Best French TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best French TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: captivating, realistic, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious and exciting. Plot: crimes, investigation, police, friendship, danger, escapades, friends, police detective, police investigation and law enforcement. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Crime. Country: France, USA and UK.
Best French TV shows
Best French TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Candice Renoir (2013), Balthazar (2018), Call My Agent! (2015), The Bureau (2015), Cherif (2013), Family Business (2019), The Missing (2014), The Hook Up Plan (2018), The Long, Long Holiday (2015), Cain (2012), In Tandem (2016), Death in Paradise (2011), Emily in Paris (2020), Minuscule (2006), Arcane (2021), Spiral (2005), Taken (2017), Doug (1991), Shaun the Sheep (2007), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987).

List of Best TV Shows

Candice Renoir (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Candice Renoir had put her career on standby for 10 years. When she returns from Singapore to resume service in a port town in the south of France, she feels a bit “rusty”. Despite the obvious defiance of her unit and a cynical superior who ...
Style: captivating, realistic, semi serious, feel good, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: police, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, workplace situations, law enforcement, new job, family relations, police detective, crimes, female protagonist, woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 2K
Balthazar (2018)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Facing a series of complex murder cases, new police commander Hélène Bach must learn to work with the brilliant yet exasperating Raphaël, who can make the dead speak like no-one else.
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, disturbing, serious
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: police, police detective, murder investigation, murder, riddles and clues, crime scene, pathologist, crimes, investigation, policewoman, mystery, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 2020s
Place: france
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 15K
Call My Agent! (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: TV mini-series about a French talent agency
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspense, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: lesbian, actor's life, showbiz, office, workplace, celebrity culture, life turned upside down, disorder, workplace situations, artists and showbiz, satire, movie business ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 12K
The Bureau (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Within the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), a department called the Office Of Legends (BDL) forms and remote pilot the most important agents of the French intelligence services: Clandestine. Immersion in hostile country, their ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, political thriller ...
Plot: spy, espionage, undercover agent, terrorism, secret service, investigation, characters in danger, twists and turns, national security, mission, secret identity, obsession ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: syria, paris france, israel, france, russia ...
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 7.2
 431
Cherif (2013)
Genre: Crime
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Police Captain Kader Cherif knows the city like the back of his hand, and, as someone could say, never leaves his duty, because his apartment located on the first floor of the building opposite to the police station. He is assigned to investigate ...
Style: captivating, stylized, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic
Plot: police, police detective, police investigation, crimes, workplace situations, crime investigation, murder investigation, serial murder, police station, criminal, peril, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
Is relevant ?
Family Business (2019)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
TV show
Story: After learning France is about to legalize pot, a down-on-his-luck entrepreneur and his family race to turn their butcher shop into a marijuana café.
Style: captivating, unusual plot structure, buddy movie, funny
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cannabis, drugs, family relations, drug dealer, marijuana, business partner, family business, big business, illegal drugs, mentor, friendship, parents and children ...
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 27K
The Missing (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gripping anthological relationship thriller series exploring the emotional fallout of a child's abduction not only on the family but on the wider community, told over two time frames.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: missing child, missing person, investigation, abduction, police detective, twists and turns, police, child abuse, crimes, family relations, journalist, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary, year 2006, year 2014 ...
Place: france
Is relevant ?
The Hook Up Plan (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 27 min.
TV show
Story: In a misguided attempt to build up perpetually single Elsa's confidence, her friends hire a male escort. A comedy series set in Paris.
Style: semi serious, feel good, romantic, light, realistic
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, friendship, male female relationship, love, fall in love, dating, slice of life, young heroes, best friend, friend, male escort, city life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france
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The Long, Long Holiday (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, War
Country: France
TV show
Story: The daily life of 2 kids brother and sister, who are left by their parents at their grandparents’ house near the Normandy coast for a few weeks at the beginning of World War II. As the war rumbles on, those weeks become five years.
