Top 5 International Shows to Watch on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime

It’s never been easier to find quality international programming when you want it. So when you’re sitting around wondering?what to watch, why not choose one of the following non-English imports.

1. Kingdom

Country of Origin:?South Korea |?Watch it on:?Netflix

We don’t really need any new zombie shows, but if we’re going to watch them, they’d better have some sort of twist. Netflix’s?Kingdom, the first South Korean original Netflix series, was one of 2019’s brightest surprises for exactly that reason.?Kingdom?features the undead relentlessly tearing people apart, sure, but it sets all the action during Korea’s Joseon period in the late 16th Century. That means no headshots from shotguns, but who needs that when you have sharp blades slicing heads clean off? A fine mix of historical fiction and supernatural horror, Kingdom has brought the zombie drama back from the dead. And there’s absolutely zero talk about doing what it takes to survive while also retaining humanity like a certain other zombie show out there.

2. Elite

Country of Origin:?Spain |?Where to Watch:?Netflix

Set at an elite prep school that looks like a sterile office complex, this soapy teen drama from Spain follows the lives of multiple students, both the wealthy and working class who attend on scholarship, and effectively utilizes flash-forwards to reveal how the teens’ ambitions, desires, and jealousies first lead to a murder of one of their own and later the disappearance of another classmate. Outside of the show’s central mysteries,?Elite?also explores the familiar issues found in most teen dramas, like struggling with being gay in a conservative household, how far one might go to fit in, and the pitfalls of social media. The teens are sometimes frustrating, but it is impossible to look away from the hormone-fueled insanity.

3. Dark

Country of Origin:?Germany |?Where to Watch:?Netflix

Dark?is, without a doubt, the best sci-fi show you’re not watching. The German Netflix Original, which has already released two of its three seasons, is an engrossing thriller about time travel that plays out through a narrative that loops in on itself to tell interconnected stories about four families in a small German town hiding a pretty major secret. Confusing but not impossible to follow (especially because you can check out our helpful?timeline?and?family tree?once you’ve watched!),?Dark?begins when a young boy goes missing, but the drama series is about so much more than that, and if you stick around, you’ll find a series that is full of suspense and intrigue and offers viewers a darker time-travel tale than you’re probably used to.

4. Deutschland 83

Country of Origin:?Germany/U.S. |?Where to Watch:?Hulu

A German-American co-production,?Deutschland 83?is a thrilling series set in 1983 that follows Martin (Jonas Nay), a border guard for East Germany who is recruited by his aunt (Maria Schrader) and sent to West Germany to be a spy for the East German foreign intelligence agency. It’s not?The Americans, but this Cold War-era drama offers a different kind of spy series, one that is still full of heart-pumping thrills that will leave you breathless. Once you’ve seen it, settle in for the sequel,?Deutschland 86.

5. Wallander

Country of Origin:?Sweden |?Where to Watch:?Hulu?(Seasons 1, 3),?Amazon Prime?(Season 2)

Based on the bestselling crime novels by Henning Mankell,?Wallander?? the Swedish version, not the inferior British version starring Kenneth Branagh ? has real staying power. The series, which premiered in 2005 and stars Krister Henriksson as the titular detective, remains a compelling watch and one of the best examples of international crime drama to date. So if by some weird chance you haven’t watched the show’s three seasons, which each consist of feature-length episodes, now would be a good time to rectify that mistake.