Stateside Euro TV fans are winners in September, as 21 new series and seasons from 10 countries premiere in the US. And there’s more besides!
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.
In this psychological thriller, Elsa Aubry (Odile Vuillemin, Profilage) learns that she is the beneficiary of a large inheritance — one million euros, to be precise — from a complete stranger. But there is a ginormous string attached: In order to get the money, she must kill a man she doesn’t know, one “who deserves to die.” It’s quite a dilemma for Elsa — with murder on one hand, and much-needed funds to care for her sick daughter on the other.
A French remake of the British miniseries The Reckoning, this two-part drama costars Thierry Neuvic (Mafiosa), Audrey Hall (Find Me in Paris), and Sophie Verbeeck (Captain Marleau).
We Got This (Sweden)
Created, written by, and starring Schiaffino Musarra (The Inner Circle, Veni Vedi Vici), this new comedy-crime drama finds George English (Musarra), an American living in Sweden, grieving the recent death of his father, struggling from the sudden collapse of his career, and stressing over an insurmountable tax bill. In trying to overcome his financial problems, he comes up with an unlikely solution: the 50 million Swedish kronor reward for solving the 30-year-old murder of the country’s former prime minister, Olof Palme.
So George assembles a crew of misfits — including a not-so-intrepid journalist, a wacky conspiracy theorist, and a former police officer — to assist him. As they get entangled in the web of twisted theories about the case and then make a major discovery, George finds himself on a head-on collision course with history. Their investigation quickly goes from being a laughing stock to a bona fide operation closely watched by the media, politicians, titans of industry, and organizations that stretch far beyond the Swedish borders, which, for a variety of reasons, would rather this case remain forever unsolved.
Costars include Alexander Karim (The Lawyer), Anki Larsson (Real Humans), Christian Svensson (Gåsmamman), and Sandra Andreis (The Sandhamn Murders).
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen, Game of Thrones) stars in this thriller as Victoria Rahbek, a Danish drone engineer who is kidnapped by members of a terror cell and gets ensnared in their deadly plot.
Costars include Ardalan Esmaili (Rebecka Martinsson), Joachim Fjelstrup (Ride Upon the Storm), Tova Magnusson (The Restaurant), Lars Ranthe (Dicte), Johan Rabaeus (Modus), Virgil Katring-Rasmussen (The Rain), Christopher Wollter (Quicksand), and Özlem Saglanmak (Follow the Money).
La Línea: Shadow of Narco (La Línea: La Sombra del Narco) (Spain)
This documentary miniseries takes viewers inside La Línea, the Spanish beach town that’s become Europe’s drug trafficking hub, and introduces you to the law enforcement officials determined to change that. La Línea: Shadow of Narco, a Netflix Documentary, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Gift: Season 2 (Atiye) (Turkey)
Beren Saat (The Magnificent Century: Kösem) returns as Atiye in the new season of this fantasy-mystery drama, which finds Atiye reckoning with a different world and racing against time to realize her destiny, as the mysterious syndicate behind Serdar threatens the future.
The Gift: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 10, exclusively on Netflix.
Family Business: Season 2 (France)
In the new season of this comedy series, Joe (Jonathan Cohen, Hard) is forced to choose between growing weed and raising his kids, so tries to convince his family to quit the cannabis business and sets off a wild chain of events as a result.
(Trailer is for Season 1)
Costarring Gérard Darmon (Duel au soleil), Julia Piaton (The Frozen Dead), and Liliane Rovère (Call My Agent), Family Business: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, September 11, exclusively on Netflix.
Recoil (Rekyl) (Norway)
This crime thriller sees 24-year-old Robin (Odin Waage, Eyewitness), newly released from an Oslo prison after serving several years for smuggling narcotics, keen on getting a job and making a fresh start. But his family is skeptical and the police are on him day and night, making being back out in society harder than he expected. Plus his old gang is waiting for him to return, as they have to pay back the drug money they owe — regardless of the rumors that the police helped themselves to cash and drugs during the raid that put Robin behind bars.
After several attempts to get his life on track, Robin gets sucked back into old habits and agrees to investigate the police with his old gang. Soon they discover a frightening pattern of corruption, and Robin closes in on finding the answer to who killed his older brother.
Costars include Per Egil Aske (The Half Brother), Petronella Barker (Codename Hunter), Gard B. Eidsvold (Aber Bergen), Ingar Helge Gimle (Acquitted), Kyrre Hellum (Black Widows), and Jeppe Beck Laursen (Beforeigners).
We Are Who We Are (Italy-US)
Directed by Academy Award nominee Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) in his first foray into television, this drama miniseries explores friendship, first love and identity, and immerses viewers in the exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager as it follows two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy. Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer, It) is a shy and introverted teen who moves from New York to the base in Veneto with his mothers, Sarah (Chloë Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry) and Maggie (Alice Braga, I Am Legend), both in the U.S. Army, whereas Caitlin (newcomer Jordan Kristine Seamón) is bold and confident and has lived with her family on the base for several years.
