Published On: Mon, Feb 5th, 2018

Great TV Shows to Watch from Around the World

Great TV Shows to Watch from Around the World

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If you’re looking to expand your horizons in the entertainment area, an easy place to start is by watching great TV shows from all around the world. Although they can sometimes be more difficult to get into than your native shows, they will expose you to new ideas, cultures, and modes of thinking that will keep you interested and keep you on your toes.

 

Sound good? Here are some great TV shows to watch from around the world:

 

Wentworth Prison

If you love prison dramas, then give this Australian show, which is set in a women’s prison a try. The show focuses on a woman who’s been locked up as she prepares to stand trial for the murder of her husband, but it’s the supporting characters – other jailed women – who really bring the show to life and make it totally binge-worthy.

 

Les Revenants

If you’re into spooky dramas and you think that the French language is one of the most beautiful then you’ll love this show which sees previously dead loved ones descend on a small village in the French Alps. Not only does it look wonderfully evocative, but it keeps you gripped right from the beginning.

 

Toradora

Toradora is a Japanese anime series based on a set of novels about a boy called Ryuji Takasu who is unfortunate enough to look like his evil father, which means that there are few people who want to have anything to do with him. He does have one friend though, a girl named Ryuji and together they help each other improve their love lives. It’s fun show that will ease you into the world of anime and show you what it’s all about.

 

Line of Duty

Next, we head to the UK for this compelling police drama of which there are currently five series to binge with a sixth one on the way next year. What makes this drama stand out from all of the many other police dramas around the world is the fact that it focuses on corruption within the police force and how the anti-corruption team weeds out the bad eggs within its own organisation. It has so many twists and turns that you’re never bored and the drama is done to such a high standard that it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

 

Trapped

Trapped is an Icelandic TV show about a murder in a small town, the solving of which is made all the more difficult by the presence of a storm. If you like your TV shows atmospheric, it’s a hard one to beat.

 

Black Mirror

Black Mirror – a show from the UK is often a difficult piece of television to watch, but it is a show that we should all watch because it shows us the dangers of technology and how we could use them to bring about a dystopia of our own making. An anthology show, it’s easy to dip in and out, but no matter which episode you choose, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy the ride.

 

Escobar: El Patrón del Mal

This Colombian show tells the story of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. Although there are other shows about this legend of the underworld, this one comes from his home country, and it tells the story perhaps more truthfully than bigger productions on the subject have done before.

 

Gomorrah

An unflinching portrayal of life in organised crime coming out of Italy. What more needs to be said?. Watch it.

 

Signal

This crime drama from South Korea tells the story of two detectives, one of whom is from the modern day and one of whom is from the past. Using low tech walkie-talkies, they are somehow able to communicate through time, so they team up to solve cold case files. This is much better than the average K-drama, so it really does deserve your attention.


 

Grand Hotel

This Spanish period drama is beautiful to look at, and its story about a young man who starts working at a fancy hotel in a bid to find out the truth of his sister’s disappearance is completely compelling, Gripping from start to finish, you won’t regret sinking some time into this one.

Although there are lots of great shows right here, by looking further afield, you can find the best entertainment there is, and enjoy seeing some tropes and cliches that are different to the ones you’re used to (although you won’t find too many cliches in these excellent shows). Happy viewing.

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