A bumper crop of Euro TV premieres in the US — including 29 new series, seasons, specials, and films from twelve countries — closes out this eventful year.
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.
Blood of the Vine: Season 5 (Le sang de la vigne) (France)
Hurray! And nooo! After four and a half years since the US premiere of Season 4, this terrific mystery series finally returns to our screens — with its final season. (Waaa!) In it Pierre Arditi (Captain Marleau) reprises his role as Benjamin Lebel, an internationally-renowned wine expert and ad hoc sleuth who uses his skills to sniff out clues and culprits of murders that take place amongst the grapes while working with clients on their wines.
Inspired by characters in Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen’s “Winemaker Detective” novels, the stories in the new season take Benjamin to Angoulême, Bandol, Nantes, and other scenic, wine-growing areas of France, to assist his clients. But he is the one who needs help after he is attacked and soon thereafter becomes the prime suspect in a crime.
Featuring Yoann Denaive (Magellan), Catherine Demaiffe (Murder in Lorraine), and Claire Nebout (Nicolas Le Floch), Blood of the Vine: Season 5 premieres in the US on Tuesday, December 1, exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon Channels.
Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic (In English) (Iceland)
In this upbeat English-language special, comedian Ari Eldjárn pokes fun at Nordic rivalries, Hollywood’s take on Thor, the whims of toddlers, and more.
Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic, a Netflix Comedy Special, premieres globally on Wednesday, December 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Fierce (Jak zostać gwiazdą) (Poland)
In this comedy musical film, Katarzyna Sawczuk (The Teacher) plays Marta “Ostra” Ostrowicz, a gifted young singer who becomes an instant sensation on a popular talent show. But her real goal is earning the love of her father, Olo Zawistowski (Maciej Zakoscielny, Diagnoza), a member of the show’s jury.
Fierce, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Wednesday, December 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Hazel Brugger: Tropical (Germany)
In this stand-up special, comedian Hazel Brugger offers her breezy takes on unruly geese, chatty gynecologists, German bank loans, and more.
Hazel Brugger: Tropical, a Netflix Comedy Special, premieres globally on Wednesday, December 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Sabrina Ouazani (The Hookup Plan) stars in this comedy film as Lucie, a young dancer who has a serious accident and ends up in a coma. After awakening, she tries to rediscover herself as a dancer and meets Vincent (Kevin Mischel, Divines), a talented b-boy battling his own insecurities.
Break, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Thursday, December 3, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Christmas Crossfire (Wir Können Nicht Anders) (Germany)
In this comedy-crime thriller movie, Kostja Ullmann (Beat, Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries) stars as Samuel, a guy who foils an attempted murder and then flees the crew of would-be killers along with their intended target, while a woman he’s just met tries to find him.
Christmas Crossfire, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, December 4, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Leyla Everlasting (9 Kere Leyla) (Turkey)
Haluk Bilginer (Innocent, Alex Rider) stars in this dark comedy film as Adem, one man with two women and three problems. First, Adem has decided to end his 20-year marriage to Leyla (Demet Akbag, Immortal Love) to be with Nergis (Elçin Sangu, Immortals), their marriage counselor and now his mistress. However, getting rid of Leyla is nearly impossible; she’s like a cat with nine lives. But if Adem doesn’t get it done soon, Nergis will leave him.
Besides his love life, Adem has to deal with Mahdum (Firat Tanis, Istanbullu Gelin), who is after Adem’s antique handwritten manuscript, and Haris (Alican Yucesoy, Subat), his jealous, greedy lawyer.
Leyla Everlasting, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, December 4, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Vanishing (Das Verschwinden) (Germany)
Julia Jentsch (Pagan Peak, Hannah Arendt) stars in this mystery miniseries as Michelle, a single mother living in a small Bavarian town near the Czech border. When her daughter, Janine (Elisa Schlott, Shades of Guilt), goes missing and the local police do little to find the teen, Michelle starts her own investigation. What she discovers are secrets and lies kept under a tight lid by the whole community. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more she is horrified by what she learns about her daughter — and herself.
