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The Best French TV Shows Of 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated June 18, 2020 281 votes 40 voters 24 items

List Rules Vote up the best French-language television shows airing new episodes in 2020.

Stay up to date on the latest and current French TV shows in 2020. Whether you're learning French or are just looking to watch the most popular series from France this list will help you find new French shows in 2020. Even if you are not a French learner, most French series on Netflix have English subtitles so you won't miss any of the drama or action.

Many of the best French shows in 220 are detective series, dramas, crime thrillers, and comedies; but there are also children's shows like The Adventures of Paddington. Some series, such as The Break and Public Enemy, are French-Belgian joint productions, while others are Netflix shows like Mortel and The Hook Up Plan. A few French TV shows, like Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, have older episodes available on Netflix but are further ahead in their seasons in France.

Vote up the best French series of 2020, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

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Miraculous: Tales of Lad... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Cristina Valenzuela, Bryce Papenbrook, Keith Silverstein

Genres (Tv): Animation, Superhero

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (French: Miraculous, les aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir) is a French CGI action/adventure animated series produced by Zagtoon and Method Animation. ...more
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Mortel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Mortel Carl Malapa, Nemo Schiffman, Manon Bresch

Mortel (Netflix, 2019) is a French-produced supernatural television series. The plot revolves around three teenagers, two of whom have acquired superpowers after making a deal with a supernatural being so they can solve a murder

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The Forest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Samuel Labarthe, Suzanne Clement, Alexia Barlier

Genres (Tv): Mystery, crime drama

The Forest (France 3, 2017) is a French crime drama television series, created by Delinda Jacobs. Police investigate after a teenaged girl, disappears in a forest and are assisted by her ...more
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The Adventures of Paddin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
The Adventures of Paddington Ben Wishaw, Morwenna Banks, Darren Boyd

The Adventures of Paddington (Nick Jr, 2019) is an English-French children's animated television series. The show follows a younger Paddington as he writes letters to Aunt Lucy.

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Family Business is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Family Business Jonathan Cohen, Gérard Darmon, Julia Piaton

Family Business is a 2019 French web television series created by Igor Gotesman. The show follows Joseph, a failed entrepreneur, who discovers cannabis is about to be legalized in France, so he starts up his own marijuana coffeeshop. 

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Spiral is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot, Philippe Duclos

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

Spiral is a French television police and legal drama series set in Paris. The show follows the lives and work of Paris police officers and the lawyers and judges who work at the Palais de ...more
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A Very Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
A Very Secret Service Hugo Becker, Wilfred Benaïche, Christophe Kourotchkine

A Very Secret Service is a French comedy-drama series created by Jean-François Halin. The year is 1960, and the French Secret Service hires an impressionable 23-year old who still has much to learn on the job.

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Le Bureau des Lég... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Le Bureau des Légendes Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Loiret Caille, Sara Giraudeau

The Bureau (original title: Le Bureau des Légendes) is a French political thriller television series created by Éric Rochant. The show revolves around several agents who work for DGSE. 

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Skam France is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Skam France Axel Auriant, Théo Christine, Lula Cotton-Frapier

Skam France is a French teen drama created by Julie Andem. It follows five French girls as they attend high school and learn about love, friendship, loss, and the modern world.

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Criminal: France is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Nathalie Baye, Jérémie Renier, Sara Giraudeau.

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Mystery

Criminal: France (Netflix, 2019) is part of a police procedural anthology series created by Kay Smith and Jim Field Smith. The series takes place entirely inside police interrogation rooms in ...more
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Vampires is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Vampires Oulaya Amamra, Suzanne Clément, Kate Moran

Vampires (Netflix, 2020) is a French supernatural television series. A Paris teen who's half human, half vampire grapples with her emerging powers and family turmoil as she's pursued by a secret vampire community.

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The Hook Up Plan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Tom Dingler, Joséphine Draï, Zita Hanrot
The Hook Up Plan (Netflix, 2018) is a French romantic comedy series created by Chris Lang, Noemie Saglio, and Julien Teisseire. Elsa (Zita Hanrot) gets hung up on an ex and her best friends ...more

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The Circle: France is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020

Genres (Tv): Reality

The Circle: France (Netflix, 2020) is a French reality television series and a spin-off of the American installment, The Circle. The show bills itself as a game based around social media, with ...more
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Baron Noir is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Baron Noir Kad Merad, Anna Mouglalis, Astrid Whettnall

Baron Noir is a French political drama television series developed by Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon. It tells the story of a soon-to-be French president and one of his closest friends: the mayor of a small town in northern France. 

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Cherif is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Cherif Abdelhafid Metalsi, Greg Germain, François Bureloup

Cherif is a French police television series produced by Lionel Olenga, Laurent Scalese and Stéphane Drouet. Police captain Kader Cherif has a laid-back way of doing police work, which runs him into trouble with his new partner.

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Profilage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Profilage Raphaël Ferret, Jean-Michel Martial, Philippe Bas

Profilage is a French police procedural created by Fanny Robert and Sophie Lebarbier. The show follows two investigators, Chloé Saint-Laurent then Adèle Delettre, who use their experience to solve murders.

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The Bureau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Loiret Caille, Jonathan Zaccaï

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime

The Bureau (Canal+, 2015) is a French drama television series created by Éric Rochant. Based upon real accounts by former spies and inspired by contemporary events, it centers on the ...more

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Falco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Falco Clément Manuel, Mathilde Lebrequier, Franck Monsigny

Falco is a French television series created by Clothilde Jamin. Falco wakes up after 22 years in a coma only to learn that his wife remarried and he missed out on his child's adolescence. 

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Tomorrow Is Ours is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Tomorrow Is Ours Ingrid Chauvin, Alexandre Brasseur, Charlotte Valandrey

Tomorrow is Ours is a French television soap opera created by Frédéric Chansel, Laura Colbert, Nicolas Durand-Zouky, Eline Le Fur, Fabienne Lesieur, and Jean-Marc Taba. The show follows the lives of several families whose lives are punctuated by police investigations, secrets, and betrayals. 

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Qui veut gagner des mill... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Qui veut gagner des millions? Jean-Pierre Foucault

Qui veut gagner des millions? is the French version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill, Steven Knight. The show starts with easy multiple-choice questions that gradually build in intensity, as contestants try to win the grand price of a million dollars.

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Josephine, Guardian Ange... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Josephine, Guardian Angel Mimie Mathy, Karin Swenson, Jean Dell

Josephine, Guardian Angel (in French, Joséphine, ange gardien) is a French television series created by Laurent Chouchan, Philippe Niang, Michel Lengliney. It follows the adventures of a guardian angel sent to Earth to help solve various people's problems.

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Alice Nevers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Alice Nevers Marine Delterme, Jean-Michel Tinivelli, Guillaume Carcaud

Alice Nevers is a French crime series created by Christmas Loriot. It is based on a trilogy of novels also written by Loriot. The show follows a investigating judge who partners with a policeman to solve crimes.

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Black Spot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Laurent Capelluto

Genres (Tv): Crime, Mystery, Drama

Black Spot (France 2, 2017) a is a French-Belgian television thriller created by Mathieu Missoffe. A prosecutor comes home to learn why the town's murder rate is six times the national average.
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Ad Vitam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French TV Shows Of 2020
Ad Vitam Yvan Attal, Garance Marillier, Niels Schneider

Ad Vitam (Netflix, 2018) is a French science fiction drama television series. In a future where regeneration technology lets humans live indefinitely, a cop and a troubled young woman investigate a strange wave of youth suicides.