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


The Vore's TV staff selects the top best French TV series of 2018 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Éric rochant, Fabrice Gobert & Guy-Patrick Sainderichin France's best creators?

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.



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.

New French TV series in 2018

Top series up for release in 2018

  • Maroni

    CREATOR: Aurélien Molas
    CAST: Stéphane Caillard, Adama Niane & Issaka Sawadogo


    Stéphane Caillard, the Marseilles star, is a police offer investigating a murder and a kidnapping in the heart of French Guinea. A thriller set in the jungle, including some voodoo elements. Read more

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Best French TV series of 2017

Top rated 2017 French TV series

  • Glacé: The Frozen Dead

    CREATOR: Gérard Carré, Pascal Chaumeil, Caroline Van Ruymbeke
    CAST: Charles Berling Julia Piaton Pascal Greggory

    A small town in the French town in the French Pyrenees is the topic of investigation after a horrific discovery of a hidden for years mystery. Read more

    RATING: 61/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 10th, 2017

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Best French TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2018

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

  • 19-2

    CREATOR: Réal Bossé, Claude Legault
    CAST: Claude Legault Réal Bossé Véronique Beaudet


    The Story revolves around two beat cops who are incompatible with each other but have to work together as a patrol unit in district 19 downtown in cruiser no.2. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 2nd, 2011

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  • Engrenages

    CREATOR: Alexandra Clert, Guy-Patrick Sainderichin
    CAST: Caroline Proust Audrey Fleurot Philippe Duclos


    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. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 13th, 2005

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  • Le Bureau des Légendes

    CREATOR: Eric Rochant
    CAST: Mathieu Kassovitz Jean-Pierre Darroussin Sara Giraudeau


    After having worked in Syria for six year, an intelligence officer can't seem to switch his secret identity off - not even when he's back in France. Very good show! Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 27th, 2015

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  • Braquo

    CREATOR: Olivier Marchal
    CAST: Jean-Hugues Anglade Joseph Malerba Karole Rocher


    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. Read more

    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 12th, 2009

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  • Unité 9

    CREATOR: Danielle Trottier
    CAST: Guylaine Tremblay Céline Bonnier Catherine Proulx-Lemay


    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. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 11th, 2012

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