Here are the 12 best French TV shows to watch on Netflix! Watching French series is an excellent way to gain cultural fluency while honing vocabulary and listening skills. And I think it’s one of the best ways to learn or relearn the French language.
I’ve saved you some time by listing really good French TV shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now. Below is my guide to the best French-language sci-fi, horror, supernatural, crime thrillers, dramas, and comedies. I’ll add to this list regularly as I watch more French TV shows. And if you’re a French film lover and you enjoy this list, don’t forget to share it!
12 French TV Shows On Netflix You’ll Binge Watch
Lupin is the first French series to rank among the top 10 of Netflix in the United States! The story follows professional thief Assane Diop (Omar Sy), the only son of an immigrant from Senegal who had come to France to seek a better life for his child. Assane’s father is framed for the theft of an expensive diamond necklace by his employer, the wealthy and powerful Hubert Pellegrini, and hangs himself in his prison cell out of shame, leaving the teenage Assane an orphan. Twenty-five years later, inspired by a book about gentleman thief Arsène Lupin his father had given him on his birthday, Assane sets out to get revenge on the Pellegrini family, using his charisma and mastery of thievery, subterfuge, and disguise to expose Hubert’s crimes. One of my favorite French TV shows on Netflix with one of the best French actors: Omar Sy.
I don’t know why Marseille had received some tough reviews by French critics because personally, I loved this show! Especially because one of my favorite actors Gerard Depardieu plays in this French TV show. Synopsis: After 20 years as mayor of Marseille, Robert Taro (Depardieu) enters into a war of succession with his former protégé turned rival Lucas Barres (Benoît Magimel). Marseille is the story of corruption, lies, deceit, betrayal, and revenge that accompany the hunger for power. For those of you who enjoy political drama, this might just feel right. Created by Dan Franck, Marseille is the first French-language original production for Netflix.
3. Call My Agent! (Dix Pour Cent)
Dix Pour Cent meaning “ten percent” in English refers to the percentage of the fee that an artistic agent earns. Call My Agent! is about a group of Parisian talent agents who try to juggle the careers of their clients as well as their own complicated love lives. It’s probably one of the best French TV shows from the last years. Each episode features real-life stars such as Jean Dujardin, Giles Lelouche, Audrey Fleurot, or Juliette Binoche. The show is touching and funny, and an excellent way to discover what it’s like in a busy office in the media industry in Paris while you practice your French.
4. The Hook Up Plan (Plan Cœur)
Plan Coeur is a humorous rom-com that follows a young lady as she attempts to get over her ex and ends up falling for a male escort. Synopsis: Elsa, single forever, doesn’t understand why she can’t find love. Her three friends, determined to put an end to her bachelorhood, decide to hire an escort boy, who is supposed to help Elsa get back in touch with men and love. I think this French series is really funny and gives you a real taste of what life is like for twenty-somethings in Paris.
5. Family Business
Family Business is a really good French comedy to watch on Netflix! The story is about Joseph Haxan (Jonathan Cohen), the son of a Parisian kosher butcher who attempts to persuade his father to transform his declining business into a cannabis shop. You will find the rising French actor Jonathan Cohen playing the main character, the actresses Julia Piation, Liliane Rovère, and the famous Gérard Darmon. The genre is familiar as it borrows from the much loved American combination of stoner comedy and Jewish humor.
6. A Very Secret Service (Au Service De La France)
A very Secret Service is a humorist French series which reminds me directly of the famous French movies of OSS 117 (one of my favorite French movies). It’s a spy show that parodies classic espionage thrillers. Synopsis: early 1960s, the French Secret Service recruits the young André Merleaux, back from Algeria. André is trained with real spies who were more concerned with their expenses than with their missions. It is a long and complicated road to becoming a spy worthy of 007.
7. Mythomaniac (Mytho)
The series is originally called Mytho which is the French slang for a lie. The story is about Elvira a disenchanted mother of three ignored by her family, cheated on by her husband, and kicked around by suburban life who feigns a medical diagnosis. What starts as a lie to get noticed once again and receive her family’s attention; snowballs into a troublesome burden. This is a solid family drama with a strong lead performance.
The story is about 12 participants in an experimental scientific study designed to match people with their perfect partner using an AI named Martin. Things don’t turn out so well for the test subjects who sacrifice their privacy in order to combat their loneliness. Osmosis attracted excellent reviews on release, including many favorable comparisons to Black Mirror. This French sci-fi drama Osmosis is a Netflix original series that is full of thrills, twists, and love.
Mortel is a French TV series with a bit of teen drama with elements of the supernatural. If you loved Stranger Things, I’m sure you’ll love Mortel (the French slang for cool). This French series is the story of two teenagers, Sofiane and Victor who strike a deal with the god of voodoo, Obe who gives them supernatural powers in order to solve and avenge the death of Sofiane’s brother. Sofiane can manipulate people’s actions whereas Victor can read their minds. I thought it was a very refreshing TV show to watch.
10. Chef’s Table: France
Chef’s Table: France, goes inside the lives and kitchens of some of the world’s most renowned French chefs. Each episode highlights one renowned French chef sharing what inspires them to push the boundaries of France’s rich culinary tradition. This France-themed spin-off features the trademark gorgeous cinematography and production of the Chef’s Table series.
11. Twice Upon a Time (Il Était Une Seconde Fois)
This French sci-fi romance is about a man (Gaspard Ulliel) who receives an object in the post that enables him to travel back in time to nine months earlier, when he attempts to resurrect a failed relationship with his ex (Freya Mavor). This is not a romcom and if you’re a fan of meditative science-fiction that poses moral questions and doesn’t provide all of the answers, Twice Upon a Time could be for you. You can treat this miniseries like a movie by watching the 4 episodes at once.
If you’re a fan of shows like American Horror Story, you’ll love this 8-episodes series that’s full of unexpected twists and just the right amount of gore. The French Netflix Original Marianne is a horror series about a young novelist who is compelled to move back to her hometown. She discovers that the monstrous characters she created in her series of horror novels are really coming to life. This is a must watch French TV show to watch at Halloween.
Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3