élite” (“Elite”)
- 2. “Club de Cuervos” (Club of Crows)
- 3. “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”)
- 4. “Monarca” (“Monarch”)
- 5. “La Casa de las Flores” (“The House of Flowers”)
- 6. “Paquita Salas”
- 7. “Las Chicas del Cable” (“Cable Girls”)
- 8. “Ingobernable” (“Ungovernable”)
- 9. “Edha”
- 10. “Bienvenidos a Edén” (“Welcome to Eden”)
- 11. “¿Quién Mató a Sara?” (“Who Killed Sara?”)
- 12. “Desenfrenadas” (“Unstoppable”)
- What Should I Watch on Netflix to Learn Spanish?
- And One More Thing…
Best Spanish Series on Netflix
1. “Élite” (“Elite”)
Seasons: 7 (2018 to 2023)
To add to the rise in popularity of high school dramas, “Élite” follows a group of students in their final years of school. But this isn’t your average high school. The students of Las Encinas (The Oaks) are primarily affluent, unusually good-looking and seem to have very bad luck.
This mystery-thriller series can be pretty addictive and binge-worthy.
2. “Club de Cuervos” (Club of Crows)
Seasons: 4 (2015 to 2019)
Genre: Comedy drama
After inheriting a soccer team from their late father, this Mexican comedy follows a brother and a sister as they clash over issues regarding their club. Naturally, a power struggle ensues from the very beginning due to their completely different personalities—and probably just the fact that they are siblings.
With a few plot twists and laugh-out-loud moments, you’ll find it an easy-watching series.
3. “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”)
Seasons: 5 (2017 to 2021)
“La Casa de Papel” actually translates to “the house of paper,” but is known in English as “Money Heist.” This crime drama series is about a group of, shall we say, “talented” people brought together by a criminal mastermind known as “The Professor.” Their plan? To pull off the risky job of using the Royal Mint of Spain as their own personal money printer.
4. “Monarca” (“Monarch”)
Seasons: 2 (2019 to 2021)
“Monarca” tells the story of a woman who returns to Mexico to compete for control of her family’s billion-dollar empire, after living away for 20 years. There’s plenty of drama, murder, betrayal, deception and storylines involving love and partnerships.
This series gives you a possible glimpse at what life in Mexico can be like in terms of cultural issues—you’ll see how some of Mexican society views economic classes, sexuality, reputation and corruption.
5. “La Casa de las Flores” (“The House of Flowers”)
Seasons: 3 (2018 to 2020)
Genre: Dark comedy
This dark comedy begins with the discovery of a body at an engagement party—who happens to be the lover of the groom—but that’s just the tip of the drama iceberg. After her husband’s mistress exposes the family secrets, wealthy matriarch Virginia attempts to save face and maintain their perfect image.
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6. “Paquita Salas”
Seasons: 3 (2016 to 2019)
Funny, awkward, life-affirming and ultimately uplifting, “Paquita Salas” is a great Spanish comedy series. The titular character was a talented agent in 1990s Spain, but an outdated style and the loss of her biggest client caused her career—and life—to come crashing down around her.
The characters in the show have numerous, everyday conversations including plenty of slang and a bit of naughty language.
7. “Las Chicas del Cable” (“Cable Girls”)
Seasons: 6 (2017 to 2020)
Genre: Historical drama
“Las Chicas del Cable” was one of Netflix’s first Spanish-language original series and it’s been received well by critics and audiences.
Set in 1920s Madrid, the show is a period drama that follows the lives of several young women who work at a telecommunications company. The show highlights the interesting and complex relationships among its female protagonists, who come from many different walks of life.
8. “Ingobernable” (“Ungovernable”)
Seasons: 2 (2017 to 2019)
Genre: Political drama
“Ingobernable” follows Emilia, a Mexican First Lady who is disillusioned with her husband but has high hopes for her country. But when the President suffers a mysterious death, Emilia suddenly finds herself on the run—unable to prove that she herself wasn’t responsible.
Seasons: 1 (2018)
“Edha” is a dramatic thriller set in Buenos Aires. The title character is a young single mother and a powerhouse in the fashion industry who falls for a young and mysterious man. Expect crime, set-ups, strange deaths—everything to keep your adrenaline pumping.
10. “Bienvenidos a Edén” (“Welcome to Eden”)
Seasons: 2 (2022 to 2023)
“Bienvenidos a Edén” is a dramatic thriller about a group of young influencers who arrive on a remote island for what they think will be a fun, exclusive beach party. Their attempt to have a good time quickly transforms into a desperate effort to escape the island and the cult-like group holding them there.
11. “¿Quién Mató a Sara?” (“Who Killed Sara?”)
Seasons: 3 (2021 to 2022)
“Quién Mató a Sara?” is a Mexican drama about a man who was wrongly convicted for his sister’s death, and his attempts to get revenge on the real culprit after spending 18 years in prison for the crime. The series includes lots of family drama, mystery, secrets revealed, and some wild twists and turns.
12. “Desenfrenadas” (“Unstoppable”)
Seasons: 1 (2020)
“Desenfrenadas” is a Mexican drama about three girlfriends in their 20s who take a road trip to Oaxaca—that turns out to be anything but predictable. On the way, they pick up a fourth woman who ends up changing their course.
This series is all about self discovery and female empowerment with a great soundtrack you can jam to on your next road trip.
What Should I Watch on Netflix to Learn Spanish?
The video above digs a bit deeper into a few of the series on this list, plus adds a couple more you may want to check out!
The series we’ve mentioned in the post (and in the video above) are great for learning Spanish because they’re extremely visual and you can easily turn subtitles on or off on Netflix. They also cover a few different dialects and accents so you can get some well-rounded Spanish exposure.
If you watch your way through this list and are hungry for more, pretty much any Spanish-language show will help you learn! You can even watch English shows with Spanish subtitles (just make sure you focus on the subtitles).
And, if you’re looking for something longer to watch in the evening, check out the 20 best Spanish movies on Netflix in 2023.
With the plethora of content available on Netflix today (and across many other streaming platforms!), it can be overwhelming to choose something to watch.
But if you’re looking for a series in Spanish, you now have your watchlist. Enjoy!
And One More Thing…
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