When it comes to learning English it is always recommended to watch TV-shows in O.V. A technique which also works if you decide to go to Spain to learn Spanish. What are the best Spanish TV-shows to improve your Spanish? Take the remote control and try to find them!
Aside from studying English, practicing in conversation groups and reading books, it’s also recommended to watch TV-shows in O.V. to learn the language and to improve your pronunciation. The same technique also works if you’re in Spain and you want to improve your Spanish. And to learn Spanish you could become a fan of one these TV-shows. They will help you with your vocabulary and you’ll get to know new words and typically Spanish expressions.
– Cuéntame is one of the oldest TV-shows in Spain and on transmission since 2011. It’s the story of a the family Alcántara, one of the most popular families with the Spanish viewers. A great success with a viewer rating of over 6 million during its best times. Cuéntame is a good example for a TV-show to learn Spanish because the dialogues are slow and you’ll also learn a lot about Spanish history which is a part of each season. TV channel: TVE.
It’s a very popular comedy show. A funny TV-show of which you can learn Spanish and which tells about the adventures of a Bask in Andalusia. In Allí abajo you’ll find all the typical differences between the north and the south of Spain. It’s about habits, different characters and also typical vocabulary from those parts of Spain. With all the chaotic and incredible situations from time to time you’ll have to smile. TV channel: Antena 3.
Velvet is a romantic comedy and has slow dialogues which will help you to improve your Spanish little by little in a efficient way. This TV-show is one of the greatest successes of the current Spanish television. It has over 4000000 viewers every week and takes place in the 60ies in the Galerías Velvet in Madrid. You’re going to like its elegance and music. TV channel: Antena 3.
This is the Spanish version of the American TV-show Orange is the new black even if the Spanish protagonists wear yellow. It’s one of the TV-shows which earned the most positive critics and it’s a great success. Vis a vis tells the story of Macarena and her entrance to prison where she finds good and bad company and a lot of problems. A good TV-show to learn Spanish, especially colloquial expressions, far from the former Spanish. TV channel: Antena 3.
– El Príncipe
An other success of the last seasons is El Príncipe. A action TV-show in which the dialogues are a bit faster but also maybe a bit more difficult to understand. Anyway the protagonist is an arabic girl and she speaks Spanish slowly. That’ll give you some breaks between all the action happening in this TV-show. The combination of terrorism and love got the fascination of the viewers. TV channel: Tele 5
Known as Money Heist in the UK is the very popular crime drama series created by Álex Pina. It is a series made up of 4 seasons that can be streamed on Netflix. It is about 2 heists, one on the Royal Mint of Spain and one on the Bank of Spain. This series will have you hooked from start to finish watching the well thought-out heists that take place. Each of the robbers wear red jumpsuits and masks similar to the one demonstrated in the image. The dialogue is quite fast but immerses you directly into the Spanish language. It is said the 5th season will start filming in 2021, you don’t want to miss it!
Found on Netflix is the thrilling teen drama Elite. It is about a group of 3 working-class teens that attend a private school in Spain resulting in conflict with the wealthy students which subsequently leads to a murder. It is made up of 3 seasons and explores concepts and themes associated with teen dramas. The Spanish dialogue is a good pace and emerges you in the colloquial language of teens in Spain. It is very relatable for many.
Another popular series on Netflix is Cable Girls. It is a Spanish period drama TV series set in Madrid in the 1920s which is produced by Netflix itself. It consists of 4 seasons with a final 5th season made up of 2 parts and is about 4 women from different backgrounds that have been newly hired at the National Telephone Company. They ring in revolution as they handle friendship, romance and the modern workplace. It is a romantic and emotional series that also demonstrates the hardships working women faced in the 1920s.
Unauthorized living is a gritty, emotional and exciting TV series created by Aitor Gabilondo that can be watched on Netflix. Made up of 2 seasons, it is about a gentleman called Nemo who comes across as a businessman but in fact he is a drug lord. He is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but tries to hide this from his friends and family. When he reveals his plan to retire, his second-in-command plots to steal the business empire from the rightful hier. This results in violence, betrayal and lots of chaos is Nemo’s life. It is a gripping series that is worth a watch!
A Spanish drama produced by Atresmedia and Plano a Plano is Toy Boy. It is a series on Netflix made up of only 1 season consisting of 13 episodes, and is about a stripper named Hugo that wakes up next to the burned corpse of a man who is the the husband of Hugo’s lover. He remembers nothing of the evening of the crime but is certain that he is not the murderer, but the victim of a set-up. He sets out to prove he is innocent for this crime and is unfairly imprisoned for 7 years. This suspenseful series will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A brand new series brought out just this year (2021), made up of 1 season is Sky Rojo. It is about 3 women that, after a fatal turn of events at a brothel are left haunted by their past and run away from their pimp and his henchmen. They run in search of freedom in this action thriller and crime drama series. It shows the brutal reality of prostitution and also the dangers that the women face fleeing from the pimp and his henchmen, living everyday as if it were their last. It makes them realise that they are stronger together and have lots of ways to recover their lives. This is a gripping and eye-opening series that is worth a watch.
This Spanish mystery horror series that can be watched on HBO Europe is about an exorcist and ex-convict Father Vergara that attempts to escape his demons while living in a remote village in Spain. He does this by taking refuge from the devil himself, who is chasing him to recover a treasure, one of the 30 coins for which Judas betrayed Jesus. Because of this, paranormal activity starts taking place and he needs help from Paco and Elena, the mayor and the town’s veterinarian. The 3 catch themselves in the middle of a conspiracy of which this cursed coin is at the heart of. This 1 season series will have you biting your fingernails.