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Best Spanish Series on Netflix (Binge-worthy TV for 2021)

Looking for the best Netflix shows in Spanish for 2021? Read this guide for the best Spanish shows on Netflix including popular Spanish TV series and Netflix original series for 2021.

Whether you are looking for the best shows to watch to learn Spanish or simply searching for the best Spanish language shows on Netflix for your viewing pleasure you will find the best TV shows in Spanish listed below!

While we have collated all of the best Spanish Netflix TV series into this guide do remember that not all of these Spanish TV shows on Netflix will be available in all countries around the world at the same time. If you would like unrestricted access to 15 Netflix libraries around the world (including Spain) we recommend Surfshark VPN. You only need 1 subscription to cover every gadget in your house. Click here for more information about Surfshark

This list is representative of the best Spanish shows Netflix has to offer in 2021.

Best Spanish series on Netflix 2021

The Barrier

This Spanish sci-fi Netflix series focuses on one family’s fight for survival in Madrid in 2045.

Following a deadly virus, the city is divided into two – separated by a wall (barrier). On one side life is as normal while on the other the virus still ravages the population who search for a vaccine.

The series stars real-life Spanish mother and daughter actors Angela and Olivia Molina.

Released – 2020

Genre – Sci-Fi

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 13

Starring – Unax Ugalde, Olivia Molina, Eleonora Wexler

Where in Spain – The series was filmed in the Spanish capital Madrid

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Madrid was the filming location of this Spanish series on Netflix
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Bitter Daisies

A crime TV drama Bitter Daisies (O sabor das margaridas) follows new Civil Guard officer Rosa Vargas as she investigates the disappearance of a teen girl in a tight-knit Galician town.

The language spoken in this series is Galician.

Genre – Crime Drama TV

Released – 2018

Seasons – 2

Episodes – 12

Starring – María Mera, Santi Prego, Noelia Castano

Where in Spain – Galicia in North West Spain

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Unauthorized Living

Vivir sin permiso, translated in English Unauthorized Living, is a Spanish series based on the book Vivir sin permiso y otras historias de Oeste, by Manuel Rivas. The show tells the story of an influential drug dealer from Oeste (an imaginary town in Galicia, Spain ) that hides his drug empire behind a large company called Open sea. Nemo, the drug dealer, discovers on his 60’s birthday anniversary that he has Alzheimer’s and decides to prepare one of his 2 legal children, Nina y Carlos, to take over the company. But he wants to leave them a clean company.

The only problem is that his God-son Mario Mendoza, that helped him built the whole empire, was expecting to take over the company and he never imagined a second that Nina or Carlos would be the chosen ones. So he starts sabotaging Nemo’s actions.

Nemo has another daughter, Lara, from a previous lover from his youth that is not interested in his father’s money but is the key to the whole action of the movie.

The plot is captivating and the characters are amazing. I loved Alex Gonzalez playing a villain role! Another character worth mentioning is Fero, Nemo’s right hand, that brings colour to the scenes.

Genre – Crime Drama Series

Released – 2018

Seasons – 2

Episodes – 23

Starring – José Coronado, Álex González, Claudia Traisac

Where in Spain – North West Spain

Watched by Corina from Another Milestone

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Galicia
The Spanish city of Galicia features in this Spanish TV series

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Fugitiva

A victim of domestic violence plans to escape her violent husband and his enemies by using an elaborate kidnapping as a smokescreen.

Genre – Crime Thriller Drama

Date – 2018

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 10

Starring – Paz Vega, Julio Bracho

Where in Spain – Mexico, Benidorm and Madrid

Click to watch on Netflix

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The Mess You Leave Behind

This series centres around 2 teachers who relocate to work in a small Spanish town.

Lies, deceit and blackmail feature in the story lines of this thriller with increasing tension as the truth starts to emerge.

Date – 2020

Genre – Thriller

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 8

Starring – Inma Cuesta, Barbara Lennie, Tamar Novas

Where in Spain – Galicia in North West Spain – Ourense, Cambre, Oleiros

Click to watch on Netflix

Cambre
Cambre

Welcome to the family

Welcome to the family (Benvinguts a la família) is a Catalan TV show including two seasons. It is an extraordinary series in Spain as the original language it aired in is Catalan, not Spanish. This makes it one of the only Spanish Netflix shows that are located in beautiful Catalonia. In general, the show is a dark-comedy show about living together as a modern family.


