Días mejores needs less than five minutes to totally draw you into what is a remarkable, courageous and genuinely moving emotional journey. The series, which premiered on Prime Video on April 22, explores an unusual theme – that of placing center stage the issue of therapy, and the need to seek professional help. The storyline revolves around five strangers, fathers and mothers, each trying to deal with their partner’s death while also grappling with the impact of grief and absence on their children. That’s the common ground bringing them all before a psychologist with somewhat unconventional methods, played by the great Blanca Portillo with a compelling screen presence.

It’s not easy to ask for the help we need to dig ourselves out of the rut our own thoughts can keep us mired in, and how difficult it can be to normalize the need that such help be that of an expert and therapist. Slowly but surely, however, it’s becoming more socially acceptable to confide in a trusted psychologist, and we are making steps in the right direction. That said, it’s still a major taboo for many people, as if it’s something a bit shameful. Días mejores addresses such stigma through the stories of the four patients, the co-stars of the series, who at some point in their lives have each taken someone’s advice and reached out to Dr. Laforet (Blanca Portillo).

Though it deals with gritty issues, Días mejores is a truly heart-warming series. Its optimistic tone, and rather sarcastic doctor, inspire progress along the path to where we will finally glimpse those better days, when wounds have healed and, though they will leave their mark on our lives forever, it’s possible to laugh, love and live once more.

Blanca Portillo alone is good enough reason to dive into this new show, but the presence of fellow acting great Francesc Orella–the much-missed professor Merlí – provides an even more solid footing for this series. She’s always dripping with sarcasm, while he is highly resistant to taking advice from anyone, let alone sharing his deepest secrets, and can’t see why he should do group therapy to address his grief. His character, Luis, is supposedly the model of success, a well-off businessman used to having everything under control, except his three daughters.

Días mejores intertwines the four stories of the four patients, along with their respective partners and children (both born and on the way), but actually there is a fifth story, because their steely psychologist is keeping something secret herself.

The other three characters are Marta Hazas (Sara, an emergency physician forced to put aside her own grief to support her 8-year-old son); Erick Elías (Pardo, a washed-up, has-been Mexican rockstar who now has to look after the children he hasn’t seen in over 10 years and who’d like to send him packing); and Alba Planas (Graci, a naive university student who wants to keep an unusual promise made to her boyfriend on his deathbed, one that will change the course of her life forever).

Días mejores will make you laugh and make you cry. You’ll reflect on life and also on what no one ever wants to think about – death and all its consequences. Consequences for those who remain, who mourn, but who have to overcome their grief and get on with their lives. But Días mejores (Better times) do come, because even the darkest nights eventually end.

Días mejores is directed by Alejo Flah (Taxi to Gibraltar), Arantxa Echevarría (Goya for Best Direction for Carmen & Lola) and Jota Linares (Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island?). It is written by the creators of the series, Cristóbal Garrido and Adolfo Valor (Reyes de la Noche, I Can Quit Whenever I Want, Fariña) along with Daniel Martín Serrano, Sara Alquézar and Alba Carballal. It is produced by VIS and Zeta Studios.

Daniel Forcada
Daniel Forcada is a journalist, writer and a avid devourer of all kinds of drama series and has worked for ‘El Confidencial’ and ‘Telemadrid’, among other media. As an author, Daniel has published ‘La Corte de Felipe VI’ and ‘Anson, una vida al descubierto’.