Welcome to the ICM Forum. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, or have other questions, see THIS THREAD.
Polls: 2007 (Results), 2017 awards (Dec 21st), 1955 (Dec 27th), Directors (Dec 31st), Underrated (Jan 3rd), Knockout competition (Round 5)
Challenges: Documentary, Travel the World, Italy
Film of the Week: Le septième juré, December nominations (Dec 27th)
World Cup S4: Round 1 schedule, 1A: Canada vs England vs Estonia vs Iran (Dec 29th)

What are your favorite TV series that are NOT American, British, or anime?

Post Reply
mjf314
Moderator
Posts: 10863
Joined: May 08, 2011
Contact:

What are your favorite TV series that are NOT American, British, or anime?

#1

Post by mjf314 » December 3rd, 2019, 12:26 am

I was looking at the iCM Forum's top 100 TV series, and I noticed that almost all of them are American, British, or anime, with only 6 exceptions (Dekalog, Riget, Scenes from a Marriage, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Jiskefet, Once Upon a Time... Life).

What are your favorites? And which countries do you think make the best TV? Feel free to post screenshots and/or summaries. I'm hoping to discover more great TV from around the world.

User avatar
mightysparks
Site Admin
Posts: 29870
Joined: May 05, 2011
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#2

Post by mightysparks » December 3rd, 2019, 12:49 am

Lano and Woodley (Australia)

That's about it. Australia usually sucks, but Lano and Woodley is special. The Micallef Program was good too, but I preferred his short-lived talk show.
"I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want." - Stanley Kubrick

iCM | IMDb | LastFM | TSZDT

Image

blocho
Donator
Posts: 2336
Joined: Jul 20, 2014
Contact:

#3

Post by blocho » December 3rd, 2019, 1:13 am

mightysparks wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 12:49 am
Lano and Woodley (Australia)

That's about it. Australia usually sucks, but Lano and Woodley is special. The Micallef Program was good too, but I preferred his short-lived talk show.
I watch very little TV, but if you're just looking for recommendations, my father is a huge fan of Wallander (the Swedish version, not the British porno remake) and Spiral (France). He also loves the Israeli series Fauda. I watched an episode of Wallander and thought it was OK, but maybe it's one of those series you need to see a few episodes to appreciate.

User avatar
Armoreska
Posts: 11340
Joined: Nov 01, 2012
Location: Ukraine
Contact:

#4

Post by Armoreska » December 3rd, 2019, 9:30 am

Second City TV is Canadian
(John Candy, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis)
Bron is Swedish (I've seen 2 seasons)

They're not favorites, but 7/10
Image
currently working towards a vegan/low waste world + thru such film lists (besides TV): 2010s bests, RW Fassbinder, Luis Bunuel, Yasujiro Ozu, Eric Rohmer, Visual Effects nominees, kid-related stuff, great animes (mini-serie or feature), very 80s movies, 17+ sci-fi lists on watchlist, ENVIRO, remarkable Silent Films and Pre-Code (exploring 1925 atm) and every shorts and docu list I'm aware of and
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1434
and "Gordon" Liu Chia-Hui/Liu Chia-Liang and Yuen Woo-ping and "Sammo" Hung Kam-bo

User avatar
Coryn
Posts: 938
Joined: Dec 05, 2018
Contact:

#5

Post by Coryn » December 3rd, 2019, 9:55 am

Belgium has some amazing actors and producers when it comes to comedy.
A lot of cult followings for certain shows as well. There is a pool of actors here who get used again and again for these shows and are definitely on an amazing level.

Some examples of Belgian comedy series:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401001/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986340/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235922/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345811/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466415/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
I saved Latin, what did you ever do ?

User avatar
albajos
Posts: 6426
Joined: May 24, 2016
Location: Norway
Contact:

#6

Post by albajos » December 3rd, 2019, 11:02 am

Les Mondes Engloutis
French animated Science Fiction

but I basically haven't seen this since I was 12-13.


User avatar
beavis
Posts: 2012
Joined: Jun 20, 2011
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#7

Post by beavis » December 3rd, 2019, 12:42 pm

Jiskefet is more a show than a series. "We zijn weer Thuis" is a better candidate for Dutch cult comedy series
the Canadian series Twitch City was pretty cool
I don't watch much tv these days, so have not that much to contribute... maybe some more Dutch and Belgian childhood favorites... but most stuff I watch on tv is and was UK comedy based

User avatar
Mario Gaborović
Posts: 3176
Joined: Apr 11, 2014
Location: Pančevo
Contact:

#8

Post by Mario Gaborović » December 3rd, 2019, 5:36 pm

I watched most of the TV shows back in the 1980s to early 1990s, when Venezuelan soap operas had there heyday and then I stopped watching TV completely. But shortly before that, I occasionaly watched the Mexican one named Los ricos tambien lloran; I admit I loved some of it, though I tend not to speak about it tehe

Sivi dom remains my top TV show of all times, I even did translation of whole 12 episodes and showed to some American online friends who were simply delighted. I'd like to pass over that freakin' show as a Bible any given day. It means so much to me.