In the series, we follow the mother, Àngela, who has to leave her house where she lives with her three children after being abandoned by her ex-husband. Without a place to go, she and her brother-in-law, Nando, turn to her father Eduardo for help, who she hasn’t seen for many years. However, her father lives now with his way younger wife, Victòria, and her daughter Àlex. Shortly after she moves in, her father dies. After finding out, they have been cut out of his will, Àngela and Victòria try to hide the death of Eduardo.

Genre – Drama Comedy

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 13

Starring – Malani Olivares, Ivan Massague, Yolanda Ramos

Where was it filmed? The series was filmed on location in Sant Pere de Vilmajor of Valles Oriental.

Watched by Vicki of VickiViaja.com

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Someone has to die

Someone Has to Die is a three-part miniseries from Mexican director, Manolo Caro. He also created the hit Netflix show, La Casa de las Flores (The House of Flowers), which is filmed in Mexico City.


Someone Has to Die, however, takes place in Spain. It is a period piece, set in the 1950s when Spain was still under the fascist Franco regime. Under this oppressive government, Spain was ultraconservative and any deviation from “the norm” could result in persecution. 


The protagonists in the story include several members of the wealthy Falcón family. The family’s son, Gabino Falcón, returns home to Spain after a decade in Mexico — and shocks everyone on his return with a male ballet dancer named Lázaro.


It’s pretty clear the two men are lovers, which can land them in jail (or worse), and the family’s patriarch expresses his disapproval. Things become even more complicated when Gabino’s sister, Mina, falls for Lázaro. Without spoiling the ending, this love triangle does have a tragic finale.

Genre – Period Drama

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 3

Starring – Cecilia Suarez, Carmen Maura

Where in Spain – Madrid

Watched by Shelley of Travel Mexico Solo

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Valeria

Set in Madrid, ‘Valeria’ resembles a modern version of ‘Sex and the City.’ The show is based on En los Zapatos de Valeria, a series of novels by Elísabet Benavent, and is focused on the lives of four best friends – Valeria, Lola, Carmen, and Nerea.

The main character is, of course, Valeria, a novelist in her late 20s dealing with creative and marital crises. Struggling to find inspiration for her novel and feeling stuck in her marriage, she finds support in her three best friends, each having her own challenges.

From Valeria’s new crush Victor to Lola’s ‘relationship’ with a married man to Nerea’s life in the shadow of her parents, ‘Valeria’ shows all the sides of life – the friendships and joys alongside doubts and worries about love, career, and everything in between.

Adding a great extra touch to the show, it’s certainly fun to see the neighborhoods of Madrid, the landmarks, the apartments, the local cafes and bars, and of course, the fashion.

Genre – Romantic TV drama

Seasons – 1

Episodes –

Starring – Diana Gomez, Silma Lopez, Paula Malia and Teresa Riott

Where in Spain – Madrid

Watched by Or from My Path in the World 

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The Minions of Midas

Based on a 1901 short story by Jack London the Minions of Midas revolves around the blackmailing of media magnate Victor Genoves.

With lots of twists and turns this series is full of suspense and mystery.

Genre – Thriller

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 6

Starring – Marta Belmonte, Marta Milans, Luis Tosar

Where was it filmed? Madrid

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High Seas

Based on a luxury ocean liner sailing between Spain and Brazil in the 1940s this crime drama revolves around mysterious murders on the ship and two sisters making the journey to Rio.

Series 3 follow the ship and its characters as it sails from Argentina to Mexico and crimes continue.

Genre – Crime Drama

Seasons – 3

Episodes –22

Starring – Ivana Baquero, Jon Kortajarena, Alejandra Onieva

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Velvet

Set in 1950s Spain this love story follows the romance between the heir to a Spanish fashion house and a seamstress.

The Velvet Collection is a spin-off series based in 1960’s Barcelona.

Genre – Romantic TV Drama

Seasons – 4

Episodes – 55

Starring – Paula Echevarria, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Manuela Velasco

Where in Spain – Madrid (look out for shots of Madrid’s famous Gran Via street)

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Gran Via Street in Madrid

Morocco: Love in Times of War

Morocco: Love in Times of War is a great show and really has something for everyone.

It’s a historical drama, a medical drama, a war story, a love story, and a story of friendship as well as the differences in societal class. As a female health care professional, myself, it’s great to see all of these storylines come together from a women’s point of view. It also shows the realities of war and the impact that has on the importance of making the most of each day.

These women are full of love for their friends that are working alongside them as well as love for their country. It’s dangerous for them to be working as nurses on the frontlines, but they are navigating this new life and finding love along the way.

