5 Spanish Shows to Help Spice Up Your Spanish

Major streaming services are becoming more inclusive as they incorporate movies and shows from around the world in multiple languages. Spanish, especially, shows are making a bold appearance in many streaming services. Not only do they increase their audiences but it can be a fun, entertaining, and rewarding experience for those looking for something different or focusing on their Spanish fluency. 

Are you looking for a way to improve your Spanish-speaking skills? Do you want to try something different? Maybe you are bored with the repetitive English-language TV shows. Well here are a few shows to get you started! 

1. “Sky High: The Series”

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Recently trending in Netflix’s Top Ten, “Sky High: The Series” is making a huge break! Inspired by real events, this show takes place in Madrid, Spain where a recently widowed woman, Sole (Asia Ortega), is facing financial hardship. Yet, Sole is not just any young woman. She is the daughter of one of the biggest illegal business criminals in the country, Rogelio (Luis Tosar), her father. Sole’s husband, Ángel, had also been a part of a gang himself. Sole has always been surrounded by this type of risk. The Spanish police have been trying to track down her father and hope to incriminate him soon. But Sole also has some unfinished business with the police due to her mysterious past. Determined to provide for herself and her seven-year-old son, Sole makes the risky decision to join the same outlawed organization that her husband had been a part of, creating a matchup to her father’s system. This gripping action-packed series is a nonetheless entertaining way to learn some Spanish. 

“Sky High: The Series” is available to stream on Netflix. 

2. “Money Heist”

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Although “Money Heist” premiered in 2017, there are 5 enthralling seasons that have made this such a perpetual show! This series follows the journey of Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), a woman on the run due to a heist gone wrong, as she is recruited by a man who goes by the Professor (Álvaro Morte). But Tokyo isn’t the only felon recruited as seven other successful criminals join in. Together they plan to sabotage The Royal Mint of Spain. As a part of their strategy, their goal is to be seen as Robin Hoods in the eyes of the public and therefore it is extremely important to not kill anyone on their mission, but can they do it all?  Tune into this Spanish series to find out what happens next while improving your fluency! 

“Money Heist” is available to stream on Netflix.  

3. “Narcos”

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Want a show that has a delicate balance of both Spanish and English? Then “Narcos” is for you! Inspired by the true events of Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Moura, “Narcos” is an action-filled, dramatic and thrilling series. It captures the numerous dynamics between The United States and drugs as well as the relationships and crime of drug smuggling. It is narrated by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Steve Murphy (Robert Boyd Holbrook) as he is transferred to Columbia to combat the cocaine epidemic with his partner Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal). This exciting journey depicts the gray areas of humanity. While this show embodies both Spanish and English, it is a perfect choice for those wanting to ease into their exploration of Spanish shows.  

“Narcos” is available to stream on Netflix.

4. “Toy Boy”

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The winding and addicting plot of “Toy Boy” will leave you unable to prevent yourself from clicking the ‘Next Episode’ button at the corner of the screen! This show follows the storylines of a male stripper, Hugo Beltrán (Jesús Mosquera) and an ambitious lawyer, Triana Marín (María Pedraza), as their paths cross due to Hugo’s misfortune. Hugo Beltrán has been charged with the murder of Philip Norman (Virgil-Henry Mathet) whose wife happens to be a lover and client of Hugo. Often pushed over by her firm, Triana accepts Hugo Beltrán’s pro bono case to prove herself not only capable but worthy of respect as a lawyer. This story will undergo an intense love triangle between Hugo, Triana and now widowed Macarena Medina de Solís (Cristina Castaño) while trying to figure out who murdered her husband and why? The underrated and thrilling show will help those wanting to improve their Spanish skills and will leave them very familiar with a detective mystery vocabulary! 

“Toy Boy” is available to stream on Netflix. 

5. “The House of Flowers”

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“The House of Flowers” is an original Netflix series that incorporates a level of dark humor along with a mysterious theme. This show begins by introducing the De La Mora family who is not only wealthy but seemingly perfect. The narrator, a female character named Roberta (Claudette Maillé), decides that it is time for the truth about this family to become known to everyone. As a part of her plan to expose these family secrets, Roberta leaves a note and hangs herself in the House of Flowers on the day of the head of the family’s birthday, Ernesto de la Mora (Arturo Ríos)! Although the show begins dramatically, there is an underlying dark humor aspect from the members of the De La Mora family that may cause one to laugh at such bizarre times. If you share this peculiar sense of humor and are a fan of mysteries, while wanting to better your understanding of Spanish, then tune into “The House of Flowers.” 

“The House of Flowers” is available to stream on Netflix. 

If any of these shows are interesting to you and your need for the Spanish language, be sure to check them out! One of the best ways to fully immerse oneself in the language is to start by watching television in that language!

By Charley Lustig

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