Style: tense, captivating
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, brother sister relationship, siblings relations, grandparent and grandchild, social problems, brother brother relationship, grandparent grandchild relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, granddaughter, war, family problems, grandmother granddaughter relationship ...
Place: france
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 359
Cain (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A cynical experienced homicide detective based in Marseilles, France is crippled in the line of duty and depends on a wheelchair to get around. He is accompanied by a young ,vivacious female detective who's been forced on him to train as a ...
Style: psychological, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: eccentricity, mastermind, friendship, partners, police detective, murder mystery, genius, resourceful, crime scene, twists and turns, dark humor, prodigy ...
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 233
In Tandem (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Commander Léa Soler has just taken over as head of the Montpellier investigations division, which means she'll be working with wild card Paul Marchal, who's brilliant but totally uncontrollable. It would be just another day at the office ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: investigation, single parent, divorced parents, single mother, marriage, teamwork, separated parents, husband wife relationship, employer employee relationship, uncover truth, murder investigation, single father ...
Is relevant ?
Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transferred to Sainte Marie, an island in the Caribbean. Totally unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, Richard hates the sun, sea and sand and isn't used to the Sainte Marie style of policing. Working with ...
Style: realistic, captivating, stylized, semi serious, light ...
Plot: whodunit, murder, police detective, police investigation, law enforcement, lifestyle change, investigation, island, crimes, suspicion, new job, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 90K
Emily in Paris (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: When ambitious Chicago marketing exec Emily unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris, she embraces a new life as she juggles work, friends and romance.
Style: humorous, touching, romantic, sweet, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: love, marketing, female protagonist, friendship, roommate, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love affair, couple relations, love and romance, fall in love, love interest, chef ...
Time: future
Place: paris france
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 1K
Minuscule (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 5 min.
TV show
Story: Minuscule—the private life of insects is a French-made series of short video animations giving "a bird's eye view of insects' day to day existence, distorted through a burlesque, yet poetic lens". The characters are ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, exciting, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: insect, nature, everyday life, escapades, real world, prank, disney, heroes, family, french, snail, beetle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
Is relevant ?
 9.0
 203K
Arcane (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 41 min.
TV show
Story: Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of a war between magic technologies and clashing convictions.
Style: 3d animation, exciting, suspense, futuristic, adult animation ...
Audience: kids
Plot: battles, power, steampunk, lgbt, fight, attack, legend, gang, good versus evil, warrior, girl, skill ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 6K
Spiral (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Spiral is a French television police drama series created by the TV production company Son et Lumière. The first eight episodes series started on Canal+ in France on 13 December 2005. It returned for a second series, partly funded by the BBC, of ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: lawyer, judge, uncover truth, double life, crimes, mystery, murder, police detective, legal, legal investigation, snitch, ethics ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 11K
Taken (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 41 min.
TV show
Story: The origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job ...
Style: harsh, suspense, exciting, brutal
Plot: cia agent, ex cia agent, spy, lone hero, father daughter relationship, kidnapping, daring rescue, crimes, heroes, father, police, organized crime ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 19K
Doug (1991)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, France
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins and co-produced by his studio, Jumbo Pictures. The show's plotline centers around the surreal and imaginative exploits of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sitcom, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: kids, teens, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: dog, bully, friendship between men, superhero, middle school, crush, family relations, school, suburbs, older sister, boy and dog, new school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Shaun the Sheep (2007)
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, Finland, Germany
Duration: 7 min.
TV show
Story: Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated children's television series produced by Aardman Animations, and commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, a constituent member of the consortium of German ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, claymation, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: countryside, animal life, sheep, animals, friendship, pets, friends, partners, escapades, security guard, power relations, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and began its official run on October 1, ...
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, stylized, retro ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, mutant, martial arts, turtle, invasion, mutant animal, good versus evil, master warrior, friends, adventure, crimes, partners ...
