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Elite
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Genre
Created by
  • Carlos Montero
  • Darío Madrona
Starring
Composer(s)Lucas Vidal
Country of originSpain
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Carlos Montero
  • Darío Madrona
  • Diego Betancor
  • Iñaki Juaristi
Producer(s)Francisco Ramos
Production location(s)Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid
Cinematography
  • Daniel Sosa Segura
  • Ricardo de Gracia
Editor(s)
  • Irene Blecua
  • Ascen Marchena
Running time47–56 minutes
Production company(s)Zeta Producciones
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release5 October 2018 (2018-10-05) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Elite (Spanish: Élite; stylized as E L I T Ǝ) is a Spanish teen drama thriller web television series created for Netflix by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. It follows students at an elite secondary school and their friends. The series stars María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Álvaro Rico, Arón Piper, Mina El Hammani, Ester Expósito, Omar Ayuso, and Danna Paola. Jorge López, Claudia Salas and Georgina Amorós joined in later seasons.[1][2]

All episodes of the first season were released on Netflix on 5 October 2018, while the second season was released in its entirety on 6 September 2019. They were met with positive reviews. In August 2019, ahead of the release of the second season, the series was renewed for a third season, which is scheduled to be released in 2020.[3]

Plot[edit]

After their school collapses, three working class friends—Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani) and Christian (Miguel Herrán)—are given scholarships to Las Encinas, the most exclusive private school in Spain, where the elite send their kids to study. The scholarships are sponsored by the construction company at fault for the collapse.

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 the same time, Nadia becomes close to Marina's charismatic but arrogant brother, Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau). Guzmán's girlfriend, Lu (Danna Paola), dares him to take Nadia's 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) secretly sells drugs to make enough money to get away from his conservative parents. He soon befriends the son of Las Encinas' principal, Ander (Arón Piper), who is also Guzmán and Polo's best friend. Omar and Ander begin a secret relationship. Marina and Samuel begin to date but she also begins an affair with Nano (Jaime Lorente), Samuel's elder brother who is fresh out of prison and has debts to pay.

As the school year progresses, their lives intertwine in a clash of lifestyles, resentments, envy, and sexual attraction.

Through a series of flash-forward scenes of police interrogations, the audience is shown stories of the character's relationships that somehow lead to a murder.

After the revelation of the murder, the second season deals with these relationships and flash forward scenes are shown to find out about the disappearance of a student and how it is linked to the plot of getting the murderer to pay their price.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • María Pedraza as Marina Nunier Osuna, Guzmán's sister and love interest of Nano and Samuel[4] (season 1)
  • Itzan Escamilla as Samuel "Samu" García Domínguez, one of three transfer students, is the love interest of Marina and later Carla [4]
  • Miguel Bernardeau as Guzmán Nunier Osuna, adopted brother of Marina[4]
  • Miguel Herrán as Christian Varela Expósito, one of three transfer students, who is attracted to Carla.[4]
  • Jaime Lorente as Fernando "Nano" García Domínguez, Samuel's older brother who just got out of prison, is the another love interest of Marina[4]
  • Álvaro Rico as Polo, Carla's ex-boyfriend[4]
  • Arón Piper as Ander Muñoz, son of the Principal and tennis player who discovers his sexuality[4]
  • Mina El Hammani as Nadia Shanaa, one of three transfer students, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, who garners the attention of Guzmán[4]
  • Ester Expósito as Carla Rosón Caleruega, Polo's ex-girlfriend and Samuel's love interest [4]
  • Omar Ayuso as Omar Shanaa, Nadia's brother and a drug dealer who falls for Ander against his father's wishes[4]
  • Danna Paola as Lucrecia "Lu" Montesinos Hendrich, Guzmán's ex-girlfriend who strives to be at the top by manipulating Nadia and her teacher[4]
  • Jorge López as Valerio Montesinos, Lu's half-brother (seasons 2–3)
  • Claudia Salas as Rebeka "Rebe" de Bormujo Ávalos, a rebel, wealthy girl (seasons 2–3)
  • Georgina Amorós as Cayetana Grajera Pando, the daughter of a cleaning lady who lives a fraudulent lifestyle (seasons 2–3)
  • Sergio Momo as Yeray (season 3)
  • Leïti Sène as Malick (season 3)

Recurring[edit]