Borderland (Über die Grenze) (Germany)
Set in Kehl, this crime drama follows a German-French police team as they investigate crimes in the Ortenau/Alsace border region. The cast includes Thomas Sarbacher (The Diplomat), Philippe Caroit (Perfect Murders), Carlo Ljubek (Beat), Anke Retzlaff (Tatort), Bernhard Piesk (The Weissensee Saga), Noémie Kocher (Banking District), and Karmela Shako (Rote Rosen).
Rose Island (L’isola delle rose) (Italy)
Set in the late ’60s, this comedy-drama film is based on the true story of Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano, The Man Without Gravity), an engineer who decides to counter the stuffy Italian society of the time by building his own island in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Rimini — founding the Republic of Rose Island, declaring independence from Italy, and becoming the President of the new micronation.
Giorgio’s man-made island nation draws the world’s attention, including that of the Italian Prime Minister, who declares Rose Island Italy’s Enemy Number One.
Costars include Leonardo Lidi (Lessons of Love), Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing), Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones), François Cluzet (The Intouchables), and Luca Zingaretti (Detective Montalbano).
Rose Island, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, December 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
4 Blocks: Season 3 (Germany)
This critically-acclaimed, award-winning crime drama follows Ali “Toni” Hamady (Kida Khodr Ramadan, Greyzone), the head of an Arab crime family in the Neukölln section of Berlin. For the sake of his wife and daughter, Toni sets out to leave the criminal business, but people and circumstances keep preventing him from going legit. In the final season, his hot-headed brother, Abbas (Veysel Gelin, Man from Beirut), takes over as head of the family — but the normal life for Toni is still fraught with danger.
(Video is from Season 1)
Blackout (Belgium, in Flemish)
In this thriller, the daughter of Prime Minister Annemie Hillebrand (Sara de Roo, Many Heavens) is kidnapped as a nationwide blackout engulfs Belgium. If Annemie brings the power grid back online, her daughter will die; if she doesn’t, her career could be over.
Costarring Geert Van Rampelberg (The Day), Blackout, a Topic Original series, premieres in the US on Thursday, December 10, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels.
The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) (Spain)
Created by Carlos Montero (Elite) and based on his award-winning novel of the same name, this thriller set in rural Galicia follows the stories of two teachers, Raquel (Inma Cuesta, Criminal: Spain) and Viruca (Bárbara Lennie, Isabel), via two timelines.
Raquel is the new teacher who’s just arrived at the high school in the village where her husband grew up. She soon learns that Viruca, the teacher she replaced, had a tragic ending. So Raquel starts her own investigation to find out the truth about what really happened, and in the process gets entangled, like Viruca, in a spiral of threats, lies, and mysteries that will change many lives forever.
Costarring Tamar Novas (High Seas), Arón Piper (Elite), and Roberto Enríquez (Locked Up), The Mess You Leave Behind, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, December 11, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Paris Murders: Season 2 (Profilage) (France)
Following the events in the Season 1 finale, the second season of this mystery-crime drama finds forensic profiler Chloé Saint-Laurent (Odile Vuillemin, Piégés) trying for work-life balance with her young adopted daughter and a demanding job on homicide cases. But she stands to lose everything when she is charged with murder. Things aren’t great for her partner, Rocher (Philippe Bas, Murder in La Ciotat), either; his sister is in grave danger, and he falls into the nets of a dangerous psychopath while trying to save her.
Reunions (Réunions) (France) (rescheduled from Nov 23)
In this new comedy series, Jérémy (Loup-Denis Elion, Murder in Lille) inherits a hotel on the island of Réunion, bequeathed to him by the late father he never knew. Actually, only half of the hotel, as Antoine (Nicolas Bridet, Spin), the half-brother Jérémy gained in the process, gets the other half. Thing is, the hotel is on the verge of bankruptcy, so not only have Jérémy and his partner, Chloé (Laëtitia Milot, Bright-Eyed Revenge), not escaped their debts, they now have even more. It’s going to take something to turn the hotel around, but it might take even more for the skint couple to work together with the well-off Antoine and his wife, Victoire (Sara Martins, Death in Paradise), to make it happen.
