A dozen new, returning, and added-to-schedules Euro TV series from seven countries arrive on US streaming services and digital channels in July.
To see the complete list of Euro TV shows available in the US and UK, see the Euro TV Shows by Language section. Viewers in the US can check the ongoing updates of titles released throughout each month on the Euro TV Viewing Guide page.
All programs listed below are shown in their original language with English subtitles, except where noted. Some trailers might not have English subtitles, but you should still be able to get a sense of the story through the description and visuals.
Young & Promising: Season 3 (Unge lovende) (Norway)
Watching the screeners for the new season reminded me of just how good this show is. For viewers who are new to this half-hour drama, it follows a trio of twenty-something friends in Oslo — Elise (series creator and writer Siri Seljeseth), Nenne (Gine Cornelia Pedersen, Valkyrien), and Alex (Alexandra Gjerpen, Norsemen) — as they deal with the personal and professional ups and downs of growing into full-fledged adulthood.
The Season 3 opener finds Nenne being recognized with a prestigious award for her book, but faring less well in her relationship with Leo (Benjamin Helstad, Borderliner). Alex, who left Oslo for New York City in Season 2, is still in the Big Apple trying to make a go of her acting career. And former standup comedienne Elise gets a meeting with a production company about the TV series she’s writing.
First Team: Juventus: Part B (US/Italy)
This Netflix Original docu-series centers on Juventus, the powerhouse Italian football (soccer) team, and follows the the most compelling stories and characters in the club during the 2017-2018 season.
Part B gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the club’s players, the coaches, and management during the second half of the season, and finds Juventus hoping to hold off stiff challenges to winning another league title while moving forward in the Champions League.
First Team: Juventus: Part B, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, July 6, exclusively on Netflix.
Méfions-nous des honnêtes gens! (Let us beware of honest people!) (aka Travelingue) (France)
Set in 1936 when the Popular Front came to power in France, this comedy telefilm centers on a boxer from a modest background who finds himself accepted and integrated into the inner circle of a bourgeois family. And in the milieu of this rather posh environment, he becomes the lover of two young women and abandons boxing to become a man of letters.
The made-for-TV movie features Christophe Alévêque (Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie), Marie Bunel (A French Village), Thomas Chabrol (Nicolas Le Floch), Amandine Dewasmes (Spiral), Thierry Frémont (The Tunnel), Emmanuelle Galabru (Nicolas Le Floch), Bérengère Krief (Bref), and Sébastien Thiéry (Nicolas Le Floch).
Méfions-nous des honnêtes gens! premieres in the US on Friday, July 6, at 8:30 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
Camorra Connection (Il clan dei camorristi) (Italy)
The Camorra is the most ruthless mafia organization Italy has ever known, and Francesco Russo, aka O’ Malese (Giuseppe Zeno, The Ladies’ Paradise, Anti-Mafia Squad), is a criminal genius who rises through the ranks to its leadership. Returning to Campania to take on and bring down O’ Malese and the Camorra is Judge Andrea Esposito Stefano Accorsi (1992, 1993, Mafiosa).
Inspired by actual events and people, the series features Francesca Beggio (Thou Shalt Not Kill), Gianluca Di Gennaro (Gomorrah), and Renato Marchetti (Suburra: Blood on Rome).
Bonus Family: Season 2 (Bonusfamiljen) (Sweden)
The new season of this dramedy finds Lisa (Vera Vitali, Arne Dahl, The Fat and the Angry) and Patrik (Erik Johansson, Blue Eyes, Maria Wern) taking their relationship to the next level — by deciding to get married. In secret. But their plans are found out, and when a secret that Lisa has been harboring is revealed, the whole family is left reeling.
Co-starring Fredrik Hallgren (The Sandhamn Murders), Petra Mede (Morgonsoffan), and Marianne Mörck (Wallander), Bonus Family: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Sunday, July 15, exclusively on Netflix.
Johan Falk: Season 2 (Sweden)
Johan Falk is finally returning to telly with new episodes of the crime thriller. (Yay!) Since it’s been four years, here’s a recap of what came before:
In the Johan Falk Trilogy, the eponymous tough, stubborn, and often hot-headed cop (Jakob Eklund) goes up against a mobster and then goes on the lam before resigning from the force. Without a badge but with contacts, he secures protection for a friend who’s being threatened, except both men end up making matters much worse. Then the unemployed Falk gets an offer to join his former boss at Europol, only he first has to save the lives of a few people, his own included.
