Twenty-seven new Euro TV series, seasons, and films from twelve countries premiere in the US in October, plus two shows from two more countries have their linear TV debuts.
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.
Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World (Netherlands) (In English)
This documentary film takes viewers inside the world of Bellingcat, the independent international collective of citizen journalists that uses groundbreaking investigation tactics to uncover earthshaking truths about everything from war zones to drug cartels.
Irina Björklund (Bordertown, The American) stars in this drama as Ann-Mari Sundell, a recently-retired peace negotiator for the Finnish government who is called on by the UN to lead an international conflict resolution process in Turkey. In addition to navigating her way through armed conflicts, corrupt governments, and powerful politicians as she mediates between two hardened parties, Ann-Mari must also make peace with her past, lest it interfere with the peace negotiation process.
Costars include Mikko Nousiainen (Deadwind), Louise Peterhoff (Blue Eyes), Kardo Razzazi (Alex), Sampo Sarkola (The Hunters), Abhin Galeya (Father Brown), and Richard Sammel (A French Village).
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (Oktoberfest 1900) (Germany)
Set in 1900, this historical drama thriller sees a rich newcomer with a shady past arriving in Munich, determined to crash the local Oktoberfest with his own brewery. But when his daughter falls in love with the heir to a rival brewery, their relationship triggers a violent chain of events that will threaten the futures of both families.
The six-part series stars Mišel Matičević (Babylon Berlin), Martina Gedeck (Line of Separation), Klaus Steinbacher (Das Boot), Mercedes Müller (Freud), and Brigitte Hobmeier (Tatort: Munich).
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Thursday, October 1, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Binding (Il legame) (Italy)
In this horror film, Emma (Mia Maestro, The Strain) and her daughter, Sofia (Giulia Patrignani, Killing Eve), are in Puglia to meet Teresa (Mariella Lo Sardo, 1993), the mother of her fiancé, Francesco (Riccardo Scamarcio, Palermo Connection). After Sofia is stung by a tarantula, she quickly shows signs of both illness and possession, and Emma must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter. Will Teresa, a healer who has the ability to perform magical rites on people, be able to help save the girl?
The Binding, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, October 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Paris Murders (Profilage) (France)
One of the most popular series on French telly (ten seasons to date, the eleventh in the works), this mystery-crime drama stars Odile Vuillemin (Piégés) as Chloé Saint-Laurent, a criminal profiler who’d been working with the Paris police to help solve murders. Following the death a year ago of the detective who was her partner, Chloé takes some time off and then effectively disappears. It is up to Captain Thomas Rocher (Philippe Bas, Murder in La Ciotat) to find her so he can convince her to return to work, because he and his crime squad team have a shocking new case for which he needs Chloé’s help.
Costarring Jean-Michel Martial (The Hookup Plan), Vanessa Valence (Plus belle la vie), and Raphaël Ferret (Résistance), The Paris Murders premieres in the US on Friday, October 2, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
Special Division (Hatuk Bazhin) (Armenia)
The first TV series from Armenia to be shown in the US is this ensemble-cast crime drama. Set in Yerevan, the country’s capital, it follows the police investigations led by Colonel Arno Ghazaryan (Shant Hovhannisyan, The Path of Our Dream).
Devils (Italy) (In English) (Rescheduled from August)
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 international cast includes 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, October 7, at 8 PM ET, on The CW.
To the Lake (Epidemiya) (Russia)
A “Best Series” nominee at the 2019 Cannes International Series Festival, this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller is based on the book of the same name by Yana Vagner. The story follows a group of people who risk their lives, loves, and even humanity to survive after a deadly plague triggers a global disaster that could spell the end of civilization. (Hmm…)
The series stars Kirill Käro (The Sniffer), Viktoriya Agalakova (Catherine the Great), Viktoriya Isakova (Richard Sorge: Master Spy), Aleksandr Robak (Sun of the Wolf), and Maryana Spivak (The Bureau).
To the Lake, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Wednesday, October 7, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Crimson Rivers: Season 2 (Les rivières pourpres) (France)
Olivier Marchal (Elite Squad) and Erika Sainte (Baron noir) reprise their roles as Commander Pierre Niemans and Lt. Camille Delaunay in the new season of this mystery-crime thriller. Like Season 1, Season 2 has four two-part stories in which the detective duo investigates complex crimes in remote regions of France, where they must navigate the local landscape as well as local folklore and traditions while following clues and evidence in their cases.
