By Jianne Soriano
June 19, 2021
From ‘Lupine’, ‘Call My Agent’ to ‘Family Business’, here are the best French shows you should watch on Netflix
When it comes to non-English language shows, we usually think of Korean dramas that are seeing a massive increase in popularity and availability on Netflix.
While K-Dramas continue to dominate, Japanese shows are also gaining momentum and Bollywood continues to generate interest. But an often overlooked series from Asia are the French dramas. Thanks to the success of Lupine-the most watched French series on Netflix – French dramas may soon experience a resurgence.
Already watched Lupine and need more French series recommendations? We’re breaking down some of the best French shows you need to start binge-watching on Netflix right now, whether you’re looking for comedy, sci-fi, or romance.
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If you haven’t seen Lupine yet, now is the time to pick it up. The show is a great first watch as you venture further into other French series. Lupine, inspired by Arsène Lupine the “Gentleman Burglar”, a character created by Maurice Leblanc follows Assane Diop (Omar Sy), also unofficially known as the master of disguise.
He wants to avenge his father who was accused of theft by the wealthy family he worked for. If you like Sherlock, robbery, disguise, and skillfully avoid the police, Lupine is for you.
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We cannot talk about French broadcasts without talking about Call my agent. This critically acclaimed show revolves around a fictional French art agency and the agents of three actors who try to live their own lives while struggling to keep their clients happy. Expect real French celebrities to be featured on the show.
Think of it as a drama / comedy series that involves tantrums, betrayals, secret adventures, and what else goes on behind the scenes when working with stars.
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This Netflix original follows 35-year-old entrepreneur Joseph (Jonathan Cohen) who is always full of ideas although they never seem to work … until he thinks he finally gets the idea. ‘he was waiting.
As France is on the verge of legalizing cannabis, according to Joseph’s “trusted source”, he’s turning the family butcher’s shop into a weed dispensary. It’s all a fun family dynamic that unfolds from there.
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While The break is actually a Belgian drama, the dialogues are delivered in French and because we love a good detective series, we add it here.
This gripping series follows police detective Yoann Peeters (Yoann Blanc) as he tries to overcome a painful loss by returning to his hometown. It would have been a break for the detective, but he soon finds himself caught up in a murder investigation filled with dark secrets.
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Need a good laugh? Watch A very secret service. This satirical workplace drama may remind you of James Bond in a way, but just add a few more balls of pure comedy.
Set in the early 1960s, the French secret services have just recruited a young and dashing intern, André Merlaux (Hugo Becker) under the watchful eye of elite agents. Watch Hugo make his way to his 007 dreams.
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Can you hear me is a French-Canadian series about three friends who come from an underprivileged neighborhood of Montreal.
We follow the trio as they navigate their lives which includes bad boyfriends, dysfunctional families, and maybe a little friendship drama along the way. Expect the chemistry of goals from the three-headed team: Mélissa Bédard, Ève Landry and Florence Longpré.
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If you like Black mirror then Osmosis looks like an episode of that hit sci-fi show. Osmosis is put in Paris in the near future where a dating app called Osmosis which conveniently associates people with their soul mates.
But there’s a caveat: the app needs to mine your brain for data showing you that true love comes at a price.
Those looking for thrills should put The cottage on their watch list. This exciting French spectacle takes place in the summer of 2017 in the village of Valmoline in the French Alps. Alternation between two chronologies: 2007 follows a family who moves into the village for a new start and 2017, when a group of friends meet there for a wedding.
What appear to be happy occasions turns out to be a chilling mystery as people begin to disappear one by one. The village is isolated and guessing what might happen next will set you back.
We all love food and eating, so it’s fair to include The Chef’s Table: France and immersed himself in French cuisine. Here you can experience the delicious flavors France has to offer as the chef tries to push the boundaries of culinary tradition.
We recommend that you do not watch this on an empty stomach.
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