If Spanish film is overwhelmingly dominated by Pedro Almodóvar who likes tell strange stories about strange people who are strangely Spanish, Spanish tv is completely different, which is full of creativity and beauty.
From the most elegant series Gran Hotel, to the most romantic like Velvet, the most poetical La Señora, the most exotic El tiempo entre costuras, the most tragic La sonata del silencio, to the most intriguing and addictive El Internado. Some of the best tv series like Gran Hotel, Cuéntame cómo pasó are so popular that other countries have purchased the story and made their own version.
For someone who loves Spanish culture and language, the Spanish tv series are like a big treasure box that will never disappoint. And now, some of the best Spanish TV series can be watched on Amazon Prime, most of them free for Amazon Prime subscribers.
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1905, Northern Spain.
A young boy of humble background Julio Olmedo came to the luxurious Grand Hotel to look for his sister Cristina, who worked there as a maid and had not written to him for too long. Although he was told Cristina was fired for theft, Julio thought something has happened to her and was determined to find her.
He mader himself a waiter under the name Julio Espinosa to investigate his sister's disappearance, thus met Alicia Alarcón, the younger daughter of the hotel's owner Doña Teresa who decided to help him.
And they fell in love.
Set in an academy for young ladies in Seville in the 1920s, it shows a teaching center clinging to an unwavering way of doing things and conditioned by the traditions of the city and those years. All this universe and its pillars wobble with the arrival of a new teacher Terresa, who has a very different way of seeing things and who has a secret objective directly related to the academy. The search for their own voice of a group of adult and young women will be the destiny of the protagonists.
1920s, in Asturias, northern Spain where the difference between the middle class and working class was huge, Victoria Márquez, daughter of a mine's owner fell in love with Angel, son of a worker in her father's minery who was forced to become a priest to help his family and be away from Victoria. But the two never stopped loving each other, even after Victoria had to marry Gonzalo, marqués de Castro, the business partner and also murder of her father.
It was a tragic but powerful love story.
After the end of the serie, the production company made a spin-off called 14 de abril. La República in which some of the characters in La Señora, including Gonzalo and Angel will make occasional appearance.
14 de abril. La República is Spanish tv series produced by Diagonal TV, it is the spin-off of another wonderful Spanish tv series La Señora. Although it keeps some of the personages from La Señora, the story is basically a new story of new time, about the family la Torre, a family of privilege living in Madrid, who lives in the times of chaos and great change, and the impossible love of their son Fernando de la Torre (Félix Gómez), with two women Alejandra (Verónica Sánchez) and Mercedes (Mariona Ribas).
La sonata del silencio is a Spanish TV series produced by RTVE, Spanish Nationl Channel 1, adapted by Spanish writer Paloma Sánchez-Garnica's novel of same title. It contains only 1 season, 9 episodes, with each episode starting its narration from the angle of one personage(mostly woman) living in the building, so each episode has different theme and tone, like that of a Sonata.
Episode 1: Marta
Episode 2: Elena
Episode 3: Roberta
Episode 4: Virtuditas
Episode 5: Fermina
Episode 6: Julita
Episode 7: Rafael
Episode 8: Antonio
Episode 9: Marta y Elena
The story of transformation of a woman, not of cinderella to princess, but rather the transformation of an ordinary costurera (Spanish: seamstress), Sira Quiroga from a humble family background into a woman of class and courage , a woman who decides to save her country from the war.
Lo que escondían sus ojos tells the love story of Ramón Serrano Suñer, the brother-in-law of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and Sonsoles de Icaza, la Marquesa consorte de Llanzol, which became a scandal in the most exclusive circle of high society.
The main storyline of the show is the love story of Alberto Márquez (played by Miguel Ángel Silvestre), heir of Galerías Velvet, one of the most prestigious fashion houses in the Spain of the late 1950s, and Ana Rivera (Paula Echevarría), who works as a seamstress there.
Marcos and Paula, the Galician brother and sister who have just lost their parents in an accident in Greek sea, are sent to the Black Lagoon boarding school, a boarding school where wealthy parents in Spain sent their children.
Soon, however, strange things start to happen including mysterious murders, and it seems everything is connected somehow to Paula, a girl of 5 years old, and her brother decides to investigate with the help of the friends he makes in the boarding school.
The series tells the story of Charles I or Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, one of the most powerful men Europe has met, the ruler of an empire as great in size as in diversity.
As the life of Charles of Habsburg is told since his arrival to Spain, it can be seen how the heir to the crowns of Germany, Burgundy, the Netherlands, the Free County, Artois, Nevers and Rethel, of the territories of the Crown of Aragon and its related Italian territories, and of the territories of the Catholic Monarchs in Castile, North Africa and the Americas, matures as a statesman and gets strong
11. Cuéntame cómo pasó
Cuéntame cómo pasó (English:Tell me how it happened), usually shortened to Cuéntame and also known in English as Remember When, is a Spanish prime-time television drama series which has been broadcast on La 1 of Televisión Española since 2001. It recounts the experiences of a middle-class family, the Alcántaras (Spanish: Los Alcántara),
The story reflects the changes in Spain beginning from 1968, one of the last years of the rule of Francisco Franco to the early years of Spanish democracy. Through situations, characters, and attitudes of the era, the series evokes a wistful reminiscence of those times. It paints a very realistic Spain of that times and intelligently integrate some of the historical happenings into the story line.
With 20 seasons, 369 episodes and 5 unnumbered special episodes it is also the longest running prime-time television series in Spain.
This series is a biography about the Queen of Castile, Isabella the Catholic.
The first season chronicles the period between 1461 and 1474: from the end of her childhood to her marriage with Ferdinand II of Aragon and her difficult arrival to the Crown.
The second season chronicles the period between 1474 and 1492: from her crowning to the conquest of Granada and the beginning of the journey of Christopher Columbus.
The third season covers the marriages of Joanna and Philip and Juan and Margaret, the subsequent deaths of Juan, Isabel (Queen of Portugal) and after Juan´s death, Princess of Asturias, and Isabel's son, Miguel as well as the death of Isabel, Queen of Castile herself.