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?

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 series2016
Popular actorsMathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin & Sara Giraudeau
Trending TV SeriesPJ Masks, Le Bureau des Légendes & Les revenants

Best French TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2016

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

  1. Les Revenants (31-10-2013 )
  2. 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.

    Trailer of Les Revenants on Youtube

    Release date31-10-2013
    CreatorFabrice Gobert
    StarringAnne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme & Frédéric Pierrot
    Similar tv showsTop of the Lake, The Leftovers
    Themesdarkness, death, drama, fantasy,
    CountryFrance •
    Keywordsabsurd • authentic • confusing • deceptive •
    Buy/stream itAmazon / Netflix / Les Revenants on iTunes

  3. Engrenages (13-12-2005 )
  4. 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.

    Trailer of Engrenages on Youtube

    Release date13-12-2005
    CreatorAlexandra Clert & Guy-Patrick Sainderichin
    StarringCaroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot & Philippe Duclos
    Similar tv showsBraquo, The Killing
    Themesjustice, law, police, crime, drama,
    CountryFrance •
    Keywordsaction-packed • addictive • intriguing •
    Buy/stream itAmazon / Netflix / Engrenages on iTunes

  5. Braquo (12-10-2009 )
  6. 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.

    Trailer of Braquo on Youtube

    Release date12-10-2009
    CreatorOlivier Marchal
    StarringJean-Hugues Anglade, Joseph Malerba & Karole Rocher
    Similar tv showsUnité 9
    Themespolice, crime, thriller,
    CountryFrance •
    Keywordsaction-packed • dark • exciting •
    Buy/stream itAmazon / Netflix / Braquo on iTunes

  7. Unité 9 (11-9-2012 )
  8. 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.

    Trailer of Unité 9 on Youtube

    Release date11-9-2012
    CreatorDanielle Trottier
    StarringGuylaine Tremblay, Céline Bonnier & Catherine Proulx-Lemay
    Similar tv showsBraquo
    Themespunishment, drama,
    CountryCanada •
    Keywordsaction-packed • clever • dynamic •
    NetworkHERE CBC TV
    Buy/stream itAmazon / Netflix / Unité 9 on iTunes

  9. 19-2 (2-2-2011 )
  10. Trailer of 19-2 on Youtube

    Release date2-2-2011
    CreatorRéal Bossé & Claude Legault
    StarringClaude Legault, Réal Bossé & Véronique Beaudet
    Similar tv showsThe Bridge
    Themespolice, crime, drama,
    CountryCanada •
    Keywordsaction-packed • clever • noteworthy •
    NetworkTélévision de Radio-Canada
    Buy/stream itAmazon / Netflix / 19-2 on iTunes

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