How Netflix Grew Spain’s ‘Cable Girls’ As It Evolved Itself

  • Variety
How Netflix Grew Spain’s ‘Cable Girls’ As It Evolved Itself
It’s game over. Spain’s “Cable Girls,” Netflix’s longest-running non-u.S. original series, will soon be history, its final five episodes of a two-part season five released on Friday.

No other Netflix original series made outside the U.S. has yet made it to five seasons, and only a few have been so popular. Aired on Netflix from Feb. 14, “Cable Girls’” season five, part one, proved the third most-binged SVOD series in the world over its first week of release, according to TV Time.

Announced in March 2016, and produced with Bambu Producciones, Spain’s first Netflix original series, which bowed in April 2017, is set in early 1929 as Alba (Blanca Suárez), a petty thief, timid country lass Marga (Nadia de Santiago) and upper-class flapper Carlota (Ana Fernandez) are hired as switchboard operators at Spain’s sole telephony company, in central Madrid.

That set-up promised the same romantic melodrama infusing
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