Netflix has done a lot for the tv and movie industry. But the biggest impact it has had is introducing the world to the best Spanish shows and films.
In what probably came as a huge shock to everybody, non-English series make up 50% of the most viewed shows on Netflix in the world.
From Money Heist to Squid Game, we have embraced content that we wouldn't normally see on tv.
As I write this, All Quiet On The Western Front, the German war drama, is currently riding high in the Top 10 most watched films in the UK this week.
And once people realise how good non-English shows and movies are, they start searching them out and watching them in their millions.
So just what are the best Spanish shows and movies on Netflix? We have compiled a list of our 12 favourites crossing genres from crime, drama, comedy, family and romcom. There is definitely something for everyone on this list.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the best Spanish shows and films streaming on Netflix right now.
OUR LIST OF THE BEST SPANISH SHOWS & MOVIES
Where To Watch Spanish TV Shows?
As you already know, this is an article about the Spanish shows you can watch on Netflix. To be fair, they are the market leaders when it comes to providing a huge amount of tv content from Spain.
Apple TV+ only create their own productions so without the ability to import the best that Spain has to offer, they are lagging behind. Likewise with Disney Plus.
Amazon Instant Video fairs a lot better with a lot of Spanish movies available on Prime, if you have a subscription. So if you love legendary director Pedro Almodovar films, you'll find a decent selection on Amazon.
For now though, the best place to get your fix of drama from Spain is Netflix.
Pedro Almodovar Films
Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is a Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer, and former actor. His films are world famous and marked by melodrama and complex narratives. Family and identity are among Almodóvar's most prevalent subjects in his films.
Almodóvar achieved international recognition for his dark comedy-drama film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
His two films, All About My Mother (1999) and Talk to Her (2002), earned him an Academy Award each for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay, respectively.
He followed this with the drama Volver (2006) and his most recent drama, Parallel Mothers (2021), was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most internationally successful Spanish filmmakers, and his films have gained a worldwide cult following. He has won two Academy Awards, five BAFTA's, two Emmys, six European Film Awards, two Golden Globes, nine Goya Awards, and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.
Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are two of his biggest collaborators, with Cruz starring in seven of his films, two of which earned her Academy Award nominations – Volver and Parallel Mothers.
Banderas has appeared in eight Almodovar films and, like Cruz, has also been internationally recognised with an Academy Award nomination for Pain and Glory.