TV shows like this help make history come alive. It’s often why when looking for places to travel to, historical places always seem to find their way onto my bucket list. Such as all the amazing and historical things to do in Virginia.

Genre – Period Drama

Date – 2017

Seasons – 1

Episodes – 13

Starring – Amaia Salamanca, Alex Garcia

Where was it filmed? Canary Islands

Watched by Rachel of TheRxForTravel.com

Click to watch on Netflix

Canary Islands
The Canary Islands is a beautiful location for a Spanish show!

Cable Girls (Las chicas del cable)

Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable) is set in 1920s Madrid, Spain. The country has just opened its first national telephone company and the series attempts to showcase the progress of the country towards equality between men and women. Following four women known as ‘cable girls’, or switchboard operators, as they navigate independence and hardships of the working girl in the male-dominated society of the 20s. 

Each woman is working at the company for a different reason, but their common struggle bonds them as they form close friendships. Alba works under a concealed name to complete a mission, Angeles is working to provide for her family, Carlota wants to escape her controlling father and Marga is starting a new chapter of her life. 

Las chicas del cable cover the everyday lives and drama of these four ferocious and ambitious women as intrigue, love, and conflict ensue.

Genre – La chicas del cable is a Romantic Period TV Drama

Date – 2019

Seasons – 6

Episodes – 42 episodes

Starring – Blanca Suarez, Yon Gonzales, Ana Fernandez

Where in Spain – Madrid

Watched by Haley of Haley Blackall Travels

Click to watch on Netflix

Madrid.
Madrid is a popular filming location for many Spanish series on Netflix

Cathedral of the Sea

Set in the early 14th-century Cathedral of the Sea follows the life and fortunes of Arnau.

The series is based on the Spanish historical novel La catedral del mar by Ildefonso Falcones.

Genre – TV Period Drama

Date – 2017

Seasons – 1 season

Episodes – 8 episodes

Starring – Aitor Luna, Daniel Grao, Michelle Jenner

Where was it filmed? Barcelona

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Barcelona.
Barcelona features in many Spanish shows

House of Flowers (Casa de las flores)

The House of Flowers dark comedy series focuses on the wealthy de la Mora family. When the mistress of the patriarch of the family hangs herself, their dirty secrets come to light. The perfect world of the parents and of the three siblings falls apart. Now they must confront financial difficulties, interracial relationships, their sexualities and long-held family secrets.

The affluent clan owns two establishments, both called “The House of Flowers”, an outward perfect flower shop and a struggling cabaret. The contrast between them is used to illustrate the socio-economic divisions in modern-day Mexico City. Described as a “millennial telenovela”, the show also explores cultural issues and morality within Mexican society, including racism, class differences, ethics behind money, sexuality, homophobia and transphobia. 

  • Genre – Drama Comedy
  • Released – 2020
  • Number of series & episodes – 3 seasons and 3 episodes
  • Starring – Cecilia Suarz, Aislinn Derbez, Dario Yazbek
  • Where was the series filmed? Mexico with some scenes in the second series filmed in Madrid

Watched by Raluca from Travel With A Spin

Click to watch on Netflix

Mexico City features in many Spanish series on Netflix.

Elite

The Spanish Netflix series production Elite is about a group of teenagers who go to one of the best private schools in Spain. Most of the kids come from privileged backgrounds, only 3 students – Samuel, Nadia and Christian come from poor families. They were admitted free of charge and received a 1-year scholarship after an earthquake destroyed the dilapidated public school. However, not all the students are okay with that, and tensions arise between the wealthy and poor students, but a love affair and friendships also develop.


The three are treated disparagingly by many of their spoiled and rich classmates. In the school year, they have to prove themselves not only with good grades but also with their colleagues in the class. Suddenly there is a murder of a student. The question now is, who did it? A great series that tells about the different ways of life. It is about dislike, envy, many secrets but also about love and sexual attraction.

  • Genre – Teen Drama
  • Released – 2018
  • Number of series & episodes – 3 seasons and 32 episodes
  • Starring – Aron Piper, Ester Exposito
  • Where was the series filmed? Madrid

Watched by Martina of PlacesofJuma

La Reina del Sur (the Queen of the South)

La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South) is based on a novel of the same name by Spanish author/journalist Arturo Perez-Reverte. The story is about the rise to power of Teresa Mendoza, a humble Mexican woman who somewhat accidentally falls into the international drug trafficking world.
She is in love with a pilot who’s employed by the Mexican cartels, and eventually follows in his footsteps. When they assassinate him, she flees her homeland of Mexico to the south of Spain in the hopes of avoiding the same fate.

