Twenty new Euro TV series, seasons, and films from nine countries premiere in the US in May, along with a French language drama from Canada.
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.
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Bauhaus: A New Era (Die Neue Zeit) (Germany)
Set in 1919 after the end of World War I, this historical drama tells the story of the early days of Bauhaus, the German school of art that would shape the 20th century like no other. Amongst the students flocking to Bauhaus — a breeding ground for modernity, jazz, innovative architecture, and feminism (not to mention love and betrayal) — is a young woman, Doerte Helm (Anna Maria Mühe, Dogs of Berlin). She follows the call after hearing architect Walter Gropius (August Diehl, Perfume), the founder of Bauhaus, give his first speech about it. As she becomes a student and part of the movement that challenges both artistic conceptions and societal structures, she and Walter fall in love while fighting for the school that conservative forces threaten to dissolve.
The six-episode limited series costars Trine Dyrholm (The Legacy), Valerie Pachner (The Ground Beneath My Feet), and Ludwig Trepte (1864).
And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt) (Germany)
Mala Emde (Shadowplay, Charité) stars in this drama as Luisa, a law student who, after joining an anti-fascist group, finds herself sucked into increasingly dangerous situations and drawn more and more to violence.
Costarring Noah Saavedra (Freud, Bad Banks), And Tomorrow the Entire World, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Thursday, May 6, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Blinded – Those Who Kill (Den som dræber – Fanget af mørket) (Denmark)
Natalie Madueño (Follow the Money, The Rain, Warrior) returns as Copenhagen-based criminal profiler and serial killer expert Louise Bergstein in this follow-up season to Those Who Kill reboot Darkness – Those Who Kill. This time, she puts her skills to use for Alice (Solbjørg Højfeldt, Ride Upon the Storm, The Killing), a close friend of Louise’s late mother. Five years ago on the island of Funen, three young men were killed under similar, horrific circumstances within a few months of each other. One was 18-year-old Markus, Alice’s son. The killer was never found; the case was never solved. Now Alice, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, wants Louise to help find her son’s killer before she dies.
Without hesitation, Louise throws herself into the cold case and initiates an investigation with the police. Then another young man is found murdered in a manner similar to the first three victims, forcing Louise and Karina Hørup (Helle Fagralid, Below the Surface, 1864), the police chief in Odense, into a race against the clock to find the killer before there is another victim. Although Louise discovers a distinct pattern in the murders, she overlooks that the killer, who is far more intelligent and cynical than she realizes, is hiding in plain sight — and that the two of them may have connections to each other…
Costars in the eight-episode thriller include Tobias Santelmann (Atlantic Crossing, Acquitted), Kasper Leisner (Follow the Money), Jens Andersen (The Legacy), Josephine Park (The Investigation), and Peder Thomas Pedersen (The Sommerdahl Murders).
Hierro: Season 1 (Spain)
In this mystery-crime thriller, judge Candela Montes (Candela Peña, Torremolinos 73) is transferred to El Hierro, the smallest and most remote of the Canary Islands, where she investigates the death of a young man who was murdered the day before his wedding. Locals in the small island community think the killer is Diaz (Darío Grandinetti, Rojo), a rich and rather shady businessman and the father of the bride. Both Candela and Díaz share the same goal — to find the real killer — but for different reasons: hers, to deliver justice; his, to prove his innocence.
The eight-episode first season costars Kimberley Tell (45 rpm), Yaiza Guimaré (Elite), Vicente Ayala (The Minions of Midas), and Juan Carlos Vellido (Someone Has to Die).
Movie of the Week: A Smell of Blood (Un parfum de sang) (France)
Set in Grasse, this crime thriller opens with Maison Versini, the perfume business of the Versini family, hiring a young stranger, Abdel Daral (Salim Kechiouche, Spiral), as the company’s new creative director. It’s a big job and a tricky one, so the skepticism that Abdel faces is natural; being accused of murdering the former director, though, is something else.
Investigating the homicide are François Constantin (François Feroleto, Art of Crime) and his assistant, Yves Legrain (Alain Doutey, Torn), who discover that no one connected to the case is really who they say they are and that each of them is hiding something, thus making all of them suspects.
