Bonne année! The new year kicks off with the US premieres of 27 new Euro TV series, seasons, specials, and films from 7 countries, plus 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.
Captain Marleau: The Slave Tree (Capitaine Marleau: L’arbre aux esclaves) (France)
Following the Christmas 2020 episode, this special New Year’s Day episode finds Marleau (Corinne Masiero, Collection Fred Vargas) on vacation in Guadeloupe, but her R&R gets interrupted when she’s called to help the local police investigate the murder of a musician.
Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) (Norway) (rescheduled from December 2020)
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, January 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
30 Coins (30 Monedas) (Spain)
This eight-episode horror series follows Father Vergara (Eduard Fernández, Criminal: Spain, The Zone), an exorcist who is sent away by the church to become the local priest of Pedraza, a remote town in Spain. When inexplicable terror begins to plague the idyllic community, the local vet, Elena (Megan Montaner, Velvet Colección, The Embassy), and the town’s mayor, Paco (Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Velvet, Sense8), form an unlikely alliance to understand the source of the strange and demonic events.
Movie of the Week: A Change of Heart (Coup de coeur) (France)
Pierre Arditi (Blood of the Vine) stars in this comedy-drama as Jean-Pierre Berthelot, a brilliant, brittle surgeon who learns what it’s like to be on the other end of the scalpel when he is diagnosed with a serious heart ailment.
Spiral: Season 8 (Engrenages) (France)
The end of Season 7 saw more strain on the Laure-Gilou team, but not of their relationship together. Their unorthodox investigation methods have led to significant complications and shifting power dynamics within the group. What will become of this passionate but flawed police squad in the final season of this International Emmy® Award-winning police thriller?
Returning for the final series are Caroline Proust (The Tunnel), Audrey Fleurot (A French Village), Thierry Godard (A French Village), Bruno Debrandt (Caïn), Lionel Erdogan (La Révolution), Jean-Pierre Colombi, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Art of Crime), Valentin Merlet (The Tunnel), Kija King (Les Misérables), and Tewfik Jallab (Trepalium).
In this series about love, intimacy, and figuring out the relationship you want, 22-year-old Cathrine (Asta Kamma August, The New Nurses) is missing something with her boyfriend, Simon (Jonathan Bergholdt Jørgensen, Rebecka Martinsson). Namely, sex. Will finding it elsewhere cost her everything?
Lupin is a contemporary retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief and master of disguise, created in 1905 by French author Maurice Leblanc. The series stars Omar Sy (The Intouchables, Jurassic World) as Assane Diop, whose life was turned upside down when he was a teenager. It was then that his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Now, twenty-five years later, Assane will use “Arsène Lupin: Gentleman Burglar” as his inspiration to avenge his father.
The cast includes Hervé Pierre (Spin), Nicole Garcia (Captain Marleau), Clotilde Hesme (The Returned), Ludivine Sagnier (The Young Pope), Antoine Gouy (A Very Secret Service), Shirine Boutella (Papicha), and Soufiane Guerrab (Spiral).
Lupin: Part 1, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, January 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Nordic Murders (Der Usedom-Krimi) (Germany)
Set on the secluded island of Usedom off the north shore of Germany, this mystery-crime drama series opens with former district attorney Karin Lossow (Katrin Saß, Dogs of Berlin) released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for shooting her husband. Her daughter, Julia (Lisa Maria Potthoff, Skylines), is the Detective Chief Inspector for the Usedom police, and their fragile mother-daughter relationship is put to the test as they team up to investigate criminal cases on the island.
Stuck Apart (Azizler) (Turkey)
Engin Günaydin (The Magnificent Century) stars in this comedy-drama film as Aziz, who is knee-deep in a midlife crisis and seeks solace from his mundane job, lonesome friends, and rowdy family while pretending to have his act together.
Stuck Apart, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, January 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Criminalist Viola Delbrück (Yvonne Catterfeld, A Dangerous Fortune) and Detective Burkhard “Butsch” Schulz (Götz Schubert, Generation War) are mismatched investigators in this atmospheric crime drama set in the mountains of Upper Lusatia.
Movie of the Week: Brother and Sister (Frère & soeur) (France)
This comedy stars Bernard Le Coq (Perfect Crimes) as Bruno Cellini, a 50-year-old guy who didn’t expect his estranged father to show up on his doorstep after so many years. That goes double for the person with him: Tarita (Roxane Potereau, Impatients), the 15-year-old Polynesian half-sister Bruno didn’t know he had.