  • Ramón Esquinas as Ventura Nunier, Guzmán and Marina's father
  • Jorge Suquet as Martín, a school teacher (season 1)
  • 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 (season 1)
  • Marta Aledo as Victoria Pando, Cayetana's mother (season 2)
  • Eva Llorach as Sandra Ávalos, Rebeka's mother (season 2)

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
185 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
286 September 2019 (2019-09-06)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleEnglish titleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Bienvenidos""Welcome"Ramón SalazarCarlos Montero and Darío Madrona5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Three working-class students are transferred to an elite private school after their public school collapses due to building issues. Nadia catches Guzmán and Lu together in the showers. Lu dares Guzmán to take Nadia's virginity. Carla seduces Christian. In the future, Marina is revealed to have been murdered, and investigation commences.
22"Deseo""Desire"Dani de la OrdenCarlos Montero5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Marina and Samuel work on a class project together. Guzmán, to Nadia's annoyance at first, does not stop pursuing her. Against her wishes, he attempts to introduce himself to her devoutly Muslim parents, with slight consequences. Nadia gradually lets her guard down with him. Meanwhile- when he becomes concerned about Ander after seeing him with Omar, Guzmán tells Ander's parents that he is doing drugs. Carla and Polo continue their scheme with Christian, who remains oblivious and is under the impression Carla truly likes him.
33"Sábado noche""Saturday Night"Ramón SalazarDarío Madrona5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Nano, with the help of Christian, decides to use documents regarding the corruption of Marina's father in order to blackmail him and, in the process, get money to pay off his debts. At Samuel's party, Marina and Nano decide to go to her house- although Samuel wanted to admit his feelings for Marina, he gets drunk and throws up on her, never getting the chance. Searching for his sister, Guzmán accompanies Nadia to the party, where she drinks drugged punch and gets high. As a result, she asks Guzmán to swim in his pool with her. Realising her state, he refuses and calls a cab to take her home. At school the next day, Lu sees Nadia and Guzmán being friendly. Jealous, she reveals to Nadia that Guzmán made a bet to take Nadia's virginity. Nadia confronts and slaps him in the face. Meanwhile, Marina tells Samuel she is HIV positive after he admits his feelings to her. Carla and Polo have a threesome with Christian after seducing him. Ander attends Samuel's party, where he gets high with Omar, to Guzmán's anger. They fight. Later, asking for more pills, Ander gets into trouble and gets his hand broken. Samuel tells Nano about Marina's condition, and he confronts her, well aware of Samuel's feelings for her. He asks her to stop toying with his brother.
44"El amor es una droga""Love Is a Drug"Ramón SalazarDarío Madrona5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
To her annoyance, Lu realises that Nadia received the top score on a recent exam, putting Lu in second place overall due to a grading curve. To get the top score, Lu investigates and finds out that her teacher is planning to adopt, but is having a tough time doing so due to financial issues. Using her family influence, she bribes her teacher into giving her the top score on the exam. Meanwhile, Guzmán tries to earn Nadia's forgiveness by buying her gifts. She tells him he must act like a Muslim and beg forgiveness from her parents for trying to take her virginity and disrupting her honour. When Guzmán obliges, she forgives him. The students attend a charity event organised by Marina and Guzmán's parents. Marina invites Samuel, and they finally start a relationship. To his disbelief and anger, Guzmán sees his father doing drugs in the winery, leading to an argument at dinnertime. Samuel and Guzmán also see Omar and Ander making out in the winery. Each confronts his friend, and each friend reveals new information- Ander doesn't really like tennis, and Samuel learns that Omar is a drug dealer. Carla, Christian and Polo step out of the party. Nano is offered a deal- he must shoot someone in the leg, and he won't owe any more money. However, he doesn't, which gets him stabbed and puts him into even more debt than before. Marina finds him and helps him, promising to keep it a secret from Samuel.
55"Todos mienten""Everyone Lies"Dani de la OrdenCarlos Montero5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Marina offers Nano a way to make fast money in order to pay his debt. Lucrecia reveals her and Guzmán's bet. Omar and Ander have a disagreement.
66"Todo va a salir bien""Everything Will Be Okay"Dani de la OrdenDarío Madrona5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Nano learns that one of his stolen watches is more valuable than he thought. Marina is caught with drugs at school, and turns in her dealer. The investigators reveal that Marina had been pregnant.
77"Todo estalla""Everything Explodes"Ramón SalazarCarlos Montero5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Carla grows suspicious of Marina and her potential involvement in the disappearances of the watches. Omar's father hears shocking information about his son. Guzmán goes after Nano.
88"Assilah""Assilah"Ramón SalazarCarlos Montero and Darío Madrona5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
