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Best new French TV series (2016 overview - TV & Netflix)


In France, people no longer look down on television. The French have created a few great series like Spiral, for instance, but since The Returned they have really kicked off. Below, our pick of France’s finest.

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best French TV series of 2016 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Éric rochant, Fabrice Gobert & Guy-Patrick Sainderichin France's best creators?

French TV series in 2016
Popular actors: Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin & Sara Giraudeau
Trending TV Series: PJ Masks, Le Bureau des Légendes & Les revenants

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I do not have to tell you that the French have a thing for cinema. But now, although for a long time frowned upon, they also have a thing for scripted television shows. Next to great crime and police series in the 00’s, a number of hit French tv series have been produced in the 10’s that will blow you away. Most recently the Canal + 2013 French horror series ‘The Returned’ conquered the world, including the US via the Sundance Channel, but more good new series are coming our way in 2014. Here a top list of all the recent best French tv shows you should know.

Top new French TV series out now in 2016

Recent French TV series with reviews, trailers, tv shows & release dates.

    Le Bureau des Légendes (27-4-2015 )

    The Vore Review: 80%
    Episodes: 2 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : dramatic • surprising • well-designed •
    Country: France • // Network: Canal +
    Le Bureau des Légendes - a tv series released on 27-4-2015 starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin & Sara Giraudeau. It is created by Éric rochant, who also created Mafiosa. Binge watchers who enjoyed Spotless should surely watch Le Bureau des Légendes. Le Bureau des Légendes deals with themes like espionage, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Le Bureau des Légendes on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    'After having worked in Syria for six year, an intelligence officer can't seem to switch his secret identity off - not even when he's back in France. Very good show!



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Best French TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2016

Best French TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Les Revenants (31-10-2013 )

    The Vore Review: 85%
    Episodes: 2 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : absurd • authentic • confusing • deceptive •
    Country: France • // Network: Canal +
    Les Revenants - a tv series released on 31-10-2013 starring Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme & Frédéric Pierrot. The show's creator is Fabrice Gobert. TV fans who enjoyed Top of the Lake, The Leftovers should definitely watch Les Revenants . Les Revenants is about themes like darkness, death, and incorporates drama, fantasy, and more elements.

    Trailer of Les Revenants on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    'The sci-fi horror genre is nothing new to Europe when it comes to films, but in television it has only recently been developed properly. Les Revenants (The Returned) is about a little village in France where people who are deemed death return to pick up their normal lives as if nothing has happened. It is a zombie series like ‘The Walking Dead’, but without the zombie like attributes. A must-see.



    Engrenages (13-12-2005 )

    The Vore Review: 85%
    Episodes: 5 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : action-packed • addictive • intriguing •
    Country: France • // Network: Canal +
    Engrenages - a tv series released on 13-12-2005 starring Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot & Philippe Duclos . The show's creator is Alexandra Clert & Guy-Patrick Sainderichin. TV fans who enjoyed Braquo, The Killing should definitely watch Engrenages. Engrenages is about themes like justice, law, police, and incorporates crime, drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Engrenages on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    'One of Europe’s top television series. It was already released in 2005, but it remains incredibly popular. Engrenages ('Spiral') is about the judicial and law-enforcement system of France. The viewer follows follows the day-to-day activities of police detectives, lawyers, public prosecutors and judges. In a sense it is like Law & Order, with the exception that it is actually any good.

    Check availability to buy/stream it online

    Engrenages on Amazon
    Engrenages on Netflix
    Engrenages on iTunes


    Braquo (12-10-2009 )

    The Vore Review: 80%
    Episodes: 4 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : action-packed • dark • exciting •
    Country: France • // Network: Canal +
    Braquo - a tv series released on 12-10-2009 starring Jean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malerba & Karole Rocher. The show's creator is Olivier Marchal. TV fans who enjoyed Unité 9 should definitely watch Braquo. Braquo is about themes like police, and incorporates crime, thriller, and more elements.

    Trailer of Braquo on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    'Most often described as the French ‘The Wire’ (HBO), Braquo is indeed remarkably dark and violent, but like the other French police show on this list, Engrenages, also goes into the specifics of law-enforcement. It follows a unit of Parisian detectives who without hesitating circumvent the law, and let nobody get in their way to achieve justice. The series starts when one of their colleagues commits suicide because of something to do with a case. They sink their teeth into it and do not let go. It is definitely one of the better European television series out there.

    Check availability to buy/stream it online

    Braquo on Amazon
    Braquo on Netflix
    Braquo on iTunes


    Unité 9 (11-9-2012 )

    The Vore Review: 80%
    Episodes: 4 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : action-packed • clever • dynamic •
    Country: Canada • // Network: Canal +
    Unité 9 - a tv series released on 11-9-2012 starring Guylaine Tremblay, Céline Bonnier & Catherine Proulx-Lemay. The show's creator is Danielle Trottier. TV fans who enjoyed Braquo should definitely watch Unité 9. Unité 9 is about themes like punishment, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Unité 9 on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    'Follows a French Canadian woman going to jail for 7 years for pushing her father down the stairs. As the story unfolds we get to see how this all came about and the reasons behind it. The story follows the woman in jail as well as her family on the outside.

    Check availability to buy/stream it online

    Unité 9 on Amazon
    Unité 9 on Netflix
    Unité 9 on iTunes


    19-2 (2-2-2011 )

    The Vore Review: 80%
    Episodes: 3 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : action-packed • clever • noteworthy •
    Country: Canada • // Network: Canal +
    19-2 - a tv series released on 2-2-2011 starring Claude Legault, Réal Bossé & Véronique Beaudet. The show's creator is Réal Bossé & Claude Legault. TV fans who enjoyed The Bridge should definitely watch 19-2. 19-2 is about themes like police, and incorporates crime, drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of 19-2 on Youtube.

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    19-2 on Amazon
    19-2 on Netflix
    19-2 on iTunes



Upcoming new French TV series

Best upcoming French TV series with release dates.

    Marseille• by Dan Franck

    Trailer of Marseille


    Release Date: 5-5-2016 // Country:
    Starring: Gérard Depardieu
    Previous releases:
    Associated with: France & drama, and other influences.
    Network: Canal + // On IMDb


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