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13 Shows You Should Watch On Netflix If You Want To Improve Your Spanish

Also, because they're all pretty great too.

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1. Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls)

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This Netflix original series is set in 1928 and tells the story of four ladies who work as phone company switchboard operators in Madrid, Spain. The show shines a light on the struggles of being a woman in 1920s, along with a long-lost romance, friendship, and more.

IMDb rating: 7.7/10 on IMDb.

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2. Celia

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Celia is somewhat of a biographic telenovela which tells the story of one of the most successful Latin music stars, Celia Cruz. I say somewhat because it's based on true events, but they also add some drama that didn't happen IRL, which Telemundo discloses at the beginning of every episode. The show starts off with Celia living in Cuba in the 1950s trying to become the lead singer of a popular band called La Sonora Matancera. This telenovela shows the struggles she faced after having to leave Cuba, the highs of becoming one of the most successful salsa singers of our time, and the sadness of not being able to go back home.

Rating: 8/10 on IMDb.

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3. El Patron Del Mal (Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord)

Telemundo

El Patrón del Mal is a Colombian series about the life of the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar. So, it's sort of like Narcos, but better. Especially because the guy who plays Pablo Escobar is actually Colombian.

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4. El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time In Between)

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This series is an adaptation of the novel (The Time In Between) written by María Dueñas. Not only is the show well-made and entertaining, the scenery and fashion is breathtaking! El Tiempo Entre Costuras tells the story of Sira Quiroga, a talented Spanish seamstress who falls in love with the wrong man and finds herself stranded in Morocco just as the Spanish civil war erupts. Eventually, she starts working for the British and agrees to spy on Nazi generals while making dresses for their wives.

Rating: 8.5/10 on IMDb.

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5. Gran Hotel (Grand Hotel)

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If you liked Downton Abbey, then you'll LOVE Gran Hotel. It has romance, mystery, murder, and so much more. The show is set in this super fancy hotel in Spain in the early 1900s where a lot of weird stuff goes down, starting with the disappearance of Cristina, one of the employees. Julio, Cristina's brother, goes there to figure out what happened, but quickly discovers there's more than one secret trapped in the fancy hotel. There's also a ~boy meets girl~ love story intertwined, except the boy is poor and the girl is rich, and that's frowned upon at the time.

Rating: 8.5/10 on IMDb.

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6. El Club De Cuervos (Club of Crows)

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El Club De Cuervos was the first Spanish-language original series produced by Netflix. The comedy-drama is about a fictional Mexican football club and the family who owns it. The patriarch of the family suddenly dies and his heirs are left to battle it out to see who's in charge of the popular team.

Rating: 8.1/10 on IMDb.

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7. Estocolmo

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Estocolmo is an Argentine series that tells the story of a television reporter covering stories about victims of forced prostitution, a prosecutor trying to take down the human trafficking networks, and his half-brother, known as "agent H", who works as an undercover agent to infiltrate those networks.

Rating: 6.3/10 on IMDb.

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8. La Ingobernable (Ungovernable)

Netflix

This is another Netflix original where Kate del Castillo plays the First Lady of Mexico, who is disappointed by her husband's progress as president and decides to divorce him. One night, the couple gets into a big argument and the president falls off the balcony. Shortly after, Emilia (Kate del Castillo) is accused of assassinating the president and runs away in order to prove her innocence.

Rating: 7.3/10 on IMDb.

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9. Velvet

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Velvet is set in Madrid in the 1950s. It's mainly about the love story between Alberto, heir of Galerías Velvet, one of the fanciest and prestigious clothing stores in Spain, and Ana, a seamstress who works there with her uncle. For years, both of their families try to keep them apart, but they always find a way to reunite.

Rating: 8.2/10 on IMDb.

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10. Rebelde (Rebel)

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Rebelde is a remake of a famous Argentine series called Rebelde Way and an ICONIC Mexican telenovela. It's set at the Elite Way School, a prestigious private boarding school in Mexico City where, long story short, six students form a pop band known as RBD. There's A LOT going on in this novela, a love story between a rich girl and a poor boy, a cult that kidnaps poor students, evil teachers, shady politicians, parent drama, amnesia, etc.

Rating: 6.7/10 on IMDb.

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11. El Clon (The Clone)

Telemundo

El Clon is a remake of O Clone, a Brazilian telenovela which aired in 2001. It's mainly about a complicated love triangle between Lucas, his clone, and a beautiful Arab woman named Jade. The telenovela deals with topics such as drug trafficking, cloning, and religion.

Rating: 6.8/10 on IMDb.

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12. Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso (Without Breasts There Is Paradise)

Telemundo

This telenovela is based on the book Sin Tetas Sí Hay Paraíso written by Gustavo Bolívar, and it's the sequel of Sin Senos No Hay Paraíso (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise). The show starts with a a pregnant mother (Hilda) learning that her daughter Catalina "la grande" had been killed. This sends her into premature labor and she gives birth to her second daughter, who she also names Catalina, "la pequeña." Hilda swears she won't let her new daughter get involved with the wrong crowd in their neighborhood, like her eldest daughter did (she became a prostitute and married a drug lord), which eventually lead to her death.

Rating: 7.2/10 on IMDb.

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13. El Internado Laguna Negra (The Black Lagoon Boarding School)

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If you're into creepy shows, I got you. El Internado is a Spanish drama-thriller filled with romance, mystery, and tons of creepiness. The show tells the story of the students attending a boarding school in the middle of the forest. The school is full of mysteries, disappearances, secrets, and conspiracies. It's up to the students to uncover all the secrets the school's hiding.

Rating: 8.2/10 on IMDb.

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