The year 2021 closes out with a bang — with 42 new Euro TV series, seasons, films, and specials from 13 countries premiering in the US and other territories in December.
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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Bordertown: Mural Murders (Sorjonen: Muraalimurhat) (Finland)
Ville Virtanen (The Truth Will Out, Rebecka Martinsson) reprises his role as forensic investigator Kari Sorjonen in this feature-length follow-up to the hit crime drama series Bordertown. In the film, Kari is faced with the most difficult case of his career after a mural of imprisoned serial killer Lasse Maasalo (Sampo Sarkola, Shadow Lines, Peacemaker), along with the message “Let’s make the world a better place,” are painted in blood on the wall of an underpass. Meanwhile, folks on social media are voting on people who would make the world a better place if they were no longer in it. When those individuals start disappearing and one of their bodies is found, it looks like someone took the message to heart and acted on it.
Bordertown: Mural Murders premieres in the US on Wednesday, December 1, on Netflix.
The Advent Calendar (Le calendrier) (France)
This horror flick sees Eva (Eugénie Derouand, Paris Police 1900), paraplegic for the past three years, receive a strange advent calendar as a gift for her birthday. But instead of the traditional sweets, every day reveals something different — sometimes pleasant, but often terrifying, and increasingly bloody.
The Coyotes (Belgium)
This thriller sees a close group of summer campers find diamonds in the woods, which sets off a wild ordeal that tests their friendship — and puts their lives in danger. The Coyotes, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, December 2, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Perfect Life: Season 2 (Vida Perfecta) (Spain)
In the new six-episode season of this contemporary dramedy, Maria (Leticia Dolera, Under Suspicion) finds it harder to connect with her baby than she ever would have imagined. Pablo (Font García, Paco’s Men) is back in love with Cris (Celia Freijeiro, A Different View), but Cris is searching for the ultimate amorous adventure. And Esther’s (Aixa Villagrán, Arde Madrid) wedding with her new partner, Julia, is coming up, but she can’t seem to find the right moment to tell her that she’s not ready yet.
Costarring Enric Auquer (La Línea Invisible), Manuel Burque (Félix), Míriam Iscla, Jet Lag), Carmen Machi (30 Coins), and Fernando Colomo (Paquita Salas), Perfect Life: Season 2, a Max Original series, premieres in the US in its entirety on Thursday, December 2, exclusively on HBO Max.
Persona (Sahsiyet) (Turkey)
This drama sees a mysterious crime and coverup connecting Agâh (Haluk Bilginer, Ezel), an ordinary man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, to Nevra (Cansu Dere, The Magnificent Century), a female homicide detective — forcing them to dig deep into their pasts as they embark on their own paths to justice.
Persona premieres in the US and Canada with its first four (of twelve) episodes on Thursday, December 2, on Topic and its digital channels, including Topic on Amazon Channels. New episodes will debut weekly.
Money Heist: Season 5, Part 2 (La casa de papel) (Spain)
Get ready for the final five episodes of one of the most popular global series ever. After the army’s arrival and that literally explosive ending to Season 5, Volume 1, how things will end — for the Professor and the remaining members of his crew — is the question.
Money Heist: Season 5, Part 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, December 3, exclusively on Netflix.
Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin: Volume 2 (Spain)
This documentary features the showrunners and actors behind Money Heist, who share secrets about filming while saying goodbye to the beloved series. Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin: Volume 2 premieres globally on Friday, December 3, exclusively on Netflix.
The Paris Murders: Season 3 (Profilage) (France)
Set months after that shocking Season 2 finale, Season 3 opens with criminologist Chloé Saint-Laurent (Odile Vuillemin, The Last Wave) returning to work but unable to do anything investigative out in the field, while her colleagues are still in shock over the death of one of their own. Then Commander Rocher (Philippe Bas, Murder in La Ciotat) witnesses an attempted kidnapping and interrogates the perpetrator, whose story prompts Chloé to delve into a missing person case, only to learn that the actual facts are appalling.
Beforeigners: Season 2 (Norway)
In the new season of this fabulous sci-fi crime drama, a brutal murder in Oslo with ties to 19th century England raises an interesting question: Could Jack the Ripper have time-igrated to the present? Lars (Nicolai Cleve Broch, Acquitted) and Alfhildr (Krista Kosonen, Blade Runner 2049) investigate and soon realize that if they are to capture this killer, they can only trust each other.
Tobias Santelmann (Darkness: Those Who Kill) reprises his role as Olav, and joining the Season 2 cast are Ann Akinjirin (C.B. Strike), Jade Anouka (His Dark Materials), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Billy Postlethwaite (Chernobyl), Philip Rosch (Peacemaker), and Hedda Stiernstedt (The Restaurant).
