french television show

French TV shows rec list:

Fais pas ci fais pas ça:

Comedy about two very different families living right next to each other: The Lepics and the Bouleys. There are nine seasons so we can see the characters evolve on a really long time period. Some serious issues are tackled with humour, like education, how to cope with the death of a loved one, or how parents react to one of their children coming out as gay, for instance. Most of the characters are really lovable and you easily get attached to them even though they can be annoying sometimes. Also, there are some really funny moments. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite shows ever but I had a nice time watching it (though, I haven’t watched all the seasons yet).

Trigger warning: none that I can think of (this show is suitable for children).

Level of difficulty when it comes to French: I think it should be fine (there’s nothing really technical, the show’s about everyday life, so it mainly uses colloquial/casual French).

Les Bleus premiers pas dans la police:

A four-season show about rookies in the French police. I used to really love this show when I was in middle school, and I have very fond memories of it now, even if I haven’t watched it for a long time. This show has diversity and representation: a Muslim man (who is one of the main characters) and his family, gay men (one of them is also a main character), a bisexual woman (also a main character in the first seasons), and so on. It also portrays strong female characters (including a woman in a position of power, from season 2 to the end I think). The characters are very lovable (in my opinion), and funny. By the way, this show has very funny moments as well as serious moments (including the scenes showing how the LGBT characters and the women deal with discrimination at their workplace or elsewhere). The only problem with this show is that the end is a bit unsatisfying considering it stopped because it failed to get renewed (or at least that’s what I understood at the time).   

Trigger warning: depiction of discrimination (for instance, homophobia), and of course the usual warnings when it comes to cop shows (even though it is far less graphic than most other shows of this kind, and there are less murder investigations than in most investigation shows).

Level of difficulty when it comes to French: I think this one is okay too. There might be some terms describing police stuff, but all in all it’s pretty casual.

Le Bureau des Légendes (ongoing show):

A show about the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), which is basically the French intelligence agency concerning foreign matters. It has three seasons so far and it’s one of my favourite TV show ever. It’s captivating, I got really attached to many of the characters (and most of them are not completely good or bad, there are a lot of grey characters, which is great), and it’s also really moving (especially the last season I think). One of my favourite thing about this show is its subtlety: it’s deeply moving, but in a subtle and somewhat low-key way. There are close to no typical tear-jerking scenes, with sad music and close-ups on the crying faces of devastated characters. There are really sad scenes, but they are played out with a great sobriety.

Trigger warning: psychological and physical torture (nothing too graphic though).

Level of difficulty when it comes to French: it should be mainly okay, I think. There are probably some technical terms, since it’s about an intelligence agency, but it should be understandable as a whole. Also, many scenes are in other languages (English, Farsi, Arabic, etc) and are subtitled in French, which is really good in order to practise your written French ;)

Les Revenants (ongoing show):

A show about dead people coming back to life in a village of the Pyrénées. It only has two seasons so far, but I’m really looking forward to more. The show is really mysterious, with a gloomy atmosphere that I absolutely love. The dead people (who are from different generations and died at different times) come back to their family/loved ones (when they have some), and no one understands what happened, including the dead people. After their arrival, other very strange events take place in the village. Some characters have very dubious motives and you’re often unsettled, not knowing what to think of them. However, you can’t help but to get attached to some of them anyway. This show has some very serious themes like how to cope with the death of a loved one, death in general, love, family (by blood or by choice).

Trigger warnings: death, suicide.

Level of difficulty concerning French: I think it’s pretty okay… The show aired on American TV so you can probably find a subtitled version quite easily, which is pretty cool :D

Kaamelott:

My favourite French tv show (and even my favourite show ever). This show depicts the Arthurian legend in a humorous way, and it’s one of the funniest thing I’ve ever watched. The humour is unique, the characters are really lovable, and the entire show is extremely creative: this is honestly pure genius. Plus, the atmosphere evolves from something exclusively light and funny to something that is serious and deeply moving at times. The show goes from episodes that last a few minutes to far longer episodes in the 6th (and last) book (=season). I could go on and on about this show, but nothing I could say would make it justice. Honestly, just give it a go, this is brilliant.

PS: Alexandre Astier (who plays Arhtur, wrote the scenario, the music and basically came up with this entire masterpiece) is a national hero. That’s all I had to say.

Trigger warning: it’s really funny and you’re having the time of your life, and suddenly there is a serious/sad scene and you feel like crying (but it’s worth it)… just be prepared ^^

Level of difficulty concerning French: it might be pretty hard at first, because they speak quite quickly and use weird expressions (but then, use these expressions in front of Kaamelott fans [ie a looooot of people] and see their faces lit up => it could be really rewarding I think).

