Absolute best ever non-English language TV series

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  • FHUTA 19 Jul 2009 12:20:21 878 posts
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    Obviously inspired by the US TV series thread, but anyway...

    Despite not knowing enough shows to have a rounded opinion I reckon Spiral stands up there with the best of US and UK telly.

    Spiral / Engrenages - brilliant French show that BBC Four showed a while back that should appeal to any The Wire / Shield fans
  • Deleted user 19 July 2009 12:21:13
    Simpsons in Spanish.
  • Dante_Cubit 19 Jul 2009 12:21:17 1,980 posts
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    The answer is Stand Alone Complex.
  • FHUTA 19 Jul 2009 12:26:48 878 posts
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    The Kingdom / Riget was pretty awesome too, though somewhat ruined by having seen Dark Place first and so not being able to not think of that while watching
  • Load_2.0 19 Jul 2009 12:31:34 22,206 posts
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    Pingu.
  • UncleLou Moderator 19 Jul 2009 12:34:33 37,106 posts
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    The Octopus was great. Commissario Cattani against the Mafia in 1980's Italy. It's been so long though that I've seen that, it might be rubbish by today's standards. :) It's one of the first TV series I've watched though with an overarching storyline over several seasons.

    Incredibly (NSFW) hot women, too, and music by Ennio Morricone.
  • M83J01P97 19 Jul 2009 13:00:39 7,114 posts
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    FHUTA wrote:
    The Kingdom / Riget was pretty awesome too, though somewhat ruined by having seen Dark Place first and so not being able to not think of that while watching

    This.

    It was also ruined by the American remake as a lot of foreign stuff are, but the original series of The Kingdom is a deeply creepy show with some great characters.

    But Dekalog is definatly my all time favourite foreign series.
  • _Price_ 19 Jul 2009 13:07:35 3,071 posts
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    Panique au Village.
  • DaM 19 Jul 2009 13:08:25 15,273 posts
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    Rab C Nesbitt.

    If Pingu counts, then The Clangers.
  • mrharvest 19 Jul 2009 13:29:10 5,326 posts
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    M83J01P97 wrote:
    But Dekalog is definatly my all time favourite foreign series.
    This.
  • elredeyegrande 19 Jul 2009 13:29:13 2,382 posts
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    Ros na Rún.
  • Syrok Designer, Tarsier Studios 19 Jul 2009 13:33:18 14,097 posts
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    Load "$" wrote:
    Pingu.
    \o/
  • Razz 19 Jul 2009 13:36:27 62,704 posts
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    CCTV adaptation of 射鵰英雄傳 (Legend of The Condor Heroes) and the sequel is absolutely all types of awesome

    Similarly:

    神醫俠侶 Miracle Healers (CCTV)
    天龙八部 Tian Long Ba Bu (CCTV)
    醉無敵 Drunken Kung Fu (TVB)
    西遊記 Journey To the West (TVB)

    These are all Chinese WuXia TV Series, the genre Japanese Anime (WuXia are TV Series' based on novels) pretty stole from and struggle to improve upon. :op If you're going to watch one I recommend you start with Condor Heroes and then the sequel Return of the Condor Heroes which is, again, fucking awesome.
  • figgis 19 Jul 2009 13:42:23 7,524 posts
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    Hiemat (Unsure of spelling) the german series was pretty good.
  • welshben1982 19 Jul 2009 13:43:48 1,168 posts
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    This is easy! Pobol Y Cwm. :D
  • Deleted user 19 July 2009 13:45:36
    figgis wrote:
    Hiemat (Unsure of spelling) the german series was pretty good.

    I'm surprised it took so long for this to be mentioned. Shame on the German posters here.
  • M83J01P97 19 Jul 2009 13:50:29 7,114 posts
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    I found Hiemat to drag on and on and on and on... without too much apparently happening.
  • Deleted user 19 July 2009 13:51:55
    Spongebob Squarepants in Gaeilge
  • northside 19 Jul 2009 14:03:33 640 posts
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    Spiral was excellent, am patiently waiting for the second series to appear on these shores. Conceptually quite similar to The Wire, although a bit more episodic and with flashier camera-work.

    Liked Kingdom too, but again i've only seen S1. The ridiculously OTT King remake was horrible.
  • Deleted user 19 July 2009 14:05:57
    Das Boot
  • FHUTA 19 Jul 2009 14:22:23 878 posts
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    northside wrote:
    Spiral was excellent, am patiently waiting for the second series to appear on these shores.

    I can't believe series 2 isn't broadcast yet considering there are now three series. I'm tempted to get the DVDs from amazon.fr, but it's too much of a long-shot to hope for subtitles I fear :(
  • Deleted user 19 July 2009 14:39:04
    Pingu or Monkey.
  • warlockuk 19 Jul 2009 14:43:01 19,358 posts
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    Les Mysterieux Cites D'or.
  • Trowel 19 Jul 2009 14:47:12 19,792 posts
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    Pobl y Cwm
  • Feanor 20 Jul 2009 04:50:19 14,268 posts
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    Anita no te rajes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th_REEpj3JY
  • ecu 20 Jul 2009 04:53:03 78,577 posts
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    Neo Genesis Evangelion

    :D
  • Deleted user 20 July 2009 06:46:18
    Berlin Alexanderplatz
  • ilmaestro 20 Jul 2009 07:34:39 32,656 posts
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    IWGP
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