Narcos or Narcos: Mexico on Netflix? Which one is better?

Narcos on Netflix


In 2015 Netflix released the first season of Narcos. The series is based on a Columbian drug kingpin the ‘Pablo Escobar‘. He was the king of cocaine and one of the richest men in the world.

In 2016, the next series of Narcos was released on Netflix with the title Narcos: Mexico.

People often ask ‘Narcos or Narcos: Mexico?’, ‘Which one to watch first?’.

Let me make it easy for you!


  • What is the story of Narcos & Narcos: Mexico? –  Both are based on a drug cartel.


  • Both Narcos & Narcos: Mexico’s story has a similar plot? – NO! The story is not the same and is completely independent.


  • Is Narcos: Mexico is a continuation of Narcos? – NO! Narcos is based on Columbian drug cartel and Narcos: Mexico focuses on Mexican drug dealings.


  • Which one to watch first, Narcos or Narcos: Mexico? – They can be watched in any order but watching Narcos FIRST gives better ideas about the cartel world.


  • Which one is better, Narcos or Narcos: Mexico? – You will find out the answer at the end of this post! 🙂


Well, you will find out the reason at the end of this post.

Narcos series showcases a series of events happened during Pablo Escobar times and the struggle of DEA and Columbian police to arrest him.

Pablo Escobar was an influential criminal in the history of drug dealers who never left any leaks about his business. He smuggled drugs to the United States earning a net profit of $1.2 billion per year! Pablo made people of Columbia suffer because of his violence and narco-terrorism. Columbians consider the Pablo Escobar era as the darkest time in their history.

Netflix made a series on his life and presented it in 2 seasons. Most of the characters, events are true as claimed by Netflix and it also added real clips in between to match the facts. The series includes the fights between cartels, bombings, series of murders, drug distribution, Pablo’s relationships with his family and drug dealers, DEA efforts to arrest him, Columbian police struggle and everything that happened in Pablo’s life.

A drug dealer who became a nightmare to Columbia and the United States, ruled the drug world openly but intelligently for almost 30 years, became one of the richest men in the world,  Brilliantly escaped his arrest…

Narcos on Netflix is based on the true story but the dramatization of events will make you binge-watch the series.


What Columbians say about Narcos?


The same question was asked on Quora. Some of them claim that it was not necessary to make a series on Pablo. He hasn’t done anything to Columbia apart from putting the country on shame.

Hadrien Lacroix states that Columbia has struggled a lot to put that dark shadow behind. After 23 years of Pablo Escobar, Columbia has come a long way to become one of the beautiful and non-violence countries. However Netflix show Narcos reminds them of those days, innocent lives were killed and the whole country was under drug dealers.

But they do appreciate the fact that Netflix has shown the real story to let the world know about the cruelty of Pablo. He could destroy other families, kill people without hesitation but when it comes to his family he was ready to burn the money! Yes, during the final days of Pablo, when police were hunting him everywhere he burnt millions of money just to keep his daughter warm. That’s how rich he was!


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Narcos Cast & Making


One of the main reasons for the success of the Narcos is the Cast of the show. Especially Wagner Moura who enacted as Pablo Escobar. He is the heart and soul of this show.

Also, they have retained the originality by shooting in Columbia and retaining the Spanish between drug dealers. If you don’t understand Spanish, the conversation between Pablo and other cartels can be understood only by subtitles.

That is the beauty of this show. If the entire show is in English it would have lost the real story touch. More than a crime thriller drama, Narcos would have been the comedy show if Pablo speaks in English.

Pedro Pascal as Pena, Boyd Holbrook as  Murphy, Paulina Gaitan as Tata, Damian Alcazar as Gilberto and many other characters have done an excellent job and given their best.

The last day scenes and death of Pablo Escobar will make you feel sad. He had $30 billion in his bank account but wasn’t able to get a penny because all his assets were frozen by the government. He was chased by the DEA and shot while he was trying to escape. That is how the era of a famous drug dealer ended.


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Narcos: Mexico


Is Narco: Mexico is season 4 of Narcos?


In September 2016 Netflix announced upcoming seasons (Season 3 & 4) of Narcos. Season 3 was released in 2017 then Netflix declared that Season 4 will be coming as new series Narcos: Mexico.

Narcos: Mexico focuses on the drug trade in Mexico & the investigation around it. The first season was released in November 2018 and the second season is coming soon.

In the 80s Guadalajara Cartel takes a sudden rise in Mexico run by Félix Gallardo. The scattered drug dealers were unified under Felix’s management whose dream is to build a drug empire. The DEA agent Kiki who comes to Guadalajara to hunt Félix realizes the difficulties of this case. As the story progresses it is more interesting to watch the battle between drug dealers and officers.