The War Is Over (La guerra è finita) (Italy)
Based loosely on Aharon Megged’s nonfiction book The Story of the Selvino Children: Journey to the Promised Land, this limited series is set between 1945 and 1946 in post-World War II Italy. The story follows two people — Davide (Michele Riondino, The Young Montalbano), a former engineer who is looking for his deported wife and son, and Giulia (Isabella Ragonese, Rocco Schiavone), a volunteer who is deeply marked by her father’s collaboration with the Nazis — as they attempt to restore a sense of normal life to a group of Italian and foreign children heavily affected by the suffering and horrors they experienced in the Nazi concentration camps during the war.
Call My Agent!: Season 4 (Dix pour cent) (France)
The fourth and final season of this hilarious series, which follows the agents of Paris talent agency ASK, finds Andrea (Camille Cottin, Killing Eve) in charge of ASK and the agency in a precarious state. Guest stars include Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia), Franck Dubosc (Camping), José Garcia (Now You See Me), Sandrine Kiberlain (Mademoiselle Chambon), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), and Jean Reno (The Professional), amongst many others.
Call My Agent!: Season 4, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Thursday, January 21, exclusively on Netflix.
Gomorrah: Season 3 (Gomorra: La serie) (Italy)
The third season of this hit mafia crime drama finds Genny Savastano (Salvatore Esposito, Fargo) taking control and ultimately ruling over Naples and Rome. Within his network, two women rise to power: Annalisa, aka “Scianel” (Cristina Donadio, The Man Without Gravity), a key drug pusher and a natural leader, and Patrizia (Cristiana Dell’Anna, Trust), one of Genny’s most faithful foot soldiers.
When Ciro (Marco D’Amore, The Immortal) forms a new partnership with the young and ambitious Enzo (Arturo Muselli, The Promised Life), a light that once vanished from Ciro’s eyes reappears. The former street-level drug dealers cast their net far beyond the city of Naples and the borders of Italy. But when Genny, Ciro, and Enzo are about to make peace, Enzo demands a sacrifice.
Costars include Loris De Luna (Medici), Ivana Lotito (Romulus), Gianfranco Gallo (Don Matteo), Carlo Cerciello (Stolen Days), Pasquale Esposito (Don Matteo), Carlo Caracciolo (The Bastards of Pizzofalcone), and Andrea Di Maria (Lampedusa).
3 Caminos (Spain)
This drama series follows five people as they make three journeys — in 2000, 2006, and 2021 — on El Camino de Santiago, the famed pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Much happens over the years, as all of them experience friendship, loss, jealousy, love, courage, despair, forgiveness, bliss, and finding their purpose in life.
The anti-establishment rage of Jana (Anna Schimrigk, Tatort: Borowski) will calm down and reveal unexpected compassion in the German woman. Luca (Andrea Bosca, The War Is Over), the Italian, will hit rock bottom and resurrect himself with a little help from his friends, as Roberto (Álex González, Unauthorized Living), the Mexican, will learn to forgive himself by accepting that another’s death was not his fault. And while their passion for music seems to make Korean Yoon Soo (Alberto Jo Lee, The Boat) and Spaniard Raquel (Verónica Echegui, Fortitude) the perfect couple, they must learn the hard way that they have mistaken friendship for love before they can find peace of mind.
3 Caminos premieres globally on Friday, January 22, exclusively on Prime Video.
Rocco Schiavone: Season 3 (Italy)
Based on Antonio Manzini‘s “Rocco Schiavone Mystery” novels, this fabulous series returns to find Deputy Police Commissioner Rocco Schiavone (Marco Giallini, Forgive Us Our Debts) more and more alone in the increasingly cold and inhospitable city of Aosta — forced to come to terms with everything that has happened. His best friend, Sebastiano (Francesco Acquaroli, Suburra: Blood on Rome), is under house arrest and refuses to speak to him, convinced that Rocco had him arrested before he could kill the man who murdered his wife. After Sebastiano escapes, everything in Rocco’s life starts to fall apart, and it appears that he has no choice but to escape himself and leave no trace of his whereabouts…
So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! (Salir del ropero) (Portugal, Spain)
In this comedy film, Sofia (Verónica Forqué, Three Days of Christmas) decides to marry her best friend, Celia (Rosa Maria Sardà, The Queen of Spain), but Sofia’s granddaughter, Eva (Ingrid García Jonsson, Instinto), worries what her fiancé and his ultra-conservative family will think.
So My Grandma’s a Lesbian!, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Friday, January 22, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Reunions (Réunions) (France) (rescheduled from December)
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.