An official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, We Are Who We Are, a bilingual English-Italian (with English subtitles) HBO-Sky production, premieres in the US on Monday, September 14, at 10 PM ET, on HBO. It will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.
Meraviglie: Season 2 (Meraviglie: La penisola dei tesori) (Italy)
Paleontologist and author Alberto Angela returns to present the new season of this documentary series, in which he takes viewers across Italy to showcase many of the country’s treasures, from man-made art to natural beauty in places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
(Clip is from Season 1)
A Night in the Egyptian Museum (Stanotte al Museo Egizio) (Italy)
Speaking of Alberto Angela, he takes viewers on a nocturnal journey through the wonders of Turin’s Egyptian Museum in this feature-length documentary, the first installment in his “A Night in…” documentary series, which includes A Night in Florence, A Night in St. Peter’s, and A Night in Venice — all currently available in the US — as well as A Night in San Pietro – Journey through the Wonders of the Vatican (not available in the US at this time).
The Passion of Anna Magnani (La passione di Anna Magnani) (Italy-France)
A Best Documentary nominee at the 2020 Golden Globes, Italy, this hour-long program offers an intimate portrait of the legendary actress, who inspired directors on both sides of the Atlantic, including George Cukor, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kramer, Sidney Lumet, Daniel Mann, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti. Magnani won the 1956 Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in The Rose Tattoo, making her the only Italian actress to receive an Oscar® for an English-language film to this day.
Baby: Season 3 (Italy)
In this drama’s final season, Chiara (Benedetta Porcaroli, 18 Presents) and Ludovica (Alice Pagani, Loro) form an unlikely friendship as they struggle to find their place and search for love at a high school in an exclusive neighborhood in Rome.
Baby: Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 16, exclusively on Netflix.
The Paramedic (El practicante) (Spain)
In this thriller film, paramedic Ángel (Mario Casas, El barco) is involved in a terrible accident that leaves him in a wheelchair. As his suspicions grow, he decides to get even with those who betrayed him, particularly Vane (Déborah François, Populaire), the woman who left him when he needed her.
The Paramedic, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, September 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Signs: Season 2 (Znaki) (Poland)
The second season of this crime thriller picks up where the first left off: With Trela (Andrzej Konopka, The Border) having fallen off the wagon and back onto the sauce after his daughter, Nina, went missing, he is in no condition to investigate anything. But more people vanish under mysterious circumstances., including Nina’s friend, Agata, as well as a pair of travelers. As the search expands to include them, the investigation goes off-track when Trela discovers who is responsible for the disappearance of his only child.
Signs: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally (outside of Poland) on Wednesday, September 16, exclusively on Netflix.
The Last Word (Das Letzte Wort) (Germany)
This dramedy about family, new beginnings, and dealing with death and grief, centers on Karla Fazius (Anke Engelke, Deutschland 86, Detective Ellen Lucas), a woman who becomes a widow after 25 years of marriage. When her husband suddenly dies, Karla’s world falls apart. However, on the day of his funeral, she finds a new purpose: to be a eulogist.
Together with funeral home director Andreas Borowski (Thorsten Merten, Babylon Berlin, Tatort), Karla assists those dealing with loss and accompanies them on their individual paths to bid their final farewells — all while breaking every rule in the funeral business, much to Andreas’s dismay. At the same time, Karla is on her own journey to regain a love for life. But she finds it difficult to overcome her own loss and thus contributes to the ever-increasing chaos in her family.
Costarring Nina Gummich (Beat), Johannes Zeiler (World on Fire), Aaron Hilmer (The Wall), Claudia Geisler-Bading (The Weissensee Saga), Gudrun Ritter (Beat), and Juri Winkler (Tatort), The Last Word, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, September 17, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add a reminder for it now.)
Les Sauvages (France)
In this drama miniseries, Idder Chaouch (Roschdy Zem, Days of Glory), France’s first president-elect of North African descent, is the target of an assassination attempt on election night. While he recovers, his security manager, Marion (Marina Foïs, Three Times Manon), convinces Fouad (Dali Benssalah, No Time to Die), Idder’s daughter’s fiancé, to investigate his own family in the matter.
Les Sauvages, a Topic Original series, premieres in the US on Thursday, September 17, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels.
Bang: Season 2 (Wales)
In the new season of this BAFTA Cymru award-winning mystery-crime drama, Port Talbot police officer Gina Jenkins (Catrin Stewart, Stella) and her partner, Luke Lloyd (Jack Parry-Jones, Our Girl), search for a serial killer targeting the men named in a rape case 10 years ago. Meanwhile, Gina’s brother, Sam (Jacob Ifan, Cuffs), is released from prison, determined to lead a trouble-free life, but finds it turned upside down yet again by violent crime.
