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August brings the premieres of nineteen new and returning Euro TV series and films from eight countries to the US, plus non-premiere additions to linear and streaming TV.

August 2020 Euro TV premieres

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 here are shown in their original language with English subtitles, except where noted. The trailers below, which may or may not have English subtitles, might not be suitable for all audiences; viewer discretion is advised.

Programs and dates are subject to change without prior notice.

NATIONAL PREMIERES

The Pier: Seasons 1 & 2 (El embarcadero) (Spain)

Created by Esther Martínez Lobato (Vis a vis) and Álex Pina (Money Heist), this mystery series follows Alejandra (Verónica Sánchez, Morocco: Love in Times of War), an architect in Valencia whose husband, Oscar (Álvaro Morte, Money Heist), is found dead in the nearby town of Albufera. It gets worse: She learns Oscar had been leading a double-life with another woman, Veronica (Irene Arcos, Elite).

Not accepting that Oscar took his own life, Alejandra assumes a false identity and ends up moving in with Veronica to delve into his secrets, while Lt. Conrado (Roberto Enríquez, Vis a vis) investigates the death as a possible murder. Soon the two women develop a close bond… and later discover that Oscar had hidden even more from both of them.

The Pier: Seasons 1 & 2 premieres in the US on Saturday, August 1, exclusively on Hulu.

UPDATE: Apologies, for non-Spanish speakers, this series is not subtitled in English on Hulu.

Almost Perfect Crimes: Season 2 (Des Crimes Presque Parfaits) (France)

This docuseries returns with a new season full of fascinating investigations into some of the most notorious, infamous, and terrifying crimes in French history. Featuring archival images, reenactments, and expert interviews, episodes examine the historical, political, and social circumstances that shaped the crimes, and use the investigative techniques of the time to follow clues that led to the perpetrators’ capture.

Almost Perfect Crimes: Season 2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, August 4, exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon Channels.

Anelka: Misunderstood (Anelka : L’Incompris) (France)

Intolerable, incomparable, or both? Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy is examined in this in-depth documentary.

Anelka: Misunderstood, a Netflix Documentary, premieres globally on Wednesday, August 5, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Devils (Italy) (In English)

Based on Guido Maria Brera‘s novel, this thriller follows Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi, Suburra: Blood on Rome), Head of Trading at investment bank NYL, and Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy), NYL’s CEO and Massimo’s mentor. After Dominic promotes someone over Massimo, Massimo becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Fighting to clear his name, he gets involved in an intercontinental financial war and is forced to choose between supporting Dominic or going up against him.

The ten-episode series features an international cast of costars, including Laia Costa (Foodie Love), Kasia Smutniak (Loro), Lars Mikkelsen (Ride Upon the Storm), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Paul Chowdhry (Swinging with the Finkels), Pia Mechler (Everything Is Wonderful), Harry Michell (The English Game), and Sallie Harmsen (Blade Runner 2049).

Devils premieres in the US on Wednesday, August 5, at 8 PM ET, has been rescheduled for a later date on The CW. Stay tuned for updates.

World’s Most Wanted (France)

This docuseries profiles five of the world’s most wanted — heinous criminals who have avoided capture despite massive rewards and global investigations. World’s Most Wanted, a Netflix Documentary, premieres in the US on Wednesday, August 5, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

1993 (Italy)

This follow-up series picks up where the finale of political drama 1992 left off, opening with ambitious marketing pro-turned-politico Leonardo Notte (Stefano Accorsi, Mafiosa) trying to persuade media magnate Silvio Berlusconi (Paolo Pierobon, Anti-Mafia Squad) to enter politics, while Gulf War veteran Pietro Bosco (Guido Caprino, The Miracle) is gaining in popularity as a newbie politician. As the season progresses, so too does the “Mani pulite” (“Clean Hands”) investigation into political corruption and the fallout from it, including the demise of the PSI (Italian Socialist Party), the end of Italy’s First Republic, and the establishment and rise of the Forza Italia party, founded by Berlusconi.

Reprising their 1992 roles are Miriam Leone (Thou Shalt Not Kill), Domenico Diele (Don Matteo), Tea Falco (The Young Montalbano), Antonio Gerardi (Imma Tataranni), Elena Radonicich (Detective Montalbano), Gualtiero Burzi (Medici), Eros Galbiati (Thou Shalt Not Kill), and Pietro Ragusa (Suburra: Blood on Rome).

