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The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows 

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List Rules Vote up the best original foreign language series from Netflix. Originals and co-productions only.

Here are the best Netflix original foreign language shows currently streaming right now. Featuring Spanish language Netflix originals, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, French and Hindi series, and more this list of Netflix foreign language originals and co-productions is updated with new and popular shows. What is the best Netflix original foreign language series?

The latest and newest Netflix original foreign language shows feature series in every genre, from the post-apocalyptic Turkish show The Rain and the supernatural Turkish series The Protector to the Spanish-language period drama Cable Girls. Must-watch Netflix foreign language co-productions also includes the German thriller Perfume and the Japanese food drama Samurai Gourmet.

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Dark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller

Language: German

Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden ...more
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Sacred Games is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Sacred Games Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime, Thriller

Language: Hindi

Sacred Games (Netflix, 2018) is an Indian web television thriller series based on the 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra. Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is a troubled police officer in Mumbai who ...more
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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, Ryu Seung-ryong

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Historical, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror

Language: Korean

Kingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean historical horror television series based on the webcomic series "Land of the Gods" by Kim Eun-hee. In Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown ...more
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Elite is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Teen drama

Language: Spanish

Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive ...more
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3% is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Bianca Comparato, João Miguel, Michel Gomes

Genres (Tv): Drama-Thriller, Science fiction

Language: Portuguese

3% (Netflix, 2016) is a Brazilian dystopian thriller series created by Pedro Aguilera. The show is set in a future wherein people are given a chance to go to the "better side" of a ...more
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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller

Language: Danish

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The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo. After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark ...more
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The Naked Director is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Takayuki Yamada, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Tetsuji Tamayama

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Biopic, Drama

Language: Japanese

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Delhi Crime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Swati Bhatia, Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Crime Drama

Language: Hindi

Delhi Crime (Netflix, 2019) is an Indian anthology television drama. Based on the true story of the Nirbhaya case, the show follows the Delhi Police investigation into the finding of the men who ...more
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How to Sell Drugs Online... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Maximilian Mundt, Anna Lena Klenke, Danilo Kamperidis

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Crime, Drama, Dark comedy

Language: German

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Netflix, 2019) is a German coming-of-age comedy-drama web television series co-created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann. Inspired by a true ...more
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The Protector is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Çagatay Ulusoy, Ayça Aysin Turan, Hazar Ergüçlü

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Action, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Language: Turkish

The Protector (Netflix, 2018) is a Turkish drama fantasy series. Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from ...more
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Quicksand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Quicksand Hanna Ardéhn, William Spetz, Felix Sandman

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, drama

Language: Swedish

Quicksand (Netflix, 2019), in Swedish "Störst av allt", is a Swedish crime drama based on the eponymous book, Quicksand (Störst av allt) by Malin Persson Giolito. After a ...more
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Suburra: Blood on Rome ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Alessandro Borghi, Giacomo Ferrara, Eduardo Valdarnini

Language: Italian

Suburra: Blood on Rome (Netflix, 2017) is an Italian crime drama web television series developed by Daniele Cesarano and Barbara Petronio. In 2008, a fight over land in a seaside town near Rome ...more
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Undercover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Tom Waes, Anna Drijver, Frank Lammers

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime drama

Language: Dutch

Undercover (VRT, Netflix, 2019) is a Belgian television crime drama. A major ecstasy producer, Ferry Bouman (Frank Lammers), living in luxury on the Dutch-Belgian border faces big changes when ...more
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Marianne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Marianne Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Boujenah, Tiphaine Daviot

Premiered: 2019

Language: French

Marianne (Netflix, 2019) is a French drama horror television series. Lured back to her hometown, a famous horror writer (Victoire Du Bois) discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams is now wreaking havoc in the real world.

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Siempre Bruja is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Sofia Bernal Araujo, Valeria Emiliani, Dylan Fuentes

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

Language: Spanish

Siempre Bruja (Netflix, 2019), also called "Always A Witch," is a Colombian fantasy drama television series created by Ana María Parra based on the novel "Yo, Bruja" ...more
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Atelier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Mirei Kiritani, Mao Daichi, Mayuko Kawakita

Genres (Tv): Drama

Language: Japanese

Atelier (Netflix, 2015) is a Japanese web television drama series. A new employee struggles to find her place at a high-class lingerie design house.
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Crime Diaries is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Martín Altomaro, Norma Angélica, Enrique Arreola

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): True crime, Anthology, Crime, Drama

Language: Spanish

Crime Diaries (Netflix, 2019), originally named "Historia de un crimen," is a Mexican true crime scripted anthology television series. Each season focuses on notorious and ...more
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Dogs of Berlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Dogs of Berlin Felix Kramer, Fahri Yardim, Samy Abdel Fattah

Premiered: 2018

Language: German

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Club of Crows is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Luis Gerardo Méndez, Mariana Treviño, Stephanie Cayo

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Language: Spanish

Club of Crows (Netflix, 2015) is a Mexican comedy-drama TV series directed by Gary Alazraki. After the death of its owner, Mexican football club Cuervos F deals with a power struggle between the ...more
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Lilyhammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Lilyhammer Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa, Steinar Sagen

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Language: Norwegian, English

Lilyhammer is a Norwegian television series, starring Steven Van Zandt, about a fictional New York gangster, Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, trying to start a new life in isolated ...more
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Erased is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Yûki Furukawa, Tomoka Kurotani, Reo Uchikawa

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fantasy

Language: Japanese

Erased (Netflix, 2017) is a Japanese drama series based on the manga by Kei Sanbe. After finding his mom killed, Satoru's time-traveling ability takes him back 18 years for a chance to prevent ...more
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The House of Flowers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Verónica Castro, Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Telenovela, Comedy

Language: Spanish

The House of Flowers (Netflix, 2018), in Spanish "La Casa de las Flores," is a Mexican comedy-drama television series created by Manolo Caro. The show depicts a dysfunctional ...more
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When the Camellia Blooms... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Gong Hyo-jin, Kang Ha-neul, Kim Ji-seok

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Thriller

Language: Korean

When the Camellia Blooms (KBS2, 2019) is a South Korean romantic comedy-thriller television series. Dong Baek, owner of a bar named Camellia, encounters three men who will change her life
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Better Than Us is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Better Than Us Paulina Andreeva, Kirill Käro, Aleksandr Ustyugov

Premiered: 2019

Language: Russian

Better Than Us (2018), also known as "Luchshe, chem lyudi," is a Russian dramatic sci-fi television series. Set in 2029, robots have become an ordinary part of human life - for most people, "Bots" are just soulless machines that perform routine work, but they also become capable of emotions, but others reject life with the bots, and will use violence if necessary.

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The Mechanism is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows
Alessandra Colassanti, Antonio Saboia, Caroline Abras

Genres (Tv): Political drama, Crime

Language: Portuguese

The Mechanism (Netflix, 2018) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez. A small group of dogged investigators are on the hunt to discover ...more