7 series like Holy Family you must watch

By Lori Meek
Published: October 24, 2022
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In October 2022, Netflix released the thrilling series Holy Family — here are 7 series just like it that you must watch. Bookmark these recommendations.

Thriller series where the characters seem to be hiding something that’s often sinister make for compelling viewing. In Manolo Caro’s Holy Family (original title: Sagrada Familia), a seemingly inconspicuous family group moves to a luxurious neighborhood in Madrid.

It’s clear from the beginning the new neighbors, particularly the matriarch (Najwa Nimri), are up to something. She makes friends and talks about motherhood, but something is off about her and her family unit. Spanish mystery thrillers have a way of captivating audiences and keeping them glued to the screen until the very end. Here are some more titles you can check out after watching Holy Family, where the central theme revolves around characters unraveling dark secrets. 

7 series like Holy Family you must watch

The House of Flowers (2018 – 2020)

Another thrilling offering from the mind of Manolo Caro, The House of Flowers is also focused on a woman trying to maintain an image of a perfect life. After learning about her husband’s infidelity when his mistress rudely dies on their family’s business premises, she becomes increasingly determined to do whatever it takes to protect her family. The dark comedy series ran for three seasons, and it’s available to watch on Netflix. 

Feria: The Darkest Light (2022)

In this terrifying thriller, Feria: The Darkest Light, two sisters learn their perfect family was anything but. After mass cult-related suicide plagues their previously quiet town, the girls have to figure out whatever they can about the strange cult their missing parents have been secretly involved with.  

Someone Has to Die (2020)

Someone Has to Die is a three-part mystery set in 1950s conservative Spain. In this Manolo Caro creation, a conservative family finds themselves facing dangerous consequences when their son’s secret love life comes to light. 

The Girl in the Mirror (2022)

The Girl in the Mirror is centered on a young woman left with a bad case of amnesia after an accident. She can no longer recognize herself or her family. Yet, something is lurking in the shadows and she becomes increasingly convinced that those who claim to be her closets are hiding something sinister. 

Fugitiva (2018)

Fugitiva is a nine-episode thriller created by Joaquín Oristrell. The series moves between Mexico and Spain and tells the story of a woman (you might recognize Paz Vega from Rambo: Last Blood) who’s trying to protect her children while hiding from an abusive ex. 

The Boarding School: Las Cumbres (2021)

Unlike Holy Family, where the central plot is about a family hiding something from those around them, the secrets surrounding the characters in this Spanish thriller, The Boarding School: Las Cumbres, are hidden deep inside their creepy residential school. Four students slowly realize the facility their parents entrusted with their safety and education is hiding inconceivable darkness. 

The Mess You Leave Behind (2020)

This Spanish mystery drama revolves around a young woman who takes a teaching job in a small village. She soon finds out the residents of her new home and her students are up to something sinister. Can she figure out what happened to the previous teacher before meeting the same fate? All eight episodes of The Mess You Leave Behind are available on Netflix. 

Do you have any other recommendations for films like Holy Family? Let us know!

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