Élite (TV series)
|Country of origin||Spain|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid|
|Running time||47–56 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Zeta Producciones|
|Original release||5 October 2018– present|
Elite (Spanish: Élite; stylized as ÉLITƎ) is a Spanish teen drama web television series created and written by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona and directed by Ramón Salazar and Dani de la Orden for Netflix. The series presents a large ensemble cast portraying students at an elite secondary school and their friends and features actors Miguel Herrán, Aron Piper, Mina El Hammani, Omar Ayuso, María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, and more. The first season was released on Netflix on 5 October 2018. On 17 October 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which is scheduled to be released in 2019.
Three working class friends—Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani) and Christian (Miguel Herrán)—are given scholarships by the construction company after their school collapses due to faulty construction. Their new school is Las Encinas, the most exclusive private school in Spain, where the elite people of the country send their kids to study.
At Las Encinas, the three are initially ostracized by the wealthy students. However, Samuel soon befriends the rebellious Marina (María Pedraza), whose corrupt father controls the construction company at fault in the roof collapse. At the same time, Nadia becomes close to Marina's charismatic but arrogant brother, Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau), whose girlfriend Lu (Danna Paola) dares to take her virginity. Meanwhile, Christian becomes involved in a polyamorous relationship with aristocratic couple Polo (Álvaro Rico) and Carla (Ester Expósito).
Outside Las Encinas, Nadia's closeted brother, Omar (Omar Ayuso), is secretly selling drugs to eventually run away from his conservative parents and live freely. He soon befriends the son of Las Encinas' principal, Ander (Arón Piper), who also happens to be Guzmán and Polo's best friend. While Marina and Samuel start dating, she also begins an affair with Nano (Jaime Lorente), his elder brother who is fresh out of prison and is looking to make money to pay off some debts. As the school year progresses, they all quickly become involved as well in the clash of lifestyles, resentments, envy, and sexual attraction.
Through a series of flash-forward scenes, beginning with the opening of the first episode, the audience is shown that the unfolding stories of a clash of lifestyles somehow led to a murder. These flash-forward scenes, scattered throughout the main narrative, are of the initial police investigation of the crime and feature interrogations of the main characters, whose answers and evasions highlight aspects of the stories that led to the murder.
- María Pedraza as Marina Nunier Osuna
- Itzan Escamilla as Samuel García Domínguez
- Miguel Bernardeau as Guzmán Nunier Osuna
- Miguel Herrán as Christian Varela Expósito
- Jaime Lorente as Fernando "Nano" García Domínguez
- Álvaro Rico as Polo, Carla's long-time boyfriend
- Arón Piper as Ander Muñoz
- Mina El Hammani as Nadia Shana
- Ester Expósito as Carla Rosón Caleruega
- Omar Ayuso as Omar Shana
- Danna Paola as Lucrecia "Lu" Montesinos Hendrich
- Ramón Esquinas as Ventura Nunier, Guzmán and Marina's father
- Jorge Suquet as Martín, a school teacher
- Ainhoa Santamaría as the police interrogator
- Irene Arcos as Pilar Domínguez, Nano and Samuel's mother
- Abdelatif Hwidar as Yusef Shana, Nadia and Omar's father
- Elisabet Gelabert as Azucena de Muñoz, the school principal and Ander's mother
- Rocío Muñoz-Cobo as Laura Osuna, Marina and Guzmán's mother
- Alfredo Villa as Antonio Muñoz, Ander's father and tennis coach
- Farah Hamed as Imán Shana, Nadia and Omar's mother
- Lola Marceli as Beatriz Caleruega, a marchioness and Carla's mother
- Rubén Martínez as Teodoro Rosón, Carla's father and Ventura's business partner
- Liz Lobato as Andrea, one of Polo's mothers and CEO of an important magazine
- Alberto Vargas as Pablo, Marina's ex-boyfriend
|No.||Title||English title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Bienvenidos"||"Welcome"||Ramón Salazar||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Three working-class students are transferred to an elite private school after their public school collapses due to building issues. Nadia catches Guzman and Lucrecia together in the showers. Lucrecia dares Guzman to take Nadia's virginity. Carla seduces Christian.|
|2||"Deseo"||"Desire"||Dani de la Orden||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Marina and Samuel work on a class project together.|
|3||"Sábado noche"||"Saturday Night"||Ramón Salazar||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Nano persues Marina at Samuel's party. Nadia drinks spiked punch and grows closer to Guzman, before learning something shocking about him.|
|4||"El amor es una droga"||"Love Is a Drug"||Ramón Salazar||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Guzman tries to get back into Nadia's good graces. Christian attends a gala with Carla and Polo. Lucrecia attempts to bribe her teacher.|
|5||"Todos mienten"||"Everyone Lies"||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Marina offers Nano a way to make fast money in order to pay his debt. Lucrecia reveals her and Guzman's bet. Omar and Ander have a disagreement.|
|6||"Todo va a salir bien"||"Everything Will Be Okay"||Dani de la Orden||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Nano learns that one of his stolen watches is more valueable than he thought. Marina is caught with drugs at school, and turns in her dealer. The investigators reveal that Marina had been pregnant.|
|7||"Todo estalla"||"Everything Explodes"||Ramón Salazar||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|Carla grows suspicious of Marina and her potential involvement in the disappearances of the watches. Omar's father hears shocking information about his son. Guzman goes after Nano.|
|8||"Assilah"||"Assilah"||Ramón Salazar||Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona||5 October 2018|
|The circumstances surrounding Marina's death are revealed, and the police make an arrest.|
- Tartaglione, Nancy (17 October 2018). "'Elite': Netflix Orders Second Season Of Teen Thriller In Return To Las Encinas". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "Personajes Élite. Reparto de actores". FormulaTV. Retrieved 10 October 2018.