Time: year 1987, 80s, 90s
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 16K
Highlander (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Highlander: The Series is a fantasy science fiction action-adventure television series featuring Duncan MacLeod of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the Highlander. It was an offshoot and another alternate sequel of the 1986 feature film with a twist: ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: immortality, warrior, duel, healing power, good versus evil, adventure, escapades, rivalry, loss of loved one, heroes, immortal, tough guy ...
Time: 90s
Is relevant ?
Taxi Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Caitlin "Cat" Sullivan is an NYPD detective working in Brooklyn. After her driving privileges are suspended, she relies on Leo Romba, a highly skilled Brooklyn cab driver from France. Leo becomes Cat's driver and a consultant on her ...
Style: not serious, exciting, humorous, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: female detective, law enforcement, chase, fighting crime, partners, partners against crime, odd couple, murder investigation, car chase, crimes, counselor, nypd ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 107K
Lupin (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, criminal, revenge, thief, police, father son relationship, prisoner, father, heist, father figure, missing person, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france
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Assassin's Creed: Lineage (2009)
Genre: Short, Action, Adventure, Horror
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 36 min.
TV show
Story: Giovanni is an assassin living during the Renaissance in 15th century Italy. At this dawn of a new era, a conspiracy is being plotted by one corrupt family to overthrow the powerful Medici family and destroy a unified Italy. As an assassin, Giovanni ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: assassin, video game, secret identity, assassination, renaissance, investigation, father son relationship, adventure, injustice, family secret, undercover, conspiracy ...
Time: 15th century
Place: italy, venice, rome italy, florence
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 186
Gigantosaurus (2019)
Genre: Animation
Country: France
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Four curious young dinosaur friends explore the mystery of Gigantosaurus, the largest, fiercest dinosaur of all, facing their individual fears and working together to solve problems during their many adventures.
Style: captivating, entertaining, tense
Audience: kids
Plot: giant lizard, dinosaur, adventure, animal life, friends, dangerous animal, investigation, problem solving, talking animals, giant creature, animals, giant animal ...
Time: 2010s
Is relevant ?
Muppets Tonight (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music
Country: France, USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Muppets Tonight is a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring The Muppets. Much like the "MuppeTelevision" segment of The Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Tonight was a continuation of The Muppet Show, ...
Style: exciting, not serious, feel good, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: muppets, puppetry, chaos and mayhem, showbiz, celebrity culture, media satire, tv show, musician, friends, dancer, guest, success ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
The Garfield Show (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: France, USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The Garfield Show is a French/American CGI animated television series that premiered in France on France 3 on December 22, 2008. English-language episodes started airing on Boomerang UK on May 5, 2009. It premiered in the United States on Cartoon ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, entertaining, funny, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: talking cat, cat, animals, cartoon dog, pets, best friends, partners, mischievous children, friends, family relations, disorder, cartoon cat ...
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 2K
Jo (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, UK
TV show
Story: Jo is an English-language French police procedural television series created by Canadian/USA screenwriter René Balcer of Law & Order fame with French writing team Franck Ollivier & Malina Detcheva, known for the mini-series Lost Signs. It ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, riddles and clues, crimes, law enforcement, murder, criminal, nypd, murder mystery, murder investigation, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
Is relevant ?
Total Drama Island (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Total Drama Island is a Canadian animated television series which premiered in Canada on Teletoon on July 8, 2007 and on June 5, 2008 in the U.S. on Cartoon Network. This is the first season of the Total Drama series and has 27 episodes, each 22 ...
Style: not serious, witty, humorous, adult animation, parody ...
Audience: teens, kids, preschoolers
Plot: rivalry, reward, summer camp, youth, group of strangers, contests and competitions, reality, island, competition, survival, elimination, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, contemporary
Place: ontario canada, canada
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 43K
The Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
Style: factual, realistic, serious
Plot: spy, espionage, mossad, israeli palestinian conflict, secret mission, arab israeli conflict, arab, national security, politics, sex party, male nudity, airplane ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, syria, israel
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