TV Show Review: Narcos

Narcos (2015-present):


Set and filmed in Colombia, Narcos tells the story of the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire by way of distributing and selling cocaine. The series also focuses on his interactions with DEA agents as well as Pablo’s interactions with various drug lords.The series was kicked off in April 2014, through a partnership deal struck between Netflix and Spanish language network Telemundo. The series is primarily written by Chris Brancato and directed by Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha. It originally aired August 28, 2015 and aired a second season on September 2, 2016. The cast of Narcos is headlined by Wagner Moura as Escobar, Boyd Holbrook as DEA agent Steve Murphy and Pedro Pascal as DEA agent Javier Pena.

Rating: 8/10

Narcos is worthy of an 8 out of 10 rating because it accurately portrays the hectic manhunt that took place from 1980’s to capture Escobar, who is acted brilliantly by Moura. The show highlights how respected and feared Pablo was at the peak of his power, and also how quickly things fell apart for the kingpin which led to his death.

The series also shows how Pablo was at one point loved by the people of Colombia, but is significantly responsible for the turmoil in Colombia during this time period. Narcos has several cliffhangers that make the viewer eager to binge watch each 10 episode season. The only concern for the series is where they will go from here now that Pablo is dead and they have at least two more seasons scheduled. It will be interesting to see if they can get the same dramatic effect they got from hunting Escobar in the seasons to come.

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