The USA is definitely the biggest exporter of television series in the world, but talking about quality, there are a lot of other countries in the world that have produced good quality television series.
Although these shows are not in English, they have achieved a huge success, all thanks to the subtitles, that every one who understands English can easily watch them on different streaming platforms.
Today, we bring to you our favorite ten non-English series, which we hope you will enjoy. For your information, this is our personal favorites and it has got nothing to do with ratings and reviews. So let us start the list:
10. How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast):
Genre: Dark Comedy, Crime
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 12
Starring: Maximilian Mundt, Anna Lena Klenke, Damian Hardung, Danilo Kamperidis
We thought that this is just a rip-off of Breaking Bad, as it revolves around drugs, just the difference is that this show has teenagers in it. But just after watching for a few minutes, the show got really interesting as we got to see something different in a teen drama.
Usually, teen dramas include drug, sex, high school and murder mystery, which the show has that all, but what makes the show unique is the concept that we have not seen before, and that is highly relatable to the struggling teenagers.
Moritz is a high school student, who gets dumped by his girlfriend Lisa because she finds another guy named Dan, who usually provides her a drug called ecstasy. To win her back, Moritz teams up with his friend Lenny, who buys all the ecstasy from Dan’s dealer in hope that Lisa will come back.
But as he fails, he starts to sell those drugs online on the dark web. The story further continues with how they sell those drugs, and also saving themself from police and drug dealers, with whom they bought the drugs. The story gets very interesting with every episode, and you won’t get bored of it. As of now, the third season is on the way.
9. Totalmente Demais:
Genre: Romantic Comedy
No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 175
Starring: Marina Ruy Barbosa, Felipe Simas, Juliana Paes, Fábio Assunção
This is the first and the only Brazilian drama we watched, because we really felt that South America really has potential to make good stories. Totalmente Demais started as some regular telenovela with a girl with strong ambition who meets a man who can fulfill all her dreams, while also being in love with someone else.
But the story turned out to be so good, as we got to see what actually happens behind the curtains of the perfect glamour world.
Eliza is a beautiful young girl, who lives with her mother and an abusive step father. So, she runs away from the house and reaches the city of Rio de Janeiro, and meets Jonatas, a boy who sells bleats in the streets.
In the city, she struggles to live by selling flowers, and one day she is caught by Arthur, a divorced businessman who promises to make her a very successful model. She accepts his proposal and enters the world of modelling, where she is challenged by a ruthless editor, Carolina, and Cassandra, who can do anything to achieve her goals.
You may feel the beginning of the show is kind of boring, but as you go on watching, you will get hooked on it.
Genre: Thriller, Psychological Drama
No. of seasons:2
No. of episodes: 24
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Starring: Yoram Toledano, Ishai Golan, Yael Abecassis, Mili Avital, Mickey Leon
If you know the American series, Homeland, you will know Hatufim too, because Homeland is actually adapted from this Israeli drama. As Homeland is a very good series, we decided to watch the original series too, and not gonna lie, it did not disappoint us.
Every episode was so thrilling and the emotions shown in the show were so intense, that at a certain point, you will be at the edge of your seat.
Hatufim is internationally known as Prisoners of War. It tells the story of Nimrode and Uri, who were captured during a secret mission in Lebanon. As the story progresses, we get to see their family life and how they cope with their trauma while being prisoners of war.
Nimrod’s wife Talia finds difficulty in finding the love from her husband, and feels that her life has no purpose, and they also have two kids Dana and Hatzav, who were very young when Nimrode was captured. On the other hand, Uri’s fiancee, Nurit, married his brother Yaki, and has a son named Asaf with him.
Yaki is insecure with the return of Uri as he feels that his marriage with Nurit can be affected with that. Overall, the emotions and the harsh reality presented in the show is amazing and you should definitely watch it.
7. The Family Man:
Genre: Action, Thriller
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 19
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Ashlesha Thakur, Vedant Sinha, Shahab Ali
Whenever we think of Indian dramas, only one thing comes to mind and that is the overdramatization and tens of transitions in a scene, and a lot of illogical behaviors that have nothing to do with real life. But that is TV, and there is a huge difference in Indian TV dramas and shows on Indian OTT platforms.