Beforeigners: Season 2, a Max Original series, premieres in the US on Sunday, December 5, exclusively on HBO Max.
David and the Elves (Dawid i Elfy) (Poland)
In this family film, a jaded, overworked elf runs off to the real world, where he tries to experience the magic of Christmas with the help of a newly-befriended young boy. David and the Elves premieres globally on Monday, December 6, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Arsène Lupin: 813 (Arsène Lupin: Joue et Perd) (France)
In this 1980 adaptation of Maurice Leblanc‘s classic novel 813, Jean-Claude Brialy (Les innocents) stars as gentleman burglar Arsène Lupin, who is caught in a web of intrigue after being framed for murder.
Changing Rooms: Season 2 (Vestiaires) (France)
Laughter and disability go hand-in-hand, and nothing is off the table, in this offbeat, short-form comedy series set in the locker room of a differently-abled swim team. Check out the first episode of Season 2 below.
The Days the Flowers Bloom (De dagar som blommorna blommar) (Sweden)
This acclaimed three-part drama tells the powerful, interwoven story of three neighboring families from the 1970s to the 1990s. The happy facade each family presents to the outside world is punctured by sudden loss or a public revealing of a quieter sorrow.
Written by Jonas Gardell and directed by Simon Kaijser — the team behind the award-winning Don’t Ever Wipe Away Tears Without Gloves — the series features top-notch performances by Ramsus Luthander (Spring Tide), Ulf Friberg (Gåsmamman), and Anja Lundqvist (Alex), whose characters arrive at the moments that make the biggest imprints on their lives.
A Different View (La otra mirada) (Spain)
Set in 1920s Seville, this drama centers on the goings-on at a traditional girls’ school, which undergoes massive, if not unwanted, changes after a new teacher arrives — one with a different way of seeing things as well as a secret objective related to the academy itself.
Starring Macarena García (The Ministry of Time), Patricia López Arnaiz (The Plague), and Ana Wagener (The Innocent), A Different View premieres in the US and Canada on Tuesday, December 7, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and the Walter Presents digital channels.
Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special (Germany)
In this stand-up comedy special, Carolin Kebekus unpacks the many headaches of the Christmas season, from intense hangovers and the agony of Advent calendars, to a big gift-giving gap. Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special, a Netflix Comedy special, premieres globally on Wednesday, December 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
FC Bayern: Behind the Legend (Germany)
This Amazon Prime Video Sport documentary centers on FC Bayern, the top-tier professional football (soccer) club in Munich — following them from their victory in the 2020 Champions League final to the end of the 2020/21 season, as well as delving into the history of the team.
FC Bayern: Behind the Legend premieres globally (outside Germany, Austria, Switzerland) on Wednesday, December 8, exclusively on Prime Video.
Bonus Family: Season 4 (Bonusfamiljen) (Sweden)
In the new season of this drama about modern family relationships, Lisa’s (Vera Vitali, Conspiracy of Silence) business takes off, while partner Patrik (Erik Johansson, The Truth Will Out) has a nasty conflict at work and becomes a stay-at-home dad to two-year-old Buster. Meanwhile, others in their bonus family have their own dramas.
Bonus Family: Season 4, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Thursday, December 9, exclusively on Netflix.
The Ferragnez – The Series (The Ferragnez – La Serie) (Italy)
Influencers Chiara Ferragni and Fedez are the subjects of this docuseries, which takes viewers behind the scenes in the lives of one of the most followed couples online. For folks who aren’t familiar with them: Chiara (25 million Instagram followers) was crowned #1 on Forbes‘s “Most Powerful Influencers in Fashion,” served as a judge in Season 1 of fashion competition series Making the Cut, and starred in the documentary Chiara Ferragni Unposted. Fedez (13 million Instagram followers) has 60+ platinum records, was a contestant in Celebrity Hunted: Italy (Caccia all’Uomo), and hosts comedy-competition series LOL: Last One Laughing Italy (LOL – Chi ride è fuori).
The Ferragnez – The Series premieres globally on Thursday, December 9, exclusively on Prime Video.
Dafne and the Rest (Todo lo Otro) (Spain)
Written and directed by and starring Abril Zamora (Locked Up, The Mess You Leave Behind), this new comedy-drama series centers on a group of thirty-somethings who feel trapped in lives that aren’t what they had dreamed of, and try to move forward and find their place in Madrid, Spain.
