30 best Netflix Shows set outside the US

Photo credit: The Crown/Netflix/Alex Bailey. Acquired from Netflix Media Center
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3% – Credit: Netflix
3% – Credit: Netflix /

10. 3%

In a futuristic world, there is a separation of the “Inland” and the “Offshore” in which a person has to pass a test in order to advance to the offshore society. The time when people can take this test is at 20 years old and the success rate is 3%.

The show follows a group that takes the test and depicts the long arduous trials they must overcome. Some of the participants don’t make it and some question their own lives as they progress. but also maintain some interaction with the inland. It’s a spot on analysis of the disparity between the rich and poor.

The setting of the show isn’t clear but it’s a Portuguese-speaking show that was created in Brazil. It’s the first of its kind and it was only the second non-English series on Netflix. The series has been met with acclaim, especially in the foreign markets. However, at first, the show was not viewed much in the US, as the disdain for subtitles has always been a point of contention for average viewers. Yet, since releases like Dark or Roma, more viewers are seeking out foreign language programming for new angles on storytelling.

The first season of the show is almost exclusively focused on the “Process” with the following two seasons delving more into the culture war they are getting into. A dystopian premise is popular in the young adult genre and of course, layering with societal issues is perfect for the current time. 3% takes aim at the inequalities that are faced all across the world but sets them up in a science fiction world.

3% just released its fourth season and expectations are high. The safety net was cast for this show making it past the third season which is the frequent end of Netflix originals. Hopefully, the show will prosper and continue its long run.