On the surface, Netflix's Spanish-imported teen drama murder series "Elite" might appear to be a superficial guilty-pleasure show.
TL;DR Spanish-made teen murder drama 'Elite' is now streaming on Netflix Canada and, with 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, is totally worth watching.
It's the kind of show that's full of tedious high school stereotypes, perfect for turning your brain on auto-pilot, and wrapping youself up burrito-style on your couch while craddling a pint of Hagen Daaz.
It's got all the typical characteristics of a soapy teen drama: sexual exploration, drugs, perfectly coiffed hair and makeup, pool side parties, betrayal, blackmail, and murder. Wait, what?
Unlike "The OC" or "Gossip Girl," "Elite" is so much more than a sexy teen drama. It's a murder mystery, and that's what makes it so bingable and worthy of a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
The show is set at the most prestigious prep-school in Spain and follows three newcomers from less privileged neighbourhoods who got their foot in the door via a scholarship form the government after their previous school burnt to the ground.
Each of these characters struggle in their own way to navigate and ultimately fit into the tightly guarded world of the Spanish elite, a theme which characterizes the high-level conflict of this show and ultimately pushes the story line forward.
But this isn't just a story about underprivileged kids trying to akwardly fit into the lifestyle of the rich and powerful. Queue the extravagant mansion pool party.
Via a series of intermittent flashforwards to a blood-spattered murder scene and ominous police interrogation room, the plot thickens quickly, it becomes clear that the school year has ended with a gruesome homocide.
The story continues to flip back and forth to present time as the audience gets closely acquainted with the diverse crew of complex and layered characters that tactfully defy their soapy high school teen stereotypes.
By the end of the second episode all viewers will be asking themselves: "who did it?"
A little spoiler: stereotypes can be deceiving.
Check out the official trailer below! Be warned: the show is originally in Spanish and has been dubbed over in English.