Dafne and the Rest, a Max Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, December 10, exclusively on HBO Max.
Still Out of My League (Ancora più bello) (Italy)
After breaking up with her dreamboat, Marta (Ludovica Francesconi, Love Dilemma) finds love with an artist, but life throws a few twists into the mix for the ailing woman and her friends.
Still Out of My League, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, December 10, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Two (Dos) (Spain)
Pablo Derqui (If I Hadn’t Met You) and Marina Gatell (The Cook of Castamar) star in this thriller as David and Sara — strangers who awaken to discover their abdomens have been sewn together, and are further shocked when they learn who’s behind their horrifying ordeal.
Two, a Netflix Film, premieres in the US on Friday, December 10, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Enrico Piaggio: Vespa (Italy)
This biopic film stars Alessio Boni (The Best of Youth) as Enrico Piaggio, a determined entrepreneur in post-war Italy who risks everything on his latest invention, soon to be the most famous scooter in the world — the Vespa.
The Promised Life: Season 2 (La vita promessa) (Italy)
Set in the late 1930s, the new season of this epic Italian period drama continues the story of Carmela (Luisa Ranieri, The Homicide Squad, Luisa Spagnoli), a mother who moves her family from Sicily to New York in search of a better life.
Wilder: Season 1 (Switzerland)
This dark, award-winning mystery series, set in a remote and picturesque Alpine village, stars Sarah Spale (Night Train to Lisbon) as Rosa Wilder, a cop who gets drawn into a murder investigation in her hometown while grappling with new information about her brother’s tragic death.
Elite Short Stories: Season 2 (Spain)
This series of shorts returns with three new stories about students at the exclusive Las Encinas school. The schedule for the new episodes is below.
- Wednesday, December 15 — “Phillipe Caye Felipe” — Just as Cayetana (Georgina Amorós, Welcome to the Family) is trying to get over her ex-boyfriend, with the help of her new friend Felipe (Àlex Monner, Unauthorized Living), the prince reappears in her life. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
- Monday, December 20 — “Samuel Omar” — When Samuel (Itzan Escamilla, Cable Girls) is threatened with eviction from his childhood home, Omar (Omar Ayuso, La Tarotista) proposes an alluring idea to raise money. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
- Thursday, December 23 — “Patrick” — Patrick’s (Manu Ríos, Pepe’s Beach Bar) trip to a cabin in the woods during Christmastime results in an unexpected but significant outcome.
Elite: Short Stories: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, streams globally and exclusively on Netflix.
The Hand of God (È stata la mano di Dio) (Italy)
Written and directed by Academy Awards®, Golden Globes®, and BAFTA Awards winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), this film — Italy’s official submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards — is Sorrentino’s most personal story. It centers on Fabietto (Filippo Scotti, Luna nera), a boy in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s, and tells a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.
The Hand of God, a Netflix Film, has its global streaming premiere on Wednesday, December 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
What Happened in Oslo (Bortført) (Norway-Israel)
Set amidst the Oslo Accords of 1993, this thriller centers on a disturbing crime with far-reaching implications: the kidnapping of three people in the Sinai desert by IS terrorists, who threaten the hostages’ deaths if twelve IS prisoners are not released. What Happened in Oslo, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Sunday, December 19, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Beck: Season 7 (Sweden)
Peter Haber (Enemy’s Enemy) and Kristofer Hivju (Games of Thrones) lead an ensemble cast in the latest season of the popular, long-running Swedish police procedural. In the first episode, “Undercover,” the investigation into the murder of a young boy leads the team to a narcotics network.
The New Nurses: Season 4 (Sygeplejeskolen) (Denmark)
Set in the 1950s, this drama returns with more stories that follow the staff and patients at Fredenslund Hospital, a radical amongst the Copenhagen medical establishment for training men as nurses.
1000 Miles from Christmas (A mil kilómetros de la Navidad) (Spain)
In this romance film, a 30-something auditor who completely despises Christmas is sent to a small town for work, where he meets a woman determined to change his view about the holiday. Starring Tamar Novas (The Mess You Leave Behind, High Seas, Cocaine Coast) and Andrea Ros (If I Hadn’t Met You, Mar de plástico, El internado), 1000 Miles from Christmas, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, December 24, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Vicky and Her Mystery (Mystère) (France)
Inspired by a true story, this family drama centers on a heartbroken 8-year-old girl (newcomer Shanna Keil) and her father (Vincent Elbaz, No Limit), who pull up stakes after the death of her mother and settle in the wild, beautiful Cantal. Can a special creature help the young girl to heal?
