12 Best French Series to Watch on Netflix in September 2021

Ready to take a few minutes to explore the 12 best French series on Netflix right now? 

Whether you’re in the mood for rollicking comedies, gripping dramas, fast-paced detective shows, or just about anything in between, Netflix has a great French TV series for you. So pop some popcorn (or grab an éclair) and take an hour or two to work on your French – while having a lovely time – with these fantastic French shows.

After all, there’s nothing better than finding a new favourite TV show, and learning a language at the same time? You can’t beat it.

If you’re learning French from home, one of the best things you can do to improve your listening comprehension and your French accent is to immerse yourself in French pop culture. And how better to practise French immersion than by binge watching a fantastic show?

*We’ve marked which country each series comes from because, just like with our favourite Netflix Spanish series, different French speaking countries and different parts of France have different accents and phrases.

Improve your French from home with these 12 French series on Netflix

All of these series are available at present on US Netflix.

1. Dix pour cent (Call My Agent!) – 4 seasons (2018 – present)

Tomatometer: 100%

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Country of origin: France

A critically acclaimed, totally hilarious comedy series about the personal and professional struggles of the four lead agents at a French talent agency. Dix pour cent benefits from cameos from a number of French celebrities who are clearly enjoying their time on the show, plus a totally lovable main cast.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

2. Transferts (Transfers) – 1 season (2017)

Tomatometer: Audience score only – 100%

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Country of origin: France

A sci-fi show that’s also garnered not insignificant critical acclaim, Transferts takes place in a world where consciousness can be transferred between bodies. It follows the consciousness of a woodworker who, after a boating accident, wakes up in the body of an officer leading a task force working against these illegal transfers.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

3. La Forêt (The Forest) – 1 season (2017)

Tomatometer: Audience score only – 73%

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Crime

Country of origin: France, Belgium

Described as a French Broadchurch, La Forêt is a crime drama about the disappearance of a teenage girl in a small, tight-knit Belgian town surrounded by the Ardennes forest. The six episode miniseries is gripping from beginning to end, a must-watch for fans of dark police dramas and small-town secrets.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

4. Au service de la France (A Very Secret Service) – 2 seasons (2015-2018)

Tomatometer: N/A

Genre: Workplace Comedy, Political Drama

Country of origin: France

This surprisingly gentle, yet addictive comedy about a fictional French spy agency at the cusp of the Cold War is a fun, bureaucratic period piece, with some genuine wit and laughs. And, as a bonus for French learners, it was filmed partially in Morocco and includes a backdrop of real historical events. That means you get to hear a few non-France French accents and receive a quick overview of what was happening in French history around the Cold War. Lucky you.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

5. Le Bazar de la Charité (The Bonfire of Destiny) – 1 season (2019)

Tomatometer: N/A

Genre: Period Drama

Country of origin: France

Set in 1897 and centred around a real fire that killed 126 people at an annual charity event for Parisian aristocracy, Le Bazar de la Charité is a fictionalised version of the story that follows the lives of three women who attended the event, but survived. A little soapy (in the good way), this well-plotted and -paced costume drama set in the Belle Époque is well worth a watch.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

6. The Circle Game (The Circle France) – 1 season (2020 – present)

Tomatometer: N/A

Genre: Reality Competition

Country of origin: France

If you liked the series The Circle that hit Netflix in 2020, great news – there’s a The Circle France waiting for you! While there are tons of high quality French Netflix shows, we thought it was worth including a little satisfying candy for the weary, pandemic-worn brain. The concept is simple – reality contestants are kept separate (but in the same building) and interact through a private social network where they present their best selves… or someone else entirely. And then they vote anonymously within The Circle (that’s the social network) for who gets to stay. Yum.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

7. Mytho (Mythomaniac) – 1 season (2019)

Tomatometer: N/A

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

A six-episode dramatic mini-series, Mytho is a gripping and gritty story about an overlooked and overworked housewife who pretends to have cancer to get the attention of her family – but the lies soon unravel (of course).

Also available on Netflix in the UK

8. Family Business – 2 seasons (2019 – present)

Tomatometer: Audience score only – 100%

Genre: Comedy

Country of origin: France

This lighthearted comedy follows a down-on-his-luck businessman and his family, as they rush to pivot the family butcher shop to a cannabis-growing operation when France votes to legalise marijuana. It’s a fun show and has gained some well-earned popularity – it’s been renewed for a third season.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

9. Le Chalet (The Chalet) – 1 season (2018)

Tomatometer: 100%

Genre: Slasher, Crime, Thriller

Country of origin: France

Another dramatic mini-series, this one with more of a horror bent, Le Chalet takes place in two timelines. One story takes place in 1997, where a family mysteriously disappears. The other is in the present, and follows a young couple who become trapped with a small group of locals after a rockslide. Before long, secrets come to light and things start to unravel…

Also available on Netflix in the UK

10. M’entends-tu? (Can You Hear Me?) – 2 seasons (2020)

Tomatometer: Audience score only – 86%

Genre: Comedy

Country of origin: Canada

While French Canadian series on Netflix aren’t as plentiful as those made in France, there’s tons of great Québecois content out there to be seen. Having a very different accent and using a plethora of unique phrases, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the Québec style of French, especially if you’re thinking about a trip to the francophone province. 

M’entends-tu? is a raunchy comedy with touches of drama that follows three female friends from a low income neighbourhood of Montreal getting through life and dating together. (Want more Québecois content? Check out our list of the best French films to watch on Netflix for some great ideas.)

Also available on Netflix in the UK

11. Plan cœur (The Hook Up Plan) – 2 seasons (2018 – present)

Tomatometer: Audience score only – 60%

Genre: Comedy, Rom-com

Country of origin: France

While not necessarily high art, Plan cœur is quite enjoyable, if rom-coms are your cup of tea. Think of it like a French Sex and the City available on Netflix. It follows a woman turning 30 and still hung up on her ex whose friends decide to secretly hire her a male escort. As you can imagine, hijinks ensue. At the very least, it’s a more accurate representation of the lifestyle and people of Paris than Emily in Paris.

Also available on Netflix in the UK

12. Lupin – 1 season (2021- present)

Tomatometer: 98%

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Espionage

Country of origin: France

Finally, maybe the best French show on Netflix right now, the new series Lupin has streamers abuzz worldwide. The second half of the first season is still being released, but the show has good bones.

 It follows Omar Sy as Assane Diop, the only son of an immigrant from Senegal, who has pursued the life of a professional thief, inspired by the adventures of the French literary character Arsène Lupin. Lupin is a fictional gentleman thief and master of disguise, but a real literary character, to be clear, created in the early 1900s by the French writer Maurice Leblanc. 

The show expertly plays with and borrows from the original source material. Think something like Sherlock or Luther, but en français. Lupin has hit Number 1 on Netflix’s top 10 most watched lists in France, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Argentina and many other countries globally. It’s also risen to No. 3 in the United States, making it the first French-language show to crack the US top 10.

Also available on Netflix in the UK


And there you have it – the 12 top French series on Netflix right now. Each one has a certain je ne sais quoi, don’t you think? Pick the one that suits your mood and get watching.


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