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From a flopped SE01 to a Global Phenomenon!

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While a lot happened in the span of these 1.5 years, but OTTs have always been there to keep our spirits high. The booze for our house party through this lockdown period has been the Spanish series Money Heist streaming on Netflix. Watch out for how from a flopped SE01 to a global phenomenon, Money Heist became a part of our DNAs.

A FLOPPED SE01 = A STORY OF FAILURE

Back in 2017, Money Heist premiered on the Spanish TV channel Antena 3 as “La Casa De Papel”. Aiming for a two-part 15-episode long finite series, it surprisingly garnered an astounding 4.3 million views. However, the viewership was short-lived. The views dropped to such an extent that the creator and the executive producer considered phasing it out. Writer Javier Gómez Santander tagged the series a flop, calling it a “story of a failure”.

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Series “La Casa de Papel” on Spanish TV channel Antena 3. (Image Source: Antena 3)

Later, in the documentary “The Phenomenon”, the cast and crew share how they parted ways not expecting to return to the sets of La Casa De Papel. They couldn’t pull a great show for the Spanish audience.

NETFLIX PULLS THE SHOW OUT OF THE WOODS

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After its season two wrapped up, Netflix acquired its global streaming rights.

Netflix rescued the show after SE02. They cut the series to smaller 22 episodes and added it to its international catalogue without any promotion. Netflix christened it “Money Heist”. Soon enough the actors noticed a surge in their followers from across the globe on Instagram. From flags to tattoos, there was news about fans going crazy after the newly discovered show on the streaming giant.

RED JUMPSUITS, DALI MASKS AND BELLA CIAO: SYMBOLS OF RESISTANCE

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Money Heist got the second spot on IMDb ranking of Most Popular TV Shows in the world. Above all, the team won an Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2018. Moreover, celebrities started talking about it on social media – from players Neymar and Marc Bartra, American singer Romeo Santos, to writer Stephen King.

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People wearing Salvador Dali masks at the Beirut blast protest in Lebanon. (Image Source: The Guardian)

In addition, the football player Neymar went on to do a cameo in SE03.

In the meantime, the red jumpsuits and Salvador Dali masks became symbols of political rallies. Meeting trumpets and congo, “Bella Ciao” travelled across boundaries and races in America, Europe, and Asia including France, Lebanon, Iraq, and Chile. Moreover, this Italian anti-fascist song has thousands of versions on the internet today, across languages.

Read Here | “Bella Ciao” By Mumbai Police

A GLOBAL PHENOMENON

A show which never left Madrid entered Netflix’s most-watched shows list. It’s a massive success in North Africa, Middle East, and Turkey.

In short, Money Heist holds the place of being one of the most-watched shows around the world. With an IMDb rating of 8.3, it’s a global phenomenon today.

Be a part of this global phenomenon and watch Part 5 of Money Heist only on Netflix. Happy streaming!

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