Featuring Marie Gillain (Speakerine), Éric Elmosnino (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life), and Tchéky Karyo (Baptiste), Vicky and Her Mystery, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Friday, December 24, exclusively on Netflix.
Candice Renoir: Season 3 (France)
In the ten-episode third season of this popular mystery-police procedural series, Commander Candice Renoir (Cécile Bois, Germinal) and her team of detectives investigate numerous crimes in the port city of Sète in the south of France. From deaths by poisoning and stabbing, to the murders of a bus driver and a supermarket cashier, and the mysteries of a vanished corpse and a ghost sailboat, Candice uses common sense, practical wisdom, and her eye for detail to solve the cases.
The Art of Crime: Season 5 (L’art du crime) (France)
Nicolas Gob (A French Village, Chefs) and Eléonore Bernheim (Murder In…, Maigret) return as detective Antoine Verlay and art historian Florence Chassagne for another season of this popular and addictive mystery series set in Paris. In the new season opener, the duo investigate the murder of a rich collector, a close friend of Florence’s father, Pierre (Philippe Duclos, Spiral). The victim had a passion for sculptor Camille Claudel (Garance Thénault, Perfect Crimes), and clues in the case point Antoine and Florence to Claudel’s layered relationship with renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Murders at Barlume: Season 3 (I delitti del BarLume) (Italy)
Based on the novels by Marco Malvaldi, the new season of this series from the producers of Detective Montalbano brings more quirky and comic Italian mysteries to our screens. In the first episode, Tizi’s (Enrica Guidi, Innamorati di me) son can’t be baptized because the priest has been murdered.
Remember (Souviens-toi) (France)
At the center of this crime thriller is a locked-room mystery in which a couple and their baby are found savagely murdered in their home, which was locked from the inside. Their 7-year-old daughter, Madeleine (Zelie Rixhon, Mythomaniac), is physically unharmed, but so traumatized that she can’t remember what happened or speak.
Taking over the case is Captain Belgarde (Sami Bouajila, Ganglands), who brings in Marie Kempf (Marie Gillain, Coco Before Chanel), a psychiatrist who lost her own daughter several years earlier — a case that Belgarde ruled a suicide but Marie thought otherwise. For this multiple murder, Marie agrees to help as long as Belgarde reopens her daughter’s case.
The Sandhamn Murders: Season 7 (Morden i Sandhamn) (Sweden)
Alexandra Rapaport (Gåsmamman) returns as crime-solving Nora in a new season of this murder mystery series based on the popular novels by Viveca Sten. Joining the cast in Season 7 is Nicolai Cleve Broch (Acquitted) as Alexander, the new lead detective at the Nacka Police, who meets Nora when she is called in on the case of several deaths caused by a new drug.
Anxious People (Folk med ångest) (Sweden)
Based on Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel of the same name, this comedy-drama series sees a bank robber hold the attendees at an open house hostage before disappearing, leaving the police both baffled and suspicious of everyone.
Starring Dan Ekborg (Black Widows), Alfred Svensson (Leif & Billy), and Marika Lagercrantz (Modus), Anxious People, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Wednesday, December 29, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Set in the luxury ski resort of Kitzbühel, aka the Aspen of the Alps, this mystery series follows 19-year-old Lisi (Sofie Eifertinger, Luna & Sophie), a local waitress who wants to be a part of the it-crowd of teenagers from Munich who join Instagram model Vanessa (Valerie Huber, Whiskey Cavalier) for her New Year’s party of the year in Kitz.
What drives Lisi’s determination to infiltrate this alien world of the rich and beautiful isn’t a longing for luxury but for the truth. A year ago, her brother Josef (Felix Mayr, Unorthodox) fell in love with Vanessa and died shortly afterwards. Lisi doesn’t believe it was an accident, so she keeps her friends close and her enemies closer to learn the truth. But this sets off an avalanche that reveals what’s really behind the facade of glamour, money, and hedonism — with uncontrollable consequences.
Kitz premieres globally on Thursday, December 30, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Shadow Lines: Season 2 (Nyrkki) (Finland)
The opener of the new eight-episode season of this Cold War thriller sees Prime Minister Urho Kekkonen (Janne Reinikainen, Bordertown) being elected the new president of Finland while Helena (Emmi Parviainen, Games People Play), a young member of The Fist, a Finnish secret service task force, continues her search for answers from her past — and soon learns a shocking secret from her mother.
