The best French TV series on Netflix, from Lupine to Marseille


After a year of being stuck inside and devouring content on Netflix, you might be starting to feel like you’ve watched all the English-speaking world has to offer. But, as you’ve probably noticed, Netflix is ​​a global streaming service, with a wealth of original content tailored for local audiences – if you’re familiar with international shows like the Spanish crime series Money Heist or the German sci-fi drama. Dark, you will know there is a lot more to do if you broaden your horizons.

In particular, Netflix offers dozens of exceptional shows in French that can open up a whole world of viewing, if you know where to look. Below, we’ve rounded up the top 10 series to give you a taste of what’s out there – all you need to decide is which one you’re going to curl in front of. television with tonight.

Lupine

Lupine

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With the second season ending earlier this month, the hype around this much-vaunted French crime show only seems to be growing, and for good reason. An engaging blend of action, storytelling, and drama, this iteration of Lupine uses the beloved French detective as the inspiration for a gentleman-thief revenge story. Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, the charismatic leader of the series. If you’ve only watched English shows on Netflix, this hugely popular series is just as good a starting point as any other series on this list.

Call my agent! / Ten Percent

Call my agent

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This hilarious satire is another great introduction to modern French film and television culture. Based around the fictional ASK Talent Agency, Call My Agent is full of cameos of famous French faces, often playing somewhat fictitious and unreasonable versions of themselves as their haggard agents run to put out fires – in the process. , it introduces you to some of the biggest music and film stars in the French-speaking world. Led by Camille Cottin, the phenomenal cast of the ensemble is what turns this one-piece show with clever writing and great sets into a must-see TV.

Family affair

Family affair

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The remarkable actors in this comedy turn a witty storyline into something exceptionally funny. Jonathan Cohen plays Joseph, a hapless entrepreneur who finds out that the newly elected French government is on the verge of legalizing cannabis, and seeks to turn his father’s failing kosher butcher into Paris’s first cannabis cafe – without telling the rest of his staff. family. A comically unfortunate series of events means things don’t quite turn out as Cohen intended, and as the plot unfolds you’ll cry with laughter at the twists and turns being unfolded along the way. .

Osmosis

Osmosis

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This speculative sci-fi show follows the creators of a fictional dating app called Osmosis, which delves deep into the brains of its users to find perfect romantic matches. While the focus is on technology and its impact on users, Osmosis is more than just a regular science fiction show; The program explores the societal impacts of such an invasive yet useful technology, and how the success of the application affects its creators, financially, socially and morally. This is a thoughtful series that asks the big questions we’re just beginning to ask around topics like biotechnology and computer ethics.

A Very Secret Service / Au Service de la France

A top secret service

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This hilarious spy comedy is set in 1960s France, a country on the edge thanks to massive cultural changes like Second Wave feminism, the escalation of the Cold War, and the impending decolonization of its territories. North Africa. While these significant societal changes provide an important backdrop for the show and provide plenty of plot points, the real value of A Top Secret Service lies in its comedic performances and excellent handling of what could be an insensitive premise. . Hugo Becker is particularly good in the role of the hapless Agent Merlaux, playing the character with a nice balance of humanity and hilarity.

Black Spot / White Area

Black spot

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Despite the confusing and contradictory translation of the title, this supernatural series is well written, tense and greedy. Located in the small fictional town of Villefranche, the story begins with the arrival of prosecutor Franck Siriani (Laurent Capelluto), tasked with discovering why the city’s murder rate is six times higher than the French average. There are a lot of twists and turns and tense moments in this intriguing mystery, along with a few really laughing moments to bring you back from the brink. If you’ve seen the aforementioned German series Dark, it has a similar vibe. If you haven’t, consider more gritty and less cliché Stranger Things.

The Connected Plan / Heart Plan

The connection plan

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The Hook Up Plan follows Elsa (César winner Zita Hanrot) as she meets and falls in love with the seemingly perfect schoolteacher Jules (Marc Ruchmann). Unbeknownst to Elsa, however, Jules is a male escort hired by her friends to help her get over her ex-boyfriend, who is still very much in their lives. Strong performances turn this romantic comedy into a true romantic comedy, with some truly remarkable comedic moments.

Marianne

Marianne

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If you’re looking to close the curtains and run from the switch to your bed, then Marianne is the spooky treat for you. The plot revolves around the young horror novelist Emma (Victoire Du Bois from Call Me By Your Name), who discovers that her characters come to life. The show is a great combination of spooky jumps, gore, and skin-exploring moments. A scary hit, with an interesting premise and a meandering plot.

Marseilles

Marseilles

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This political drama has all the intrigue of shows like House of Cards, serving up equally deep and relevant political criticism and incredibly powerful performances. French cinema legend Gérard Depardieu plays Robert Taro, the outgoing mayor of the titular city, and takes a turn as a power-hungry political operator. It’s thrilling stuff right off the bat, which is rare for a series like this.

The Chalet / The Chalet

Chalet

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The Chalet takes place over two 20-year-old timelines (1997 and 2017), and you’ll start by wondering if these two seemingly disparate stories have anything to do with them other than the titular location and a few shared faces. However, as the plot unfolds, you’ll start to understand the little niceties and the bottom lines that connect them, until it’s all revealed in a gruesome but reported conclusion. A slow burner for sure, but worth your indulgence.