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The Best French TV Shows Of 2020

Updated October 30, 2020 415 votes 81 voters 2.5k views26 items

List RulesVote 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 Ladybug & Cat Noir1
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    Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

    Cristina Valenzuela, Bryce Papenbrook

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Superhero

    Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (French: Miraculous, les aventures de Ladybug et Chat...  more
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  • Mortel2
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    Mortel

    Carl Malapa, Nemo Schiffman

    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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  • Le Bureau des Légendes3
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    Le Bureau des Légendes

    Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Loiret Caille

    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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  • The Forest4
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    The Forest

    Samuel Labarthe, Suzanne Clement

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, crime drama

    The Forest (France 3, 2017) is a French crime drama television series, created by Delinda...  more
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  • Spiral5
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    Spiral

    Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot

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

    Spiral is a French television police and legal drama series set in Paris. The show follows the...  more
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  • The Adventures of Paddington6
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    The Adventures of Paddington

    Ben Wishaw, Morwenna Banks

    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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  • A Very Secret Service7
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    A Very Secret Service

    Hugo Becker, Wilfred Benaïche

    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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  • Skam France8
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    Skam France

    Axel Auriant, Théo Christine

    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: France9
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    Criminal: France

    Nathalie Baye, Jérémie Renier

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Mystery

    Criminal: France (Netflix, 2019) is part of a police procedural anthology series created by...  more
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  • Profilage10
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    Profilage

    Raphaël Ferret, Jean-Michel Martial

    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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  • Vampires11
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    Vampires

    Oulaya Amamra, Suzanne Clément

    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 Plan12
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    The Hook Up Plan

    Tom Dingler, Joséphine Draï

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    The Hook Up Plan (Netflix, 2018) is a French romantic comedy series created by Chris Lang,...  more
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  • Family Business13
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    Family Business

    Jonathan Cohen, Gérard Darmon

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    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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  • Black Spot14
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    Black Spot

    Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Mystery, Drama

    Black Spot (France 2, 2017) a is a French-Belgian television thriller created by Mathieu...  more
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  • The Bureau15
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    The Bureau

    Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Loiret Caille

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime

    The Bureau (Canal+, 2015) is a French drama television series created by Éric Rochant. Based...  more
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  • La Révolution16
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    La Révolution

    Doudou Masta, Julien Sarazin

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, History, Drama

    La Révolution (Netflix, 2020) is a French adventure historical drama created by Aurélien...  more
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  • Baron Noir17
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    Baron Noir

    Kad Merad, Anna Mouglalis

    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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  • Cherif18
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    Cherif

    Abdelhafid Metalsi, Greg Germain

    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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  • The Circle: France19
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    The Circle: France

    Alfred Gerbet, Romain Ben

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    The Circle: France (Netflix, 2020) is a French reality television series and a spin-off of the...  more
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  • Can You Hear Me?20
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    Can You Hear Me?

    Mélissa Bédard, Ève Landry

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy,

    Can You Hear Me? (Télé-Québec, 2018) is a French dramatic comedy created by Florence Longpré....  more
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  • Falco21
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    Falco

    Clément Manuel, Mathilde Lebrequier

    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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  • Qui veut gagner des millions?22
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    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 Angel23
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    Josephine, Guardian Angel

    Mimie Mathy, Karin Swenson

    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 Nevers24
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    Alice Nevers

    Marine Delterme, Jean-Michel Tinivelli

    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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  • Tomorrow Is Ours25
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    Tomorrow Is Ours

    Ingrid Chauvin, Alexandre Brasseur

    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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