The 10 Best Spanish Series on Netflix from Spain

The 10 Best Spanish Series on Netflix from Spain

Watching a Spanish series, movie, or TV programming is without a doubt a good way to learn and practice Spanish. That is why I decided to write this post about the best Spanish series from Spain that are currently available on Netflix, a widely popular online streaming platform.

We all binge watch Netflix anyways, why not take advantage and learn something from it, such as Spanish? ūüėČ

When you watch a series, you learn and practice the language in a more fun way compared to attending classes or using textbooks. You will especially practice your listening skills and pronunciation and learn new vocabulary, expressions, slang, and culture. Indeed, watching a series is a powerful learning experience.

If you are a beginner, I would recommend turning the subtitles¬†on, it will help you to understand better and work on your reading skills. However, once you get to a certain level of Spanish, don’t use subtitles. Push yourself and try to understand the plot and scenes through the context, images and the few words or sentences you can comprehend.

Below, you will find the 10 best Spanish series on Netflix to learn Castilian Spanish.

The 10 Best Spanish Series on Netflix from Spain

MONEY HEIST

What you need to know

Money Heist (La casa de papel) is a thriller that was originally created as a limited series on the Spanish network Antena 3. Then, Netflix edited it and released it worldwide. Soon after, it became the most watched non-English series on Netflix.  Also, it became the first Spanish series to win an International Emmy award for being the best drama series.

Plot

The series tells the story of a group of robbers who want to carry out the perfect robbery. For that, they plan to assault the Spanish Mint located in Madrid (the capital of Spain). A man, who calls himself ‘The Professor’, is in charge of recruiting the team of robbers.

What you will learn

The language in this show is very colloquial and sometimes, people could even consider it as improper. For these reasons, you will learn a ton of slang and one or two cuss words.

GRAND HOTEL

What you need to know

Grand Hotel¬†(Gran hotel) is a drama series produced by¬†Bamb√ļ producciones¬†and was first aired on the Spanish network Antena 3¬†in 2011.

Plot

The series follows the members of a family who own a hotel (the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, Cantabria) in 1905 and their servants. Mainly, it is centered on a man investigating the mysterious disappearance of his sister, who worked at the hotel. Mystery, romance, comedy, jealousies, murder, intrigue and blackmail are all guaranteed.

What you will learn

You will learn a few things with this show. First of all, you will see the proper way to speak Spanish, since the language in this series is very formal. In addition, you will learn about the Spanish lifestyle in the early 20th century and pick up some vocabulary related to topics, such as mystery and crime or hotels.

THE MINISTRY OF TIME

What you need to know

The Ministry of Time¬†(El ministerio del tiempo)¬†is a fantasy series produced by Televisi√≥n Espa√Īola in 2015, which is the national public television broadcaster in Spain.

Plot

The series is about three agents of the fictional Ministry of Time who try to prevent people from changing Spanish history through time travel.

What you will learn

Beside learning and practicing Spanish, you will immerse yourself in different periods of Spanish history.

VELVET

What you need to know

Velvet¬†is a Spanish drama series produced by¬†Bamb√ļ producciones for Antena 3¬†in 2014.

Plot

The series is set in the late 1950s at one of the most important fashion house in Madrid. It explains the business and follows the love story between the heir of the company and one of the seamstresses.

What you will learn

By watching this show, you will learn a lot of Spanish business and clothing vocabulary. Furthermore, you will discover the styles of Spanish clothes during the late 1950s.

EL INTERNADO

What you need to know
El internado is a drama-thriller produced by Globomedia for Antena 3 in 2007.
Plot

The show centers on a group of students at a boarding school who investigate the mysterious and secret past of the school.

What you will learn

You will increase your vocabulary in Spanish, especially related to school and mystery.

COCAINE COAST

What you need to know
Cocaine Coast¬†(Fari√Īa) is a crime drama series based on journalist Nacho Carretero‘s book. It was produced by Bamb√ļ Producciones¬†and Atresmedia, and first televised on Antena 3 in 2018.
Plot

Cocaine Coast is set in the 1980s in Galicia (north-western Spain). During this time, the fishing industry was in decline and some fishermen saw an opportunity in illegal activities, such as contraband and drug trafficking. Specifically, the series follows a fisherman, who becomes a successful cocaine smuggler between Latin American suppliers and European customers.

What you will learn

Beside learning some specific vocabulary about drugs and drug trafficking, you will also become familiar with the Galician accent and some Galician words. In addition, you will learn about Galician culture and enjoy some of the beautiful landscapes of Galicia.

THE CABLE GIRLS

What you need to know

The Cable Girls, (Las chicas del cable) is a drama series originally produced by Netflix in 2016.

Plot

The series takes place in Madrid in the 1920s. It tells the stories of four different women who start working at the most important phone company in the country. This show is full of drama, romance, comedy, jealousies and mystery.

What you will learn

Just like Grand Hotel, the language in this show is formal. Therefore, you will learn a more proper way to speak Spanish. Additionally, you will learn about the culture and society of Spain during the 1920s.

ELITE

What you need to know
Elite¬†(√Člite) is a teen drama crime series that was produced by Zetas producciones for Netflix in 2018.
Plot

The show is centered on three middle class teenagers who are given scholarships to study in one of the most prestigious schools in Spain. The confrontation between them and the elite students will lead to murder and the search for answers.

What you will learn

By watching this show you will get familiar with colloquial Spanish. In addition, beside learning general vocabulary, you will pick up some specific vocabulary related to school.

MOROCCO: LOVE IN TIMES OF WAR

What you need to know
Morroco: Love in times of war (Tiempos de guerra) is a war drama produced by¬†Bamb√ļ Producciones and broadcast on Antena 3 in 2017.
Plot

Primarily, the series takes place in Melilla (a Spanish autonomous community located in the north of Africa) in the 1920s during the Rif War. It focuses on a few inexperienced nurses who are sent to there to open a hospital.

What you will learn

Like Grand Hotel and The Cable Girls, they use a more formal language in this show and thus, you will learn a more proper way to speak Spanish. You will also learn a piece of Spanish history. Additionally, you will pick up some words about war and medicine.

CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA 

What you need to know

Cathedral of the Sea (La catedral del mar) is a historical drama series based upon the novel by Ildefonso Falcones. The novel became very popular, selling 1 million copies just in Spain alone the first year it went on sale. The series was first broadcast on Spanish networks Antena 3 and TV3 in 2018.

Plot

The series takes place in 14th century Barcelona during the construction of Santa María del Mar church. It is about the story of the son of a serf who fights to obtain freedom from the abusive medieval system.

What you will learn

You will learn about Spanish history and find yourself immersed in 14th century Barcelona while practicing the language. You will also become familiar with some common Catalan names and words.

Final Thoughts

I hope I have made it easier for you to learn and practice Castilian Spanish with this list by suggesting addicting and binge-worthy programming.

Now, pick a series and start a very educational and fun way to learn and practice the language.

A fun thing that you will notice is that you will get familiar with a lot of actors and actresses, since the same ones play different characters in various series.

In order to get the most of a show, discuss the plot and details with someone else. This is a great activity to comprehend the story and work with the vocabulary and expressions you have heard.

Beside other activities, this is one that I usually use during my online Spanish conversation classes. Very simple, but  very powerful!

Have you watched any of these series? Which one did you like the most? Do you know any other Spanish series?

I would love to hear your answers.

Leave them in the comment section below.

 

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