Like this, we discovered The Family Man, all thanks to Manoj Bajpayee, whose acting is tremendously amazing. We never thought that the web series in India are so good, but it actually is and The Family Man is something worth the watch.
The show tells the story of Shrikant Tiwari, a middle class man who is secretly working as an intelligence officer for the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell. Shrikant is married to Suchitra, and has two childrens Dhriti and Atharv.
In the first season, we see Shrikant following up an investigation of a potential terrorist attack, and also maintaining his family life, which is not very good. The second season goes on to continue the plot from the first season, and the third season is hinted to be based on the current COVID-19 pandemic.
We are waiting for the third season, which will most probably arrive next year.
6. Dirilis: Ertugrul:
Genre: History, Adventure, Action
No. of seasons: 5
No. of episodes: 150 (448 on International Version)
Starring: Engin Altan Duzyatan, Esra Bilgic, Kaan Tasaner, Didem Balcin, Hulya Darcan, Cengiz Coşkun, Nurettin Sonmez
During the beginning of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the show got very popular and received critical acclaim from a lot of people, who have only given positive reviews for the show. In fact, the show was also cited as the Turkish Game of Thrones, and being a history lover, we decided to give it a try.
At first, it felt like a regular and overly dramatized Turkish drama, but upon watching the first few episodes, the show really got an amazing way of storytelling. Not only that, but the Islamic values they have added in the show are really amazing, and no wonder why some people converted to Islam after watching this show.
Translated as Resurrection: Ertugrul, the show tells the story of a real-life historical figure named Ertugrul Bey, who was also the father of Osman I, the founder of the longest-running Ottoman Empire. In the first season, we see the story of Ertugrul and his love interest Halima Sultan, and battles the infidels.
In the second season, we see Ertugrul and his armies battle the Mongols, while in the third season we see some new traitors. In the fourth season, a new challenge arrives for Ertugrul, when his own family starts to fall into the trap of bad guys, and also something bad happens in the life of Ertugrul.
The fifth season also focuses on his battle with the Mongols, hence concluding the story as he hands over the flag to his son Osman. They also got a separate story for Osman in the spinoff series called Kurulus: Osman, translated as Establishment: Osman.
Genre: Teen Drama, Thriller
No. of seasons: 4
No. of episodes: 32
Starring: Maria Pedraza, Alvaro Rico, Jorge Lopez, Leiti Sene, Omar Ayuso, Manu Rios, Diego Martin
Just as we thought, it was going to be some typical high school drama where the teenagers look older than their actual age, we really did not expect much from this show too. Initially, the show was very hyped for its explicit and sexual scenes, and we decided to try it out.
But after watching the show, there was really a fault in our expectations, as the show turned out to be really amazing. Not only the sexuality, but other themes were so properly captured that we just loved the show.
The first season revolves around a murder case of a girl named Marina, and three students: Samuel, Christian, and Nadia enter the school where the only elite and rich students study. It shows how the three of them adjust themself in that school.
In the second season, we see the entry of three new students Cayetana, Valerio, and Rebeka, each carrying their own dark secret. The third season revolves around the murder of Polo, and how everyone tries to cover up that case. We also get to see the entry of Omar, who will play a pivotal role in the fourth season.
Ari, Manic, and Patrick are the new three students in the fourth season, and now a new principal Benjamin Blanco takes over the school. The fourth season just got released and maybe the fifth season will air sometime around next year. Till then you can watch the whole show.
4. Kara Sevda:
Genre: Romance, Telenovela
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 74
Starring: Burak Ozcivit, Neslihan Atagul, Kaan Urgancıoğlu, Melisa Asli Pamuk, Hazal Filiz Kucukkose, Zerrin Tekindor, Ali Burak Ceylan
Most of the Turkish dramas are usually overly written and extremely dramatized. Yes, this show is also like that as there is a lot of drama, but there are things that make this show stand out from other Turkish dramas.