(Video is from Season 1)
Featuring David Hayman (Trial & Retribution) and Alexander Vlahos (Versailles), and shown in English and Welsh with English subtitles, Bang: Season 2 premieres in the US with all six episodes on Monday, September 21, exclusively on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon Channels.
Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games: Season 4 (Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie) (France)
The new season of this colorful and fun 1950s-set mystery series, filled with French-ified adaptations of Agatha Christie‘s mystery stories, finds Police Commissioner Swan Laurence (Samuel Labarthe, The Forest), ambitious journalist Alice Avril (Blandine Bellavoir, Maison Close), and Swan’s loyal secretary, Marlène (Elodie Frenck, Captain Marleau), investigating cases that involve murder victims in the worlds of show biz and television, at a psychiatric clinic and a faded luxury hotel… and in Alice Avril’s bed! (Oh là là!)
(Trailer is for an episode from an earlier season)
Potsdam Homicide (SOKO Potsdam) (Germany)
Similar to “Tatort,” the “SOKO” franchise consists of crime dramas set in various cities in Germany and Austria, with each location’s series having a lead detective or investigative team.
In this one there is the detective duo of Luna Kunath (SOKO Leipzig) and Sophie Pohlmann (Katrin Jaehne, Tatort). The two are childhood friends whose mutual passion for police work put them on the same career path to becoming investigators, and who have teamed up to solve crimes in Potsdam, the capital of the German federal state of Brandenburg. Luna is strong-willed and thinks on her feet, but can be a little naïve, whereas Sophie is a bit more mature, but can suffer from analysis paralysis.
Together they are part of a larger unit which quickly becomes a close-knit work family. It includes their boss, Bernhard Henschel (Michael Lott, Professor T); forensic pathologist Werner Vense (Bernd Stegemann, SOKO Stuttgart); chief criminal inspectors David Grünbaum (Omar El-Saeidi, The Team) and Christoph Westerman (Hendrik von Bültzingslöwen, SOKO Wismar); and crime scene investigator Thomas Brandner (Yung Ngo, Dogs of Berlin).
Patria (Spain) (rescheduled from May)
Based on the bestselling novel Patria by Fernando Aramburu, this drama spans more than three decades as it tells a story of the Spanish Basque country threatened by the terrorism of the leftist separatist group ETA, as seen through the eyes of two families divided by the violent conflict.
On the day ETA announces a ceasefire, Bittori (Elena Irureta, The Time in Between) visits the cemetery where her husband Txato, who was murdered by the terrorists, is buried. She tells him she’s decided to return home to the village where they lived together to try and get closure. But her presence in the village causes chaos — enraging Miren (Ane Gabarain, 800 Bullets), her neighbor, once a close friend, and the mother of Joxe Mari, an imprisoned terrorist and the probable killer of Txato. The rift between the two women and their deeply held convictions make trying to forget impossible. So will they be able to forgive in a community shattered by political fanaticism?
Tu Es Mon Fils (France)
Set in the small town of Fouras in southwest France, this mystery thriller opens with the discovery of the lifeless body of a young high school student. Not only does it trigger a murder investigation, it stirs suspicion within Claire (Anne Marivin, You Will Be My Son) that her son, Raphaël (Paul Bartel, Das Boot), could be the killer…
This French remake of the British thriller A Mother’s Son costars Charles Berling (The Frozen Dead) and Thomas Jouannet (Contact).
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My Dog & I (God sobaki) (Ukraine)
This drama sees Sasha’s happily-ever-after life with husband Kostia crumble to bits in a series of traumatic events — from her husband cheating with an attractive woman and then forcing Sasha to move out of their home, to an accident that injures her and then being unfairly accused by the police. What saves Sasha from going off the deep end and helps her to get her life back on track is her bond with her 75 kg (165 lb) Leonberger dog, Gerda.
In the Shadows (Vzteklina) (Czech Republic)
In this crime thriller, a man avenges the death of his loved ones by killing those who were responsible, and terrorizes both the locals and investigators while hiding out. Virologist Pavel (Krystof Hádek, The Lens) arrives in that same small village the next day to investigate a rabies outbreak, and ends up getting involved in the double homicide case, as well. Soon he discovers a disturbing connection between the gruesome murders and the contagion.
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The Blood Pact: Season 1 (Klem) (Netherlands)
Barry Atsma (Bad Banks, The Split) stars in this crime thriller as Hugo Warmond, a widower struggling to balance his work life with parenting his two daughters, especially as his 8-year-old has become best friends with the daughter of Marius Milner (Jacob Derwig, Black Widow), a prolific criminal recently released from prison. Shortly after Marius is back on the outside, he’s involved in a freak accident and Hugo saves his life. A friendship develops between the two men, which also draws Hugo into a dangerous web of crime.