Love in… (France)
Get swept away in this Gallic romance anthology — fall in love, see the world, and practice your French at the same time!
Movie of the Week: Bankable (France)
In this comedy-drama, the wealthy Deville family loses their fortune at the same time that the unassuming Ricci family suddenly becomes internet millionaires. Things look bleak for the former until their mutual banker suggests Mr. Deville goes to work for the Riccis.
Bankable premieres in the US on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 MHz Choice France
In this comedy-drama series, a hitman betrays his bosses, then hides out in a vacant tailor shop, where he’s mistaken for the late owner’s son — an identity he decides to embrace.
50M2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Wednesday, January 27, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Killing the Father (Matar al padre, in Spanish & Catalan) (Spain)
This dramedy stars Gonzalo de Castro (Under Suspicion) as Jacobo Vidal, a despotic, authoritarian, and obsessive control freak who bends things to fit his worldview, which he foists on his family, including son Tomás (Marcel Borràs, Morocco: Love in Times of War) and daughter Valeria (Greta Fernández, Foodie Love), in the name of love. Over the span of 16 years — from post-Olympics Barcelona in 1996, to the continued global economic crisis in 2012 — Jacobo realizes how his life and what he had planned for it don’t sync up.
Below Zero (Bajocero) (Spain)
In this action-adventure drama, a prisoner transfer van is attacked and Martín (Javier Gutiérrez, The Occupant), the cop in charge, must fight those inside and outside while dealing with a silent enemy: icy temperatures.
Below Zero, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, January 29, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Master Butcher (Der Club der singenden Metzger) (German)
Based on The Master Butchers Singing Club, the acclaimed novel by Louise Edrich, this period drama stars Jonas Nay (Deutschland 83/86/89, Line of Separation) as Fidelis Waldvogel, a German butcher and former military sniper who, after the social and financial destruction caused by World War I in Germany, attempts to create a better life for himself and his family by moving to the United States. As the family struggles to acclimate to their new surroundings, many unexpected events occur, requiring them to drastically adapt their plans and their lives.
Costarring Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin) and Aylin Tezel (Tatort), The Master Butcher premieres in the US on Friday, January 29, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
Arthur’s Law (Arthurs Gesetz) (Germany)
Jan Josef Liefers (Tatort, The Tower) stars in this comedy miniseries as Arthur Ahnepol, an unemployed man who is both bored to death and strained by his unhappy marriage. So he makes a morbid plan: he wants his obnoxious wife to die so he can collect the life insurance money and start a new life with his mistress. But an unwritten law dominates the life of this unlucky fellow: every problem solved by Arthur has a far worse effect. And so he unwittingly sets off an avalanche of disastrous events.
Arthur’s Law, a Max Original series, premieres in the US exclusively on HBO Max (date tba).
Perfect Life (Vida Perfecta) (Spain) (rescheduled from October)
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 in the midst of a life crisis: the plans they had made for themselves haven’t really delivered the happiness they yearn for. Together, they will find alternatives and make decisions that will lead them away from what society expects from them, and realize that life doesn’t necessarily have to be what they always imagined.
Vida Perfecta, a Max Original series, premieres in the US on Thursday, January 21, exclusively on HBO Max
In this drama thriller, Natalie (Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Call My Agent!), a young French expatriate in Israel, is charged with the murder of her husband on their wedding night. Karim (Reda Kateb, Mafiosa), a French diplomat in charge of helping French citizens who have to deal with the Israeli authorities, slowly falls for Natalie. He can’t figure out if she is lost and vulnerable or dangerously manipulative. Obsessed with her case, Karim dives into Natalie and her family’s mysterious past.
Possessions premieres in the US on HBO Max (date tba).
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True North (Les Pays d’en Haut) (Canada)
Set on the verge of the 20th century, this historical drama series is the untold story of the colonization of the Laurentian mountain rage in Quebec known as the “Wild West.” It explores the turbulent period of the settlement and development of this northern region of Canada, as the territory wreaks havoc on the new colony and an array of colorful characters try to make their mark.
Starring Vincent Leclerc (Bad Blood) and Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse (Unité 9), True North premieres in the US on Friday, January 1, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
The Grave (Israel)
In this mystery-crime drama series, three human skeletons are discovered in a pit after an earthquake in northern Israel. The police investigate to learn the identities of the deceased, only to find they have an altogether different mystery on their hands: the DNA of the dead corresponds to that of three people who are still alive.
