Best new Danish TV Shows (2017 overview - TV & Netflix)

Next to England, Denmark is one of the few European countries that has a sound reputation with regard to television series. From The Kingdom to Borgen, astonishing shows have been in made in the country, and hopefully we’ll see a lot more. A list with the best Danish TV productions.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best Danish TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen & Adam Price Denmark's best creators?

Anyone who hasn't been living under a stone for the last couple of years and is interested in quality drama series the slightest, couldn't but notice that Denmark became Europe's purveyor of high quality TV series recently. This might seem peculiar, given the country's modest size and reputation, but obviously there's something irresistable about these shows. It's especially thrillers they're good at, or scandinavian noir as they've already been dubbed. They're raw and authentic, showing the typical land- and cityscapes in all its bleakness, inhabited by enigmatic detectives and cunning politicians. The Killings' protagonist detective Sarah Lund is probably the most iconic of them all. Or better: her inseperable woolen Icelandic sweaters, which became a fashion hype on its own. Anyway, it's about time The Vore sums up what you shouldn't have missed the last couple of years in Danish television.

2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

Gidseltagningen (5-2-2017 | Kanal 5)

The fear of terrorism is a great inspiration for movies & tv shows alike. In Gidseltagningen 15 people are held hostage in a Copenhagen underground metro.
CreatorKasper Barfoed
StarringJohannes Lassen, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Paprika Steen & Sus Wilkins
Themesterrorism, thriller,

Herrens veje (1-6-2017 | DR)

The English titled Rides Upon the Storm is an upcoming character-driven drama about 'the ways of the lord', or in other words about what faith still means in modern Danish society.

Photo of Herrens veje
CreatorAdam Price
StarringLars Mikkelsen, Morten Hee Andersen & Simon Sears
Themesreligion, biblical,

Kongen af Danmark ( | DK4)

Kongen af Danmark or The King appears to be a huge historical production about the history of Denmark's royal house. Very little is known, but there is a teaser out.

CreatorJesper Waldvogel Rasmussen
StarringJens Frederik Sætter-Lassen, Neel Rønholt, Søren Spanning & Solbjørg Højfeld
Themesroyalty, historical,

Best Danish TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

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

  1. Borgen (Since 29-10-2011 , Season: 3 - DR1)
  2. The series revolves around Birgitte Nyborg, Denmark’s first female prime minister, and her intrigues and manoeuvres to stay in power. Other than House of Cards, which only seems to be interested in showing politics’ immorality and corruption, Borgen gives a pretty nuanced idea of how politics work (in Denmark). Of course there is corruption, but there’s sincere idealism too, which we like to believe is true.

    CreatorAdam Price
    StarringSidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen & Emil Poulsen
    Similar tv showsHouse of Cards, The West Wing
    Themescharacter, politics,
    Keywordsclever, conversational, decent,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Forbrydelsen (Since 7-1-2007 , Season: 3 - DR1)
  4. It was The Killing that paved the way for Danish TV series succes abroad. And honestly, The Killings’ brilliance hasn’t been exceeded (yet). The first season takes its time to build up; only after twenty nerve-racking episodes we finally find out who killed young Nanna. The Killing is as much a detective as a political thriller, as inspector Sarah Lund’s work often coincides with that of Copenhagens’ politcians. The tone is sombre, the acting is naturalistic and the script is never too far fetched. The series’ unique selling point is Sofie Gråbøl however, who potrays the enigmatic Sarah Lund with a stunning mixture of aloofness, determination and warmth.

    CreatorSøren Sveistrup
    StarringSofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe & Lars Mikkelsen
    Similar tv showsBron/Broen, Broadchurch, Top of the Lake
    Themescharacter, manipulation, crime, drama,
    Keywordsaddictive, authentic, breath-taking,
    CountryDenmark Germany Norway Sweden
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Bron/Broen (Since 21-9-2011 , Season: 3 - DR1)
  6. The series starts off with the discovery of a body, exactly at the border between Sweden and Denmark - literary exactly, as half of the body lies on Danish jurisdiction and the other half on Swedish. This means Martin Rohde (a refreshing role by Kim Bodnia, known for portraying hard boiled guys in many Danish films) has to work together with Saga Norén, an autistic inspector (and female overall) from Sweden. The chemistry, or better, the initial lack there of between these two is probably the series’ most interesting quality, but storywise there’s enough to enjoy too.

    CreatorHans Rosenfeldt
    StarringSofia Helin, Dag Malmberg & Rafael Pettersson
    Similar tv showsForbrydelsen, Broadchurch, Top of the Lake, The Fall
    Themescharacter, competition, good versus evil, crime, mystery,
    Keywordsconversational, intriguing,
    CountryDenmark Germany Sweden
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Arvingerne (Since 1-1-2014 , Season: 2 - DR)
  8. A mother's death leaves her children exposed to family secrets and an inglorious dispute over the family inheritance.

    CreatorMaya Ilsøe
    StarringTrine Dyrholm, Jesper Christensen & Marie Bach Hansen
    Similar tv showsSommer
    Themesfamilies, finance, greed, drama,
    Keywordsamusing, awkward, clever,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Denmark country statistics

Country popularity
Country ranking#20
Familiar facesTrine Dyrholm, Jesper Christensen & Marie Bach Hansen
Trending showsKampen om tungtvannet, Frikjent & The Legacy
Amount of country shows per year from 2010 to 2017

9 Danish TV series scheduled for release this year.

The trick to Danish success is to release a limited number of shows a year, but spend a great deal of money on the few shows that are selected for production. It appears to be a most successful method. However, due to the huge export value since The Killing, also the amount of shows has gone up.