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The Best Netflix Original Foreign Language Shows

Updated October 7, 2021 2.7k votes 247 voters 6.6k views201 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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  • 1
    Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn
    94
    29

    PremieredDecember 1, 2017

    GenresCrime, Drama, Mystery

    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 brings...  more

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  • 2
    Bae Doona, Ju Ji-hoon
    66
    22

    PremieredJanuary 25, 2019

    GenresAction, 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 prince is sent...  more

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  • 3
    Arón Piper, Miguel Bernardeau
    68
    23

    PremieredOctober 5, 2018

    GenresCrime, 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 private...  more

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  • 4
    Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
    62
    29

    Premiered2019

    GenresCrime, 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 receives a...  more
  • 5
    Bianca Comparato, Rodolfo Valente
    45
    21

    PremieredNovember 25, 2016

    GenresDrama, Thriller

    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 world divided...  more
  • 6
    Claudia Gerini, Francesco Acquaroli
    33
    13

    PremieredOctober 6, 2017

    GenresAction, Crime, Drama

    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
  • 7
    Hanna Ardéhn, Felix Sandman
    34
    15

    PremieredApril 5, 2019

    GenresDrama

    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 terrible shooting incident,...  more
  • 8
    Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen
    40
    22

    PremieredMay 4, 2018

    GenresDrama, 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 on a...  more
  • 9
    Danilo Kamperidis, Bjarne Mädel
    32
    14

    PremieredMay 31, 2019

    GenresDrama

    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 story, two high...  more
  • 10
    Shefali Shetty, Adil Hussain
    37
    24

    PremieredMarch 22, 2019

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 11
    Takayuki Yamada, Shinnosuke Mitsushima
    34
    21

    PremieredAugust 8, 2019

    GenresDrama, Documentary

    Language: Japanese

    The Naked Director (Netflix, 2019) is a Japanese semi-biographical comedy-drama series based on the non-fiction novel Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den (全裸監督 村西とおる伝) by Nobuhiro Motohashi. The series...  more
  • 12
    Felix Kramer, Fahri Yardim
    29
    16

    Premiered2018

    Language: German

  • 13
    Çagatay Ulusoy, Hazar Ergüclü
    34
    22

    PremieredDecember 14, 2018

    GenresDrama, Mystery, Thriller

    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 his...  more

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  • 14
    Tom Waes, Anna Drijver
    24
    12

    PremieredFebruary 24, 2019

    GenresDrama, 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 two...  more
  • 15
    Jeff Wilbusch, Amit Rahav
    15
    1

    PremieredMarch 26, 2020

    GenresDrama

    Language: German, Yiddish

    Unorthodox (Netflix, 2020) is a German drama television series created by Anna Winger and directed by Maria Schrader based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Feldman. It follows the story of a...  more
  • 16
    Paulina Andreeva, Kirill Käro
    24
    13

    Premiered2019

    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.

  • 17
    Luis Gerardo Méndez, Mariana Treviño
    17
    5

    GenresComedy, 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
  • 18
    Gong Hyo-jin, Kang Ha-neul
    25
    16

    Premiered2019

    GenresRomantic 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 forever....  more
  • 19
    Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa Aurvåg
    20
    10

    PremieredJanuary 25, 2012

    GenresComedy, Drama, Crime

    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 Lillehammer, Norway....  more

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  • 20
    Dov Glickman, Michael Aloni
    11
    0

    PremieredJune 29, 2013

    GenresDrama

    Language: Hebrew, Yiddish

    Shtisel (yes Oh, 2013) is an Israeli television drama series about a fictional Haredi Jewish family living in Geula, Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony...  more

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  • 21
    Sofia Bernal Araujo, Valeria Emiliani
    21
    12

    PremieredFebruary 19, 2019

    GenresFantasy, 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" by Isidora Chacón. A young...  more
  • 22
    Martín Altomaro, Norma Angélica
    24
    16

    Premiered2019

    GenresDrama

    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 controversial crimes; the...  more
  • 23
    Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Boujenah
    24
    17

    Premiered2019

    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.

  • 24
    Robert Wieckiewicz, Maciej Musial
    25
    18

    Premiered2018

    Language: Polish

  • 25
    Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy
    20
    11

    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.