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International Drama TV

A round up of the best non-English drama series from around the world including Bollywood classics, K-dramas, and Nordic Noir, that are definitely worth the subtitles or dubbing.

Shows like Orange is the New Black: Netflix Dramas

Long gone are the days of the studios' monopoly on quality content. In 2020, Netflix will spend $17 billion on original content compared to $4 billion for HBO. And Netflix lavish spending is producing some quality shows--Netflix won 27 Primetime Emmys in 2019 versus 34 for HBO.

Shows like The Protector: Best of Turkish Television

Not as well known as Bollywood or Hollywood, Turkey has produced a series of high quality TV shows now available on Netfix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming networks. Particularly strong on historical dramatizations.

Shows Like In Treatment: Dramas from the Couch

Don't worry, no client confidentiality agreements were broken in the making of these shows about therapists and the troubled individuals who plop down on their couches. Personally, we'd rather get a massage - plus they're cheaper!

Lighthearted Classroom Comedies

Hollywood usually depicts teachers as inspirational or awful, but these shows strike a middle ground showing teachers who are likable but flawed.

Slice of Life Drama Anthologies

Dramas (and the occasional dramady) that explore the lives of otherwise unconnected people through the lens of a loose connection--a shared ancestor, pot dealer, or hotel room.

Shows like The Wire: City Life from Multiple Perspectives

Inspired by The Wire, these series and documentaries analyze the vibrant life of American cities from the perspectives of the politicians, criminals, police officers, the press, and others. They'll have you riding the subway with fresh interest.

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