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The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows

Updated January 20, 2021 1.8k votes 190 voters 4.5k views144 items

List RulesVote 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.

Vote up the best original foreign language series on Netflix, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

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  • Samurai Gourmet26
    15
    5

    Samurai Gourmet

    Naoto Takenaka, Tetsuji Tamayama

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Language: Japanese

    Samurai Gourmet (Netflix, 2017) is a Japanese comedy series. Recent retiree Takeshi...
  • Wild District27
    14
    4

    Wild District

    Juan Pablo Raba, Cristina Umaña

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama

    Language: Spanish

    Wild District (Netflix, 2018), in Spanish "Distrito Salvaje", is a Colombian action television... more on Wikipedia
  • Osmosis28
    14
    4

    Osmosis

    Hugo Becker, Agathe Bonitzer

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama

    Language: French

    Osmosis (Netflix, 2019) is an upcoming French science fiction television drama. Set in... more on Wikipedia
  • The Gift29
    12
    2

    The Gift

    Language: Turkish

    The Gift (Netflix, 2019) is a Turkish supernatural drama television series. A painter in Istanbul embarks on a personal journey as she unearths universal secrets about an Anatolian archaeological site and its link to her past.

  • Vagabond30
    15
    7

    Vagabond

    Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy

    Premiered2019

    Language: Korean

    Vagabond (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean action-thriller television series. Determined to find out the truth behind a mysterious airplane accident, Cha Dal-gun (Lee Seung-gi) embarks on an investigation that leads him to a tangled web of corruption.

  • The Mechanism31
    18
    11

    The Mechanism

    Alessandra Colassanti, Antonio Saboia

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Crime

    Language: Portuguese

    The Mechanism (Netflix, 2018) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José... more on Wikipedia
  • Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey32

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Travel

    Language: Japanese

    Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (Netflix, 2017) is a Japanese reality series, and a reboot of... more on Wikipedia
  • Ghoul33
    17
    11

    Ghoul

    Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul

    Genres (Tv)Action, Horror, Thriller

    Language: Hindi

    Ghoul (Netflix, 2018) is an English-language Indian action horror miniseries created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Yankee34
    14
    8

    Yankee

    Ana Layevska, Pamela Almanza

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Language: Spanish

    Yankee (Netflix, 2019) is a Mexican Spanish-language web television series created by Diego... more on Wikipedia
  • Perfume35
    12
    7

    Perfume

    Friederike Becht, Natalia Belitski

    Premiered2018

    Language: German

  • Switched36
    12
    7

    Switched

    Kaya Kiyohara, Daiki Shigeoka

    Premiered2018

    Language: Japanese

  • Brotherhood37
    11
    5

    Brotherhood

    Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama

    Language: Portuguese Brotherhood (Netflix, 2019) is a Portuguese crime drama television series.
    Brotherhood is an American television drama series created by Blake Masters about the... more on Wikipedia
  • The Hook Up Plan38
    15
    11

    The Hook Up Plan

    Tom Dingler, Joséphine Draï

    Language: French

    The Hook Up Plan (Netflix, 2018) is a French romantic comedy series created by Chris Lang,...
  • Baby39
    10
    4

    Baby

    Antonio Le Fosse, Giacomo Mazzariol

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Language: Italian

    Baby (Netflix, 2018) is an Italian drama television series created by Antonio Le Fosse,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Neighbor40
    8
    2

    The Neighbor

    Mike Duff, Tony Evangelista

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Language: Spanish

    The Neighbor (Netflix, 2019) is a Spanish superhero comedy television series. Javier is going through a bad patch: he can hardly make it to the end of the month, his business of T-shirts with de-motivational slogans is not quite getting the attention, and his relationship with Lola is shacking. The least thing he needed was for an alien to fall on him and transfer his powers to him before dying.

  • Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman41
    8
    2

    Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

    Onoe Matsuya, Ishikawa Ren

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Language: Japanese

    Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman (Netflix, 2017) is a Japanese comedy-drama series. Although... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot42
    14
    11

    Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot

    Akiyoshi Nakao, Tetsuji Tamayama

    Premiered2018

    Language: Japanese

  • Nowhere Man43
    10
    5

    Nowhere Man

    Bruce Greenwood, Megan Gallagher

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Language: Mandarin Nowhere Man (Netflix, 2019) is a Mandarin thriller television series.
    Nowhere Man is an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996 starring Bruce... more on Wikipedia
  • Skylines44
    10
    5

    Skylines

    Peri Baumeister, Sahin Eryilmaz

    Premiered2019

    Language: German

    Skylines (Netflix, 2019) is a German television drama. The story follows Jinn (Hasanovic), a hip-hop producer in Frankfurt, Germany, where he signs with the record label Skyline Records and finds out that it is really a place where music and organized crime meet.

  • Leila45
    10
    5

    Leila

    Language: Hindi

    Leila (Netflix, 2019) is a Hindi drama television series. In a near-future world where an oppressive regime segregates society, one woman skirts the system to search for the daughter taken from her years ago.

  • One Spring Night46
    8
    4

    One Spring Night

    Jung Hae-in, Han Ji-min

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Romance

    Language: Korean

    One Spring Night (MBC, 2019) is a South Korean romantic drama television series. When... more on Wikipedia
  • Typewriter47
    8
    4

    Typewriter

    Purab Kohli, Palomi Ghosh

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Horror, Supernatural

    Language: Hindi

    Typewriter (Netflix, 2019) is an Indian horror television series. Set in Goa, three young... more on Wikipedia
  • Marseille48
    8
    4

    Marseille

    Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel

    Genres (Tv)Political drama

    Language: French

    Marseille (Netflix, 2016) is a French television series created by Dan Franck. After 20 years... more on Wikipedia
  • Sintonia49
    7
    2

    Sintonia

    MC JottaPê, Christian Malheiros

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime

    Language: Portugese

    Sintonia (Netflix, 2019) is a Brazilian drama web television series created and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Green Frontier50
    7
    2

    Green Frontier

    Nelson Camayo, Juana del Rio

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime Drama, Thriller, Drama

    Language: Spanish Green Frontier (Netflix, 2019) is a Spanish crime drama/thriller television miniseries.
    Green Frontier (Netflix, 2019), in Spanish "Frontera Verde", is a Colombian crime thriller web... more on Wikipedia