The best Italian TV shows on Netflix
How can watching an Italian show become a proactive learning experience?
Don’t stick only to Italian original TV shows
Is it better to watch a show in Italian with or without subtitles?
Boris is an Italian show released between 2007-2010 on Italian TV. The plot revolves around the making of an Italian series behind the scenes. When a new intern arrives, he finds out how the TV world is very different from what he thought he would be. This Italian series shows how often the race for money and success impacts the quality of what we see on TV. The show was top-rated in Italy, and it’s now available has been recently released on Netflix too.
Extremely addictive and entertaining thriller from Rome with a brilliant Italian cast. I watched the whole two seasons in three days last year (I was in bed due to major flu). The series follows the story of some mafia gangs whose interests are entwined with corrupt politicians and the Vatican clergy. The plot is likely to be inspired by real events. Suburra will spark your attention, especially if you want to know more about the dark side of Italy.
Disclaimer: the main characters of Suburra are dodgy criminals and peculiar characters from the Roman suburbs, that’s why they use the Rome dialect and slang, which might be very challenging to catch for a non-native Italian speaker.
Still, the series is indeed worth watching. Make sure you pull up the Italian or English subtitles.
The Medici: Masters of Florence
The Medici is, in my view, the best Italian TV show for the last few years. It’s an Italian and British production, and so the series has been shot mostly in English. Nevertheless, the Italian dubbed version is excellent and has taken Italy by storm during the whole three seasons.
This is a highly addictive and intriguing historical drama series. It centers on the rise and fall of the Medici family, the most potent Italian family during the Italian Renaissance time. The series will show you a bit of how life used to be at those times, the wars, the political intrigues with the Vatican state, and of course, the strong ties of the Medici Family with the most prominent creators of those times like Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo that used to work in the palace.
Baby is a Netflix Italian teen drama set in the neighborhood of Parioli: one of the most exclusive and trendy areas of contemporary Rome. The series follows the stories of a group of students at an elite high school that gets involved in prostitution. The story has been inspired by real facts the happened in Rome some years ago.
La Luna Nera (The Black Moon)
The Black Moon is a 2020 Italian show on Netflix and the first Italian Fantasy TV show on the platform.
It happens in the 17th century and centers on a 17-year-old teen who finds out that the members of her family are witches. On the flip side, her boyfriend’s father is a witch hunter – no wonder who is hunting for.
Carlo e Malik
This is a 2018 Italian TV show created in collaboration between the RAI (Italian public television) and Netflix, who became a success in It’s a crime drama show that follows the story of a veteran detective from Rome who holds plenty of prejudices against the vast immigrant community in Rome. He is teamed up with an Ivory-coast born officer and together, they have to resolve a string of murder cases very much connected with the subculture of immigrants in the capital. The show centers on the very vast and controversial contemporary Italian topic: immigration
The Name of The Rose
It’s the TV adaptation of one of the most relevant masterpieces of Italian literature, The Name of The Rose (Umberto Eco). It follows the stories of a friar and his young apprentices who investigate a string of mysterious death risking the wrath of a powerful inquisitor. The story takes place at an abbey in the Middle Age