IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Set in the exclusive high school of Las Encinas, where all the upperclass parents in Spain send their children, this teen thriller is like The Girl From St Agnes crossed with HBO’s Euphoria, with some Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars thrown in. At the beginning of Season 1, three working class students – Samuel, Nadia and Christian – land scholarships to Las Encinas when their public school collapses and the construction company foots the bill for their studies at the elite school.
This leads to an inevitable clash between the three scholarship kids and their wealthy new classmates, and, at the end of Season 1, we see how the tensions built up to the point of murder.
Now, in Season 2, we return to the halls of Las Encinas, where Guzman is mourning for his sister and Samuel has made an unwelcome return. They’re all seeking answers about the murder amid secrets, lies and shifting alliances.
And then one of the Las Encinas students goes missing…
This review in The Daily Dot sums the show up beautifully: “Elite, the Spanish-language prep school soap opera that returns for its second season this week on Netflix, is a fine show. It takes all of the well-worn teen drama tropes and remixes them for the 21st-Century. It is just as steamy, sexy, and catty as you want a show like this to be, but with an eye toward presenting a more woke world than its predecessors.”