10 European TV Shows to watch on Netflix
Written by Elina Deschere on 18 mars 2020
Everything from your next concert to even a small gathering at the bar with your friends is pretty much cancelled, temporarily at least. But some things can never be cancelled, and well, thank goodness, otherwise how would we stay sane in these crazy times?
Non-cancelled things include: singing, dancing, reading, writing, eating, drawing, sleeping, cooking, cleaning…oh, and Netflix!
Here at Euradio we love different cultures and languages. Maybe while you’re at home you want to improve in a foreign language before your next holiday (when the borders are open again…)
Anyway! We’ve picked out 10 of the best European TV shows on Netflix to watch and help get you through the next few weeks of quarantining. And don’t worry, they all come with subtitles!
1. Mortel (France)
After making a deal with a supernatural figure, a couple of French teens at high school emerge with extraordinary powers and join forces to solve a murder. If you’re a fan of Stranger Things or Smallville AND you want to brush up on your French language skills, then this is the show for you!
2. Paquita Salas (Spain)
Set in the heart of Spain, Madrid, we follow the life of Paquita Salas, a talent agent whose agency is falling behind due to her outdated professional style. When her most famous client ditches her, Paquita’s life as she knows it comes crashing down. With the help of her trusty assistant, Paquita is forced to reignite her search for new talent. A very funny series, exploring the raw realities of the talent industry.
3. Ragnarok (Norway)
In the small, fictitious town of Edda, the inhabitants are experiencing a drastically changing world plagued by climate change: melting poles, warm winters, violent downpours largely caused by the industrial pollution from the factories owned by the local Jutul family. They are challenged by Magne, a teenage boy who is surprised to learn that he is the embodiment of Thor and begins the fight against those that are destroying the planet. An interesting commentary on climate change and entertaining too.
4. How to sell drugs online (fast) (Germany)
Inspired by a true story that happened in Leipzig, Germany in 2015, How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is a coming-of-age drama set in Rinseln about Moritz Zimmermann, high-school outcast so desperate to rekindle love for his ex-girlfriend, he’s willing to sell ecstasy online for it. It starts off as a small business but quickly spirals out of control and Moritz has to learn to deal with the consequences of large scale drug trafficking. Think Sex Education crossed with The Social Network and Breaking Bad.
5. Deadwind (Finland)
Set in Helsinki, the crime drama Deadwind was nominated for the 2018 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Best Nordic Screenplay. Main character Sofia returns to work as a homicide detective in the Police Department. While working on a routine disappearance, a woman’s clothes are found at a construction site which leads her into a chilling investigation. If you enjoy a good crime series then you will love Deadwind.
6. Suburra (blood on Rome) (Italy)
Suburra (Blood on Rome) follows the path of three youngsters from different backgrounds. Gabriele, a drug dealer who is also a policeman’s son. Aureliano, a Mafia family scion and Alberto, a Gypsy gangster. It’s perfect for fans of Narcos, but unlike the latter, there is no use of English in this series. Subtitles are highly recommended if you don’t speak the lingo, however it will be the perfect way to put your Italian to the test. A series about a deadly contest between the Vatican, Italian mobsters and criminals.
7. Sex Education (England)
Sex Education has become a massive hit with viewers. The coming-of-age teen series is garnering fans far and wide for it’s inclusive casting and fantastically funny script. The show follows the life of Otis, who’s single mum just so happens to be a sex therapist. Grumpy but popular gal at school, Maeve, hatches a plan to team-up with Otis. They plan to provide and charge fellow students for sex advice so she can pay her rent. However, the two soon find out that the school has a lot more issues going on than they were led to believe. Hilarious and binge-worthy (for anyone aged over 16 years).
8. Rebellion (Ireland)
The Irish miniseries Rebellion discusses the Easter Uprising in 1916, a pivotal moment in Irish and British history. Three young women along with their families, lovers and friends from Belfast, Dublin and London play vital and conflicting roles in the history of Ireland’s independence. As they navigate their family commitments; noble ideals, opportunism and war, one thing remains indifferent, they are prepared to do whatever it takes for the dream of a better society and true independence.
9. The Protector (Turkey)
The Protector (Hakan: Muhafız in it’s original title) is about a young shopkeeper whose modern life as he knows it is rapidly turned upside down when he finds out that he is connected to a secret ancient order, protecting Istanbul from an immortal enemy. He must choose between his duties as the Protector and a new love. If you enjoy a good action, fantasy, sci-fi thriller, you will love this.
10. Rita (Denmark)
Denmark’s own similar take on the US movie, Bad Teacher, is about an equally as bad teacher, Rita. However, though Rita is loved by her students for her outspoken approach to learning and independent views, she struggles a lot more with the adults in her life and could really do with her own teacher too. She is forced to confront her past when an old flame re-enters her life. An engaging comedy-drama and a chance to learn some Danish.