Kieler Street (Kielergata) (Norway)
A “Best TV Drama” nominee at the 2019 Golden Screen, Norway Awards, this thriller series stars Thorbjørn Harr (Vikings, Norsemen) as Jonas, a former criminal living under a new identity in a seemingly idyllic Norwegian town. He has a wonderful family and a great job, but his peaceful life starts to fall apart when he realizes that others of the townspeople also have criminal pasts and dark secrets — and that they are willing to go to any lengths and do anything to protect their identities. Just like Jonas.
The series costars Andrea Bræin Hovig (Mammon), Sigurd Myhre (Wisting), Silje Storstein (Young & Promising), Janne Heltberg (Occupied), Benjamin Helstad (The Saboteurs), and Nicolai Cleve Broch (Acquitted), and features Nader Khademi (Beforeigners), Anneke von der Lippe (Torpedo), and Alexandra Rapaport (The Sandhamn Murders)
La Révolution (France)
Set in 1787 France, this drama reimagines the history of the French Revolution. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin (Amir El Kacem, Kaboul Kitchen) — the future inventor of the guillotine — discovers a new virus. Nicknamed the “blue blood,” owing to its spread amongst the French aristocracy, it drives its victims to murder commoners, which soon leads to a massive rebellion…
Featuring Marilou Aussilloux (Call My Agent!), Coline Beal (Balthazar), Mamadou Doumbia (The Spanish Princess), Lionel Erdogan (Spiral), and Laurent Lucas (Criminal: France), La Révolution, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, October 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Rocco Schiavone: Season 2 (Italy)
Based on Antonio Manzini‘s international best-selling “Rocco Schiavone” novels, this mystery-crime drama — one of my favorite Euro TV premieres of 2018 — returns to the US with its second season (woo hoo!), which picks up where Season 1 left off. The gruff and charismatic F-bomb-hurling, weed-smoking Deputy Commissioner Rocco Schiavone (Marco Giallini, Romanzo Criminale) must explain to his superiors why the murderer killed the victim at his home, and the answer comes via flashback to July 2007, when Rocco was still in Rome and his wife, Marina (Isabella Ragonese, Inspector Montalbano), was still alive.
The series regulars include Ernesto D’Argenio (Thou Shalt Not Kill), Francesco Acquaroli (Suburra: Blood on Rome), Christian Ginepro (Il candidato), Massimiliano Caprara (Don Matteo), Filippo Dini (The Young Montalbano), Massimo Olcese (Don Matteo), Gino Nardella (All the Money in the World), and Claudia Vismara (The Ladies’ Paradise).
Someone Has to Die (Alguien tiene que morir) (Spain)
Created and directed by Manolo Caro (The House of Flowers), this three-part thriller, set in the conservative and traditional society of 1950s Spain, opens with a young man in Mexico being called home to Spain by his parents so he can meet his fiancée. How surprised are his family, then, when he arrives accompanied by Lazaro, a mysterious ballet dancer.
The miniseries stars Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Cecilia Suárez (The House of Flowers), Ernesto Alterio (Cable Girls), Alejandro Speitzer (La Reina del Sur), and award-winning dancer Isaac Hernández (El Rey de todo el mundo), and features Ester Expósito (Elite), Pilar Castro (Unauthorized Living), Mariola Fuentes (Arde Madrid), Eduardo Casanova (The House of Flowers), Manuel Morón (The Plague), Juan Carlos Vellido (The Zone), and Carlos Cuevas (Merlí).
Someone Has to Die, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, October 16, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Darkness: Those Who Kill (Den som dræber – Fanget af mørket) (Denmark)
In this 2019 reboot of the 2011 Danish crime thriller Those Who Kill, Kenneth M Christensen (The Legacy) and Natalie Madueño (Follow the Money) star as Jan Michelsen and Louise Bergstein, a detective and a criminal profiler, respectively, who team up to investigate serial murders in Copenhagen. Their first case together is complex — involving the abduction of a teen-aged girl six months ago and its connection to a similar case from a decade ago, the kidnappings and murders of four women in the past four years, and the present-day abduction of yet another young woman. Hoping to find at least one of the victims alive, Jan and Louise race against the clock to find the culprit and save the girls.
Costars include Signe Egholm Olsen (Borgen), Mads Riisom (Below the Surface), Peter Mygind (The Sommerdahl Murders), Tessa Hoder (Rita), Regitze Estrup (The Team), Uffe Rørbæk Madsen (Couple Trouble), and Maibritt Saerens (The Saboteurs).
