Watching French TV shows and movies on Netflix is a fantastic way to learn and become more familiar with the French language.
Not only will you get a great amount of practice, but you will also improve your listening skills, increase your vocabulary, learn everyday language and see how the language is used by native speakers.
So, if you’re not watching any French TV shows, why not head over to Netflix and give it a go?
Here are 10 French shows that you can watch on Netflix now!
This popular comedy is onto its third season now and currently has a 100% rating on rotten tomatoes.
The story follows Joseph, a failed entrepreneur, who decides to transform his family’s butcher shop into the first marijuana coffee shop in France.
This comedy series is very easy to watch, the cast is extremely well-chosen and their acting is great. The series has a fun feeling and the marijuana coffee shop is a fresh concept. The acting and storyline make for a hilarious blend of slapstick comedy and family drama.
Another positive thing about this show is that each season is only 6 episodes of 30 minutes.
Call My Agent
Formerly known as “10 pour cent,” Call My Agent is a comedy that was first aired on Netflix in 2015.
The show’s premise centers around a Paris talent firm and its employees, who must juggle to keep their star clients happy, as well as the agency afloat.
The three agents - Mathias (Thibault de Montalembert), Gabriel (Grégory Montel) and Andrea (Camille Cottin), lurch from one situation to another. Along the way, their professional, and personal lives become intertwined.
Overall this TV series has received great reviews and high praise. The storyline is engrossing and the script is very well written and witty. The central characters are defined and well played. On top of that expect to see appearances of top French actors, who play fictionalised versions of themselves.
This 2021 Netflix series is based on the story of Arsène Lupin. Assange Diop, a gentleman thief, embarks on a journey to avenge his father, who experienced a grave injustice at the hands of a wealthy family.
Starring Omar Sy as Assange Diop, Vincent Londez as Captain Laugier, and Ludivine Sagnier as Claire, this series is action-packed and includes drama and mystery.
This show is both witty and exciting. Omar Sy plays Diop very well and manages to keep viewers' attention rapt during the whole series.
Plan Coeur, known as ‘The Hook Up Plan’ in English, is a comedy that premiered in 2019. Set in Paris, this story follows Elsa, who at almost 30 is still stuck on her ex-boyfriend two years after their breakup. Her friends enlist the help of a male escort, to help get her out of her rut and improve her confidence.
Starring Zita Hanrot as Elsa, this is a fun and heartfelt story about friendship and unconventional love. It’s a witty and intelligent romantic comedy, with well fleshed out characters who have their own smaller plot lines. The Parisian scenery is also a delightful backdrop.
Check out this series if you’re looking for something easy to watch.
This gripping political drama follows Robert Taro (Gérard Depardieu), the mayor of Marseille for the past 20 years. What follows is a war of succession with a former protégé, who has turned into a rival - Lucas Barres (Benoît Magime). Both are members of a centre-right party until a betrayal starts a bitter feud between the master politician and his ambitious young protégé.
This is a tale of corruption, revenge, and seduction, set against a rich backdrop of the French port city of Marseille.
Overall the acting, script, and camera shots are great. Depardieu shows his experience as a veteran actor and has nice chemistry with Barres.
This is a French supernatural TV series, which revolves around a couple of teenagers, Sofiane and Victor. They acquired superpowers after making a deal with voodoo god Obé, in the hope of solving a murder.
For them to be successful, Sofiane and Victor must be near each other for their superpowers to work. They also enlist the help of Luisa, a voodoo practitioner, so that they can get free from Obé’s grip and banish him from the world.
There are many complex themes intertwined in what is a teen supernatural show. The acting is nuanced and the subdued special effects really add to the great overall production quality.
This fantasy drama, starring Amir El Kacem, Marilou Aussilloux, and Lionel Erdoga, is set in 18th century France and is a reimagined history of the French Revolution. In it, the inventor of the guillotine uncovers a disease that drives the aristocracy to murder the common people.
This story is loosely based on 18th century France, just before the revolution. It doesn’t try to be historically accurate. The acting is great and the costumes and scenery are stunning.
Check out this series if period or historical series is your jam and you’re interested in a fantasy twist.
Au service de la France
Au service de la France, known as ‘A Very Secret Service’ in English, is a French comedy and drama series.
Its story follows a trainee officer with the French Secret Services, Andre Merlaux, during the height of the Cold War. He is intelligent, but impressionable and has a lot to learn in order to best serve and defend the interests of France. In doing so, he discovers the intricacies of government and navigates diplomatic incidents.
This series is both whimsical and fast-paced, you’ll never be bored watching it. There’s lots of twisted, sarcastic, and dark humour, in what is an intellectually and powerful political satire.
If political dramas are your thing, I highly recommend this series.
This French-Belgian supernatural thriller known as ‘Black Spot’ in English, premiered on Netflix in 2019.
The plot follows Police-Major Laurène Weiss, the head of the Gendarmeries in Villefranche. The story begins when eccentric Prosecutor Siriani arrives in the town to try to learn why the murder rate is 6 times the national average. Also why the vast majority of them are occurring in a strange forest located nearby.
This is an imaginative series, with beautiful dark imagery and scenery, wonderful acting, and a mind-blowing plot.
We hope that you check out some of these Netflix series if you’re interested in improving your French. Let us know in the comments if you’ve seen any of them and what you think.