Subtitled television shows have always been a great way to travel vicariously, and that particular thrill has grown exponentially in a time of homebound self-containment.
Another advantage is that subtitles demand a single-minded focus on the show. In other words, you can’t multitask with one eye on the action and the other checking the news. Right now, taking a mental break is a good thing.
The recommendations below offer a mix of stylish action, political and family dramas, white-knuckle thrillers, soothing small-screen balms and shows that are just plain fun. The only thing they share: None are in English.