30 best Netflix Shows set outside the US

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30. Turn Up Charlie

Idris Elba’s DJ turned “Manny” turns out to be a charming comedy series with family drama undertones featuring some lavish filming locations. The mass appeal of this series is Elba, no question, but also features a recognizable cast and the massive DJ-led concerts aren’t so bad either.

Primarily set in England, the show follows Charlie (Elba) and his quest to be a notable DJ once again. Through a few twists and turns, he accepts a job as a nanny, which the show named a “Manny” (male nanny, clever?). He looks after a friends child and tries to develop a working relationship with Gabby’s mother in order to break into the music world.

Charlie ends up booking a world tour where we follow him and his manager to Ibiza and its various nightclubs and yacht parties. The setting really makes the audience feel relaxed and lively. Granted, the majority of streaming users of Netflix are U.S. users, so the foreign settings give a summer vacation vibe.

Overall, the series has its ups and downs but displays an adequate range of emotions from comedy to drama in a matter of moments. However, the series exists mainly to show off Elba’s multiple talents (and why not?). His charisma and humor lead the show into the light-hearted atmosphere as well as make those foreign locations feel more party-vibe. Highlighting those strengths of his bring the emotional moments to a bit of brevity but ultimately the comedy is what plays the best. The series was renewed for a 2nd season and perhaps the emotional story will play out more.