Grlom u jagode is another good show from Serbia but it's just not in the same league to me. Maybe I'll do subs some day, who knows.

My top watch was certainly La piovra, although when they murdered Michele Placido, later episodes just weren't as interesting as its beginnings. Then I watched Australian cop show, early 1990s I believe (can't remember the title) and it was fine. Another guilty pleasure was Die glückliche familie, a family drama from Germany, though now I wouldn't get back to it at gunpoint. (Schwarzwald Klinik was also shown, but I was a toddler back then and don't remember anything)

I hated all the soap operas from Latin America and (later) Turkey; however in moments of boredom, I watched some episodes of Laços de Família (Brazilian) and it had some calming effect on me, that rhumba soundtrack I guess.

User avatar
burneyfan
Donator
Posts: 5861
Joined: Jun 23, 2011
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Contact:

#9

Post by burneyfan » December 3rd, 2019, 6:28 pm

I have a really soft spot for the Korean historical (but also soap) series Dae Jang Geum; since you submitted Splash Splash Love for last year's world cup, you may very well enjoy Dae Jang Geum, though there's no time travel (and almost no comedy) in it. You may also have already seen it, since it's one of the BIG Korean series. It's very roughly based on the real Jang-geum, the first female royal physician in the sixteenth century. She starts in the royal kitchens, and I found a lot of the Korean royal food prep and medical info fascinating. (There's also some great "food porn" montages when they cook.) Amid all the awesome cooking and medical practice, there's also a bunch of court intrigue and inner-kitchen political machinations.

User avatar
xianjiro
Donator
Posts: 6929
Joined: Jun 17, 2015
Location: Kakistani Left Coast
Contact:

#10

Post by xianjiro » December 3rd, 2019, 10:34 pm

Il commissario Montalbano comes to mind a sometimes quirky favorite.

Also Cidade dos Homens and of course the first two Heimat also come to mind. Wasn't the Decalogue a Polish TV mini-series?

Also, I'd bet a good number of "American" series are/were produced in Canada - the Stargate franchise is a good example.

Listen, Daddy. Teacher says, 'every time a car alarm bleeps, into heaven a demon sneaks.'
sol can find me here

mjf314
Moderator
Posts: 10863
Joined: May 08, 2011
Contact:

#11

Post by mjf314 » December 3rd, 2019, 11:09 pm

burneyfan wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 6:28 pm
I have a really soft spot for the Korean historical (but also soap) series Dae Jang Geum; since you submitted Splash Splash Love for last year's world cup, you may very well enjoy Dae Jang Geum, though there's no time travel (and almost no comedy) in it. You may also have already seen it, since it's one of the BIG Korean series. It's very roughly based on the real Jang-geum, the first female royal physician in the sixteenth century. She starts in the royal kitchens, and I found a lot of the Korean royal food prep and medical info fascinating. (There's also some great "food porn" montages when they cook.) Amid all the awesome cooking and medical practice, there's also a bunch of court intrigue and inner-kitchen political machinations.
My mother watched Dae Jang Geum (after I got her into K-dramas), and she recommended it to me. I haven't watched it yet, but it's on my watchlist. She also watched Dong Yi (made by the same director), and she liked that one as well.

mjf314
Moderator
Posts: 10863
Joined: May 08, 2011
Contact:

#12

Post by mjf314 » December 3rd, 2019, 11:57 pm

albajos wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 11:02 am
Les Mondes Engloutis
French animated Science Fiction
Is it available with English subs?

User avatar
fori
Posts: 1181
Joined: Aug 24, 2014
Contact:

#13

Post by fori » December 4th, 2019, 12:05 am

Round the Twist is the peak of Australian tv. Virtually everybody my age or a little older will experience a spiritual awakening listening to that theme song. I don’t watch a lot of tv though. Almost never any live action tv.

User avatar
albajos
Posts: 6426
Joined: May 24, 2016
Location: Norway
Contact:

#14

Post by albajos » December 4th, 2019, 12:20 am

mjf314 wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 11:57 pm
Is it available with English subs?
Not commercially. Only the original french unsubbed box set, and season 1 norwegian sub discontinued dvd

A dub was aired though but has not a dvd release, and 13/52 of those episodes seems to be missing, they say

The english title is "Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea" if you want to research some more

mjf314
Moderator
Posts: 10863
Joined: May 08, 2011
Contact:

#15

Post by mjf314 » December 4th, 2019, 2:06 am

albajos wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 12:20 am
The english title is "Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea" if you want to research some more
I found the first 6 episodes on Youtube but I can't find the others.

User avatar
mightysparks
Site Admin
Posts: 29870
Joined: May 05, 2011
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#16

Post by mightysparks » December 4th, 2019, 2:33 am

fori wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 12:05 am
Round the Twist is the peak of Australian tv. Virtually everybody my age or a little older will experience a spiritual awakening listening to that theme song. I don’t watch a lot of tv though. Almost never any live action tv.
I remember being forced to watch an episode at school when I was around 9, and I hated it so much I ended up just turning myself away from the TV and refused to watch it lol.
"I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want." - Stanley Kubrick

iCM | IMDb | LastFM | TSZDT

Image

Post Reply