1993 premieres in the US on Thursday, August 6, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels.

The Rain: Season 3 (Denmark)

The final season of this sci-fi thriller picks up where Season 2 left off. Years after the rain decimated the population of Scandinavia, Simone (Alba August, Jordskott) and Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes) find themselves at odds on how to save humanity. Rasmus wants to infect everyone with the same beta version of the virus that turned him into a superhuman, while Simone insists that there must be a cure. The question is, will they put aside their differences and do the right thing?

Returning for the final season are Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (The Legacy), Sonny Lindberg (The Legacy), Lukas Løkken (One-Two-Three Now!), Clara Rosager (Journal 64), Evin Ahmad (Snabba Cash), Nathalie Madueño (Follow the Money), and Johannes Kuhnke (The Hunters). New cast members are Rex Leonard (Ninna), Cecilia Loffredo (Valhalla), Henrik Birch (Seaside Hotel), and Annemette Andersen (Norskov).

The Rain: Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, August 6, exclusively on Netflix.

Anomalia (France)

Set in the Swiss Alps, this supernatural thriller centers on Dr. Valérie Rossier (Natacha Régnier, Marseille), a top neurologist who moves back to her ancestral home in Gruyère with her son, Lucas (Iannis Jaccoud, Ondes de choc), to take a position in an exclusive clinic run by her former teacher and mentor, the renowned Professor Wassermann (Didier Bezace, Blood of the Vine). As the recently-separated Valérie settles into her new life, strange occurrences conspire to reveal her true heritage as well as her family’s tragic history. When she starts developing mysterious healing powers, she realizes she might, in fact, be a witch…

Anomalia premieres in the US on Friday, August 7, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.

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High Seas: Season 3 (Alta mar) (Spain)

The new season of this period mystery drama sees the Villanueva sisters, after spending a year and a half in Argentina, reuniting on the good ship Bárbara de Braganza on a journey that will take them from Buenos Aires to Veracruz. Carolina (Alejandra Onieva, El secreto de Puente Viejo) now owns another ship, while Eva (Ivana Baquero, Pan’s Labyrinth) is set to carry out a secret mission with Fabio, a Brazilian spy who wants to stop the scientist who’s traveling aboard with a powerful lethal weapon — one that others want to get their hands on. Even kill for it…

Returning to the series are Jon Kortajarena (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga), José Sacristán (Velvet), Eloy Azorín (Grand Hotel), Begoña Vargas (Paquita Salas), and Eduardo Blanco (Cannibals). Joining the cast of the new season are Marco Pigossi (Tidelands) and Nicolás Francella (Las Estrellas), whose characters will be essential to solving the new mystery.

High Seas: Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, August 7, exclusively on Netflix.

Sing On! Germany (Germany)

In this karaoke competition hosted by Palina Rojinski, contestants must hit the right note for a chance to win up to 30,000 euros.

Sing On! Germany, a Netflix Original Series, premieres in the US on Friday, August 7, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Emma (France)

In this sci-fi crime drama, Detective Fred Vitulo (Patrick Ridremont, Unit 42) is selected to take on new trainee Emma (Solène Hébert, Grand Hôtel). Her intellect and strength amaze Fred and his team, but her behavior is strange: Emma is always rational and brutally honest, but never displays any fear. Wondering if she suffers from a personality disorder, Fred confronts his superior and discovers the shocking truth: Emma, part of a top-secret defense program, is a cutting-edge A.I. android programmed to assist police forces.

Initially furious at having been deceived, Fred can’t help but be fascinated by Emma’s potential. He takes it upon himself to train her and teach her the essence of his job: the intuition, empathy, and instinct that make a good cop great. With each investigation, Fred and Emma form an impressive investigative team, and he’s surprised at how easily she develops empathy, a reaction not programmed into her system. But will a machine ever learn true humanity?

Emma premieres in the US on Friday, August 14, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.

Rita: Season 5 (Denmark)

Mille Dinesen (Borgen, Those Who Kill) returns for one final season of this fabulous comedy-drama in which she plays the titular heroine — an inimitable, irrepressible, unconventional, unpredictable, and irresistible single mum and schoolteacher. In this last-ever season, Rita has bought her childhood home, moved into a small apartment in it, and converted the place into a school with colleague Hjørdis (Lise Baastrup, Hjørdis).

