Best foreign TV shows of 2019, including 'Dark', 'Money Heist' and 'Derry Girls'

Best foreign TV shows of 2019, including 'Dark', 'Money Heist' and 'Derry Girls'

May contain spoilers for listed shows 

One of the best parts about living in the digital streaming age is that it is possible now more than ever to stream content from any corner of the world right in your home - no territorial boundaries, nothing. And if you are spoilt for choice with the plethora of options available, here is us trying to make that decision a little easier for you. 

So, here are the top 10 international shows of 2019:


First impressions of 'Dark' are along the lines of its similarities with Netflix's 'Stranger Things'. When it first came to Netflix in 2017, many people drew similarities with not only 'Stranger Things' but also 'Twin Peaks'.

But it is an unfair comparison, for 'Dark' is not exponentially better than 'Stranger Things' in more ways than one. It has a devious plotline that fuses sci-fi and religion to offer a mind-boggling thriller.

Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, 'Dark' begins with the mysterious disappearance of a young child which reveals the dark secrets of four families as they slowly get sucked into the sinister time-traveling conspiracy spanning three generations.


'Dark' is a powerful study of human nature and explores brilliantly the possibilities of change that come with time travel. A riveting story and a haunting soundtrack that brews in your head long after you have walked away from the screen, 'Dark' is a time-travel thriller you have never watched before.


'Money Heist' 

Also known as 'La Casa de Papel', the Spanish show is the first foreign show to have appealed to such a large audience. Netflix even branded it as "one of the most-watched Netflix series or film of all time in any language – and the highest non-English speaking show ever".

The clever, sharp writing is the clear winner for the Netflix show! The theme of "heist" or planning a "big robbery" might be old, but the plot has been so intelligently crafted it immediately pulls you in. Gripping, it blends political messages, psychological games and interpersonal conflict into a riveting story.