Aber Bergen: Season 3 (Norway)
One of my favorite Euro TV premieres of 2020 returns (yay!) with its final season (waaa!). What will the defense attorneys at the Aber Bergen law firm get up to before we have to bid them farvel? Well, Erik (Odd-Magnus Williamson, Ragnarok, Nobel) becomes the KrF’s (Christian Democratic Party) candidate for mayor in Bergen, but there’s something going on with him that isn’t good, whether he wins the election or not. His business partner and former life partner, Elea (Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Acquitted, Wisting), finds herself in need of her own lawyer. And there’s more besides, of course…
(Trailer is for Season 2)
Costars include Line Verndal (Varg Veum), Lykke Kristine Moen (Eiktyrne), Siv Torin Knudsen Petersen (Ingen Retur), Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa (Amundsen), Lasse Lindtner (Codename Hunter), Oliander Taule (Voyager), Jan Sælid (Codename Hunter), and Morten Holst (The Lawyer).
Cadaver (Kadaver) (Norway)
In this psychological horror film, it’s the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, and Leonora (Gitte Witt, The Spy, Varg Veum), Jacob (Thomas Gullestad, Oljefondet, The 12th Man), and their daughter Alice (newcomer Tuva Olivia Remman) are starving but still (barely) alive. One day the local hotel invites survivors to attend a theatre play — with a meal included — as a charitable effort to help those in need. Left with no choice, the family of three decides to go.
There Mathias (Thorbjørn Harr, Norsemen, 22 July), the director, introduces the entire hotel as the stage. Attendees are given masks to help separate them from the actors, but the line between reality and theatre quickly gets blurred when the play takes an eerie turn: audience members start to disappear. One of them is Alice, who vanishes in front of Leo and Jacob, and there is no longer room for doubt. Something is very wrong with Mathias’s hotel.
Featuring Maria Grazia De Meo (Aber Bergen), Trine Wiggen (Beforeigners), Jonathan Rodriguez (Gåsmamman), Stig Frode Henriksen (Norsemen), and Helge Jordal (Vegas), Cadaver, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Thursday, October 22, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
In this historical drama, three people’s fates are interwoven in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D., during which Germanic warriors attempt to halt the spread of the Roman Empire.
The cast includes Gaetano Aronica (A Case of Conscience), Jeanne Goursaud (Einstein), Jeremy Miliker (M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder), Laurence Rupp (Murder by the Lake), David Schütter (The Valley), Bernhard Schütz (Babylon Berlin), Eva Verena Müller (Wilsberg), and Sergej Onopko (The Last Kingdom).
Barbarians, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, October 23, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Laëtitia Milot (Plus belle la vie, Murder in Avignon) reprises her role as Olivia Alessandri in this follow-up to the drama thriller Bright-Eyed Revenge. Five years have gone by (since the events in Season 2 of Bright-Eyed Revenge), and during that time Olivia reconciled with her tormented past and opened a law firm in Nice, where she is raising her daughter, Lou, on her own. Olivia’s new mission is to bring justice to those who have been wronged by the system — doing for them what she did for herself a few years earlier.
Costars include Cyrielle Debreuil (Black Spot), Philippe Duquesne (Vanished by the Lake), Cyril Lecomte (Kepler(s)), Lola Dubini (Le Latte Chaud), Éric Berger (The Paris Murders), Xavier Lemaître (Tony’s Revenge), and newcomer Dionéa Daboville.
Perfect Murders: Season 1 (Crimes Parfaits) (France)
Stories in this light mystery series let viewers know who the murderers are from the off. While the culprits believe they have committed the perfect crime, the investigators deconstruct the cunning plans to catch the criminals (with or without using alliteration).
The cast includes Isabelle Gélinas (Fais pas ci, fais pas ça), Arthur Mazet (Clem), Franck Adrien (The Returned), Thomas Walch (Chronicles of the Sun), Laurent Fernandez (A Deadly Union), Antoine Duléry (Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie), and Elisa Ruschke (Une Belle histoire).
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (W lesie dzis nie zasnie nikt) (Poland)
This horror film finds a group of technology-addicted teens at a rehab camp in the forest, but a sinister force intends to take them offline forever.
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Wednesday, October 28, exclusively on Netflix.