Apart from these, all the creations canal + (Braquo, Engrenages, Cercle polaire…) have a good reputation/positive reviews I think, but I’ve only watched Les Revenants and Le Bureau des Légendes for now, so I only talked about those ^^

I think many people like 10 pour cent and Hero Corp too, but I haven’t watched them (yet) so I couldn’t include them in the list.

cultural french tv shows

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hello! today i’ll be naming tv shows (not in the Doctor Who sense) that are made by french people -so you can get used to pronunciation and learn vocabulary- to teach you about various cultural categories -so you’ll get smarter as well!

secrets d’histoire is about history details, it’s pretty amazing (but as far as i know sometimes they make little mistakes) and the animator is a big joke


this is thalassa and the animator is obsessed w/ the sea. it’s all sea stuff.


e=m6 (m6 is a big french tv channel) is about history, science, food, anything you could get a interest in really. the anim isn’t very sexy though.


c’est pas sorcier (cf expression “it’s not witchcraft” it’s not that complicated) is the ABSOLUTE SHIT. every kid used to watch that, sometimes even teachers would show it to you. it’s similar to e=m6 but it’s for kids, so it’s simple, the guy in the truck uses scale models and diagrams and the guy outside goes to the place to show you around. i really miss it - my dad still watches it when it’s on tv!

(that’s it, i clicked play, that music man, i’m back in the nineties <3)


il était une fois la vie explains you life, the human body, early history - for kids even younger, and it’s from the 80′s so i’m not responsible for the graphics ty.

The moment when you realize...

Thomas Astruc

our beloved Hawk Daddy - @miraculoushawkdaddy (edit)

Director and Writer of this beautiful show…

was a storyboard and writer of this beautiful show…

its no wonder why I love Miraculous so much!!!!

sorry its a long post, but had to get it out there!

Why the OA is Amazing

-deals with realistic symptoms and family dynamics of someone who has escaped being stolen
-dealing with disability
-Diverse realistic characters without shoving Hollywoods stereotypes down their throats
-amazing story telling
-nonsexual innocent relationships between characters of all different age groups
-a pure powerful romance that didn’t involve sexual behavior to be strong (OA/homer)
-a sci-fi that also deals with the supernatural and spiritual beliefs
-healthy strong friendships
-dealing with overeating
-trans!!!!
-a boy in high school having to raise his family
-a boy who tries to change his life around (dealing with metal issues I think(Steve))
-a boy raised without parents and is staying strong

Concept: A children’s TV series similar to Dora that is meant to teach and immerse children in a foreign language, such as French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, etc.
It would start out slow, with a few phrases and words in the foreign language per episode, and the content would increase in quantity and complexity as the series progresses, eventually resulting in episodes that are almost completely in the foreign language.
This, with books of a similar fashion, would help children become interested in learning other languages at a young age, and immerse them in a language they wouldn’t otherwise hear if they don’t live in a country that speaks that language.

ID #58514

Name: Maeva
Age: 20
Country: France

Hi, having a penpal has always been on my mind so when I heard about this blog I thought that it could be a good idea. By the way, as i’m from france my english isn’t perfect, but i’m fluent in spanish and french.
I’m someone who always change her mind, not like i’m hesitative but one day i can love something and the next day find it boring. My friends say that I’m somehow a lunatic as I can be very quiet and then being really outgoing. I think i am more of an introvert.
I am a big fan of music, I spend my day listening to every kind of songs, i also play some music instruments such as the piano or violin. Big fan of music as i said aha. But also of cinema, I love watching movies and series too ahah. I draw a lot too and i think i’m gonna stop there, i’m not use to talk about me that much.

Preferences: So, if I didn’t scare you with my presentation, you can talk to me without any second thoughts. I don’t have any preferences but it will be better if you were really committed to this as I rather prefer long friendship than a hello and never hearing about you again.

spotted on twitter(?)

so.

you might not know her. 

this is nabilla. she is semi famous in france because she was in a tv show called “les anges de la téléréalité” (where dramatic strangers live together for a number of weeks). in this video you can see The Moment that made her career : she was on camera mocking girls from the show, going “hello (the phone hello), you are a girl and you don’t have shampoo?”

big buzz, everyone heard, loads mocked, and instead of hating herself she did a kim k and became a businesswoman, writing a book, getting a show (…).

and on friday this week, something blew up on french twitter.