The Grave, a Topic Original series, premieres in the US with its first three (of eight) episodes on Thursday, January 14, exclusively on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels.
The Wall (La faille) (Canada)
Isabel Richer (Trauma) stars in this mystery-crime drama series as Céline Trudeau, one of the toughest, most experienced detectives with the Quebec City police. After the body of a young exotic dancer is found in the remote Canadian mining colony of Fermont, Céline is sent to investigate. But being cooped up in this place called “the Wall” presents her with some challenges. Not only does everyone here seem to have a secret and a connection to the victim, Céline’s estranged daughter, Sophie (Maripier Morin, Le jeu), has built her life in the same icy middle of nowhere where Céline is currently working.
As Céline comes under increased pressure to find the dancer’s killer, she has to connect the dots to the suspicious death of a young boy three years ago. And as each of the colony’s inhabitants thinks s/he knows who the culprit is, a sense of distrust and alarm among the community is created. But one fear is always present: Will the murderer strike again?
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON LINEAR TV
Salvation (Ukraine, in Russian)
In this romantic drama series, Yulia (Anna Koshmal, Servant of the People) is a young ballerina stressing about audition at the country’s leading ballet company, while Roman (Rodion Galyuchenko, Ekaterina) is getting ready for his wedding day. Things don’t go well at the audition, and Julia decides to end her life by jumping off a bridge. Only she lands on Roman’s car, which causes both a fateful accident and a drastic change in her destiny, and brings unexpected discoveries about her future and her past.
Against Their Will (Malgré-elles) (France)
This historical drama is based on Nina Barbier’s nonfiction book, Malgré-elles, which recounts the true story of her mother. Set during World War II, it follows two girls — Alice (Flore Bonaventura, Magellan) and Lisette (Louise Herrero, Stella) — who are torn from their families by the Nazis and, along with many other Alsacians, sent to labor camps in Germany.
Murdered (Assassinée) (France)
French singer and actress Patricia Kaas (And Now Ladies & Gentlemen) stars in this drama thriller as Cathy Chartiez, who has everything prepared for the 20th birthday celebration of her daughter, Eva. But joy turns into despair after Eva’s lifeless body is found, and Cathy’s grief guides every one of her actions to ensure Eva’s killer does not go unpunished — which took the French judicial system takes more than a year to find the person responsible.
Dedicated to the Association Aide aux Parents d’Enfants Victimes, a nationwide association of victims that help other victims in France, this TV movie sheds light on an issue often overlooked in modern Europe — child disappearance and murder — and offers a ray of hope on how to face life after such tragic loss. It was a hit when it premiered in 2012 on France 3, where it garnered 5.5 million viewers and a 20% share.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
Rocco Schiavone: Season 1 (Italy)
One of my favorite Euro TV premieres of 2018, this mystery-crime thriller is based on Antonio Manzini‘s international best-selling ‘Rocco Schiavone’ novels. The first season opens with the unorthodox, weed smoking, foul-mouthed Inspector Rocco Schiavone (Marco Giallini, Forgive Us Our Debts, Romanzo Criminale), having been transferred from Rome to the small mountain town of Aosta for disciplinary reasons, investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered by a snowplow driver.
Others of his cases in Season 1 include the hanging death of a woman, the death of a businessman while mountaineering, the vehicular deaths of two men transporting stolen goods, the kidnapping of a young woman, and the killing of the wife of Rocco’s close friend, Sebastiano (Francesco Acquaroli, Suburra: Blood on Rome).
Costarring Ernesto D’Argenio (Anti-Mafia Squad), Isabella Ragonese (Detective Montalbano), Christian Ginepro, Il candidato), and Massimiliano Caprara (Don Matteo), Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders: Season 1 begins streaming as a no-additional-charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video from Friday, January 1, through the end of the month.
Movie of the Week: The Fall of the Male Empire (Le déclin de l’empire masculin) (France)
In this comedy-drama, happy-go-lucky and unemployed Simon (Grégori Derangère, Caïn) gives private music lessons while his wife, Camille (Géraldine Pailhas, Marseille), brings home the bacon. After she gets promoted and starts working more hours, she turns over the housework and care of their two daughters to him. In his new role as house husband, Simon starts to feel like his manliness is on the decline, regressing even — especially after a visit to the Natural History Museum.
Header photo credits: 30 Coins (© Manolo Pavon) courtesy of HBO; Lupin courtesy of Netflix; The Nordic Murders courtesy of PBS Distribution / Walter Presents; Wolfsland courtesy of MHz Choice
For details about the January 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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