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French TV Series Available on VOD Platforms

"Call My Agent" - Available on Netflix

Here is a list of some of the best French TV series available on VOD platforms in the U.S. With themes like politic (A Very Secret Service and Marseille), sex (Borgia, Maison Close and Versailles), murder, suspense (Braquo, The Bureau and Witnesses), humor (Call my agent), and art, they are definitely worth a watch!

SELECTION - In alphabetical order

A French Village (Un village français)

In June 1940, German military forces invade the fictional village of Villeneuve, along the French-Swiss border in the department (province) of Jura, France. The village is thrown in disarray by the occupying German military, which quickly takes control of all aspects of Villeneuve life, including the subjugation of the local government and police. During the invasion, many residents are either killed or wounded. The survivors attempt to rebuild from the carnage as they try to make sense of the German occupation and the new order that has descended upon their village.

Created by Frédéric Krivine, Philippe Triboit & Emmanuel Daucé

Watch it on Hulu


A Very Secret Service (Au service de la France)

In 1960, young André Merlaux eagerly accepts a cryptic summons to take a position as a trainee officer with the French Secret Services (based on the Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage). He will be watched over by the operations director Moïse, and reluctantly mentored by senior colleagues Moulinier (in charge of African affairs), Jacquard (Algeria), and Calot (Eastern Bloc). It is the height of the Cold War and the position of France as a Great Power is in crisis, as it struggles to maintain its African colonies, with the independence movement in Algeria becoming particularly troublesome.

Created by Jean-François Halin

Watch it on Netflix

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Baron Noir

In a tale of epic scale, French politician and Mayor of Dunkirk Philippe Rickwaert thirsts for revenge against his political enemies. To save his own campaign, Rickwaert is sacrificed by his mentor and candidate of the left-wing party, Francis Laugier. Rickwaert’s career is in ruin, step by step, he plots against Laugier while forging an alliance with his closest...

Created by Eric Benzekri and Jean- Baptiste Delafon

Watch it on Walter Presents

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Borgia

Borgia is a French-German-Czech historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal States during the Renaissance.

Created by Tom Fontana

Watch it on iTunes / Vudu / Amazon / Netflix

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Braquo

Created by ex-policeman Olivier Marchal, Braquo is a hard-hitting crime thriller about a squad of Parisian cops who exist between the blurred boundaries of the law. Driven by adrenaline and a thirst for justice, they become what they had previously sworn to fight.

Created by Olivier Marchal

Watch it on Hulu

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The Bureau (Le bureau des légendes)

The Bureau is based upon real accounts by former spies and inspired by contemporary events, and centres on the daily life and missions of agents within France's Directorate-General for External Security, its principal external security service. It focuses on the "Bureau of Legends", responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. Living under false identities for years, these agents' missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources.

Created by Éric Rochant

Watch Season 1 on Sundance Now & iTunes
Watch Season 2 on Sundance Now & iTunes
Watch Season 3 on Sundance Now & iTunes

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Call My Agent (Dix pour cent)

Every day is like walking a tightrope for talent agents Mathias, Gabriel, Andrea and Arlette, striving to get contracts for prestigious clients like Cécile de France, Nathalie Baye and other top actors. When naive young Camille, actually Mathias’ illegitimate daughter, shows up in Paris pushing for a job, she leads us into the life of the agency and behind the scenes of the wild world of stardom. In the wake of the agency boss’ death, everyone has to pull together to stay afloat.

Created by Dominique Besnehard & Fanny Herero

Watch it on Netflix

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Cannabis

When a huge marijuana shipment falls prey to thieves, the aftermath touches players from all ranks on the drug trade between Morocco and Europe.

Created by Hamid Hiloua

Watch it on Netflix


The Church Men (Ainsi soient-ils)

The Church Men is an intense drama about five young candidates for the priesthood who arrive at Paris' Capuchin Seminary to begin their training. As they prepare to take their vows, each will see their commitment to the cross tested and whether they can withstand temptations from outside the seminary walls and from their own hidden passions.

Created by Bruno Nahon & David Elkaïm

Seasons available on Netflix

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Deep (En immersion)

A police investigator is dealing with a life threatening illness, while trying to map out the spreading of a new synthetic drug that's all the rage in Paris.

Created by Philippe Haïm

Watch it on Netflix

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Jo

Jo St-Clair (Jean Reno) is a veteran detective in Paris’ elite Criminal Brigade tackling the city’s most challenging murder cases. Brilliant and brutal, St-Clair matches wits with pathological killers to solve a series of shocking murders.

Watch it on Hulu


Maison Close

Paris, 1871. A troupe of gorgeous women, the ladies of an exclusive 19th century Parisian brothel, are trapped by circumstances beyond their control. This sumptuous and dark exploration of desire and power re-imagines age-old themes--and the world's oldest profession--in revolutionary ways.

Created by Jacques Ouaniche

Watch it on Hulu / Yahoo / iTunes / Amazon

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The Mantis (La mante)

A serial killer, nicknamed 'La Mante' decides to collaborate with the police when a string of murders that copycat her style suddenly appear.

Created by Alice Chegaray-Breugnot and Grégoire Demaison

Watch it on Netflix


Marseille

After 20 years as mayor of Marseille, Robert Taro (Gérard Depardieu) enters into a war of succession with his former protégé turned rival Lucas Barres (Benoît Magimel). Both men are members of the "UPM" party, based on the centre-right UMP.

Created by Dan Franck

Watch it on Netflix

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Midnight Sun (Jour polaire)

The brutal murder of a French citizen sees French homicide investigator Kahina Zadi (Leïla Bekhti) go to Kiruna, Sweden. Together with Rutger Burlin (Peter Stormare) she begins an investigation that soon takes on staggering proportions.

