THURSDAY’S WIDOWS on Netflix is a new mini-series with just six episodes. A thriller mystery from Mexico (org. title: Las viudas de los jueves). It’s a very character-driven story and also a remake of the 2009 movie of the same title. Both are based on a novel. Read our full Thursday’s Widows series review here!

THURSDAY’S WIDOWS is a new Netflix thriller mystery mini-series with just six 45-minute episodes. This is a Mexican production (org. title: Las viudas de los jueves) and a remake – or retelling, if you will – of the 2009 movie from Argentina. Both this new series and the movie are based on the very popular book by Claudia Piñeiro.

The story plays out in a gated community in Mexico, where the wealthy are living their best lvies. Or are they? Not everything is as it seems and in the opening scene, three men end up dead in a swimming pool. How this came about will ultimately be shown in the sixth and final episode, so you’ll get definitive answers.

Continue reading our Thursday’s Widows series review below. Find the limited series on Netflix from September 14, 2023.

A very character-driven story

This limited series has a very character-driven story which is exactly why there’s enough for six episodes. The episodes are named after the various families in the community where everything plays out. This also results in very non-linear storytelling, but it never gets confusing. We’re also told when things happened “A month earlier” to make sure we’re on board with how things evolve.

And we do need to understand what has been going on in this luxurious Altos de la Cascade estate. Obviously, everything isn’t nearly as wonderful as it appears on the very polished surface.

When Teresa (Irene Azuela) returns from her weekly night out with the other wives of the community, she finds her husband Tano (Omar Chaparro), and two of his friends dead in their swimming pool. This obviously shocks the other residents, but everyone is quick to call it an accident.

Well, at first anyway.

Thursday's Widows (2023) – Review | Netflix Series

Why are they “Thursday’s Widows”?

In the very first episode, we learn why the wives are known as the Thursday’s Widows or “The Widows of Thursdays” – the latter was actually the English title of the 2009 movie.

The reason for this moniker is that the husbands meet up on Thursdays. This obviously frees up the night for all the wives, who go out for dinner and just have fun. They have no husbands on this day, so people started referring to them as widows and they latched on to this new title.

However, that doesn’t mean these wives (or the husbands, for that matter) are all real and true friends. Their friendship relies mostly on the fact that they live in this exclusive community and are all wealthy. Or, at least, they appear to be, but very little is as it seems. In this very character-driven story, we learn that people can be brutal towards their so-called friends.

Hell, even their spouses.

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The director of Thursday’s Widows is Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz. He most recently directed the horror movie No Abres la Puerta (2022) starring Iñaki Godoy of the current Netflix hit series One Piece. This new Mexican series isn’t a horror production, but it does have plenty of psychological drama and is essentially a thriller mystery.

Also, it’s based on the book by author Claudia Piñeiro, which in itself gives this new Netflix series a strong starting point.

If you tend to watch Spanish-language genre productions, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize several cast members. This includes Irene Azuela (The Envoys) as Teresa Scaglia, Omar Chaparro (The Black Demon) as Tano Scaglia, Sofía Sisniega (The Chosen One) as Carla Maldonado, Alfonso Bassave (May God Save Us) as Gustavo Maldonado, and Mayra Hermosillo (Narcos: México) as Lala de la Luna.

Even if you’re not used to watching many Spanish-language series, this one has a very intriguing story and a great cast. With just six episodes and all the answers revealed by the final episodes, it’s worth checking out.

The entire Thursday’s Widows limited series is on Netflix from September 14, 2023.

Details

Director: Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz
Cast: Mayra Hermosillo, Omar Chaparro, Irene Azuela, Sofía Sisniega, Zuria Vega

Plot

Teresa finds her husband and his two best friends dead in the lavish community where they live. As the truth comes to light, so will dark secrets.

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