Costars include Anny Duperey (Murder in La Rochefoucauld), Julie De Bona (Fear by the Lake), Élodie Fontan (Clem), Emmanuel Noblet (Art of Crime), and Franck Sémonin (No Limit).
Oxygen (Oxygène) (France)
French survival thriller Oxygen stars Mélanie Laurent (6 Underground, Now You See Me, Inglourious Basterds) as a young woman who wakes up in a cryogenic pod with no memory of who she is or how she ended up locked inside this coffin-sized box. As she is quickly running out of oxygen, she must figure out a way to access her memory and to come up with a way to survive and end this nightmare.
Costarring Mathieu Amalric (The Bureau, Quantum of Solace) and Malik Zidi (Changing Times, Mysteries of Lisbon), Oxygen, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, May 12, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Dark Woods (Das Geheimnis Des Totenwaldes) (Germany)
Matthias Brandt (Silent Hunt, Babylon Berlin) leads the cast of this true-crime drama as Thomas Bethge, a high-ranking police officer in Hamburg in 1989, who takes on the missing person case of his sister, Barbara Neder (Silke Bodenbender, Tatort), after the initial investigation isn’t handled well. Although her husband, Robert (Nicholas Ofczarek, Pagan Peak), is suspected of foul play, Thomas doesn’t believe Robert is involved in his sister’s disappearance. What Thomas doesn’t realize is that the mystery would go unsolved for nearly thirty years — until after his retirement, when he discovers inconsistencies in the original investigation… along with a series of horrific murders.
Costars in the six-part drama include Karoline Schuch (Tatort: Cologne), August Wittgenstein (Das Boot), Jenny Schily (The Valley), Hildegard Schmahl (We Children from Bahnhof Zoo), Hanno Koffler (Beat), Andreas Lust (The Typist), and Janina Fautz (Wilsberg).
Frank Lammers (Floodland, The Swell) reprises his role from Undercover as Ferry Bouman in this prequel film. Before he built a drug empire and became the largest producer of ecstasy in the Netherlands and Belgium, Ferry Bouman worked in Amsterdam for his mentor, Ralph Brink, a powerful criminal and drug lord. One day the gang is brutally attacked and Ralph’s son is severely injured. When all leads point to a group of campers in Brabant, Ferry is sent there to find the attackers — returning to his hometown on a revenge mission that reunites him with his estranged family, reconnects him to the camper life he had forsaken, and introduces him to his charming neighbor, Danielle (Elise Schaap, I.M., Familie Kruys). It’s an assignment that finds his loyalty tested — and a love that alters his life.
Costarring Huub Stapel (The Schouwendam 12, Framed), Ferry, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, May 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Strange House (Das schaurige Haus) (Austria)
In this family film, a mother and her two sons move from the big city to a rustic house in a remote town in Austria. But locals say the place is haunted. So the two young brothers and their new friends set out to solve the menacing mystery that haunts their home.
The Strange House, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Friday, May 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Fox (Die Füchsin) (Germany)
Set in in Düsseldorf, this crime drama follows the investigations of private detectives Anne Marie Fuchs (Lina Wendel, Silvi), a 50-something woman with a painful past as a Stasi spy, and her business partner, Youssef El Kilali (Karim Cherif, Turkish for Beginners), an import/export trader with useful connections who fancies himself the next Sherlock Holmes.
They team up after Anne Marie offers to help Youssef’s wife, café owner Simone Papst (Jasmin Schwiers,Wilsberg), whose brother disappeared at the same time that his best friend was found murdered. Meanwhile, Anne Marie’s former boss in the GDR, Olaf Ruhleben (Torsten Michaelis, We Children from Bahnhof Zoo), is trying to recruit her to work for his security company.
Costarring Robert Dölle (Babylon Berlin) and Florian Bartholomäi (Deutschland 83), The Fox premieres in the US and Canada on Tuesday, May 18, exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon.
The Neighbor: Season 2 (El vecino) Spain
In the sophomore season of this comedy series, Javi (Quim Gutiérrez, El accidente) thinks he’s conquered being Earth’s superhero — just as challenges arise from an unlikely competitor… and some extraterrestrial visitors. (Video is from Season 1)
The Neighbor: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, May 21, exclusively on Netflix.