Created by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein

Watch it on Hulu


Missions

A tech billionaire hires a group of astronauts and psychologist, Jeanne Renoir, to make the first successful journey to Mars. But the voyage doesn’t go according to plan. After an accident kills their captain, the team land with no fuel. And then they meet Vladimir, a Russian who died in 1967 during the first Mars mission. But Vlad is in his 40s, and has some scary special powers. Is he human, alien, or something else? It’s up to Jeanne to find out, as the clock ticks away, tensions flare, and secrets get spilled. Fans of supernatural sci-fi should flip out for this gorgeously realized French suspense series.

Created by Julien Lacombe, Ami Cohen and Henri Debeurme

Watch it on Shudder


No Second Chance (Une chance de trop)

Early one morning, Dr. Alice Lambert gets up early to fix a bottle for Tara, her six-month old daughter. Suddenly, two gunshots ring out. Everything goes black. When Alice emerges from a coma a week later, a nightmarish reality awaits. Her husband was murdered and her baby is missing.

Based on the book written by Harlan Coben

Watch it on Netflix

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No Limit

In exchange for experimental treatment on his brain tumor, a former soldier works on a series of clandestine missions for a mysterious Black Ops government organisation. Brace yourself for this fast and furious action thriller from acclaimed film director Luc Besson.

Created by Luc Besson and Franck Philippon

Watch Season 1 on Walter Presents
Watch Season 2 on Walter Presents
Watch Season 3 on Walter Presents


Occupied

In the near future, Middle East turmoil compromises oil production. The United States achieves energy independence and withdraws from NATO. Europe is suffering an energy crisis. A catastrophic hurricane, Hurricane Maria, fueled by climate change, devastates Norway, leading to the rise of the Norwegian Green Party. Prime Minister Jesper Berg, an idealistic politician with bold plans for thorium-based nuclear energy, cuts off all fossil fuel production. The EU, in desperation, asks Russia to initiate a velvet glove invasion of Norway.

Created by Jo Nesbø, Erik Skjoldbjærg & Karianne Lund

Watch it on Amazon / iTunes / Netflix

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Paris

During a 24-hour period, the lives of extremely different characters from various levels of Parisian society intersect with each other. Among them: government officials, middle-class workers, a thief and a transgender singer. They are all interconnected whether they know it or not. By the end of the 24 hours the sun is rising over Paris again and each character reaches a turning point in their lives.

Written by Virginie Brac and directed by Gilles Banier

Watch it on Mhz Choice

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Resistance

Set during the Second World War and based on true events, Resistance tells the story of a group of young heroes fighting for freedom from German Nazi occupation, who join forces to produce a newspaper. Screenplay created by award winning writer, Dan Franck (Spin). 

Written by Virginie Brac and directed by Gilles Banier

Watch it on Walter Presents

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The Returned (Les revenants)

In a small French Alpine village, a seemingly random collection of people return to their homes to be met with shock and confusion as they learn that they have all been dead for years.

Created by Fabrice Gobert

Watch it on iTunes / Netflix / Amazon

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Spin (Les hommes de l'ombre)

Billed as the French ‘House of Cards’ this multi award-winning, hit political thriller explores the intense rivalry between two spin doctors, the seasoned master (Bruno Wolkowitch) and his protégé (Grégory Fitoussi). When the President is killed, the former friends become fierce competitors, each backing a different political candidate, when a snap election is called.

Created by Dan Franck, Frederic Tellier, Charline de Lépine and Emmanuel Daucé

Watch it on Walter Presents

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Spiral (Engrenages)

Spiral is about the men and women who work at the heart of the French judicial system. This Parisian cop thriller delves into the lives of the lawyers, judges, prosecutors and detectives who cross paths on cases that reveal the dregs of humanity. As reality spirals out of control for each character, the boundaries between private and professional life become blurred. Thanks to its heart-stopping suspense and constant tension, Spiral is a furiously-paced crime series.

Created by Alexandra Clert and Guy-Patrick Sainderichin

Watch it on Hulu 

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Three Times Manon

After going before the judge for the third time, 15-year old Manon is placed in a reform centre for six months. Challenged by her own uncontrollable temper, and the bureaucracy of the institution, will this be Manon’s last chance at redemption?

Written and directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

Watch it on Walter Presents


Spotless

In London, Jean Bastière has been leading a quiet family life with his wife and two children for fifteen years. Perfectly integrated, he manages a crime scene cleaning business. The balance of the harmonious existence is disrupted, however, when the brother, Martin, whom he has not seen for years, reappears. With this bulky brother, the secrets and wounds of Jean's past resurface. Faced with old demons he had chosen to bury, Jean will also face other problems. When Martin arrives with the body of a woman hidden in his van, neither one suspects a year with serious consequences is about to start.

Created by Ed McCardie and Corinne Marrinan

Watch it on Netflix


Versailles

Versailles, 1667. Haunted by the trauma of the Fronde, as the nobles of his court begin to rebel against the monarchy, 28-year-old Louis XIV, in a Machiavellian political move, decides to make the nobility submit by imposing a definitive move of the court from Paris to Versailles, his father's former hunting lodge.

Created by Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft

Watch it on Netflix / Amazon / iTunes

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Witnesses (Les témoins)

Witnesses is set in the small coastal town of Le Tréport in northern France, where the bodies of murder victims are being unearthed and left for discovery. The former chief-of-police, Paul Maisonneuve, is implicated in the murders. Detectives Justin and Sandra investigate the case.

Created by Hervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux

Watch it on Amazon / iTunes / Netflix

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