Werner Kolf (The Neighbors, Wolf) stars in this action-thriller series as Commander John de Koning, a Special Forces officer who leaves the Royal Dutch Commandos to focus on his family after a covert mission in Nigeria goes terribly wrong. While working a new job in the security business and trying to get his civilian life on track, two members of his old platoon die in suspicious circumstances. John’s hunt for the killer tests the loyalty and perseverance of this tight-knit group of highly-trained former soldiers, as they go from being the hunters to the hunted in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Meanwhile, John is confronted by secrets from his past and the dark longing within himself to live side by side with death.
Costars include Kay Greidanus (Riphagen), Egbert Jan Weeber (Baantjer Mysteries), Chiem Vreeken (Lord & Master), Bilal Wahib (The Neighbors), Teun Kuilboer (Strike Force), and Charlotte Timmers (Thieves of the Wood).
Commandos, a Topic Original Series, premieres in the US with its first three (of ten) episodes on Thursday, October 29, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels. New episodes will be released weekly.
Deutschland 89 (Germany)
Jonas Nay (Line of Separation) reprises his Deutschland 83 and Deutschland 86 role as Martin Rauch, an East German spy who must deal with the consequences after the “anti-fascist” Berlin Wall falls on the 9th of November 1989. The peaceful revolution has thrown his world into turmoil, leaving Martin and his fellow GDR agents at the HVA (East German Foreign Intelligence) reeling. Their government has collapsed, their organization is in chaos, and their futures are uncertain at best. With his longed-for new beginning turning into a nightmare, and loyalties shifting in the face of a new world order, Martin and co will have to reinvent themselves.
Also reprising their roles are Maria Schrader (The City and the City), Sylvester Groth (Dark), Fritzi Haberlandt (Babylon Berlin), Lavinia Wilson (Flemming), Florence Kasumba (Criminal: Germany), Niels Bormann (Crime Scene Cleaner), Uwe Preuss (In the Face of Crime), Anke Engelke (The Last Word), Carina Wiese (Dark), Alexander Beyer (The Little Drummer Girl), and Raul Casso (Fear the Walking Dead).
Deutschland 89 premieres in the US on Thursday, October 29, at 11 PM ET, on SundanceTV.
Vida Perfecta (Perfect Life) (Spain)
This drama series stars Leticia Dolera (The Boat) as María, Celia Freijeiro (The Mallorca Files) as Cristina, and Aixa Villagrán (Arde Madrid) as Esther — 30- and 40-something women whose lives intertwine as they deal with their respective crises and hit rock bottom. Yet they discover together that their lives don’t have to turn out the way they had planned in order for them to experience happiness.
Vida Perfecta premieres in the US on Thursday, October 29, exclusively on HBO Max.
The Challenge: ETA (El Desafío: ETA) (Spain)
This eight-episode docuseries centers on the fight by the Guardia Civil, the Spanish military police, against the Basque terrorist group ETA — a clash that lasted for half a century, until the group’s renunciation of weapons in 2017 and formal dissolution in 2018.
Based on best-selling author Olov Svedelid‘s series of “Roland Hassel” novels, this crime thriller stars Ola Rapace (Crimes of Passion, Wallander, Skyfall) as the eponymous detective — a rough, street-smart cop who leads an organized crime task force in Stockholm. When his father figure and mentor is brutally murdered, a devastated Hassel starts his own unofficial investigation with help from his “Triton” team of devoted colleagues. As Hassel becomes increasingly obsessed with the case, his family life starts to crumble — while the evidence points to the chain of command within the police department and up through the corridors of power in Stockholm and Brussels.
Costars include Aliette Opheim (Thicker than Water), Wilma Lidén (Triggermen), Shanti Roney (Arne Dahl), Nanna Blondell (Twin), Ana Gil de Melo Nascimento (Gåsmamman), David Nzinga (Before We Die), Christopher Wagelin (Moscow Noir), Jens Hultén (Johan Falk), Kalled Mustonen (Before We Die), and Angela Kovacs (Wallander).
Menendez: The Day of the Lord (Menendez Parte 1: El día del Señor) (Spain)
This horror film stars Juli Fàbregas (The Hockey Girls, Infieles) as Menéndez, a retired priest who lives in a dark, ruinous apartment with his back to the world. He suffers from a crisis of faith, and is haunted by nightmares and acts of his past that torture him. One day Menéndez receives a visit from Sebastián (Hector Illanes, Sr. Ávila), an old friend who begs the former priest to exorcize his daughter of the devil that has possessed her — despite being well aware of the aggressive methods that Menéndez uses. Pushed by Sebastián’s insistence and his own inner conflict, Menéndez takes this case as a chance for redemption. Now he has a new goal in life. But is the girl really possessed or will she suffer needless torture?
