Spoiler-Free Review of “Alba” on Netflix: An Emotional, but Important Watch

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“You can’t truly live if you’re afraid…”

Alba released on Netflix on July 14th 2022. All thirteen episodes are available to stream now. The Spanish crime drama series (based on the Turkish series Fatmagül) stars Elena Rivera, Eric Masip, Pol Hermoso, Caterina Mengs, and Adriana Ozores. Each episode runs for approximately 52-60 minutes.

A young woman wakes up with no memory of the night before, only to discover that she has been raped. She later discovers that the men responsible are her boyfriend’s best friends.

Here is the trailer:

Alba tells a compelling and heartbreaking story of a woman’s search for the brutal truth as she deals with setbacks and betrayals along the way. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A powerful story…

This series was difficult to watch because of the content, but it was also so gripping and important. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Unbelievable and Lies and Deceit. I think it was a brilliant decision to have the show focus on Alba’s journey after the horrific event.

She had to constantly tell her story over and over again to people who doubted her, trying to prove herself in a world that was so against her at times. It made her story that much more compelling. You wanted to see her get justice for everything, but you also knew that she would never really be free from all of this, which was incredibly heartbreaking.

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Elena Rivera gave an incredible performance.

She was so moving and incredible to watch on screen. My heart went out to her and every single time she reacted to something, it just felt so real. I didn’t feel like I was watching someone act in a show. It was more organic and genuine, which was important because this series focused on the aftermath of a crime that affects so many on a daily basis. 

The Cons:

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A lot to take in…

There was a lot of emotional and sensitive content so viewers should be aware of that. I couldn’t easily binge-watch this one because it was so heavy and draining at times. I had to watch just a few episodes a day. I personally felt like the episodes were way too long and weighed down by some of the soapy fluff that was unneeded. These moments took away from the real story which was gripping enough on its own. It didn’t need all of this extra stuff and I think it severely impacted the pacing.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Alba told an important and relevant story. The ending was satisfying and the performances were outstanding, but it definitely had some pacing issues.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Alba in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

2 thoughts on “Spoiler-Free Review of “Alba” on Netflix: An Emotional, but Important Watch”

  1. ‘Fatmagulun sucu ne’ was the first Turkish drama I ever watched and it still remains my favourite because of the amazing acting and growth of characters. It took it’s time, which was what was needed for such a sensitive storyline. I understand the Spanish version had to be different to fit the Spanish culture but I felt it was too rushed in parts and kept skipping time. They tried to fit as many of the original storylines into Alba but it just didn’t fit right. The acting was good but it had to do a lot to stand up to the original and for me, it just didnt. I think someone that hasn’t watched the original would probably enjoy it more.

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