Best new foreign TV shows to watch on Netflix in 2020
If you're looking for your next show to binge-watch on Netflix, here are 11 new foreign TV series that are so worth the subtitles.
Parasite director Bong Joon-ho said it best during his acceptance speech at the 2020 Oscars after he won for best picture: "Once you overcome the one-inch barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films." Of course, like foreign movies, this sentiment also applies to foreign TV shows. Netflix is packed with incredible series from all over the world; and in 2020, the streaming service has already debuted several new international series worth your attention. If you're looking for your next show to binge, you might want to consider one of these new foreign TV shows on Netflix.
The Ghost Bride
Set in Colonial-era Malacca, this Malaysian drama tells the story of a woman who receives an unusual offer: to become the ghost bride of a wealthy family's recently deceased son. While the opportunity would save Pan Li Lan's family from crippling debt, it would also require her to spend the rest of her days married to a ghost, which is not ideal.
This eerie Brazilian series is set in the near future, revolving around a society under constant Bigg-Boss-like surveillance. Despite the Omniscient system's drones, a murder is somehow committed without the killer being monitored, and the deceased's father — a tech trainee — decides to risk everything in order to figure out how the murderer got away.
Inspired by Norse mythology, this Norwegian coming-of-age series takes place in the fictitious town of Edda following the bizarre weather patterns caused by global warming. As the town faces the threat of pollution and melting glaciers, it becomes clear that only a teenager gifted with the embodiment of Thor can save the people of Edda.
Thieves of the Wood
Set in 18th-century Belgium, this historical drama series follows the real-life story of the charismatic Flemish highwayman, Jan de Lichte, who led a revolt against the aristocracy during the Austrian occupation. This Robin Hood-esque tale is too charming not to like, and it certainly helps that all the actors are easy on the eyes.
Followers is Netflix's first Japanese live-action original series, telling the stories of various women in Tokyo who are influenced directly or indirectly by social media networks as they pursue their dreams of becoming famous. In the series, women struggle to separate their online presences from their actual selves, and for anyone with an Instagram account, this one will likely hit close to home.
My Holo Love
This South Korean drama revolves around Han So-yeon, a reclusive woman with face blindness disorder, whose life is changed by a prototype of Holo, a state-of-the-art AI hologram device that's modelled after its genius creator's assistant, Go Nan-do. However, she never expects that the result will be a complicated love triangle between herself, the hologram, and the man who inspired it.
Created by Martin Zimmerman, who also created Ozark and Narcos, this Argentinian thriller revolves around the attempts of a woman to expose and dissolve the organized crime that exists within an Argentine soccer club. You don't have to be a soccer fan to appreciate this gritty drama.
Set in Mexico City, this teen drama series follows three spoiled 20-somethings as they embark on a road trip to escape from their predictable lives. However, they encounter a mysterious, desperate woman along the way, and she ends up changing the path of their lives forever.
In this South Korean drama, five medical school friends begin their residency at the same hospital, where they work together in the VIP wing. Does it have all the drama of Grey's Anatomy? You'll have to find out for yourself.
Created by Kjetil Indregard, the director of Norwegian series Maniac, this Norwegian anthology series tells six unique stories, each set in their own dark universe. Spoiler alert: you'll definitely get major Black Mirror vibes from this one.
The Valhalla Murders
Netflix's first Icelandic series tells the story of an Oslo detective with a dark past, who must return to his native Iceland to help an ambitious detective investigate a series of murders. The longer these two investigate the case, the more likely it seems that these crimes were committed by the same person.