The circumstances surrounding Marina's death are revealed, and the police make an arrest. Polo has in fact murdered Marina inadvertently with the trophy she received after a heated argument about her involvement with Carla's Dad's watches. However, Carla consoles Polo and tells him what to reveal to the police to prevent himself from being suspicious to the police. After interrogations, the police arrest Nano. Samuel begs Christian to help him to which he denies and leaves to see Carla.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleEnglish titleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"20 horas desaparecido""20 hours missing"Ramón SalazarDarío Madrona6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
A student goes missing. In flashback to three months earlier, Guzman still grieves the loss of his sister while Christian struggles with his secret about who killed Marina. Three new students arrive: Cayetana, a rich socialite who lives alone; Valerio, Lu‘s halfbrother who share‘s a incestous relationship with his sister and Rebeka, a nouveaux-riche girls who says her family won the lottery. Nadia and Omar‘s father has a stroke. Christian leaves a party to confess the murderer to the police, when he‘s hit by a car. He survives but may never walk again. Carla‘s father offers to pay for his therapy. Carla suspects her father to be involved in Christian‘s accident, so does Samuel. In the present day it is shown that Samuel is the missing person.
102"34 horas desaparecido""34 hours missing"Ramón SalazarCarlos Montero6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Seeking the truth about Marina's death, Samuel attempts to seduce Carla. Lu's new friend, social media guru Cayetana, hosts an impromptu party. In the present, Carla reveals to Lu that Samuel is not missing but is in fact dead.
113"36 horas desaparecido""36 hours missing"Ramón SalazarBreixo Corral6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Polo and Ander have a heart-to-heart. It is revealed that Cayetana is in fact the daughter of the school's housekeeper and had come on a scholarship. Guzmán and Nadia rekindle their relationship. Omar tells his parents he wants to stop working at the grocery store. Polo reveals to Ander that he in fact killed Marina.
124"59 horas desaparecido""59 hours missing"Sílvia QuerAbril Zamora6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Pressured by his friends, Polo is overwhelm by his guilt and he tries to commit suicide. Cayetana and Ander rescue him. While on a double date with his boyfriend Omar, Lu, and Guzmán, Ander doesn‘t find the courage to tell Guzmán about Marina‘s murderer. After a party, Guzmán has sex with Nadia at Rebeka‘s house. Samuel starts working for Rebeka‘s mum, who is actually a drug dealer. Cayetana‘s secret is threatend to be revealed. Nano is released from jail.
135"63 horas desaparecido""63 hours missing"Sílvia QuerJaime Vaca6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Rebeka arranges a Halloween party at her house where she finds out Cayetana is the school cleaner's daughter. At the party, Nano threatens Rebeka to stop involving Samuel in her family‘s drug dealing business. While searching for Samuel, Nano sees Lu making out with her brother as well as Samuel making out with Carla.
146"66 horas desaparecido""66 hours missing"Sílvia QuerCarlos C. Tomé6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Lu blackmails Nadia to fail her exam or she will tell her parents about the relationship. When Nadia tells Valerio, he tells her to not worry and rather blackmail her about the "Valerio thing". Lu suspects Samuel to have told Nadia. After the exam, Valerio then tells Nadia that he‘s in love with his sister, which disgusts her. In the future, Guzmán is interrogated about Samuel's disappearance. Carla warns Samuel he will be in the same state as Christian, if he gets further into the murder mystery.
157"84 horas desaparecido""84 hours missing"Dani de la OrdenAbril Zamora6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Cayetana and Lu work together to start a fundraiser. Valerio films Nadia and Guzmán having sex in the boy‘s locker and sends it to Lu, who then sends it to the whole school. During the fundraiser, Lu finds out about Cayetana‘s secret and tells the whole party. Carla tries to warn Samuel about her father. The scene ends with Samuel running away on his bike from a speedy vehicle.
168"0 horas desaparecido""0 hours missing"Dani de la OrdenBreixo Corral6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Lu and Valerio's father catches them in an explicit situation. It is revealed that Samuel did not disappear but was hiding in Guzmán‘s grandparents house to trap Carla into confessing about Marina‘s murderer. Polo gets arrested. Guzmán breaks his friendship with Ander for hiding the fact about Polo. Ander and Omar reconcile. After two weeks, Polo reappears to everyone‘s surprise.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On 17 July 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season.[5] The series is created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona who are both credited as executive producers of the series.[5] In September 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on 5 October 2018.[6] On 17 October 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which was released on 6 September 2019.[7] On 29 August 2019, it was reported that the series was renewed for a third season.[8][9]