La Porta Rossa (The Red Door) (Italy)
In this supernatural crime thriller, Trieste cop Leonardo Cagliostro (Lino Guanciale, Palermo Connection) has a vision of the future moments before he is murdered. Now he must stay on Earth to find his killer and to save his wife, Anna (Gabriella Pession, Crossing Lines), who is in danger.
Following on from the events in 1992 and 1993, this period drama sees Italy drastically changed with the election of Silvio Berlusconi (Paolo Pierobon, Anti-Mafia Squad). Now, political mastermind Leonardo Notte (Stefano Accorsi, The Young Pope) finds that while it is not easy to win power, holding on to it might prove to be impossible.
Costarring Guido Caprino (The Miracle) and Miriam Leone (Thou Shalt Not Kill), 1994 premieres in the US on Thursday, December 17, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels.
All the Sins: Season 2 (Kaikki synnit) (Finland)
Unlike Season 1, which is set in the present day (well, 2019), the new season of this crime thriller is set 20 years earlier, on the cusp of the new millennium, but still within the deeply-religious Laestadian community in Varjakka in northern Finland. After a husband and wife are found dead in their kitchen, young police inspector Jussi Ritola (Matti Ristinen, Syke) launches a criminal investigation, which turns his stable life upside down.
Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe (The Wedding Unplanner) (Spain)
Belén Cuesta (Money Heist, Paquita Salas) stars in this romantic comedy film as Marina, a successful, 30-something wedding planner in Madrid who hooks up with Carlos (Álex García, Unknown Origins), a guest at her client’s wedding, thinking they’ll never see each other again. Except they do. Even more awkward is Carlos hiring Marina to organize his wedding to Alexia (Silvia Alonso, Morocco: Love in Times of War), a former classmate of Marina who had bullied her…
Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe premieres in the US on Friday, December 18, on HBO Max.
Home for Christmas: Season 2 (Hjem til Jul) (Norway)
One of my favorite new series of 2019, this Norwegian comedy-drama follows Johanne (Ida Elise Broch, Shetland, Lilyhammer), a single, 30-something woman who’s tired of being the only one amongst her family and friends without a partner. In Season 1, she sets out to find a boyfriend in the 24 days before Christmas, and viewers were left with a cliffhanger. Season 2 is set in another December, during which Johanne continues her pursuit of eternal, warm, and real love. But when her family and the world around her fall apart, will she still believe in true and everlasting love? And if it even exists, will she find the one for her this Christmas?
Returning cast members include Dennis Storhøi (The River), Anette Hoff (Maniac), Gabrielle Leithaug, Oddgeir Thune (Occupied), Felix Sandman (Quicksand), and Stian Blipp (Side om side). Joining the cast are Edward Schultheiss (Lilyhammer), Hermann Sabado (Mammon), and Dagny Norvoll Sandvik (Origin of Man).
Home for Christmas: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, December 18, exclusively on Netflix.
The Legend of El Cid (El Cid) (Spain)
Jaime Lorente (Money Heist, Elite) stars in this historical drama-biopic as Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, a young page who loyally serves Sancho, the future king of Leon and Castilla, with his skills with the sword. As Rodrigo struggles to excel at court, he finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy to overthrow the king that will cause blood, pain, and death for both the Christian kingdoms and the Muslim Taifa.
Bukow and König: Season 3 (Polizeiruf 110) (Germany)
Anneke Kim Sarnau (Crime Scene Cleaner) and Charly Hübner (Tatort) return as Katrin König and Alexander Buckow, the highly-effective Rostock-based crime-fighting team, in the new season of this cop drama. New stories find the pair investigating the murders of the head of a private children’s home, a politician, and a teen runaway, amongst others.
(Video is from Season 2)
Love Me: Season 1 (Älska mig) (Sweden)
The winner of the 2020 Kristallen award for Best Television Drama, this dramedy revolves around the lives and cares of a family in Stockholm — including siblings Clara (Josephine Bornebusch, Welcome to Sweden) and Aron (Gustav Lindh, Beartown) and their parents, Kersti (Ia Langhammer, The Truth Will Out) and Sten (Johan Ulveson, Bonus Family).
