Best Foreign TV Shows You’re Not Watching (But Should Be)


Boys Over Flowers, South Korea
In a Gossip Girl-esque turn, a dry cleaner’s daughter winds up at an exclusive private school.

The Returned (Les Revenants), France
The dead start coming back to life in a sleepy French village, but this isn’t your usual zombie fare. These resurrected folks just want to continue their lives right where they left off, but their loved ones have already mourned for them and seemingly moved on.

The Straits, Australia
It’s been called an Australian Sons of Anarchywith a dash of King Lear and The Sopranos…plus, of course, meth kingpins.

Borgen, Denmark
This political drama, which follows politician Birgitte Nyborg after she unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minster of Denmark, has been compared to House of Cards and The West Wing.

Las Aparicio, Mexico
Members of a mysterious family, in which only females seem to survive, have their lives disrupted when a man tries to investigate the “Curse of Las Aparicio.”

Prisoners of War (Hatufim), Israel
This Israeli thriller was the inspiration forHomeland.

The Witnesses (Les Témoins), France
A detective investigates a string of murders and her partner’s mysterious past.

The Legacy (Arvingerne), Denmark
The latest in addictive Nordic noir is an inheritance drama centering on the adult children of a legendary artist, who discover a long-lost fourth sibling when they gather to sort out her estate

Vampire Prosecutor, South Korea
Much like iZombie, Vampire Prosecutor has an undead protagonist whose supernatural abilities, combined with an insatiable thirst for human blood, help him solve crimes.

Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel), Spain
It’s been called Spain’s answer to Downton Abbey, which should tell you everything you need to know

The Bridge, Sweden & Denmark
A dead body is discovered on the border between Sweden and Denmark, leading to an investigation by detectives from both countries.

Poldark, England
Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, his house wrecked and his sweetheart engaged.

The Slap, Australia
The original is much better than the recent NBC remake.

Spiral (Engrenages), France
This gritty police thriller has been broadcast in over 70 countries, which is just one indication you should get on board.

Hostages (Bnei Aruba), Israel
CBS attempted to remake this hit Israeli thriller, but there was just no replicating the tense, compelling original.

The Almighty Johnsons, New Zealand
This Kiwi series is about four brothers who just so happen to be descended from Norse gods.


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