Reception[edit]

Audience viewership[edit]

On 17 January 2019, Netflix announced that the series had been streamed by over 20 million viewers within its first month of release.[10]

Critical response[edit]

Elite was met with critical acclaim. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an 100% certified fresh rating with 10 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Elite is highly digestible, technically strong trash TV for anyone with a guilty pleasure palate."[11]

Kathryn VanArendonk of Vulture stated in a positive review of the series that though "Elite is not pushing new boundaries in television, it’s not a self-serious reboot of an old property" and that in "spite of that — or more likely because of it! — its commitment to breakneck melodrama is undeniably enjoyable."[12] David Griffin of IGN gave the first season, a 8.8/10, highlighting that the series sets a "new standard for how a high school drama series should be done" and that "Elite may be the best high school drama on TV."[13] Natalie Winkelman from The Daily Beast mentioned in a positive review of the first season, that "with Euro-cool style and compelling characters, Elite is trashy, diverting fun."[14] John Doyle from The Globe and Mail complimented the first season in his review by adding that "Elite is no masterpiece but is one of those oddly satisfying, binge-worthy curiosities."[1] Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya from Thrillist recommended the first season in their review of the series by stating that "Elite might be the only show that could give Riverdale a run for its money when it comes to excessive slow-motion shots."[15]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2019 Premios Feroz Best Drama Series Elite Nominated [16]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Scripted Television Series (Spanish-Language) Elite Won [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Doyle, John (October 7, 2018). "Netflix's Elite: A Spanish teen drama, and murder mystery, with a blunt message". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Crumlish, Callum (October 6, 2018). "HomeShowbiz & TVTV & Radio Elite on Netflix Review: Does the teen drama break the mould or simply add to the pile?". Express. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "'Élite' tendrá tercera temporada en 2020". Cinemanía. October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Personajes Élite. Reparto de actores". FormulaTV. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (July 13, 2017). "Netflix Enrolls At 'Elite' Boarding School For Spanish YA Crime Drama". Deadline. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Elite Series Trailer: Welcome to Las Encinas". ComingSoon.net. September 10, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (17 October 2018). "'Elite': Netflix Orders Second Season Of Teen Thriller In Return To Las Encinas". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ Hopewell, John; Granada, Emiliano (29 August 2019). "'Elite' Renews for Season 3 as Creators, Cast Reveal Season 2 Details". Variety. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  9. ^ Kanter, Jade (October 4, 2019). "'Elite': Netflix Renews Spanish Teen Thriller For Third Season, Adds New Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (17 January 2019). "Netflix Reveals Viewership Numbers for 'You,' 'Sex Education' and More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Elite: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  12. ^ VanArendonk, Kathryn (October 12, 2018). "Netflix's Elite Is Riverdale, Gossip Girl, and Big Little Lies Rolled Up Into a Murderous Teen Drama". Vulture. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  13. ^ Griffin, David (October 23, 2018). "Elite Season 1 Review: Netflix's High School Drama is a murder mystery worth solving". IGN. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Winkelman, Natalie (October 10, 2018). "Netflix's New Spanish Prep School Melodrama Is Trashy, Euro-Cool Fun". The Daily Beasy. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  15. ^ Kumari Upadhyaya, Kayla (October 22, 2018). "Here's Why Everybody Loves 'Elite,' Netflix's Latest Soapy Teen Murder Drama". Thrillist. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  16. ^ Prats, Marina (January 19, 2019). "La lista completa de ganadores de los Premios Feroz 2019". El Huffington Post (in Spanish). Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  17. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (May 4, 2019). "GLAAD Media Awards NYC Winners: 'Pose', 'Versace' And 'Boy Erased' Among Honorees". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2019.

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