But the demands of running the school strain Hjørdis’s relationships with Rita and Uffe (Kristoffer Fabricius, The Other World), Hjørdis’s partner. Other events include Jeppe (Nikolaj Groth, The Rain), Rita’s son, returning home a heartbroken young man, and an old flame re-entering Rita’s life.

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Rita: Mille Dinesen as Rita Madsen — Photo courtesy of Netflix

Cast members returning for the final season include Ellen Hillingsø (Bron/Broen), Carsten Bjørnlund (The Legacy), and Peter Ganzler (Couple Trouble). Søs Egelind (Lulu the Bankrobber’s Wife), Lisbeth Dahl (Elverkongen), Ari Alexander (Norskov), and Marie Tourell Søderberg (1864) join the cast.

Rita: Season 5, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally (outside Denmark) on Saturday, August 15, exclusively on Netflix.

Aber Bergen: Season 2 (Norway)

One of my favorite Euro TV premieres of this year (see my Season 1 review here) returns with more drama at the Aber Bergen law firm, starting with one of Erik’s best friends and trusted associates leaving the firm to work for the competition — namely, Elea’s father. Almost as soon as newly-hired attorney Nikolay Wallén (Morten Holst, The Lawyer) arrives, sparks fly with Unn (Lykke Kristine Moen, Eiktyrne). Elsewhere in the firm, principals Erik (Odd-Magnus Williamson, Ragnarok) and Elea (Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Acquitted) delve into cases involving feuding hip-hop artists, “stand your ground” laws, human trafficking, and more — all while their relationship is tested time and again. And we finally learn what it was that Erik “had to get” in exchange for the exonerating evidence at the end of Season 1…

Aber Bergen: Season 2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, August 18, exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon Channels.

Biohackers (Germany)

This sci-fi thriller revolves around the rivalry of two women: freshman medical student Mia (Luna Wedler (The Team, The Undertaker) and Professor Tanja Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz, You Are Wanted, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), a bio-scientist and famous lecturer.

Enrolled in Freiburg University’s prestigious medical school, Mia’s interest in revolutionary biohacking technology is not limited to scientific interest. Her goal is to gain the trust of Prof. Lorenz, whom Mia suspects was involved in the mysterious death of her brother. To shed light on the tragedy, Mia enters a dangerous world of illegal genetic experiences. When she meets genius biologist Jasper and his brooding roommate Niklas, Mia is forced to decide between her principles and her feelings, and between avenging her family and protecting her new friends.

Biohackers costars Caro Cult (Babylon Berlin), Adrian Julius Tillmann (Wahrheit), Thomas Prenn (8 Days), Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer (Alle Zeit der Welt), Jing Xiang (Tatort: Munich), and Benno Fürmann (Babylon Berlin).

Biohackers, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, August 20, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

In Flanders Fields (In Vlaamse Velden) (Belgium)

Set in Ghent during World War I, this historical drama follows the individual stories of the five-member Boesman family as they attempt to survive when the Germans occupy their home and the war and its casualties become more personal. The story centers on fifteen-year-old Marie (Lize Feryn, Scratch My Back), a naive teenager who dreams of becoming a doctor but instead becomes a nurse at the front.

With war raging, Marie’s father Philippe (Wim Opbrouck, Salamander) sees his chance to become a university professor, while her mother Virginie (Barbara Sarafian, The Day) tries to keep the family together as the war drives them apart. Her eldest brother Vincent (Matthieu Sys, Amigos) fights at the front and will pay a price for his idealism, as her other brother, wannabe deserter Guillaume (Wietse Tanghe, Professor T), unwilling becomes a soldier.

In Flanders Fields premieres in the US on Friday, August 21, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.

Alex: Season 2 (Sweden)

Dragomir Mrsic (Triggermen) returns as the titular corrupt but trying-to-go-straight cop in this dark and gritty Scandi noir crime thriller. Following on from the events in the Season 1 finale, Alex’s ex-partner Frida (Rakel Wärmländer, Gåsmamman) offers to reduce his prison sentence if he becomes an undercover informant, but he gets caught in a complex game where danger lurks everywhere and everyone, including the police, tries to play him.

Costarring Maximilian Alonso Mrsic and Anja Lundqvist (Gåsmamman), Alex: Season 2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, August 25, exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon Channels.

Through Greenland (Gennem Grønland – med Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) (Denmark)

This documentary miniseries is presented by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), who embarks on an adventurous expedition through Greenland.

