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It’s time to widen your Netflix horizons and go international with your binge-watching. While I love Stranger Things and Orange Is the New Black as much as the next person, as original series go on the streaming platform, the Spanish-language shows is pretty impressive.
Enter your newest obsession: Cable Girls. If you have yet to discover the magic that is
Alba Lidia and her girl squad of telephone switchboard operators, you are seriously missing out. Hint: If you’re having Velvet withdrawals on Netflix, this is the show for you. Plus, the second season of the Spanish drama premiered on Christmas day and it has already been renewed for Season 3 so you know it’s good.
What is Cable Girls?
As I was saying earlier, the show, also known as Las Chicas del Cable, centers around a group of pretty badass switchboard operators in Madrid, who all have a few secrets up their sleeves. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD) The second season kicked off with a New Year’s Eve celebration that rang in 1929 with some champagne, kisses, and a murder. You know, just your standard telenovela stuff. At the center of the murder is street-smart Alba — played perfectly by actress Blanca Suárez — who is already working under the alias Lidia thanks to her less-than-pristine record, and her co-workers Marga, Carlota, and Ángeles.
To recap, the ladies ring in the New Year getting rid of a body (I won’t say who dies) and make a pact to not say a word of what happened to anyone. What could go wrong? Coupled with the investigation into the crime, viewers also get an inside look at the lives of these female characters as they balance being a woman in the workplace, life, and love. There’s Marga (Nadia de Santiago), a small-town girl who leaves her grandmother to make her way in the big city and quickly falls in love with equally shy Pablo, Ángeles (Maggie Civantos), a mother who must do what she can to protect her daughter from her abusive and cheating husband, and Carlota (Ana Fernández), a socialite who is trying to break away from her super-controlling family.
If that is not enough to convince you to click play, did we mention Alba is in a pretty hot love triangle with Carlos (Martín Rivas) and Francisco, who just happened to be her first childhood love? NBD. Francisco is played by Spanish heartthrob Yon González, who will make you want to watch all his work on Netflix. I suggest you start with El Internado while you wait for Cable Girls to return.
When does Cable Girl’s new season premiere?
While an official Season 3 release date has yet to be revealed — I’ll be sure to update once it’s announced — the new season of the series will begin filming in February. This good news could not have come at a better time, especially for those who streamed the show’s eight episodes without pausing (myself included). Seriously Netflix, can a girl get a longer season the third time around?
“The show is set in Spain but it’s very international,” Nadia (aka Marga) said of the show. “It’s in the 1920s but it can be the ’20s in any other part of the world. And though it’s set in the 1920s, we don’t really discuss politics of the decade It’s not about what’s happening in Spain historically.”
Blanca added, “It’s not your typical Spanish series. It’s about people and their stories — very international stories that could easily be set in London, Paris, Berlin… There are many historical shows about Spanish history… There are very special shows. But I think Chicas del Cable is going to be the best by far.”
In the meantime, check out the soundtrack.
While the dialogue is in Spanish, the music that accompanies the series is usually in the English language. The songs add a modern twist to the show, and luckily for everyone, the soundtrack of each season is available on Spotify. Some of my favorites include the theme song “Salt” by B. Miles and Lemaitre’s “Closer.”