Cable Girls: Season 1 (2017)

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Lidia is used to being a thief, but now she must steal in order to save her life. Different hopes propel each of the women into the workplace.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Francisco offers Lidia a deal. Marga worries about what she saw at the party. Carlota's father interferes with her life.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

The police are called in when Lidia's identity is questioned. Francisco's wife is suspicious and asks Carolina for help.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Marga makes a lunch date with Pablo. Ángeles learns more about Mario's infidelity. Carlota's fantasies surprise her.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Carolina threatens to reveal who Lidia really is. Miguel tells Carlota she must decide about their relationship. Everything changes for Ángeles.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

Lidia helps Ángeles plan her escape. Carlota works to get Sara released from jail. Carlos fights with his father.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

The Cifuentes family mourns their loss. Lidia decides she should be honest with Carlos about her identity.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2017

The new rotary technology divides Lidia's loyalties, and she is forced to choose between Carlos and her friends.

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In 1920s Madrid, four women at the National Telephone Company ring in revolution as they manage romance, friendship and the modern workplace.

Cast & Crew

Concha Velasco
Carmen Cifuentes
Ana Fernández
Carlota
Blanca Suárez
Lidia
Yon González
Francisco
Ramón Campos
Teresa Fernández-Valdés
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Critic Reviews for Cable Girls Season 1

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It tells an interesting story about four girls who forged their destiny in the late 1920s, in Madrid, but modern music confuses the viewer. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

In any case and despite its problems, if you like vintage soap operas, give Netflix a chance at this Spanish accent and charleston dresses. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Come on, it's not bad, but it is very oriented towards an audience that I don't belong. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Spanish soap set in late-1920s Madrid is worth a binge.

Feb 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes you just want to zone out and watch something that's soapy, a little ridiculous, and a lot of fun. If that's what you're in the mood for, Netflix's latest international original needs to be your next binge.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

In the end, what Netflix gives us is a telenovela to enjoy... as opposed to the type of content we have become accustomed to that keeps us up all night. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cable Girls: Season 1

  • 14h ago
    SUMMARY DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! One of the worst shows ever produced for TV . DETAILS This was rich with possibilities, and had lots of intriguing plot twists, but was deeply flawed -- so much so that watching it became unbearable. SONG TRACK -- WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?! :-) 1. Others have noted the irritating and anachronistic music track. Netflix labels this series a "period piece", so why did they put in a contemporary song track? People are dancing in the 1920s, in 1920s costumes, but to 1990s and 2000s pop music! Silly! It's also taking place in Madrid – in Spain – yet, the music is all in English. All of that is ridiculous. 2. What people haven't criticized, though, is something even more fundamental. The songs play nearly continuously throughout each episode. They are intrusive. As a result, the dialog competes with the distracting singing; it's a cacophony of clashing words. The inappropriate song track so dominates the viewing experience that it undermines the entire effort. WHO HIRED THE DUBBERS? FIRE 'EM! 3. The worst feature of the series, however, is the poor voice acting. The people who dubbed the voice are stiff, loud, and typically speak too quickly. (Oddly, they occasionally speak ploddingly.) It's unnatural. Those who dubbed the voices also sound alike, in tone and cadence. They sound American as apple pie, with mid-Western accents, much like Iowan high-schoolers over-acting their vocal parts in an early rehearsal for a staged melodrama. CLOSED CAPTIONING OFF-BASE 4. Compounding the misery, the closed captioning does not match what's being said! In an amusing scene, Pablo wants to speak to an operator who, getting flustered, refers to herself as Operator 27, then Operator 37, then 27 again. Well, the CC has it has Operator 47 and 57. In other cases, the spoken verbiage and the displayed CC text differ critically in meaning – what's being spoken is not what's being captioned. KEY OBSERVATION ----> This series would have been so much better in the original Spanish, with English sub-titles, with period music, and songs used infrequently. <---- "POOR" LITTLE *RICH* GIRLS (WOMEN) 5. Most of the women, supposedly from working-class backgrounds, look, act, and talk as if they are upscale idle rich. They own fabulous wardrobes, including an amazing range of dresses and hats, but how could they afford them? FRED FLINTSTONE COULD DO BETTER! 6. The acting is overwrought; the characters mostly caricatures. They take themselves too seriously. This series actually makes the classic Spanish and Mexican telenovelas look good. 7. The dialog is repetitive, as if it were designed for middle schoolers trying to learn English! CABLE "GIRLS"? HEY, NETFLIX, IT'S 2020! 8. The title of the series is off, too. They are not "cable girls", but young women switchboard operators. Netflix is pandering – calling it *cable* to give it a modern feel (sure, there is one case of an international cable call, but the series is about operators using early phone plug-in boards) and labeling them "girls" in a sexist, salacious fashion to cater to a male audience. EVEN THE SEX SCENES WERE BORING! 9. Do we really need extended scenes of fornication? They are dull, sophomoric, and laughable. One quick glance is sufficient. WAITING FOR THE EVENTUAL MST SATIRE 10. The series is ripe for someone to over-dub it with humorous dialog – think MST: 3000 or Mystery Science Theater. If someone did that, it might be worth watching. At least, it would be engaging and enjoyable. Of course, they'd have to drop the sound track – or add their own funny one. BOTTOM LINE We gave up on this series. Too noisy, badly acted, AND badly voiced, with a mismatched, LOUD, and intrusive song track.
  • Sep 08, 2020
    More liberal demoralizing propaganda from Netflix. While the series wants to make believe the audience that it has a woman empowering message, it can't be further away from the truth. Netflix is just another platform chosen by the left to manipulate people's opinions. While younger audiences tend to be leftist - mainly because they don't have a clue about what they are preaching for - thankfully they are not the majority by any means.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    Terrible. It's a stupid drama.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    Was an absolutely wonderful take on Spanish history and the trials of the Spanish people during earlier times. While it may be generally fictitious, it's a true gem in the Netflix collection and the music is wonderful.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    One of my favorite shows. I love it! So beautiful the way they showed like how women can be heroines 🦸‍♀️ ❤️
  • Mar 19, 2020
    I tried to like this show so much from the 1920s theme to the hard look on women's lives at the time. But seriously I just finished S1 and I can't stomach how selfish , self-serving and self-righteous the female characters end up being. The music didn't bother me as much but the message gives little to be desired... Also the depiction of men in this show are so one dimensional . Seriously all guys are evil.
  • Feb 14, 2020
    Loved it! It was definitely a binge worthy show for me the only seasons I found to be meh were season 3 and 5 so far. Season 1 definitely got me hooked it's worth a watch.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Why would they destroy all the great atmosphere with costumes, settings, story line with this totally disruptive and unsuitable music? It makes me not wanting to continue to watch. With all the great re-discovered and re-created music from the 20s right now I absolutely don't understand this choice of soundtrack, it slays an otherwise wonderful series.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Terrible show, worst movie music ever, ridiculous situations, pathetic drama
  • Aug 24, 2019
    Wrapping up Season 1. Easy viewing. A little soap opera-ish. Still worth viewing. The modern day background music can be distracting. I wonder if it was dubbed in for the American audience since it is subtitled in english.

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