Menendez: The Day of the Lord, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, October 30, exclusively on Netflix.
Suburra: Blood on Rome: Season 3 (Suburra – La serie) (Italy)
In the ultimate season of Suburra: Blood on Rome, the final judgement in the battle for land in a Roman seaside town is close, and the criminals are ready to play the game for the last time.
Returning cast members include Alessandro Borghi (Devils) as Aureliano, Giacomo Ferrara (Don Matteo) as Spadino, Francesco Acquaroli (Rocco Schiavone) as Samurai, Filippo Nigro (Medici) as Amedeo, Carlotta Antonelli (Mafia Undercover) as Angelica, and Federica Sabatini (Sons of ‘Ndrangheta) as Nadia.
Suburra: Blood on Rome: Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, October 30, exclusively on Netflix.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON LINEAR TV
Internal Affairs (Sever) (Czech Republic)
Jirí Mádl (Borgia) stars in this crime drama series as Petr Svoboda, a builder who, after finding a dead body by his home and becoming interested in the homicide case, decides to become a cop. Obsessed with justice, Petr investigates murders and other crimes with his friend and partner, Vítek Brázdil (Stepán Benoni, Wasteland), while delving into the corruption within the police department, political establishment, and business community.
Love Swing (Vyshe tolko lyubov) (Ukraine)
In this romance drama, Martha’s (Victoria Klinkova, Detective Anna) goal of becoming an Olympic gymnast are shattered because of her slimy coach, so she switches gears and decides to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a circus artist. When she is paired with two young and handsome trapeze artists — Vlad (Alexander Sokolov, Hide and Seek) and Maks (Stanislav Tikunov, Wild League) — for the main number, new problems arise: both men fall in love with her.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
1992: Berlusconi Rising (Italy)
Set primarily in Milan and Rome against the backdrop of the Mani Pulite (Clean Hands) national anti-corruption investigation, which led to the collapse of Italy’s post-World War II First Republic government, this period drama follows six people whose lives become inextricably entwined during the course of this watershed year in Italy’s history. They include marketing exec Leonardo Notte (Stefano Accorsi, Made in Italy), wanna-be TV starlet Veronica Castello (Miriam Leone, Thou Shalt Not Kill), former Iraq War soldier Pietro Bosco (Guido Caprino, The Miracle), police investigator Luca Pastore (Domenico Diele, Don Matteo), rich party girl Bibi Mainaghi (Tea Falco, The Young Montalbano), and Luca’s debt-ridden colleague Rocco Venturi (Alessandro Roja, From Father to Daughter).
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Season 1 (Non uccidere) (Italy)
Set in Turin, this dark and moody mystery-crime drama series stars Miriam Leone (1992) as Chief Inspector Valeria Ferro, a steely, demanding, and impetuous crime squad detective who often crosses the line and then gets reeled in by her boss (and lover), Giorgio Lombardi (Thomas Trabacchi, The Promised Life). The first season finds Valeria and her partner, Andrea Russo (Matteo Martari, Luisa Spagnoli), investigating the death of a teen-aged girl, the murder of a wealthy bank owner, and the disappearance of a pregnant woman, amongst the six two-part crime stories.
Outside of work, Valeria’s life becomes as complicated as her cases after her mother, Lucia (Monica Guerritore, Rossella), jailed years ago for the murder of Valeria’s father, is released early from prison and moves in with her son Giacomo (Davide Iacopini, Fog and Crimes) and his family, with whom Valeria has been living happily. Until now.
Gomorrah, Seasons 1 & 2 (Italy)
Based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book, and recently rated #5 on The New York Times list of the top 30 international shows of the decade, this acclaimed series chronicles the brutal world of the Camorra crime syndicate in Naples, Italy. Power, money, and blood are the values that the residents of Naples and Caserta confront every day. With practically no choice, they are forced to obey the rules of the local Mafia.
(Trailer is for Season 1)
Header photo credits: Barbarians (photo by Katalin Vermes) courtesy of Netflix; Deutschland 89 (photo by Anika Molnar/SundanceTV/UFA FICTION/Amazon Prime © 2020 Sundance TV/UFA FICTION GmbH/Amazon Prime) courtesy of SundanceTV; Hassel courtesy of PBS Distribution / Walter Presents; Kieler Street courtesy of MHz Choice
For details about the October 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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