They say the greatest trick the devil ever pulled off was convincing the world he didn’t exist. Similarly, the greatest trick the Spanish TV show Money Heist pulled off was convincing its viewers they were watching a heist drama: of a bunch of thieves breaking in to the Royal Mint of Spain, printing and making off with a billion euros.
What the viewers didn’t know — they couldn’t have known really — is that they were watching a love story. Multiple love stories in fact: The first flush of romantic love, the bond between brothers, comrades-in-arms, the deep, abiding connection between father and son. The heist, cool and fun as it is, is merely the staging ground. As The Beatles once sang: Love is all you need.
Author sidebar: The series’ original title La Casa De Papel, which literally means The House of Paper, sounds way cooler than the bland, boring Money Heist, whose title alone may turn off viewers. Get your head in the game, Netflix.