While she does, she also continues a life of drug trafficking crime. Eventually, Teresa becomes the head of her own cartel, and assumes the nickname of “The Mexicana,” and she becomes the most important person in the Spanish cartels. 


Though she’s a very powerful woman in the cartel world, she is constantly at odds with herself and her morality. This life of crime catches up with her eventually, and she ends up having to flee Spain for Italy to save her own life.

  • Genre – Telenovela
  • Released – 2011
  • Number of series & episodes – 2 seasons and 123 episodes
  • Starring – Kate del Castillo, Humberto Zurita
  • Where was the series filmed? Spain, Colombia, USA

Contributed by Shelley of Travel To Merida

Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)

One amazing Spanish TV series worth your binging time is Money Heist (in Spanish La casa de Papel). The original release is May 2017 which follows a storyline of the main actor named “The Professor” that recruits 8 team members for a series of heists.

The first of the brilliant heists in seasons 1 and 2 include the theft of €984 million at the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid, which was a masterpiece of a storyline. It was not so predictable with lots of twists in the planning. Other seasons follow on with a new heist at the Bank of Spain, also located in Madrid. Here you end up watching some new characters join the heist with new skills and techniques, making it just as unpredictable as the first big heist.

Since most has been filmed in Madrid, this provides a fantastic feel with the location and Spanish actors combined. The storyline, actors, actresses, and music make it a feel-good heist that you won’t be able to stop watching after 1 episode.

  • Genre – La Casa de Papel is a Crime Drama
  • Released – 2017
  • Number of series & episodes – 5 seasons and 36 episodes
  • Starring – Ursula Corbero, Alvaro Morte
  • Where was the series filmed? Madrid

Watched by Zoe of Together in Transit

The Snitch Cartel (El cartel de Los Sapos)

El Cartel de Los Sapos or (The Snitch Cartel) in English which can be streamed on Netflix in Colombia, is a hard-hitting drama about the underground world of narco-traffickers in Colombia who are striving to move up the ladder in the violent world of cocaine, money, lies, and deception.

The story is based on actual events but the real names and locations are changed. For example, the only real name mentioned (in the past reference) is Pablo Escobar who operated from Medellin but instead of calling the city by its real name, it is called El Occidente de Colombia throughout the series.

Each episode keeps you hanging off your seat as it depicts the most intimate parts of the cartels lifestyles. At first, the series appears like any other regular Latin American telenovela, but as the plot begin to unfold, things get real nasty. Some of the characters portrayed were even once on the FBI most wanted list.

  • Genre – Drama
  • Released – 2021
  • Number of series & episodes – 1 season
  • Starring – Sebastian Osorio, Juan Pablo Urrego
  • Where was the series filmed? Colombia

Contributed by Dan of LayerCulture.com

Monarca 

Monarca is a Mexican drama series that revolves around a family and their multimillionaire tequila business in Mexico. The president, and owner of the company, called Monarca, calls his daughter back from the US where she flew to start a new life as a journalist.

He believes she’s the only one who can run the business and clean all the mess and mistakes that have been done in the past, including implications with drug cartels, which eventually led to tragic consequences. The father relies on his daughter’s honesty and integrity to bring back the family business to its original grandeur starting with a clean slate.

Obviously, the greedy brothers didn’t agree, and while mysteries from the past start to unravel, multiple issues arise in the present personal stories of each character. It’s an intricate and fascinating plot full of twists and unexpected revelations. It’s a shame it’s been cancelled halfway through.

  • Genre – Drama
  • Date of release – The series was released on September 13, 2019, on Netflix.
  • Number of seasons/episodes –  2 seasons/ 18 episodes in total – It was supposed to have 4 seasons but in March 2021 after the first two seasons it was cancelled
  • Starring
    • Irene Azuela as Ana María Carranza Dávila
    • Osvaldo Benavides as Andrés Carranza Dávila
    • Juan Manuel Bernal as Joaquin Carranza Dávila
    • Rosa María Bianchi as Cecilia Dávila Vda. De Carranza
    • Antonio de la Vega as Bernardo
  • Where filmed? In Mexico mainly in the state of Jalisco

Contributed by Isabella of letstraveltomexico.com

Spanish shows on Netflix – more to watch!

  • La Reina del Flow (the Queen of Flow)
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