Shadow Lines (Nyrkki) (Finland)
Set in the 1950s, this ten-episode thriller follows Helena (Emmi Parviainen, Secret Lives), a student just returned to Helsinki from America, who is being recruited by her godfather to join a top-secret Finnish task force in furthering the work of its ongoing missions: to prevent two global powerhouses — the United States and the Soviet Union — from meddling in Finland’s presidential election, and to keep their homeland independent while the CIA and the KGB vie for control of the country.
But as Helena begins to discover the truth about her past, her personal and professional lives collide. With long-kept secrets and political agendas coming to a head, the team must overcome lies and distrust if they have any chance of succeeding in their missions.
Costars include Olavi Uusivirta (Deadwind), Sampo Sarkola (Bordertown), Katja Küttner (Look of a Killer), Hannu-Pekka Björkman (M/S Romantic), Ivan Mathias Petersson (Gåsmamman), Jonna Järnefelt (Easy Living), and Samuel Vauramo (Secret Enemies).
Shadow Lines premieres in the US in its entirety on Thursday, December 24, exclusively on Sundance Now and its digital channels, including Sundance Now on Amazon Channels. (The series also premieres on Sundance Now in Canada on the same date.)
What the Future Holds (El día de mañana) (Spain)
Set in the 1960s, this six-part thriller follows Justo Gil (Oriol Pla, Merlí), a young and ambitious man who moves to the prosperous and promising city of Barcelona, intent on becoming successful. As his career begins to take off, his life intersects with that of Carme Román (Aura Garrido, The Ministry of Time), a young, aspiring actress with whom he engages in a passionate love affair that will haunt the two for years to come.
Justo also collides with Mateo Moreno (Jesús Carroza, Mar de plástico), a policeman from the dreaded Social Brigade (secret police). Unexpected turns of events plunge Justo into a dark network of espionage, making him an informer for Franco’s political police.
Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) (Norway)
Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Dag, In Order of Disappearance, Kon Tiki) reprises his role as Roy Gundersen in the third installment of the “Børning” action-comedy films — Norway’s answer to the “Fast & Furious” franchise. This time around, after his bride-to-be slams the brakes on their wedding, Roy accepts a challenge from a new foe to race for his beloved at the iconic Nürburgring track in Germany.
Featuring Björn Kjellman (Love & Anarchy), Peter Kurth (Babylon Berlin), Alexandra Maria Lara (You Are Wanted), Henrik Mestad (Occupied), and Sven Nordin (Wisting), Asphalt Burning, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Saturday, December 26, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Road Trip: Season 1 (Spain)
This reality series follows actress and YouTube sensation Esty Quesada (Veneno) and popular TV host Nuria Roca, strangers when they meet in Miami, who decide to share a car and drive together from Florida to New York. Across five episodes, the two will get to know each other and share with viewers their experiences during the trip.
Road Trip: Season 1 premieres in the US on Saturday, December 26, on HBO Max.
Mafiosa: Season 3 (France)
Following on from the events in Season 2, the third season of this crime drama finds mob head Sandra Paoli (Hélène Fillières, Collection Fred Vargas) still feuding with her brother, Jean-Michel (Thierry Neuvic, Piégés), who’s still in a coma. She also becomes the target of nationalist businessman Grimaldi (A Prophet), who declares war on Sandra, his new enemy.
Based on the acclaimed podcast Equinox 1985 by Tea Lindeburg, Equinox is a character-driven supernatural mystery thriller about a young woman named Astrid (Danica Curcic, The Chestnut Man, Warrior, Nobel), who is very affected by the unexplainable disappearance of her sister and her school class in 1999. Set in Denmark, the six-part series swipes back and forth between 1999, when it all started, and the present day.
A class of graduating students inexplicably disappears without a trace in 1999. Nine-year-old Astrid, the sister of one of the missing students, becomes traumatized and plagued by horrific visions after her sister’s disappearance. Twenty-one years later, Astrid is the host of a late-night radio show when, all of a sudden, her nightmares reappear. When one of the three survivors from 1999 contacts her through her show and mysteriously dies soon thereafter, Astrid is determined to find out what happened to her sister and the class, only to discover a dark and unsettling truth that involves her in ways she never imagined.
