5 Spanish Series & Television Shows You’ll Love

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You can find most of these Spanish series on Netflix hurrah! Love, drama, intrigue, murder, history… these shows have it all. And watching them will help you improve your Spanish accent!

EL TIEMPO ENTRE COSTURAS/THE TIME BETWEEN

A phenomenal show about a Madrid seamstress who leaves Spain with her lover and ends up abandoned and in debt in Morocco, forced to pay her criminal boyfriend’s debts off and remain under the watchful eyes of the law until she’s done. She ends up opening a dress making shop and creating dresses for some of the wealthy and elite foreigners in Morocco (including the wives of Nazi’s). We won’t spoil the end for you but the plot thickens continually.  This show involves spies, Nazis, fabulous fashion and drama. The heroine is a famous Spanish film actress who has won awards for many of her roles. This series was based on the very popular novel.

Who is this for? Drama lovers, lovers of movies with strong female leads who overcome odds, lovers of foreign films and seeing the past come to life……

GRAN HOTEL/THE GRAND HOTEL

Like a Spanish Dowton Abbey with way more romance and intrigue. Set in a beautiful old hotel on the coast in Northern Spain. Rich owners with a beautiful daughter. A devilish manager who’s having his way with some of the staff, a young staff member who’s been killed and…………. Her handsome brother who shows up to infiltrate the hotel (by becoming one of the waiters) and solve her murder.

Will romance blossom? Will more people be killed?! You’ll have to watch to find out.

VELVET

O.K so this might qualify as a modern-day Telenovela but the acting and story are much better and it’s set in Madrid! The fashion, music and cheesy burst-into-American 50’s hit song moments alone make this great entertainment but there is also a great cast and some super lovable quirky characters. Velvet is set in a department store and based around the seamstresses/staff that work on the lower level and their relationships with the rich (and more upper crust society) owners of the store as well as their friendships with each other and life in Madrid in the world of high end retail during the 50s.

The main characters though are Ana and Alberto- a beautiful seamstress from downstairs and the son of the rich owners who have been in love since they were children but who continue to be torn apart by Alberto’s family……

Sort of an Upstairs-Downstairs kind of thing but with more spicy romance, drama and much better fashion. I’m so sad they only did three seasons!

LAS CHICAS DEL CABLE/THE CABLE GIRLS

There’s nothing better than traveling to a foreign country and getting immersed in a different culture and hearing a language first-hand every day. Combining a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to travel with an educational opportunity gives you even less reason not to splurge and just do it! How can you argue with traveling somewhere beautiful, eating new foods and seeing new things and all while taking your language skills to a higher level. This is the kind of experience no one regrets and that creates lifelong memories.

A super cute (and very dramatic bordering on Telenovela level) miniseries based in Madrid in the 1920’s. It focuses on the long lost romance of a man and a woman who meet again after 10 years by chance in a company where the woman gets hired as a telephone operator. The man is married now…. The woman is a thief who has had run ins with the law due to getting a tough break. And of course there is the tight-knit girl crew who work at the telephone operating station, among them a rich elite rebel, a secret feminist and a woman trying to leave her abusive husband in a country where divorce isn’t legal and a woman’s rights aren’t recognized.   Scandal, drama, political strife and romance ensue!

JUANA INES

A mini-series about Juana Ines de Asbaje a brilliant young woman in Spain in the 12th century who ruffles feathers with her intelligence, wit, outspokenness and her prose at Court where she is a favorite of the nobles. She is disliked by the religious confessors in the court due to her outspokenness and the fact that she’s a woman, and once it’s made public knowledge that her parents were unmarried she is told the only options for her (a bastard!) are becoming a prostitute or a nun so she opts for becoming a nun so she can study and write in peace.

The drama doesn’t end there though! Juana Ines continues to cause scandals and piss the church off from inside the convent……..including being renowned as a possible lesbian!

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  • I have to say it’s really hard for me to find Spanish series!! I like as all of them are so melodramatic and I’m just not into that, I did try the first three here and just couldn’t get into them. I really wanted to like Chicas del Cable because of the time period and because it’s set in Madrid, but I just couldn’t. One series I really liked though was Vis a Vis, it’s like a Spanish Orange is the New Black but more thriller and less comedy (though it’s still funny). It’s really well done and has great actors. One of the actresses from Chicas del Cable is in it. It’s on Netflix too!

    • I Loved that series! I watched it a couple of years ago and have been sad ever since that there was no other Spanish series as good as it that I’ve found and no more seasons! They also ended Velvet after only 3 seasons-though by the time the 3rd season came around it was so silly it was sort of time to end but I’d love it if a Spanish show could come out that lasted more than 3 seasons……..:)

  • Great list! I lived in Argentina and spent a month traveling around Spain which allowed me to pick up quite a bit of Spanish. I have a hard time practicing now that I’m home. Music helps me remember, and I’ve heard watching foreign language TV helps as well. I’ll have to check these out.

    • agree! Music and series are a great way to-if nothing else-keep hearing the language pronounced by native speakers and at a normal pace. Great way to pick up vocabulary and help your pronunciation. Of course-if you are watching an Argentinean show versus a Spanish-Spain show the accents will be completely different!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of these before, but they sound interesting! I’d love to check out Las Chicas Del Cable especially, as that sounds up my alley.

  • What a great list to help prepare for my next Spanish vacation! Are these series with English subtitles? I’m always looking for new ways to practice language skills.

  • We, Filipinos, really like watching telenovelas 😀 I have watched Mexican series before but I haven’t tried watching Spanish TV series yet. I might check Juana Ines as I love stories about strong, witty and outspoken women.

    • Juana Ines definitely counts as one of those! ahahah. Though certainly not a modern day show-it’s pretty cool that it’s about a real person, and that a woman at that time could actually have such an impact on some pretty important people 🙂

  • I am addicted to Netflix and the content it presents. I keep looking for different shows on Netflix and these are added to my list!! I loved the storyline of The Time Between and being a huge WWII buff, this is added to my list <3 Thanks for sharing!!

    • you’re welcome! oh-you’ll love The Time Between-it’s my favorite out of all of these. I love the historic setting, the storyline, the actress…..

  • I don’t speak spanish or watch netflix. But I have a goddaughter who is studying languages so I will send her to check out your post. I do like the sound of The Cable Girls – I wonder if it comes with subtitles on Amazon Prime. Once I’m back in the UK I will check

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