Charlotte Link (Germany)
This trilogy of crime dramas is based on the novels by acclaimed German author Charlotte Link. In the first episode, “Cheated” (“Die Betrogene”), Scotland Yard detective Kate Linville (Peri Baumeister, The Heavy Water War) organizes the funeral of her father, a retired police chief who was murdered, and launches her own investigation into his killing. Local police chief Caleb Hale (Dirk Borchardt, Rivals Forever) doesn’t seem to be making much progress on the case until his assistant determines that Denis Shove (Daniel Sträßer, Charité), a violent, psychopathic criminal, is the prime suspect. Now the police are in a race against the clock to find Denis, lest there be more victims.
Baggio: The Divine Ponytail (Il Divin Codino) (Italy)
Andrea Arcangeli (The Ladies’ Paradise, Romulus) stars in this biopic as Roberto Baggio, the Italian footballer who thrilled fans the world over and inspired entire generations to play football (soccer). The film chronicles his 22-year career, including his difficult debut as a player and his deep rifts with some of his coaches.
Baggio: The Divine Ponytail, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Wednesday, May 26, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
He Even Has Your Eyes: Season 1 (Il a déjà tes yeux) (France)
This TV show is a spinoff of the 2016 film of the same name, in which Paul (Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Munch) and Sali Aloka (Aïssa Maïga, Taken Down), a childless Black couple, adopt a baby boy, Benjamin, who is White. The series picks up 14 years later, when Benjamin (Louis Durant, Eternity) and his younger, natural-born brother, Noé (Joakhim Sigue, 3 Days to Kill), end up in the same class at school, Paul’s estranged father, Lazare (Michel Bohiri, Beyond the Ocean), shows up unexpectedly at the Aloka home, and Benjamin makes known that he wants to meet his biological parents.
Costars in the six-episode comedy series include Arié Elmaleh (Vanished by the Lake), Marie-Philomène Nga (The Crimson Rivers), Bass Dhem (A Very Secret Service), Delphine Théodore (Caïn), Manda Touré (Cheyenne & Lola), and Michel Jonasz (Lebowitz vs Lebowitz).
Ragnarok: Season 2 (Norway)
The six-part second season picks up where the first leaves off — with the conflict getting tougher, the evil getting more focused, and the choices getting more desperate. Having just discovered who he really is, and that he is up against an ancient and extremely powerful enemy that is holding Edda, perhaps the whole of Norway, in its grip, Magne must now accept that he is ready for battle and that his enemies are too many and too strong.
Are there any other people around who, like him, have supernatural powers? If there is, will he be able to find them in time? As it turns out, his younger brother, Laurits, is also quite exceptional, but he views the world very differently from Magne… (Video is from Season 1)
Returning cast members include Danu Sunth (To Nowhere) as Iman, Theresa Frostad Eggesbø (Skam) as Saxa, Herman Tømmeraas (Semester) as Fjor, Emma Bones (Home Ground) as Gry, Odd-Magnus Williamson (Aber Bergen) as Erik, Synnøve Macody Lund (Black Widows) as Ran, Bjørn Sundquist (Monster) as Wotan, and Gísli Örn Garðarsson (Cover Story) as Vidar.
Joining the Season 2 cast are Vebjørn Enger (Twin) as Jens, Benjamin Helstad (Borderliner) as Harry, Billie Barker (Apocalypse Norway) as Signy, Jesper Malm (Rebecka Martinsson) as Odd Moland, and Espen Sigurdsen (Abnormal Attraction) as Halvor Lange.
Ragnarok: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, May 27, exclusively on Netflix.
The Nordic Murders: Season 2 (Der Usedom-Krimi) (Germany)
The new season of this moody mystery-crime drama series sees Ellen Norgaard (Rikke Lylloff, Borgen), a Dane who was born on Usedom, returning to her birthplace to start her new job as Detective Chief Inspector. Ellen learns very quickly that any criminal investigations she conducts on this secluded island will invariably include the involvement of former district attorney (and former felon) Karin Lossow (Katrin Saß, Dogs of Berlin).
Costarring Max Hopp (Line of Separation) and Rainer Sellien (Deutschland 89), The Nordic Murders: Season 2 premieres in the US on Friday, May 28, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
This crime thriller stars Adriana Ugarte (Hache, The Time in Between) as Isabel Mora, a police inspector who investigates the serial killings of former inmates — murdered in the same manner as the victims who died by their hands — following their early release from prison after the Parot doctrine, a controversial ruling of Spain’s Supreme Court, is annulled in 2013.
