Best new Danish TV Shows in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & TV List)

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best Danish TV series of 2018 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen & Adam Price Denmark's best creators?

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.

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.

New Danish TV series in 2018

Top series up for release in 2018

  • Liberty

    CREATOR: Asger Leth
    CAST: Connie Nielsen, Carsten Bjørnlund & Sofie Gråbøl

    Liberty is an adaptation of Danish author Jakob Ejersbo's book about the experiences of him and his family in Tanzania. Read more

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  • The Rain

    CREATOR: Jannik Tai Mosholt, Christian Potalivo & Esben Toft Jacobsen
    CAST: Iben Hjejle, Alba August & Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen

    A new Danish Netflix show is said to be the new 'Dark'. It's post-apocalyptic show from the maker of the insanely successful political drama 'Borgen'. When After a brutal... Read more

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Best Danish TV series of 2017

Top rated 2017 Danish TV series

  • Gidseltagningen

    CREATOR: Kasper Barfoed
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 5th, 2017

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  • Kongen af Danmark

    CREATOR: Jesper Waldvogel Rasmussen
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 16th, 2018

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  • Herrens veje

    CREATOR: Adam Price
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2017

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Best Danish TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Danish TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Bron/Broen

    CREATOR: Hans Rosenfeldt
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 86/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 21st, 2011

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  • Borgen

    CREATOR: Adam Price
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 29th, 2011

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  • Forbrydelsen

    CREATOR: Søren Sveistrup
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 7th, 2007

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  • Arvingerne

    CREATOR: Maya Ilsøe
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 1st, 2014

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