Johan Falk: Season 1 finds Falk back in Gothenburg after working five years for Europol in The Hague. Now he’s a member of the special operations group GSI, an elite unit within the Swedish police that specializes in fighting organized crime. His first mission with GSI ends in a bloody mess, but there’s an upside: Johan becomes the new handler for Frank Wagner (Joel Kinnaman, The Killing, Altered Carbon), a deep-cover informant who’d been working for another GSI guy. Over this season’s six episodes, Falk and Wagner work together to bring down criminals in Gothenburg and beyond.
Now for Season 2. It, too, consists of six feature-length episodes, the first of which finds Falk and Wagner crossing paths after two years of no contact. They end up collaborating again, with Frank getting even deeper into organized crime than he’d ever been — we’re talking gang wars, weapons, drugs, and the mother of all robberies.
Introduced in this season is Seth Rydell (Jens Hultén, Inspector Winter, Hassel) of the Rydell gang. Could he, should he, would he follow in Frank’s path as a police informant? As for Frank and Johan, crime spills over into their personal lives and puts their lives and the lives of their families in danger.
Returning cast members include Mikael Tornving (SNN News), Meliz Karlge (Fallet), Alexander Karim (Arne Dahl), Mårten Svedberg (Beck), Zeljko Santrac (The Lawyer), Marie Richardson (Before We Die), Ruth Vega Fernandez (Cannabis), André Sjöberg (Real Humans), and Hanna Ullerstam (Fallet).
Joining the Season 2 cast are Jessica Zandén (Spring Tide), Anastasios Soulis (Gåsmamman), Shebly Niavarani (Real Humans), Christian Brandin (Ironside), Johan Hedenberg (The Bridge), Jonas Bane (Arne Dahl), and Henrik Norlén (Modus).
The Score: Season 2 (Spitsbroers) (Belgium)
Brothers Dennis (Oscar Willems, Cordon) and Alan Moerman (Joren Seldeslachts, 13 Commandments) both dreamed of making it as a footballer. Alan’s dream was shattered when only Dennis was selected to play for a top club. While he quickly got caught up in the glamorous world of professional football, Dennis also discovered how deceitful it can be.
The drama’s second season opens eight months after the Season 1 finale, with Dennis being the king of the KRC Genk football club and the entire first division, and Alan getting released from prison. Despite trying to act like adults, both have a lot of growing up to do yet.
Season 2 feature Kris Cuppens (Hotel Beau Séjour), Viv Van Dingenen (Witse), Sien Eggers (The Out-Laws), Louis Talpe (De Ridder), Lynn Van Royen (Tabula Rasa), Gökhan Girginol (13 Commandments), Maarten Goffin (The Missing), Bert Haelvoet (New Texas), Tom Van Bauwel (Professor T.), Kurt Rogiers (Code 37), and Mathijs Scheepers (The Out-Laws).
Turkish for Beginners: Season 3 (Türkisch für Anfänger) (Germany)
The third and final season of this award-winning comedy series open three years after the Season 2 finale, in which the union of the German Schneider and Turkish Öztürk families became official when Doris (Anna Stieblich, SOKO Leipzig) and Metin (Adnan Maral, Castle Einstein) finally tied the knot.
Fast forward: Both Doris’ daughter Lena (Josefine Preuß, Hotel Adlon) and Metin’s son Cem (Elyas M’Barek, The Physician) hide the realities of their scholastic lives until their lies catch up with them. (They also get back together as a couple.) To get back on track, Lena applies for an internship and ends up competing for it against her friend Katharina (Cristina do Rego, Pastewka), who’s back from America. For his part, Cem goes about getting his act together in fits and starts, and his tendency toward the illegal side of things gets him in trouble time and again. The irony is he gets a job with the police.
Meanwhile, Metin doesn’t understand why Doris is on an anti-aging, pro-Botox kick; his daughter Yağmur (Pegah Ferydoni, Homicide Unit Istanbul) and Cem’s best friend Costa (Arnel Taci, Tempel) have relationship ups and downs; and Grandpa Hermann (Carl Heinz Choynski, Tatort) becomes very ill.
