Best new Danish TV Shows (2017 list - 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.

Danish TV series2017
Popular actorsAndreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Bühler & Marc Benjamin Puch
Trending TV SeriesKampen om tungtvannet, Frikjent & The Legacy

2017 releases - most anticipated Danish TV series to watch

    Gidseltagningen (Sunday February 5, 2017)

    Gidseltagningen tv poster Creator
    Kasper Barfoed
    Johannes Lassen
    Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
    Paprika Steen

    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. ...Read more

    Kongen af Danmark (Wednesday December 27, 2017)

    Kongen af Danmark tv poster Creator
    Jesper Waldvogel Rasmussen
    Jens Sætter-Lassen
    Filippa Suenson
    Neel Rønholt

    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. ...Read more

    Herrens veje (Thursday June 1, 2017)

    Herrens veje tv poster Creator
    Adam Price
    Lars Mikkelsen
    Morten Hee Andersen
    Simon Sears

    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. ...Read more

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

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

    Forbrydelsen (Sunday January 7, 2007)

    Forbrydelsen tv poster Creator
    Søren Sveistrup
    Sofie Gråbøl
    Morten Suurballe
    Lars Mikkelsen

    It was The Killing that paved the way for Danish TV series success 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 Lind's work often coincides with that of Copenhagen’ politicians. The tone is sombre, the acting is naturalistic and the script is never too far fetched. The series’ unique selling point is Sophie Gråbøl however, who portrays the enigmatic Sarah Lind with a stunning mixture of aloofness, determination and warmth....Read more

    Borgen (Saturday October 29, 2011)

    Borgen tv poster Creator
    Adam Price
    Sidse Babett Knudsen
    Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
    Emil Poulsen

    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....Read more

    Bron/Broen (Wednesday September 21, 2011)

    Bron/Broen tv poster Creator
    Hans Rosenfeldt
    Sofia Helin
    Rafael Pettersson
    Dag Malmberg

    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....Read more

    Arvingerne (Wednesday January 1, 2014)

    Arvingerne tv poster Creator
    Maya Ilsøe
    Trine Dyrholm
    Marie Bach Hansen
    Carsten Bjørnlund

    A mother's death leaves her children exposed to family secrets and an inglorious dispute over the family inheritance. ...Read more

Denmark country statistics

Country popularity
Country ranking#20
Familiar facesAndreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Bühler & Marc Benjamin Puch
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.