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Bingeable Subtitled Series

Has your local teen drama–loving friend freaked out over Netflix’s soapy Spanish-language series Elite yet? If not, allow us to pitch you: think Gossip Girl meets Cruel Intentions meets Skins meets Big Little Lies. What we’re trying to say is there’s a lot of sex, drugs, and even some murder involved here. It’s glorious.

The Spanish series and Hindi-English horror offering Ghoul join the ranks of Netflix’s many foreign-language series options at time when streaming services are helping American audiences discover foreign-language shows more than ever before. (Tip: Use the English-language subtitles when you watch, not the dopey English dubbing. And make sure the Elite track you choose is the “original” or “European” Spanish option.)

And the trend is growing: Hulu announced last year that it will soon add even more international titles to its offerings, which currently include series like the Israeli drama Prisoners of War (the basis for Showtime’s Homeland), a lot of Japanese anime, and Swedish thriller Wallander (the one starring starring Krister Henriksson, not the Kenneth Branagh version, which is in English and on Netflix). Competitors Netflix and Amazon, as well as more niche services like Sundance Now, also offer programming for those looking to better their cultural horizons without leaving the couch. (All of that is on top of the British programming imported by services like Acorn TV and BritBox.)

Have a look at more subtitled TV options available on streaming sites that may be worth a binge. Note: We ranked the shows with Tomatometer scores first, and the rest of the series are listed alphabetically.

Babylon Berlin (2017)

Synopsis: Inspector Gereon Rath, shell-shocked from his service in World War I, uncovers a dangerous web of intrigue when he investigates... [More]

Elite (2018)

Synopsis: Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study, is also... [More]

Midnight Diner (0)

Synopsis: From its humble beginnings in its late-night time slot in Japan, Midnight Diner became a growing sensation with each episode... [More]

Suburra (2017)

Synopsis: A battle erupts between a powerful family, the Mafia and corrupt polititcians over a seaside town outside of Rome, which... [More]

Sacred Games (2018)

Synopsis: A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, politicians, cultists, spies, and terrorists -- the lives of the privileged,... [More]

The Mechanism (2018)

Synopsis: A fictionalized crime drama inspired by events in Brazil that propelled the biggest corruption scandal of all time.... [More]

Dark (2017)

Synopsis: Dark is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double... [More]

3% (2016)

Synopsis: A futuristic thriller of a world divided into two domains, one of destruction and one of progress, and only 3%... [More]

Ghoul (2018)

Synopsis: From the makers of Insidious, Get Out and Udta Punjab, Ghoul is a chilling series about a prisoner who arrives... [More]
Starring: Radhika Apte

The Rain (2018)

Synopsis: The world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wiped out... [More]

Synopsis: Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland. When... [More]

Cable Girls (2017)

Synopsis: Four young women living in Madrid work for the only telephone company that exists in the Iberian peninsula in 1920... [More]

El Chapo (2017)

Synopsis: The series explores the life story of one of the world's most notorious criminals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, over a... [More]
Directed By: Jose Manuel Cravioto

Erased (2017)

Synopsis: A manga artist possesses the power to go back in time before any terrible event takes place, so he teleports... [More]
Starring: Yuki Furukawa

Fauda (2015)

Synopsis: An Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt down a Palestinian militant he thought he had disposed of years... [More]
Directed By: Avi Issacharoff

Synopsis: A high schooler rents her dream apartment but soon learns she must share it with a teen heartthrob.... [More]

Hibana: Spark (2016)

Synopsis: Hibana: Spark is a story of two young men advocating the meaning of living and feelings of love--portrayed through a... [More]

Ingobernable (2017)

Synopsis: Emilia Urquiza (Kate del Castillo), is the first lady of Mexico with big plans to improve conditions for the country... [More]

Money Heist (2017)

Synopsis: An enigmatic character called The Professor plans something unique when he plots to carry out the biggest robbery in history.... [More]

Occupied (2016)

Synopsis: Compelling political drama inspired by bestselling Scandinavian author Jo Nesbø, following the story of a Russian invasion of Norway in... [More]

Rita (2012)

Synopsis: A comedy from Denmark about a private school teacher who has issues relating to other adults.... [More]

Synopsis: Takeshi Kasumi is a retiree who has a new purpose in life: finding his inner samurai through his passion for... [More]

Synopsis: A documentary exploring the 2006 murder of an Israeli girl and the process that led to a conviction.... [More]

Synopsis: Reality series about six strangers living together on Hawaii's island of Oahu.... [More]

Synopsis: Actress Kate del Castillo shares her interaction with the most-wanted drug lord in the world, El Chapo, in this documentary... [More]

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