The ten-episode thriller costars Blanca Portillo (I Know Who You Are), Iván Massagué (Welcome to the Family), Javier Albalá (The Zone), Patricia Vico (Sky High), and Antonio Dechent (The Plague).
Parot premieres globally on Wednesday, May 28, exclusively on Prime Video.
Candice Renoir (France)
Cécile Bois (Gloria, Murder in Sarlat, Maigret) leads the cast of this detective drama as Candice Renoir, a mother of four who has recently returned to France and to work, following a decade of being a stay-at-home mom overseas with her soon-to-be ex-husband. Formerly a detective in Paris, Candice has called in some favors and is now Police Commander Renoir, chief of the BSU (Urban Security Brigade) for the police department in Sète in the south of France. Here she must juggle the demands of motherhood with those of complex criminal investigations in and around the port city.
The thing is, after ten years of not working, her detective skills are rusty. And her colleagues are skeptical of her (given her soft-spoken and motherly demeanor) or resentful of her (for getting the job meant for a guy on her team) or both. So Candice must prove herself, and she does — by solving one case after another with her keen observation and analytical skills, common sense approach, and knowledge from past experience.
The first season costars Samira Lachhab (No Second Chance) as Police Commissioner Yasmine Attia, Raphaël Lenglet (The Red Shadows) as Police Captain Antoine Dumas, Gaya Verneuil (Showstopper) as Police Lieutenant Chrystelle Da Silva, Mhamed Arezki (Criminal: France) as Police Sergeant Jean-Baptiste Medjaoui, and Alix Poisson (The Disappearance) as Forensic Pathologist Pascale Ibarruri. Also featuring in the show are Alexandre Varga (OPJ Pacifique Sud) as Candice’s beau, Hervé Mazzani, and Arnaud Giovaninetti (Doc Martin) as Laurent Renoir, Candice’s soon-to-be ex-husband.
The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties (L’Agence: L’immobilier de luxe en famille) (France)
This unscripted reality series follows the members of the Kretz family of Paris and their luxury real estate business.
The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Monday, May 31, exclusively on Netflix.
Gomorrah: Season 4 (Gomorra: La serie) (Italy)
With Season 3’s dramatic what-the-heck!, oh-no-they-didn’t!, yup-they-did cliffhanger finale, Season 4 opens with Genny (Salvatore Esposito, Fargo), now without his longtime partner, involved in a fragile truce with the Capaccio and Sangueblù (with help from the Levante family) before leaving Naples and handing over his power to Patrizia (Cristiana Dell’Anna, Trust). But old habits die hard, even when he’s working to build a different kind of life for himself and his family.
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Le Monstre (Canada)
Inspired by the real-life story of Québécoise actress Ingrid Falaise, this six-part drama follows Sophie (Rose-Marie Perreault, Barkskins), an 18-year-old girl who meets, falls in love with, and marries a charismatic young foreign student referred to as M (Mehdi Meskar, Marianne). But hers is not a story of happily ever after, as M quickly reveals his true self — an emotionally abusive and physically violent young man who subjugates Sophie and dominates every aspect of her life for three years.
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An Innocent Man (Zločin v Polné) (Czechia/Czech Republic)
Based on actual events, this two-part true-crime drama revolves around one of the most famous court cases in early 20th-century Europe — a tragic miscarriage of justice resulting from a poorly-conducted criminal investigation that triggered the largest wave of anti-semitism in what is now the Czech Republic (aka Czechia).
On a fateful day in 1899, 19-year-old Anezka is murdered, her throat slashed. When there is no viable suspect, authorities and the public concoct a story and point their fingers at Leopold Hilsner (Karel Hermánek Jr., Shadowplay, Freud), a young Jewish man who is unjustly tried and convicted for a crime he didn’t commit.
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Movie of the Week: Thirst for Life (La soif de vivre) (France)
Claire Keim (Unfaithful, Les Secrets) was nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Long Fiction Program category at the 2019 Monte-Carlo TV Festival for her performance as Lisa in this drama. Lisa, a wife and mother of two young children, is gradually being consumed by alcoholism. Her focus on tending to her addiction to booze forces 11-year-old Thomas (Hélie Thonnat, I Am Guilty) to care for his 11-month-old baby sister. Vincent (Grégory Montel, Call My Agent!), her husband, is focused on his career and unaware of how severe Lisa’s alcoholism is — until it becomes painfully obvious that the disease has her in its grip.
