In the past few years, France has produced some of the most critically acclaimed TV series with Call My Agent! (10 pour cent), Baron Noir, The Returned (Les revenants), The Bureau (Le bureau des légendes) and more recently Lupin, based on the successful book series Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Thief by Maurice Leblanc. The Netflix show starring Omar Sy finds the perfect match between thriller and drama, old and modern.
Here are 5 French TV shows you should watch if you’ve liked Lupin and you need a new binge-worthy TV series while you wait for the season 3 of Lupin, which should be released in 2022. Watch the full episode of Rendez-Vous d’Amérique with an exclusive interview of Omar Sy who talks about the success of his TV Show Lupin.
Nicolas le Floch
Just like Omar Sy in Lupin, Nicolas le Floch is skilled, instinctive, smart and witty. The only difference is that he’s not the thief but the cop! This French crime TV series is unique as it is set in the 18th century, right before the French revolution. Nicolas le Floch is commissioned by Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette to investigate crimes happening in the palaces and slums of Paris. This show could easily become your next binge-worthy thriller. Watch or stream French crime TV show Nicolas Le Floch on the French streaming platform TV5MONDE Plus.
Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie
Part Hitchcock, part Columbo with a touch of French humor. Here is how you could summarize France’s hit TV series Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie. As the title suggests, each episode is based on a book written by the best-selling novelist of all time, Agatha Christie. So if you’ve liked Lupin, Hulu’s Only Murders in the building or HBO’s Bored to Death, this French comedic crime drama is for you. Watch or stream French crime drama Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie in America on TV5MONDE USA
Compared to Lupin, 19-2 is more like your typical crime TV series. Well, first because it is one of the greatest French-Canadian TV show of all time, accumulating 37 nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards and one nomination at the International Emmy Awards. But also because the TV series centered on the Montréal Police Service's Station 19 puts people over procedural with its antihero characters. It’s definitely more sombre than Lupin but it features as well good acting and fast-paced narratives. Stream French thriller 19-2 on TV5MONDEplus.
For the past three years, Capitain Marleauis simply the most-watched prime-time TV show in France. The story follows an eccentric detective with an eye for details, played by the French actress Corinne Masiero, reminiscent of Benedict Cumberbatch in the British TV series Sherlock. And just like in Lupin, you’ll watch it as much for the storylines as for the wonderful sceneries and landscapes of rural France.
Set in Paris like Lupin, Spiral (Engrenages) is a much more grim TV show than the one with Omar Sy. It remains one of France’s most exported show and often considered la crème de la crème of French crime TV series. It is dark, unsettling, and definitely as binge-worthy as Netflix’s Lupin!
Now you know what to watch while you patiently wait for season 3 of Lupin, coming out in 2022 on Netflix! In the meantime, watch the full episode of Rendez-Vous d’Amérique with an exclusive interview with Omar Sy who talks about his new TV Show Lupin, inspired by the Maurice Leblanc’s literary saga.
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