Best Spanish Language TV Series On Netflix

As we are well aware, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language on planet Earth. The creation of entertainment media hasn’t really followed this in the past; which is shame. Recently, however, Netflix has been very supportive of Spanish language TV production and there are plenty of Netflix Originals out there. We have picked a list of Spanish language TV series for you to look at and chosen a selection for special review.

There have been several Northern European productions in the last few years that have attracted worldwide audiences even thought they are subtitled. This is because of the sheer quality of the stories and the production. We argue that much Spanish language TV is worthy of similar attention and urge you to look beyond the language an enjoy them with subtitles. See what you think.


El Ministerio del Tiempo

Starring: Nacho Fresneda, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, Juan Gea

Widely branded as The Ministry of Time, there have been 3 seasons of El Ministerio del Tiempo so far. And the use of a English title speaks volumes to the success of this production. This is an intriguing action sci-fi story that also has a good dose of comedy. Three people from different periods of history are brought together to ensure that things go right in Spanish history. Others, of course, are trying to make sure they don’t. The story lines are strong, the direction is good, the acting excellent, the CGI passable and even the history is pretty accurate. And you can’t always say that! The bottom line is that, while this started life as a Spanish offering it has spread it’s wings far wider and rightly so.


Money Heist

Starring: Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte

Money Heist has now attracted 3 series and as many awards. Our protagonists are true antiheroes as what they’re up to – robbing banks – is fundamentally wrong. Seen as a poke in the eye for capitalism, this is, arguably socialist propaganda. But that isn’t all bad. We have morality, meaning and message in abundance and beautifully delivered. The use of Salvador Dali masks is an interesting device. Dali, or Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Dalí de Púbol to give him his proper name was first and foremost a surrealist artist rather than a political activist. A minor aristocrat, his bent was excess rather than rebellion against society codes. And you can safely forget all of that in this absorbing series.


Grand Hotel

Starring: Adriana Ozores, Amaia Salamanca, Yon González

There have been several versions of Grand Hotel and that’s because it’s such a good story. And the sub stories include love, blackmail, jealousy, crime, comedy, scheming and counter-scheming. Phew. There are many moments when the actors deliveries are so good, the subtitles become almost redundant. In fact there are moments when it feels more British than Spanish and that’s pretty unusual. There are 3 seasons available of this version of Grand Hotel to watch on Netflix. Those of you who have seen Cable Girls will be interested to know that Yon González who plays the main role in Grand Hotel also appears in Cable girls.


Cable Girls

Starring: Blanca Suárez, Maggie Civantos, Ángela Cremonte

Cable Girls has been so well received that a third season has been commissioned and released. In the early days of the telephone system there was little automation and a lot had to be done by humans. The premise that four girls from differing backgrounds should find themselves working together in a telephone exchange is therefore entirely credible. Their back stories are enduring and come together well. We all have episodes from our past that we would like to leave behind and these girls are no exception. It’s your past that invariably defines your future and that’s not always easy. And ignore all those comments about the music. Irony still has a place in TV making.


Velvet

Starring: Paula Echevarría, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Although not now contemporary, Velvet achieved 4 seasons and most episodes are around 70 minutes long. It was followed by Velvet Collection which was released in 2017. The undercurrent is of love and there’s a strong feel good sense to this series. But that doesn’t mean it’s gooey; far from it. The series is set in a fashion house so you will not be surprised that the costumes are superlative. The casting was brilliantly conceived and the acting is excellent. While the subtitles help, the story of love against adversity goes a long way towards telling itself. This is period drama at it’s best


Here is a list of Spanish Language title that we think you will enjoy.

El Ministerio del Tiempo
2017 – 3 Seasons – Netflix Original

Cable Girls
2017 – 2 Seasons – Netflix Original

Mar de plástico
2017 – 2 Seasons

Velvet
2016 – 4 Seasons

Grand Hotel
2013 – 3 seasons

Morocco: Love in Times of War
2017 – 1 season – Netflix Original

Ingobernable
2017 – 1 season (season 2 coming 14 Sept) – Netflix Original

Money Heist
2017 – 2 parts – Netflix Original

Four Seasons in Havana
2016 – 1 season – Netflix Original

Juana Inés
2016 – 1 season – Netflix Original

La Reina del Sur
2011 1 season

Apaches
2016 – 1 season

Pasión de Gavilanes
2003 – 1 season

Silvana Sin Lana
2016 – 1 Season

Estocolmo
2016 – 1 Season – Netflix Original

Velvet Colección
2017 – 1 season

El Vato
2017 – 2 seasons

Edha
2018 – 1 season

El Chapo
2018 – 3 seasons

Guerra De Idolos
2017 – 1 season

Dueños del paraíso
2015 – 1 season

Club of Crows
2017 – 1 season – Netflix Original

The House of Flowers
2018 – 1 season – Netflix Original

Paquita Salas
2018 – 2 seasons – Netflix Original

Sin senos sí hay paraíso
2017 – 2 seasons

The Day I Met El Chapo
2017 – 1 series – Netflix Original

Qué pena tu serie
2015 – 1 season

Cocaine Coast
2018 – 1 season – Netflix Original

Historia de un clan
2015 – 1 season

El Capo – El Amo del Tunel
2016 – 1 season

Enemigo íntimo
2018 – 1 season

Pablo Escobar, el patrón del mal
2012 – 1 season

Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ
2017 – 1 season

Club de Cuervos Presents: The Ballad of Hugo Sánchez
2018 – 1 season

Cocaine
2005 – 1 season

El Chema
2016 – 1 season

Camarón Revolution
2018 – 1 season

Zoobabu
2011- 1 season

Tim Colman

Tim helped co-found What's on Netflix with Kasey back in 2013 after a career in publishing covering both the skiing and the scuba diving sectors. Tim loves the older movies and cult classics which shines through in his features and top movies list. Tim also maintains the central database for What's on Netflix driving the A-Z library. Tim resides in Norwich, UK.