Do we love Paris?
Oui! Oui! (And not the armpit in Texas.)
The food, the art, the Eiffel, the Siene, Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.
And the TV shows of MHz Networks.
A quartet of faves:
Originally released in France as Engrenages, the hard-hitting Parisian cop thriller Spiral is a blockbuster sensation across all of Europe and Australia, winning awards and commendations from TV France, The Royal Television Society in the UK, and from The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the U.S. Fans around the world embraced its compelling story and naturalistic style, which even spawned a popular video game.
Set in Montpelier in the south of France, Antigone 34 is a stylish, fast-paced thriller that examines the dark underbelly that lies beneath one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
In the legendary French film series, Maigret, international film star Bruno Cremer brings the beloved Parisian Inspector Maigret to life in these definitive films based on the bestselling crime novels by the legendary writer Georges Simenon. Sporting his pipe, as a nod to Sherlock Holmes, the pragmatic, reserved and refined Maigret investigates murders in his singular unhurried manner and inevitably discovers the truth.
Against a backdrop of 1950s Paris and the surrounding countryside, these original feature-length films pay homage to one of the most brilliant detective minds of the twentieth century. To crack his cases he peels back the veneer of seemingly idyllic French villages and neighborhoods, exposing the criminals who lurk in all levels of society.
The Maigret series ran on French TV from 1991 to 2005 with a total of 54 episodes. Play catch up. It doesn’t matter what order you watch the series. We started with Maigret Box Set 9 that contains the final five episodes in the series.
Then there’s Frank Riva, starring the still hunky icon Alain Delon.
He's lost his past, he's lost his roots. But not his enemies. Riva is a police officer who follows his instinct and refuses to be deflected from his mission, a man who ignores social convention and flouts rules and regulations, and who lives according to his own deep conviction of right and wrong.
When this ex-undercover cop is called in from retirement after 25 years of exile to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of his brother in a drug sting operation, he finds himself back on the trail of the notorious Loggia crime family, who had put a bounty on his head during the French Connection days. Frank is forced to pick up the pieces of a life he left behind a quarter of a century ago: his old flame Catherine, Nina Rizzi, the daughter he never knew, and Xavier Unger, his former partner, now chief of the Paris police. He must also put together a new team to confront the Loggia gang: Superintendent Lydie Herzog, his nominal superior, the headstrong Captain Hervé Sebastian, and rookie computer whiz Juliette Janssen. Welcome Frank Riva: The Complete Series.
Prefer something more . . . Swedish?
The Johan Falk Trilogy is a fast-paced, relentlessly-suspenseful thriller depicting a society under constant threat from a new kind of criminality, one which operates out of the banks and corporate boardrooms of every major European capital.
Do we love Paris?