Beyond ‘Suburra’: 7 Italian series that you can watch on demand
Tomorrow comes the premiere of the second season of Suburra. The series, which we can see on Netflix, is a prequel to the 2015 film with the same name. Suburra is what an old Roman neighborhood is called and this criminal drama premiered in 2017 is set in it. Again, it serves as a starting point to talk about Italian corruption from a darker perspective. We take advantage of its premiere, and its similarity with titles such as Romanzo criminale or Gomorra, to talk about other Italian productions that can currently be seen on demand.
In 2015, Sky Italia launched an Italian political series that immediately became the talk. Bold, direct and with a position that reminded us of our Crematorium, 1992 presented a narrative of what was the Mani Puliti operation, an operation launched from the Milan prosecutor’s office that pursued the situation of widespread corruption in Italy. Far from staying there, the series premiered a second season (1993) and the 1994 premiere is expected for this year, with which the trilogy would close.
Shortly after the success of Elite, Netflix premiered Baby, a youth-cutting series that follows the life of Ludovica and Chiara, two young people who work part-time prostitution. Again, it is a production based on a police file, in this case that of the Baby Squillo operation that occupied the Italian press a few years ago, and that involved influential people in the country in the trafficking of minors. The success was enough for Netflix to immediately confirm a second season that still has no date.
In 2006, Roberto Saviano published a rather journalistic book that uncovered the operation and part of the consequences of the Neapolitan Camorra. The success was such that years later there was a movie and the series was announced with Gomorra, a series that has just presented the trailer for its fourth season and will be released next April. It talks about the fight of drug trafficking for the control of different areas, focusing on the clans of the Savastano and the Conte.
‘The great friend’
Confirmed for a second season, the great friend is based on the saga Two friends of Elena Ferrante. Once again set in Naples, it tells the relationship between Lila and Elena, where the second will write about their relationship of more than six decades when Lila disappeared. The friendship that unites them, far from being simple, combines admiration and closeness with jealousy that has always made them have a complicated relationship.
‘The Young Pope’
Co-produced between the European companies Wildside, Hart et Court TV and Mediapro, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law, The Young Pope gave the bell in 2016. Nominated for two Emmy, explains the rise of Pope Pius XIII (fictional figure) . Beyond the Pope himself, the interest of the series is the reflection of the intrigues and Vatican operations, becoming a production of difficult cataloging. Its continuation, The New Pope, does not arise as much as an extension of the plot, as a new production with a common essence.