Best TV Series To Learn French For All Levels

One of my favorites way to dabble in a foreign language is to watch movies, but recently I have been noticing my attention span is decreasing. I decided that why not try TV series since they are from 25- 40 minutes long.

TV series have two main benefits:
1. Short Duration Easier to fit into your schedule
2. Longer Running Time Able to follow plot lines and characters over a longer period of time.
TV series are easier to fit into your schedule than movies. Also watching a movie in a foreign language can take a lot of focus where as watching an episode here and there is more sustainable.
Below I posted some of my favorite French TV series to get you started!


1. Les Aventures de Tintin

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Genre: Adventure
Adventures of TinTin
Number of episodes: 39
Duration/episode: 20 min
Storyline: Follow the adventures of a young Belgian detective and his loyal travel companion Snowy the dog as they travel the world, going from one adventure to the next.

2. Il était une fois l’homme

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Genre: History
El Etait Une Foi (Source allocine)
Number of episodes: 26
Duration/episode: 25 min
Storyline: The series explains world history in a format designed for children. The action focuses around one group. The same familiar characters appear in all episodes as they deal with the problems of their time.

3. Hero Corp

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Genre: Action
Hero Corp (Source: Toutelatele)
Number of episodes: 85
Duration/episode: 25 min
Storyline: Following a war which took place in the 1980s, it was decided to create an organization to include all the superheroes to maintain world peace: the Hero Corp agency.

4. Plus Belle La Vie

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate.
Genre: Drama
Plus Belle La Vie Cast Posing for photo at bar
(Source: le parisien)
Number of episodes: 2613
Duration/episode: 25 min
Storyline:Soap opera based in the fictional “le Mistral” neighborhood in the Mediterranean port-city of Marseille. With more plot twists than a Hollywood movie, and plenty of melodrama, it’s more escapist than realistic in its portrayal of contemporary France.

5. Braquo

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Genre: Drama , Crime
Braqou Main characters in artistic photo(Source: imdb)
Number of episodes: 32
Duration/episode: 46 min
Storyline: A group of police officers in Paris use violence and intimidation to solve crimes

6. Mafiosa

Difficulty: Intermediate.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Women Posing in Sunglasses(Source: imdb)
Number of episodes: 40
Duration/episode: 60 min
Storyline: After the cold blood murder of Francois Paoli, a notorious Corsican mobster, Sandra Paoli, his niece, takes over the reign of violence, money, drug and sex in a world of it’s own : Corsica.

7. Fais pas ci, fais pas ça

Difficulty: Intermediate.
Genre: Comedy
(Source: France 2)
Number of episodes: 68
Duration/episode: 42 min
Storyline: Comedy depicting two contrasting families over the course of a year. While their differences are evident, both families slowly become more and more drawn to one another along the way.

8. Les Revenants

Difficulty: Intermediate.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Women looking at a younger reflection of herself(Source: Canal +)
Number of episodes: 8
Duration/episode: 46 min
Storyline: In a small Alpine village, a group of men, women and children is in a state of confusion as they try to return to their homes after years of being away.

9. Engrenages

Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate.
Genre: Crime
(Source: imdb)
Number of episodes: 8
Duration/episode: 52 min
Storyline: Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of a criminal investigation.


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