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.
|French TV series||2016|
|Popular actors||Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin & Sara Giraudeau|
|Trending TV Series||PJ Masks, Le Bureau des Légendes & Les revenants|
Best French TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2016Best French TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).
- Les Revenants (31-10-2013 ) 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 ) 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.'
- Braquo (12-10-2009 ) 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.'
- Unité 9 (11-9-2012 ) 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. '
- 19-2 (2-2-2011 ) Trailer of 19-2 on Youtube.
Trailer of Les Revenants on Youtube.
|Starring||Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme & Frédéric Pierrot|
|Similar tv shows||Top of the Lake, The Leftovers|
|Themes||darkness, death, drama, fantasy,|
|Keywords||absurd • authentic • confusing • deceptive •|
|Buy/stream it||Amazon / Netflix / Les Revenants on iTunes|
Trailer of Engrenages on Youtube.
|Creator||Alexandra Clert & Guy-Patrick Sainderichin|
|Starring||Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot & Philippe Duclos|
|Similar tv shows||Braquo, The Killing|
|Themes||justice, law, police, crime, drama,|
|Keywords||action-packed • addictive • intriguing •|
|Buy/stream it||Amazon / Netflix / Engrenages on iTunes|
Trailer of Braquo on Youtube.
|Starring||Jean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malerba & Karole Rocher|
|Similar tv shows||Unité 9|
|Themes||police, crime, thriller,|
|Keywords||action-packed • dark • exciting •|
|Buy/stream it||Amazon / Netflix / Braquo on iTunes|
Trailer of Unité 9 on Youtube.
|Starring||Guylaine Tremblay, Céline Bonnier & Catherine Proulx-Lemay|
|Similar tv shows||Braquo|
|Keywords||action-packed • clever • dynamic •|
|Network||HERE CBC TV|
|Buy/stream it||Amazon / Netflix / Unité 9 on iTunes|
|Creator||Réal Bossé & Claude Legault|
|Starring||Claude Legault, Réal Bossé & Véronique Beaudet|
|Similar tv shows||The Bridge|
|Themes||police, crime, drama,|
|Keywords||action-packed • clever • noteworthy •|
|Network||Télévision de Radio-Canada|
|Buy/stream it||Amazon / Netflix / 19-2 on iTunes|