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Last Updated on August 22, 2020

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.

In this post you will find the best French language series on Netflix to enjoy. These French TV shows on Netflix are a great way to practice your language skills.

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 series on Netflixà bientôt!

The Chalet

Some French chalets with the words Le Chalet written above

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 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
Sign saying it is the must watch drama of the year - quoted by the Sunday Times

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE RETURNED ON YOUTUBE

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Inhuman Resources

This is a gripping new series starring footballer/actor Eric Cantona. It has been a hit in France and is based on the novel Cadres Noirs by Pierre Lemaitre.

The story is recounted by lead character Alain Delachambre (Cantona) who tells the story of what has happened to him up to that point.

Taking a job as a recruiter he has to use unorthodox methods to evaluate a group of 4 executives. To find out more you will have to watch the show!

  • Released April 2020
  • 6 episodes
  • Starring Eric Cantona

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR INHUMAN RESOURCES ON YOU TUBE

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The Hook-up 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 TRAILER ON YOUTUBE

Mythomaniac

A mythomaniac is someone who compulsively tells lies.

Feeling burned out and taken for granted, a full-time hard working mum named Elvira suspects her partner is cheating, so to win back his attentions, she feigns a serious medical diagnosis.

Elvira’s lie ends up having unforeseen consequences for everyone.

  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • Starring Marina Hands

Black Spot

A police chief and an eccentric new prosecutor investigate a string of grisly crimes and eerie phenomena in an isolated town at the edge of a forest.

  • 2017
  • 2 seasons
  • Starring Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre and Laurent Capelluto

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR BLACK SPOT ON YOUTUBE

Marseille

The longtime mayor of Marseille is preparing to hand over the reins to his protégé when a sudden and ruthless battle erupts for control of the city.

  • 2016
  • 2 seasons
  • Starring Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel, Nadia Farès

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR MARSEILLE ON YOUTUBE

Osmosis

In near-future Paris, two brilliant siblings unveil a high-tech implant designed to pair up soul mates. But the beta test yields unwelcome surprises.

  • 2019
  • 1 season
  • Agathe Bonitzer, Hugo Becker, Gaël Kamilindi

CLICK TO WATCH OSMOSIS 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 THE TRAILER FOR WITNESSES ON YOUTUBE

Family Business

After learning France is about to legalize pot, a down-on-his-luck entrepreneur and his family race to turn their father’s butcher shop into France’s first marijuana café.

This comedy series has been renewed for a second season.

  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 6 episodes
  • Starring Jonathan Cohen, Gérard Darmon and Julia Piaton

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The Frozen Dead

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

  • Released 2017 
  • Number of episodes – 6
  • Number of series – 1
  • Mystery thriller
The shattered words spelling glace

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 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
The Palace of Versailles features in a French TV series of the same name

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR VERSAILLES ON YOUTUBE

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Happy Viewing of these French TV Series!

I hope you have enjoyed my selection of the best French series on Netflix. Do also take a look at my choice of the best French movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

If you have any others to recommend do let me know as I am always on the lookout for new French language series to add to this post.

Also check out my best of British TV series as well as must watch Australian movies, UK TV series and South African movies all available on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime.

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Read more about visiting Paris and France

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