The #2 Show on Netflix Is a Gritty, Emotional Drama Inspired By a Heartbreaking Murder Case

The show just debuted on Netflix on April 26

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*Warning: Sensitive topics discussed*

While Baby Reindeer still sits at the number one spot of Netflix’s top 10 most watched shows list, there is a new gritty true-crime drama that I, a longtime news and entertainment writer, personally think 1.) deserves to be on your to-watch list and 2.) will have you glued to your seat from beginning to end. 

The Asunta Case, which is currently occupying the second slot on the list, is a newly released Spanish-language drama that follows parents Roasario Porto and Alfonso Basterra, who report their adopted daughter, Asunta, as missing. But the case takes a shocking turn that causes the concerned parents to become the prime suspects. 

In case you didn’t know, The Asunta Case is actually inspired by the real-life case of Asunta Fong Yang, a 12-year-old Chinese-born girl who was reported missing by her Spanish adoptive parents in 2013. She was later found dead on the side of a countryside road and her parents were charged with her murder. 

Per Today, the family was considered to be upper-middle class. Asunta’s adoptive mother, Rosario Porto, was a lawyer from Santiago while her adoptive father, Alfonso Basterra, was a freelance journalist from Basque (a small island in Spain). 

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According to The Guardian, witnesses close to the family described Porto and Basterra as model parents—but I won’t spoil what happened next.

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The Asunta Case stars Tristán Ulloa as Alfonso Basterra, Candela Peña as Rosario Porto, ​​Iris Wu as Asunta Fong Yang Basterra Porto and Javier Gutierrez as Judge Malvar. 

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