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When I moved to France over 30 years ago I spoke a little French. The year before my move I spent one year at University completing an introductory course. I had previously also endured 5 torturous years in school trying to conjugate verbs and progress past ‘Je m’appelle Tracy” After being told in school that I would never be any good at French I was determined to learn the language!

 

Living in France for nearly 2 years gave me an excellent opportunity to master the language. And after 6 months I was fluent. Although a little rusty nearly 30 years later I still try to keep my language skills at least functional.

 

I have found one of the best ways to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. If you are preparing for a trip to France or are learning the language in school/college or simply want to know more French before your holiday I would highly recommend watching some of the excellent French TV series that are available on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Video right now (Please bear in mind different countries may have different availability)

 

It is also a great introduction to French culture and different areas of France! What better way to enjoy a truly authentic travel experience through your ability to communicate (even a few words) in the native language.

 

We do tend to watch the French TV series with subtitles (my husband doesn’t speak French) I have found it really useful to hear French accents and also some of the more colloquial language used in French TV series. I still struggle to understand French news broadcasts with their more formal French unless there are subtitles. However whether you are still at the stage of needing subtitles or not watching these great French TV series will build vocabulary and develop your French language skills.

 

If you have a Netflix subscription enjoy this selection of the best French TV shows – à bientôt!

 

(and don’t forget to check out my post on best French movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video too)

 


THE CHALET


We thoroughly enjoyed this French thriller! A bunch of friends meet up in a chalet in the French Alps but a secret from the past comes back to haunt them. When they are cut off from the outside world tensions rise and so does the death toll!

This series will have you on the edge of your seat wondering who will be murdered next and by who! 

Released 2018

Number of episodes – 6

Number of series – 1

Drama/Mystery/Thriller

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CHALET ON NETFLIX

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE CHALET ON YOUTUBE

 

 


THE RETURNED


 

 

The French do thrillers so well and this supernatural TV series is one of our favourites. When several people return to the village years after they left the impact is huge. Especially since they have all been dead for over 20 years. This zombie supernatural drama was a surprise hit.

Series one is now available on Netflix!

Released 2012 – 2015

Number of episodes – 16

Number of series – 2

Drama/Supernatural

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE RETURNED ON NETFLIX

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE RETURNED ON AMAZON PRIME

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE RETURNED ON YOUTUBE

 



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THE HOOKUP PLAN (PLAN COEUR)


 

Life in Paris for a group of 20 somethings as life, love and complicated relationships dominate. Meet Elsa who after 2 years is still struggling to get over her ex until her best friend decides to hire a male escort to mend her broken heart. Things don’t altogether go according to plan when Elsa falls for the new guy not knowing he was hired by her friend.

 

Released – 2018

Number of episodes – 8

Number of series – 1

French romance and drama

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE HOOKUP PLAN ON NETFLIX

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE HOOKUP PLAN TRAILER ON YOUTUBE

 

WITNESSES


 

 

A French detective series featuring a young female detective put in charge of investigating a case involving dead bodies dug up from graves and left in show homes. There are now 2 series of the show with series 1 available on Netflix.

Released 2014 

Number of episodes – 14

Number of series – 2

Murder mystery

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH WITNESSES ON NETFLIX

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH WITNESSES ON AMAZON PRIME

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR WITNESSES ON YOUTUBE

 


THE FROZEN DEAD


 

 

Yes another crime thriller! A grisly discovery in the French Pyrenees. Based on a best-selling novel by Bernard Minier (see above), this series stars César nominees Charles Berling and Pascal Greggory.

Released 2017 

Number of episodes – 6

Number of series – 1

Mystery thriller

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FROZEN DEAD ON NETFLIX

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE FROZEN DEAD ON YOUTUBE

 


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CALL MY AGENT (DIX POUR CENT)


 

 

Call My Agent is centred around a Paris talent firm struggling to keep the business going and their stars happy. This was a huge hit when it first hit the screens in 2015 and is now on its third series all of which can be viewed on Netflix.

Watch out for the appearance of famous French stars such as Juliette Binoche. 

Released 2015

Number of episodes – 18

Number of series – 3

Comedy drama

CLICK HERE TO WATCH CALL MY AGENT ON NETFLIX

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR CALL MY AGENT ON YOUTUBE

 


VERSAILLES


 

 

Learn French and French history at the same time! If you enjoy period pieces then this is the show for you! It will definitely make you add a trip to Versailles to your itinerary!

Released 2015 – 2018

Number of episodes – 30

Number of series – 3

Historical drama

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VERSAILLES ON NETFLIX

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VERSAILLES ON AMAZON PRIME

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR VERSAILLES ON YOUTUBE

 


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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, I share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help YOU travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Come and join me as I travel the world one country (and train journey) at a time!

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