At first, it was just some melodrama revolving around the lives of three individuals, but as the story progresses, we swear we didn’t even expect these kinds of twists and turns to happen. The show is very emotional, and the acting done by the actors is so amazing, especially the acting of Neslihan Atagul and Kaan Urgancıoğlu was the best.
The original title of this show is Kara Sevda, which literally translates to Dark Love, but is internationally titled Endless Love. It tells the story of Nihan, who falls in love with Kemal, who is pursuing his engineering degree. But, Nihan is loved by a wealthy business tycoon, Emir, who is so passionate for Nihan that he can do anything to get her.
Like this, Emir plots to marry Nihan and he succeeds, which leads to the separation between Nihan and Kemal. After a few years, Kemal is now rich and can equally stand with Emir, and both of them fight to win Nihan. But as we said, there are a lot of plot twists, which you definitely are not ready for.
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
No. of seasons: 3
No. of episodes: 26
Starring: Louis Hoffman, Andreas Pietschmann, Maja Schone, Angela Winkler, Lisa Vicari, Moritz Jahn, Daan Lennard Liebrenz
Trust me, even after watching all the episodes, you won’t be able to figure out what is happening. If you just missed a scene, then you should watch it again from the beginning as every scene is important and every character is important.
It is a type of show that will literally make you go crazy as the plot and the story is so complicated, but when you understand it, you will just get addicted to it.
Dark is set in a fictional German town called Windsen, and the story starts when a boy Mikkel goes missing after he travels in a cave. The main characters of the show travels through the time spanning of 33 years, and shows them as child, teen, adult and also old.
This sinister time travel conspiracy exposes and brings out a lot of mysteries related to the families, and it spans over several generations. As we said above, we are not able to explain the plot properly, but we hope you will be able to understand it.
2. Money Heist:
Genre: Crime Drama, Thriller
No. of seasons: 2 (4 Parts)
No. of episodes: 31
Starring: Ursula Corbero, Alvaro Morte, Itziar Ituno, Alba Flores, Pedro Alonso, Miguel Herran, Jamie Lorente, Esther Acebo, Enrique Arce
The show was so much in the hype when the second season aired, and by just looking at the poster and some descriptions, we found it very interesting.
Although at first, we didn’t have much hope from the show as we felt the plot was unnecessarily stretched for so many episodes, we really found it well executed and how the story is written.
However, the show has also received backlashes for glorifying crimes.
Money Heist or the original title La Casa De Papel, tells the story of a gang of robbers led by a man Sergo (known as The Professor). He collected all these robbers from different parts and made a gang to conduct a heist in the Royal Mint of Spain.
The show is narrated by the leading character Tokyo, and almost every character is given equal importance with a backstory of their own. In the second season, they set out on a heist to rob the Bank of Spain, and the third season is on the way.
Genre: Teen Drama
No. of seasons: 4
No. of episodes: 43
Starring: Lisa Teige, Josefine Frida Pettersen, Tarjei Sandvik Moe, Iman Meskini, Thomas Hayes, Ina Svenningdal
At first, we thought that it was just going to be a regular rom-com teen drama, but upon watching it, we realized how deep the story and the plot actually goes, and the fact that it is so relatable. It is definitely not like other teen dramas where the teenagers look like someone in their late 20s.
Norway really did a good job putting it on Netflix, so that the whole world can watch it. Also, it not only focuses on one thing. With every season, the focus shifts to the other character and we get to see a lot of it.
Eva, Noora, Isak, and Sana are four friends who meet in the Hartvig Nessen school, and they all have their own stories. In the first season, we see Eva and her complicated relationship with her boyfriend Jonas, while in season two, we go much deeper into the life of Noora and her relationship with William.
The third season focuses on Isak, who is actually gay and starts dating a boy named Even, and the story goes on to see the struggle of Isak coming out of the closet. The fourth season is about Sana, a Muslim girl who struggles to live a traditional Muslim lifestyle, and her relationship with Yousef.