Welcome to the Family (Benvinguts a la família) (Spain)
Melani Olivares (Aída) stars in this new Catalonian comedy series as Àngela, a financially-strapped single mum of three whose husband abandoned her. Life on a good day is a struggle, but it gets about as bad as can be when a bank representative shows up at her home to repossess it.
Now Àngela, her three kids, and her brother-in-law (who’d been camping out on her couch) are literally out on the streets. So Àngela faces her fear, swallows her pride, and brings her family to the only place she can think of: the home of Eduardo (Simón Andreu, Cable Girls), a well-known novelist and her estranged father of more than twenty years.
Only the person who opens the door of the luxurious mansion isn’t Eduardo but his wife Victoria (Yolanda Ramos, Paquita Salas). She welcomes them with open arms; Eduardo, not so much, so Àngela et al are back on the street. But just when it seems everything is lost, fate intervenes on Àngela’s behalf, and as it turns out Victoria’s, too — and they hatch a plan that will put their cares to an end. That is, if they, their children, and the brother-in-law can maintain the charade without cracking.
A Very Secret Service: Season 2 (Au service de la France) (France)
(Spoiler-ish details follow if you haven’t seen the Season 1 finale of this hilarious spy spoof.)
Season 2 opens in 1961 amid rising Cold War tensions and French decolonization, and… well, whaddya know, agent André Merlaux (Hugo Becker, Baron noir, Chefs, Gossip Girl) is alive! It turns out that Director of Operations Moïse (Christophe Kourotchkine, Jeux d’influence, Match Day) disobeyed Colonel Mercaillon’s (Wilfred Benaïche, Nicolas Le Floch, Tony’s Revenge) orders and has been hiding Merlaux at his home.
Meanwhile, Merlaux is plotting his revenge on Mercaillon, his future-father-in-law, by continuing his unofficial investigation and gathering evidence of the colonel’s collaboration during the German occupation of France, while Moïse sends bungling agents Calot (Jean-Édouard Bodziak, Yves Saint Laurent), Jacquard (Karim Barras, A Livre Ouvert), and Moulinier (Bruno Paviot, Genius) on a mission to save a mysterious French spy taken hostage in Cuba. What could possibly go wrong?
(Trailer is from Season 1)
Arriving on this side of the Atlantic less than a month after its debut in France on Arte, A Very Secret Service: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Monday, July 30, exclusively on Netflix.
ADDED TO PROGRAMMING SCHEDULES
Chambre 327 (Room 327) (France)
Since the death of her husband, Jade Marsac (Isabel Otero, Meurtres à Rouen) has been running the family hotel on her own. On the day of her daughter Lisa’s (Flore Bonaventura, Magellan) engagement, Jade’s future son-in-law, Fabien (Yoann Denaive, Blood of the Vine), is found shot to death in one of the hotel suites in the company of a prostitute, and Lisa becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
The two-part miniseries features Pierre Cassignard (La loi de Christophe), Lannick Gautry (Vanished by the Lake), Jean-Marie Winling (Nicolas Le Floch), Lisa Martino (C.I.D.), Marie-Christine Adam (Sous le soleil), Michel Bompoil (Paris), and Jean-Pol Brissart (Spiral).
Chambre 327 begins airing Tuesday, July 17, at 11 PM ET, on TV5Monde USA.
Deadly Game (Donne in gioco) (Italy)
In this two-part drama, Olivia Cosmo (Michelle Bonev, The Passion of the Christ) plays a dedicated police officer, wife, and mother who juggles her job with her family life and gives her best in both worlds. But when she decides to help an Eastern European girl who has sacrificed her life savings and even her body to feed a gambling addiction, and she discovers the gambling rings are run by a mafia boss, Olivia puts the needs of her family aside to keep her investigation going. What’s more, she herself falls victim to gambling, thereby blurring the line between her work and her own addiction.
Featuring Claudio Alfonsi (Donna Detective), Gaetano Aronica (A Case of Conscience), Lando Buzzanca (Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries), Martina Colombari (Carabinieri), Marco Falaguasta (Good and Evil), Fabio Fulco (Don Matteo), and Nadia Konakchieva (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Deadly Game begins airing Tuesday, July 31, at 7 PM ET, on Eurochannel.
Did you miss any of the new shows and program additions from previous months? Check the Euro TV Viewing Guide 2018 Archives to find out.
For details about the July premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of programs from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place.
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