This popular French police drama - followed by one in six French television viewers during its run – will delight any fans of Columbo, Hercule Poirot or Monk.
For a long time, Lyon was similar to Paris, Marseille, and other cities where crimes were sadly not uncommon - see Le gang des Lyonnais, the crime thriller by Olivier Marchal. This has dramatically changed but it’s no surprise why the producers may have chosen to set this French crime series in Lyon. Seeing the action unfold in a city rarely seen in films or TV shows is already a good reason to watch Chérif. But this hit-show of six seasons is much more than its decor.
Kader Chérif, played by Abdelhafid Metalsi, is a charming police captain, passionate about his job, which is probably a good thing seeing as he lives across the street from the Commissariat (police station). After having used unorthodox but highly successful methods for years, a challenging dynamic comes into play when he is paired with a new police partner Captain Adeline Briard, a colleague who is not at all sympathetic to his approach.
As they work together, this atypical duo becomes a dynamic team, unraveling mysteries with wit, insight, and humor. Just like many French classic comedies/action films like La Chèvre, Les anges gardien, Le boulet, Les Compères, Les Fugitifs, Chérif boasts a strong duo of opposites. Their different style of approaching life and the job is ultimately what makes them a great (and fun to watch) duo.
Make sure you catch the next episode of Chérif to find out what criminal case they will be called on to solve next!
Genre: Police drama series
Produced by: Lionel Olenga, Laurent Scalese, and Stéphane Drouet
Starring: Abdelhafid Metalsi (Kader Chérif), Aurore Erguy (Roxane Le Goff), and Carole Bianic (Adeline Briard)
Year: Since 2013
Length: 52 minutes
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