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25th Jan 2024

Newly released Netflix crime drama from Narcos creators earning great reviews

Stephen Porzio


The six-part series is streaming across the world right now.

Netflix has just released Griselda, a new crime drama series from the creators of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico.

And sticking with their focus on the drug trade, the show is described by Netflix as a “fictionalised dramatisation” inspired by the life of Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco (Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara).

The drug lord is described as having “created one of the most powerful cartels in history”.

“Set in 1970s-80s Miami, Blanco’s lethal blend of unsuspected savagery and charm helps her expertly navigate between business and family, leading her to become widely known as ‘the Godmother’,” the plot synopsis from Netflix reads.

One of JOE’s most anticipated shows for 2024, Griselda was made by Narcos’ co-creators Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro – alongside that show’s producer and writer Eric Newman and Ingrid Escajeda – and all six of its episodes were directed by Narcos’ Andrés Baiz.

The new series is earning very positive reviews, currently holding an 86% Rotten Tomatoes score.

In particular, Vergara’s against type central performance and the show’s stylish direction have been singled out for praise.


Sofia Vergara in Griselda, Netflix’s new Narcos-style crime drama

Here is a sample of some of the glowing reviews Griselda has received:

The Guardian: “This intense Narcos spinoff is so much fun it’s appalling.”

London Evening Standard: “Vergara herself is superb, if completely unrecognisable under heavy prosthetics. It’s a slightly disconcerting watch as you know it’s her, it sounds like her, but after the two-hour daily stint in the make-up chair it’s a pretty astounding transformation.”

The Observer: “Griselda may be heavily dramatized, but it conjures an imagined reality that feels true enough and completely entertaining.”

Variety: “Fast-paced and well-acted, the show is brutal, fascinating and full of high drama.”

TheWrap: “Despite some creative license to make the story more enjoyable, watching Griselda’s complex journey unfold over the Netflix limited series is about as satisfying as it gets.”

Griselda is streaming on Netflix worldwide right now.

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