When writer/director Bong Joon-ho won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film in 2019 for Parasite, he extended a very important message to English-speaking media consumers: “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
The same, of course, can be said for television.
Have you ever scrolled on by after realizing a show was foreign, and thus subtitled? (It’s OK. We won’t tell.) Well, we’re here to convince you to listen to Bong, because there’s a treasure trove of quality TV series simmering behind that “one-inch-tall barrier,” waiting to become your next binge.
If you’re bored with the usual fare on your streaming platform of choice (or have already gunned through the highly acclaimed South Korean hit Squid Game), we’ve compiled this list of our favorite foreign hidden gems that are not only deserving of the kudos, but also your time. From the comical showbiz antics of France’s Call My Agent! to Belgium’s airborne thrill-ride Into the Night, we cover the gamut (and the globe) from drama, horror, martial arts, reality TV and everything in between.
Scroll through our list of best foreign TV recommendations, then be sure to hit the Comments to chime in with any of your favorites!