Foreign TV Shows You Should Be Watching (Part 2)

A couple of months ago we brought you some non-English speaking TV Shows suggestions, where hopefully you found something for your next binge. If none of the shows in that article piqued your interest, hopefully you’ll find something in this one! So, without further ado, here are more suggestions:

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)?

Language: German

A Netflix production, the story is about a German teenager who starts selling drugs with his best friend, to impress and win back his ex-girlfriend. It sounds ridiculous and shady, but the show is actually really funny (weird for a German show, I know). Think of it as the lovechild of Sex Education and Breaking Bad, you’re bound for some laughs and it’s a pretty good show. If you’re looking for something short and funny to binge, this a great choice.

El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time)

Language: Spanish

The show is about three people, a 16th Century soldier, the first female university in Spain from the 19th Century and a 21st Century Paramedic, who are recruited by a mysterious and secret organization called El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Time Ministery). They are given the task to protect Spanish history and must travel in time to prevent it from being changed. I was pretty skeptic about this one. Time travel is one of my favorite themes but finding a coherent time travel stories is really hard. The show certainly isn’t flawless but I find that what makes this show interesting is that it is Spanish and it’s really refreshing to watch a time travel show that is not focused on American or English history. It’s a great addition to the genre and if you’re a fan of time travel stories, you should give this show a chance.

Better than Us

Language: Russian

Show is about a not so distant future where robots serve and help humans in their everyday life. The CEO of a company acquires a unique model from the black market, Arisa (Paulina Andreeva), who breaks the first of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics and kills a human. The robot flees the company and adopts a child and her family as users. Going in, I had a lot of doubts, show looked a lot like AMC’s Humans and it was also the first Russian show I’ve ever watched, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is a fantastic story about family and love, and how this robot learns what it means to be human, whilst rising above humanity’s flaws. A must watch if you’re a sci-fi fan.

Bron|Broen (The Bridge)

Language: Danish / Swedish

The show starts when a body is found on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, right on the border of both countries. This results in Swedish and Danish police forces having to cooperate on the case, led by Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia). As someone who loves procedurals, this show is just fantastic and I personally find multiple-episodes cases far more interesting than the one case per episode approach. The storytelling can be confusing at times, at they slowly give you bits and pieces, characters are introduced out of nowhere, and just when you think it’s a parallel story it all starts to intertwine. Saga Norén is such an interesting and compelling character, completely different from your usual crime show detective. If you’re looking for a procedural that keeps you on the edge with each episode, this might just be the show for you.

 Deutschland 83

Language: German

The show’s about Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), an East German border guard who’s sent to West Germany to spy on the military. When crossing to the west he’s met with a world completely foreign to him and must adapt and gather the intel without compromising his cover. When broaching the subject of the Cold War viewers are used to watching stories about American or Russian spies. This story takes place in the epicenter of the Cold War and what makes this show so good is that it shows the internal conflict German citizens lived with, be it West or East Germans. The writing is fantastic, always keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, this is the perfect addition to your watchlist.

Hopefully these suggestions have been helpful and somethings has caught your eye!

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