Which one is better?


Both series are best in their own ways. However, Narcos takes the first position because of the great influence of Pablo Escobar. The way he climbed the cartel ladder and the struggle of American DEA & Columbian police to arrest him makes everyone wonder.  In my opinion, it is Narcos. Just because of the Wagner Moura( Pablo) Narcos was interesting for me compared to Narcos: Mexico.

The storyline, theme, concept, and making of both shows are similar. In fact, as I said earlier Narcos: Mexico was supposed to be the fourth season of Narcos. Hence there is no much difference from Columbia & Mexico drug trades.

Both the shows will make you binge-watch and glued to the TV until the last episode. While watching Narcos: Mexico doesn’t keep the first series in mind which helps you understand it better.

Here is me signing off today’s #favoriteshow post.

Keep watching!

35 thoughts on “Narcos or Narcos: Mexico on Netflix? Which one is better?

  1. Haven’t watched either. Will try Narcos then! Sounds scary yet interesting

  2. Have heard a lot about this series – the first part from my roommate in Bangalore. She would say that you would end up gating Pablo and what he was doing but get addicted to watching his ruthl nature. Your post seems to suggest the same.

  3. I watched both the video clips and even I prefer Narcos to Narcos: Mexico. I loved the actor who played Pablo Escobar in Narcos. It must have been a terrible time for Colombians and no wonder they are still hostile to the fact that Pablo Escobar and his violent ways are being glorified. Still. after watching all these videos, I think I will start subscribing to Netflix pretty soon.

  4. My husband binge-watched Narcos when I was pregnant, but he rightly told me to avoid it because I get very affected by visuals and violence! I think now I can watch it though 🙂

  5. I did watch Narcos. I am sorry I did not enjoy it. I still had taste of sacred games, and Mirzapur in my mind.

  6. i have seen Narcos, and loved it. will try watching Narcos- mexico now.

  7. Rashi Roy says:

    Didn’t watch it but this looks interesting.

  8. aditi says:

    Narcos seems to be interesting, watched an episode some time back. Good that you shared the comparison!

  9. Sounds sinister and I am a total Romcom kind of person. Will surely give it a miss 🙂 Love ur detailed review though.

  10. Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar says:

    Will go by your recommendation then as I haven’t watched any of these.

  11. I’ve heard of this before though I haven’t watched it yet! Seems intriguing though. Will probably check it out one of these days!

  12. Luna S says:

    I haven’t heard much about either but they sound interesting.

  13. You, Me and Benny says:

    I’ve heard this show was great!! I need to add it to my list!

  14. Ah this is something I would love ti watch. Crime series and gangsta stories is my thing. Thanks for sharing about this.

  15. I’ve seen the mexican one as my husband is a huge fan of the show. I didn’t know they released another version! will have to check it out!

  16. I have got reviews that both of them are amazing. But the original always remains the original.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

  17. Fantastic to read such detailed reviews of both shows! If I ever get Netflix I think I would want to watch the first one because it is based of real life.

  18. Ok. More things for me to watch on Netflix! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I have been planning to watch narcos since a long time now I’ll check it out.

  20. Prateek says:

    Many of my friends have recommended these shows. Will watch it once GOT S8 is finished.

  21. I’ve been wanting to watch this maybe I’ll start!

  22. You always got some great ideas to write your posts.Maybe that’s why you got a good world rank , plus you ranked higher in India 🙂 Thanks for the post. Happy blogging 🙂

  23. Nursery Rhymes says:

    You always got some great ideas to write your posts.Maybe that’s why you got a great world ranking plus a good rank in India 🙂 Good luck. 🙂

  24. bancell5 says:

    I haven’t watched either of these but after reading this I might have to give them a shot…

  25. I’ve seen the Mexican version because my dad is such a fan! I didn’t know they have another until I’ve read this! Whoah

  26. Devyani Ray says:

    Narcos is on my list to watch since a long time ! I need to watch it

  27. I’ve never heard of this movie but I love watching action movies I will check this out!

  28. blair villanueva says:

    You gave me reason to watch this new movie. I am intrigued!

  29. I have to admit that I am not a big tv show person but these sound ineteresting

  30. Neil Alvin Nicerio says:

    I should re-watch this. It has been several months already since I last watched the series.

  31. Yonnah M says:

    Sounds like a really interesting show to dig into this spring

  32. I haven’t watched them but I’m liking the plot.. will watch it 👍🏻

  33. Havent seen this one, but heard a lot

  34. Elizabeth O says:

    I think it’s educational. Some people are curious about his life story and that maybe is one reason it became a hit.

    1. Hackytips says:

      The way he built his own kingdom is something special.

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