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5 Most Downloaded & Watched Foreign TV Shows of 2020

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Written by John Marmolejo

How can you not love streaming service when they provide you with the opportunity to get access to and watch content from every corner of the world? Let’s be honest – we couldn’t do this in the past, and don’t you agree that we missed a lot of good TV shows and movies?

Surely, there is at least one foreign TV show you have been obsessed with and cannot wait for the new season to premiere. After all, these have never been more accessible since the streaming services are trying to reach the global audience and break the language barriers. Well, if you are looking for a new obsession, keep reading this article because we will introduce you to the five most popular ones. Nevertheless, since we will only present you with some basic information, you should view here if you want to see trailers and some other stuff!

La Casa de Papel aka Money Heist

We have to begin our list with a TV show that isn’t only the most popular foreign series on Netflix, but it is also a worldwide phenomenon. This action/thriller show follows the group of criminals led by the Professor on their quest to rob the Royal Mint of Madrid. Well, not rob it exactly, as the Professor explains in the show, but actually print millions of euros, and freely walk out of there.

It seems impossible, doesn’t it? Well, to learn whether or not they managed to do this, you will have to watch the first part of the show, i.e., the first two seasons. Upon airing the first part, the show became so popular outside the borders of Spain, that Netflix bought the exclusive rights and ordered additional seasons. So, the gang and the Professors organized another heist that will be concluded in season five, which will premier in 2021.

Borgen

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What is interesting about this Danish political drama series is that it originally aired ten years ago, but it was only recently picked up by Netflix, so its popularity was restored. The story follows Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, a young politician, a minor political party leader, who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark.

Just like the Money Heist, Borgen is another TV show that did not only become famous worldwide, but in April 2020, it was announced that the series would get the fourth season in 2022, with the main actress reprising her role. As of September 2020, the first three seasons are available on Netflix globally, so you should definitely add it to your watch list.

Elite

If you are looking for a soapy teen drama, then you can call off the search and check this series out. It follows the lives of multiple students of an elite private high school in Spain. Besides the main plot, an appealing murder mystery, the series follows the always relevant questions and problems teenagers face, such as being gay in a traditional family, the downsides of social media obsession, how far would one go to be accepted by classmates, and so on.

One of the most appealing features of this show is that each season takes place in two timelines, meaning there are many flash-forwards that introduce you to students’ wishes, desires, and choice and display the effects of each of them. Many viewers described the show as their “guilty pleasure,” and even though it is a teen drama, many have praised it for dealing with relevant topics and issues.

Deutschland 83

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This 2015 Cold war espionage series follows the story of 24-year old Martin (played by Jonas Nay), born in East Germany, who is sent to West Germany as a spy for the East German foreign intelligence agency called HV A by his aunt. Soon, he finds himself trapped between love interests, father figures, and West and East Germany which will make his task that much harder. Nothing is as it seems, and soon, he realizes that he is not the only one harboring secrets.

If you are a history geek, you must watch this series because it is so much more than a simple spy show. Trust us – you will have no choice but the binge-watch all the episodes on Hulu. The third season called Deutschland 89, which premiered only a few weeks ago, follows the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Las chicas del cable aka Cable Girls

Fans of period dramas and 1920s, to be more exact, absolutely adore this series that ran on Netflix from April 2017 to July 2020. Don’t worry – it is still available on the platforms, so you still have the chance to see it.

In 1928, the first telecommunications company was established in Madrid, being the only company of this kind on the Iberian Peninsula. The series revolves around four women, all employed there. The viewers do not only have the opportunity to emerge into this period of the 20th century, but they also get a chance to learn many details about the four main characters. How will they conduct their lives now that they have been presented with a decent income and more independence and freedom? How did each of them end up at that job?

One of them looks for a job that will allow her to provide for her family, the second wants to escape her controlling father, the third one wants to start a new chapter in her life, and the fourth one has just been wrongfully accused of a crime, so she makes a deal to pull off a heist in exchange for a new identity, job, and freedom. How will their lives intertwine together? Well, to get this answer, you will have to watch the entire series, and believe us – you won’t be able to stop until you have seen all the episodes.

Wrapping up

To conclude, even though we have only mentioned five TV shows in this article, as you can assume, there are dozens more worth your time and attention. Do research, check out which titles are available on your favorite streaming service, choose the genre you enjoy, and have fun.

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