Costars include Viola Martinsen (When the Dust Settles), Hanne Hedelund (Borgen), Lars Brygmann (Dicte), Karoline Hamm (The Sommerdahl Murders), Fanny Leander Bornedal (The Bridge), August Carter (Little Murders), Ask Emil Mossberg Truelsen (Lukas and the Aspies), and Alexandre Willaume (Rita).
Equinox, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Wednesday, December 30, exclusively on Netflix. You can set a reminder for it at Netflix.com/equinox.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON LINEAR TV
The Heiress (Naslednitsa ponevole) (Ukraine, in Russian)
This Russian-language drama from Ukraine follows Sofia, a young woman who splits her time between the university and helping her mother at their hotel, while longing for true love. Her work — playing a princess in a historical entertainment performance for kids — is as uninteresting as everything else in her life. Then one day it all changes.
Sofia suddenly learns that she belongs to an ancient aristocratic family, whose roots go back to the monarchy. As the heir of a Royal house, a life of luxury and wealth awaits her. So, too, do lethal and ruthless enemies who target Sofia for her new-found wealth and position.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
The Berlin Dance School: Season 1 (Ku’Damm 56) (Germany)
Set in 1956 Berlin, during Germany’s post-war economic boom, this period drama finds Caterina Schollack (Claudia Michelsen, Flemming), the conservative proprietor of the prestigious Galant dance school, concerned about marrying off her three daughters — Monika (Sonja Gerhardt, Deutschland 86), Eva (Emilia Schüle, Charité), and Helga (Maria Ehrich, Hotel Adlon) — to wealthy or well-established gentlemen.
While Eva and Helga have each found an eligible bachelor, Monika becomes fascinated with a whole new world filled with leather jackets, dirty dancing, and American rock ‘n’ roll — as all three sisters struggle with adulthood and their first experiences as women while doing their best to live up to their mother’s expectations and prudish morality.
Idiomatic: Season 1 (Jättekiva) (Finland)
This fabulous romantic comedy-drama series follows the lives of Laplander Aino (Anna Paavilainen, Wonderland) and Finnish-Swedish Micke (Elmer Bäck, Roba), a woke-ish couple who are forced to move. Their new digs are an apartment owned by his wealthy parents, aka their new neighbors, in a posh Helsinki neighborhood. Micke’s childhood friend, Petski (Kari Ketonen, Arctic Circle), lives there, too. The new living arrangement begins to affect the couple differently, especially after Aino’s skint brother moves into the guest room. With folks from all backgrounds, age groups, socioeconomic status, etc, living under the same roof, Aino and Micke’s good relationship gets put to the test on a daily basis.
Merlí: Season 1 (Spain, in Catalan & Spanish)
One of my favorite shows of 2016, this brilliant drama will be streaming again in the US. Hurray! Witty and intelligent, it revolves around the life of Merlí Bergeron (Francesc Orella, Infieles, El comisario). Unemployed, broke, and forced to move with his son, Bruno (David Solans, The Hockey Girls), into his mum’s apartment, Merlí lands a teaching gig at the local high school, where Bruno is one of his students.
With a nod to Dead Poets Society, the charismatic Merlí teaches philosophy and instructs his students to observe, reflect, question, and think about their lives à la renowned philosophers — from Aristotle and Plato, to the Skeptics and the Sophists. Their ideologies become the themes of the episodes, in which his students, aka the Peripatetics, use the knowledge they glean to help solve the problems they and their friends and families face.
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 November 9, 1989. The peaceful revolution has thrown his world into turmoil, leaving Martin and his fellow East German Foreign Intelligence agents reeling. Their government has collapsed, their organization is in chaos, and their futures are uncertain. 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.
Baron Noir: Season 2 (France)
After being thrown under the proverbial bus and maneuvering for a political comeback in Season 1, Season 2 of this award-winning political drama finds Philippe Rickwaert (Kad Merad, Don’t Worry, I’m Fine) out of prison and working in the shadows to get Amélie Dorendeu (Anna Mouglalis, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky), the First Secretary of the Socialist Party, elected president. But the path to victory is anything but smooth.
Header photo credits: 1994 courtesy of Topic; Borderland courtesy of MHz Choice; Shadow Lines courtesy of Sundance Now; The Vanishing courtesy of PBS Distribution / Walter Presents
For details about the December 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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