Featureing Marie-Mae van Zuilen (The Swell), Bodil de la Parra (Baantjer Mysteries), and Ad Knippels (Riphagen), The Blood Pact: Season 1 begins streaming Tuesday, September 1, as a no-additional-charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video.
Borgen: Seasons 1-3 (Denmark)
An International Emmy® Award nominee and a BAFTA TV Award winner, this excellent legal drama follows Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen, The Accident, Westworld, 1864), a wife, mother, and politician who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. Interwoven with her story is that of Katrine Fønsmark (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Greyzone, Vinyl, Game of Thrones), a journalist whose career intersects with Birgitte’s from the outside and later the inside.
Costarring Mikael Birkkjær (The Bridge), Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), and Søren Malling (The Killing), Borgen: Seasons 1-3 begins streaming Tuesday, September 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Bureau: Season 1 (Le Bureau des Légendes) (France)
Based on accounts from real-world spies and current events, this multiple award-winning spy thriller revolves around the lives of undercover agents of le bureau des légendes, the organization within France’s DGSE (the general directorate of external security) that trains and handles operatives before, during, and after their missions as legends — the false identities under which they live for months or years to gather security intelligence.
Mathieu Kassovitz (Amélie) stars as Guillaume Debailly, code-name Malotru, who for six years lived under the false identity of Paul LeFebvre, a teacher, in Damascus, Syria. There he began a relationship with Nadia El Mansour (Zineb Triki, The Frozen Dead), a married Syrian professor.
Season 1 opens with Debailly’s return to Paris, where he seemingly has no issues with resuming his real life as a divorced father of a teen-aged daughter and as a high-level agent within the bureau, despite being under routine surveillance and constantly checking the mirrors when he’s driving. Then something happens that prompts Debailly to do what no undercover agent is supposed to do, ever: He contacts Nadia. As Paul Lefebvre. As it turns out, Nadia is in Paris, as well, and the lovers reunite surreptitiously.
Meanwhile, the agent code-named Cyclone goes missing in Algeria, a situation fraught with risks to France’s national security and agents in the field. Debailly and Nadia’s relationship could put them in grave danger, too. And within the bureau, Marina Loiseau (Sara Giraudeau, Criminal: France), codename Phénomène, is in the final stages of her training before going undercover to infiltrate the nuclear industry in Iran. As the season progresses, one has no idea of who’s telling the truth or lying, who’s loyal or traitorous, or who’s working for whom.
The Cliff: Season 2: Depth of Darkness (aka The Lava Field, Hraunið) (Iceland)
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Trapped, Fortitude) returns as troubled Reykjavik detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson in the second season of this Scandi noir mystery-crime drama (which you might remember as The Lava Field). Helgi is called in to help local police investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy businessman on the remote Snaefellsnes Penninsula; however, the case turns out to be far from simple and looks more like murder. At the same time, a girl and her father disappear in a beautiful but dangerous lava field, which Helgi is also dragged into helping investigate.
On top of the complicated cases, the seasoned and gruff detective is annoyed by his inexperienced partner, Gréta (Heida Reed, Stella Blómkvist, Poldark), who is eager to prove herself. Pulled into a sinister trail of evidence, Helgi’s own deeply-hidden secrets are unearthed. But when his daughter is kidnapped, will he have to turn a blind eye to murder in order to save her life?
Costars include Joi Johannsson (Rig 45), Magnús Ragnarsson (Trapped), Maria Ellingsen (The Eagle), Sigurður Skúlason (The Valhalla Murders), Sólveig Arnarsdóttir (The Inspector and the Sea), and Sveinn Geirsson (The Court).
Based on The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs, books 8 and 9 in Jørn Lier Horst‘s best-selling “William Wisting Mystery” series of novels, this crime thriller stars Sven Nordin (Valkyrien, Blue Eyes) as William Wisting, a recently-widowed homicide detective wrestling with the most challenging case of his career: tracking down a wanted American serial killer living in Norway. Also on the case is New York-based FBI Special Agent Maggie Griffin (Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix, Jessica Jones), who’s intent on catching the notorious killer that got away from her 20 years ago. Meanwhile, Line (Thea Green Lundberg, Occupied), Wisting’s intrepid journalist daughter, is chasing headlines, leading her straight into the path of the serial killer.
Then suddenly, an old case comes back to haunt Wisting, and he’s left to figure out how he’s going to save other lives when he’s fighting for his own reputation, career, and life.
(For further details, read this article.)
Header photo credits: Greyzone courtesy of MHz Choice; The Last Word (photo by Frederic Batier) courtesy of Netflix; Potsdam Homicide courtesy of PBS Distribution / Walter Presents; We Got This (photo by Peter Cederling) courtesy of Sundance Now
For details about the September 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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