Through Greenland premieres in the US on Thursday, August 27, exclusively on Topic and and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels.

The Lawyer: Season 2 (Advokaten) (Sweden)

Picking up immediately from Season 1‘s cliffhanger ending, the second season of this mystery-crime drama sees attorney Frank Nordling (Alexander Karim, Johan Falk) released from custody after facing a charge for a murder he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, criminal kingpin Thomas Waldman (Thomas Bo Larsen, Follow the Money) survived the shooting and is still a major threat, and Frank’s life is turned upside down when he discovers Waldman’s daughter might not have died from suicide. The pursuit of the truth forces Frank and his sister Sara (Malin Buska, The Hunters) to cooperate with the worst enemy of his life, and leads him deep into a rotten Danish legal system.

Costarring Nicolaj Kopernikus (The Killing), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (The Truth Will Out), Morten Holst (Heartless), and Marie Askehave (Borgen), The Lawyer: Season 2 premieres in the US on Friday, August 28, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.

Unknown Origins (Orígenes secretos) (Spain)

In this action-crime drama, cops David (Javier Rey, Velvet) and Cosme (Antonio Resines, Cell 211) join forces with comic book and cosplay geeks Jorge Elias (Brays Efe, Paquita Salas) and Norma (Verónica Echegui, Fortitude) to catch a serial killer who’s murdering innocent people while recreating superhero origin stories in Madrid.

Unknown Origins, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, August 28, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

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NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON LINEAR TV

The Assignment (Ukraine)

This crime drama follows Maxim (Mikhail Gavrilov, Love in Chains), an actor who’s only ever played secondary cop parts. In debt with no money, a wife who left him, and a girlfriend who cheated on him with his best friend, Maxim’s life is in bad shape. It gets worse when he gets entangled with a mafia boss. Then Maxim is mistaken for a real cop and he accidentally solves a case — as an officer of the law. But the mafia knows his real identity…

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The Assignment: Mikhail Gavrilov as Maxim — Photo courtesy of Eurochannel

The Assignment begins airing Thursday, August 27, at 9 PM ET, on Eurochannel.

Legacy: Season 2 (Ubice mog oca) (Serbia)

In the sophomore season of this crime thriller, detective Alexander Jakovljevic (Vuk Kostic, Meso) investigates a shooting at a local café that severely injures forensics scientist Jelena (Nina Jankovic, The November Man) — and realizes he might have been the intended target.

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Legacy — Image courtesy of Eurochannel

Legacy: Season 2 begins airing Monday, August 31, at 9 PM ET, on Eurochannel.

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NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON STREAMING SERVICES

Family Business (On va s’aimer un peu, beaucoup) (France)

Catherine Marchal (Elite Squad) and Ophélia Kolb (Call My Agent) star in this legal comedy-drama series as Astrid Lartigues and her daughter Audrey — lawyers juggling the ins and outs of running a family law practice while navigating their own issues at home and at work, for example a surprise pregnancy and the hot new prosecutor.

Costarring Charlotte Des Georges (No Second Chance), Clémentine Justine (Bright-Eyed Revenge), Lionel Erdogan (Spiral), Samir Boitard (Black Spot), and Joseph Malerba (Braquo), Family Business has its US streaming premiere on Monday, August 24, exclusively on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon Channels.

NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES

The Teacher (Belfer) (Poland)

This crime thriller stars Maciej Stuhr (Aftermath) as Paweł Zawadzki, a high school teacher recently arrived in the (fictional) town of Dobrowice from Warsaw. Right before the start of the new school year, three boys discover the dead body of classmate Joanna in the woods. When police rule out suicide, Paweł conducts his own investigation to uncover the real reason behind the death of his secret biological daughter, and in the process lifts the lid on a disturbing trail of political and big business corruption. As he gets closer to revealing the truth, he too becomes the subject of a manhunt.

The Teacher: Season 1 begins streaming Saturday, August 1, as a no-additional-charge offering on Prime Video for members of Amazon Prime.

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Header photo credits: 1993 courtesy of Topic; Alex courtesy of MHz Choice; Emma courtesy of PBS Distribution / Walter Presents; Rita courtesy of Netflix

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Did you miss any of the new shows and program additions from previous days, weeks, or months? Check the Euro TV Viewing Guide and Archives to find out.

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For details about the August 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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Euro TV Premieres in Aug 2020: Alex, Emma, Rita, 1993, The Pier & More