I am obsessed with watching international TV shows.
In fact, every person in my family aged 13+ is. We have this nightly tradition where, once the 3 little ones are asleep, we stream our current Netflix or Amazon show (usually subtitled) and watch at it for least 2 hours.
On weekends, these episodes are accompanied by ice cream, LOTS of ice cream.
However, when we stumbled across one of Netflix's more recent releases, Spanish crime thriller 'La Casa de Papel' during Christmas break, our nightly episode watch limit was blown out of the water. 2 episodes became 3, and 3 became 4.
Although it not as buzzed about or promoted as much as some other recent shows, such as 'Dark', this show has to be one of Netflix's best original series so far, if not the best.
You probably shouldn't read too much into what the show is about before watching it (I had no idea what it was about when my brother started the first episode), so I'll give a brief spoiler-free summary.
Basically, a mysterious and extremely bright fellow named "the Professor" brings together a group of uniquely talented criminal misfits, so they can commit the biggest heist the world has EVER seen.
The series is narrated by "Tokyo", an impulsive young female thief with nothing to lose (whose actions, might I say, can really be quite irritating at moments).
You'll also get to know quite personally all 8 members of her team, like how they got there and what makes the tick, as well being introduced to a few hostages (Arturo is the best) and members of the police force.
It sounds quite plain at first, I know, but I promise you it is anything but.
The show benefits from the performances of its talented cast, who manage to get complex emotions across in a very realistic way. From their acting to the tight script, the series is brilliant in its ability to hook you in, and keep you there.
'la Casa de Papel' is a must watch.
It turns the somewhat stale and overdone heist theme into something you haven't seen before - the plot has so many twists and turns you'll be on the edge of your seat throughout the whole show, after every episode's cliffhanger ending.
From the very first episode, you'll be seriously invested in each character, loving them one minute and hating them the next, and questioning their motives, actions, and relationships.
'la Casa de Papel' is the kind of show that will leave you counting down the hours of the day until you can the the next episode, and enjoy it while it lasts, because other shows will pale in comparison when you finish it, and you'll probably have to wait until next mid-December for season 2.