The Hunter: Season 3 (Il cacciatore) (Italy)
In the new season of this period crime drama, anti-mafia prosecutor Saverio Barone (Francesco Montanari, Medici) finds himself in a particularly difficult situation, and the stakes have never been higher. Vito Vitale (Paolo Ricca, Maltese: The Mafia Detective), the last of the Corleonesi mafia clan, has sworn to kill Barone and his family, all while two criminals that Saverio is determined to put away are still on the loose.
Although the new mafia continue to weave their plots, they have abandoned the massacres; their aim now is to integrate themselves within both politics and institutions. Meanwhile, Barone becomes aware that his life is at a crossroads — grasping that pursuing his impossible goal will not make him a better man but will risk compromising his relationships with his loved ones.
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Payback (Versus) (France)
Inspired by true events, this thriller follows the story of Achille (Jérémie Duvall, Nina), a teenager from a wealthy family who, after being robbed and brutally assaulted in Paris, is sent by his parents to recover by the sea. Here he begins to heal his emotional wounds through a summer love affair with Léa (Lola Le Lann, War on Beasts); however, Achille also meets Brian (Jules Pélissier, Blood on the Docks), a violent young man, and faces his demons to become what he always feared.
Love is Imperfect (L’amore è imperfetto) (Italy)
Adapted from Francesca Muci’s novel of the same name, and directed by the writer herself, this drama follows the romantic ventures of Elena (Anna Foglietta, Mafia Only Kills in Summer), a 35-year-old woman who begins dating again after a failed relationship with Marco (Giulio Berruti, The Secrets of Borgo Larici), a photographer and her baby daddy. Interestingly, she meets her two love interests at the same time: Adriana (Lorena Cacciatore, The Ladies’ Paradise), an attractive and seductive 18-year-old woman who offers passion and excitement, and Ettore (Bruno Wolkowitch, Spin), a 60-year-old record producer who offers security and stability. Who will she choose for the long term?
The Forest Killer (Steirerblut) (Austria)
This feature-length telefilm, the second episode in the ORF Landkrimi series, stars Miriam Stein (Tunnel of Dreams, The Team, Generation War) as Sandra Mohr, a young police detective in Graz who, along with her cynical new boss Sascha Bergmann (Hary Prinz, Murder by the Lake), are sent to her small hometown of St. Stephan in rural Austria to investigate a journalist’s brutal murder. Mohr has a bad feeling about this and it bears out, as her ne’er-do-well half-brother becomes the prime suspect.
The Village (Kreuz des Südens) (Austria)
Andreas Lust (Dark Woods, The Typist) stars in this crime thriller as Tommy, a police officer in Vienna who is forced to take time off after sustaining a serious head injury in the line of duty. Having recently been bequeathed his estranged father’s estate, Tommy returns to his seemingly idyllic childhood hometown after decades away to recover as well as to sell the property. But soon after he arrives, Tommy witnesses the death of the most important businessman in the town, killed during a circus act gone wrong — or in an act of murder. As Tommy investigates the killing in an off-duty capacity, he discovers that there is a series of killings here every year… Costarring Franziska Weisz (Inspector Falke) and Maria Urban (Welcome to Vienna), The Village begins airing Sunday, December 26, at 9 PM ET, on Eurochannel.
Camouflage (Alles Fleisch ist Gras) (Austria)
In the third feature-length episode of the ORF Landkrimi series, Anton Galba (Wolfgang Böck, Vienna Crime Squad), the head of the water treatment plant in Dornbirn, kills a man who was blackmailing him, only to fall prey to another dastardly scheme — one perpetrated by his childhood friend, Nathan Weiss (Tobias Moretti, Bad Banks), the detective assigned to the murder case.
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This thriller sees President Kathy Kunz’s (Ursina Lardi, Lore) power put to the ultimate test when a hostage crisis threatens Swiss lives. But as cleaning lady-turned-spy Tina (Flonja Kodheli, Remember) uncovers corruption at the state’s highest levels, the two women’s paths become irrevocably intertwined.
The Time In Between (El tiempo entre costuras) (Spain)
Adapted from María Dueñas’s novel The Time In Between, this terrific adventure-historical drama follows the story of Sira Quiroga (Adriana Ugarte, Parot, Hache), a beautiful, talented, and courageous woman, across two decades of her life — from her days as a seamstress in pre-Franco-era Spain, through heartache, misfortunes and other personal tragedies, to her transformation into a spy for the British intelligence service during World War II.
Header photo credits: Persona courtesy of Topic; Shadow Lines (photo by Sami Kuokkanen © 2021 Sundance Now) courtesy of Sundance Now; What Happened in Oslo courtesy of Netflix; Wilder (© SRF / Oscar Alessio) courtesy of MHz Choice
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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