Movie of the Week: Unveiled (Dévoilées) (Switzerland-France)
Golden Globes® nominee Marthe Keller (Marathon Man) stars in this drama thriller as Isabelle, who, while on a train in Geneva, recognizes a young woman dressed in Islamic attire as her granddaughter, Anaïs (Lola Créton, The Turn of Winter). Taken aback, she contacts Léa (Julie Gayet, Torn), Anaïs’s mother, who flies to Geneva from Montreal to understand why her med student daughter has converted to Islam, something Isabelle wants to know, as well. However, in the process of discovering the extent to which Anaïs has become radicalized, Léa also uncovers the disturbing truth about Isabelle’s dark past.
Movie of the Week: One Thing at a Time (L’affaire de Maître Lefort) (France)
Patrick Sébastien (A Mysterious Disappearance) wrote and stars in this telefilm as Julien Lefort, a provincial lawyer who discovers that his wealthy childhood friend, Jacques Demange (Jean-Marie Winling, Nicolas Le Floch), has been accused of murdering his wife. Following the guilty verdict, Julien persuades Jacques to let him handle his appeal, despite the mountains of evidence against son ami.
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Based on history writer Tom Buk-Swienty’s book of the same name, this sweeping historical epic is the most expensive (nearly 200 million DKK) drama series produced to date in Denmark. The series is about love of country, love of family, and love of a woman; the ravages of war on body, mind, and soul, as well as on communities and a nation; and the mid-19th-century events that collectively became the turning point in the physical size and national identity of Denmark.
The primary storyline follows brothers Peter (Jens Sætter-Lassen, Seaside Hotel) and Laust (Jakob Oftebro, Agent Hamilton), who join the army and experience the horrors of the Second Schleswig War of 1864 between Denmark and Prussia, the bloodiest battle and defeat in Danish history.
The eight-episode drama features a who’s who of Euro TV, including Esben Dalgaard Andersen (Below the Surface), Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), Sarah Boberg (The Bridge), Rainer Bock (Das Boot), Nicolas Bro (The Killing), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen), Søren Malling (The Investigation), Lars Mikkelsen (Ride Upon the Storm), Søren Pilmark (Atlantic Crossing), and Waage Sandø (Unit One).
Crimes of Passion (Sweden)
This collection of six feature-length cozy mystery stories, based on the classic crime novels by Maria Lang, has been one of my favorite shows since I started writing about Euro TV back in 2014. Set in and around the Bergslagen lake region of Sweden in the 1950s, these stylish Agatha Christie-meets-Madmen whodunits involve passions and intrigues that lead to murders.
The series stars Tuva Novotny (Dag, Borg vs. McEnroe) as graduate lit student Puck Ekstedt, whose passion for crime fiction, knack for snooping, and habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time puts her in the midst of murder and mayhem every time. Linus Wahlgren (Bäckström, Blue Eyes) costars as fellow academic Einar “Eje” Bure, whose love for Puck is strong but not untested, especially when it comes to his best friend, ladies’ man Christer Wijk, the Head of the National Homicide Commission in Stockholm, played by Ola Rapace (Hassel, Wallander, Skyfall).
The films include lots of familiar Euro TV faces, such as Filip Berg (Black Lake), Stina Ekblad (Wallander), Ida Engvoll (Love & Anarchy), Gustaf Hammarsten (Midnight Sun), Maria Kulle (Miss Friman’s War), Sissela Kyle (The Simple Heist), and Reuben Sallmander (Irene Huss). Crimes of Passion: Dangerous Dreams alone features Simon J. Berger (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves), Ia Langhammer (The Truth Will Out), Claes Ljungmark (Follow the Money), Joel Spira (Thicker than Water), and Vera Vitali (Bonus Family).
Header photo credits: Candice Renoir (photo by Fabien Malot | copyright © 2021 Acorn TV) courtesy of Acorn TV; Dark Woods courtesy of Topic; Ferry courtesy of Netflix; The Fox courtesy of MHz Choice
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