The Best Scandinavian TV Shows

Olga Trędota 2020-05-30

Trapped

Crime Drama Mystery Iceland 2015

Trapped

Crime Drama Mystery Iceland 2015

  • Trapped
  • 7,7/10

3 seasons, 21 episodes

Icelandic crime drama featuring Chief of Police Andri.

Lilyhammer

Comedy Crime Drama Norway 2012

Lilyhammer

Comedy Crime Drama Norway 2012

  • Lilyhammer
  • 7,3/10

3 seasons, 24 episodes

After Frank The Fixer Tagliano testifies against his Mafia boss in New York, he enters the Witness Protection Program and makes an unusual demand: he wants to be set up with a new life in the Norwegian small town of Lillehammer or as he calls it, Lilyhammer.

  • #nordic noir

  • #mafia

  • #norway

Quicksand

Crime Drama Sweden 2019

Quicksand

Crime Drama Sweden 2019

  • Quicksand
  • 7,3/10

1 season, 6 episodes

After a tragedy at a school sends shock waves through a wealthy Stockholm suburb, a seemingly well-adjusted teen finds herself on trial for murder.

Bonus Family

Comedy Drama Sweden 2017

Bonus Family

Comedy Drama Sweden 2017

4 seasons, 38 episodes

A new couple, their exes and their children navigate the emotional challenges and tricky logistics of blended family life in this Swedish dramedy.

  • #blended family

Occupied

Drama Norway 2015

Occupied

Drama Norway 2015

  • Occupied
  • 7,3/10

3 seasons, 24 episodes

In the near future, Norway is occupied by Russia on behalf of the European Union, due to the fact that the newly elected environmental friendly Norwegian government has stopped the all important oil- and gas-production in the North Sea.

  • #alternate history

  • #alternate reality

  • #norway

The Killing

Crime Drama Mystery Denmark 2007

The Killing

Crime Drama Mystery Denmark 2007

  • The Killing
  • 8,1/10

3 seasons, 40 episodes

The Killing is a Danish police procedural set in the Copenhagen main police department and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her team, with each season series following a different murder case day-by-day and a one-hour episode covering twenty-four hours of the investigation. The series is noted for its plot twists, season-long storylines, dark tone and for giving equal emphasis to the story of the murdered victim's family alongside the police investigation. It has also been singled out for the photography of its Danish setting, and for the acting ability of its cast.

  • #murder investigation

  • #mystery

  • #nordic noir

Wallander

Crime Drama Mystery United Kingdom 2008

Wallander

Crime Drama Mystery United Kingdom 2008

  • Wallander
  • 7,5/10

4 seasons, 12 episodes

This drama follows Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden. Based on the international best-selling books by Henning Mankell.

Skam

Comedy Drama Norway 2015

Skam

Comedy Drama Norway 2015

  • Skam
  • 7,5/10

4 seasons, 43 episodes

The story of a young teenager group, born 1999, and a pupil on Hartvig Nissens upper secondary school in Oslo, and her friends and their life, troubles, scandals and every day life. Which of the members represented changes per season.

Caliphate

Drama War & Politics Sweden 2020

Caliphate

Drama War & Politics Sweden 2020

  • Caliphate
  • 7,1/10

1 season, 8 episodes

National Security agent Fatima receives a tip that a terrorist attack against Sweden is in the planning stage. Meanwhile Sulle, a teenage girl in Stockholm, gets interested in her student assistent who opens doors to a new and fascinating world - the true path. Kalifat is a thriller about the intermingled fates of five young women who get caught up in the seducing and destroying force of religious fundamentalism.

The Bridge

Crime Mystery Sweden 2011

The Bridge

Crime Mystery Sweden 2011

  • The Bridge
  • 8,1/10

4 seasons, 38 episodes

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

  • #police

  • #detective

  • #murder investigation

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