What are the best French TV series to learn French?
Do you want to learn idiomatic French expressions and everyday vocabulary?
The French language is not an easy language to learn for the beginner student, especially because of its pronunciation and complex grammar rules. By watching French TV shows we can pick up the pronunciation of French words and increase our vocabulary as well.
Hence, I have made a selection of the best TV shows to learn French. This is guaranteed to be useful to any French learner, regardless of your level of proficiency.
Marseille is a beautiful southern French city that receives at least 300 days of sunshine every year, making it a dream holiday destination for those who want to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle. Set in this idyllic coastal city, “Plus belle la vie” is a serial drama about the lives of the residents in an imaginary neighborhood called the Mistral.
The series revolved around two main plots: the personal lives of the inhabitants of Mistral as they go about their daily lives, the evolution of love and friendship and of detective stories sometimes tinged with fantasies. The humor in French may be hard to understand beginners, but the sand, sun and sea definitely appeal to us.
- 7 jours sur la planète
This French TV program provides a roundup of the latest news of the week, with a focus on the French speaking countries.
Every Friday, two reports are specially selected as discussion topics for us to ponder over world issues. We can also go online to engage in some fun interactive exercises which have been classified according to the level of proficiency for learners.
“Engrenages” is a crime thriller which gives the viewer an insight into French society. We can be informed more about the French justice system. Through a young prosecutor, a police captain, a judge and a criminal lawyer, we delve into the complicated world of the courthouse in Paris, its workings, its actors and its little tricks.
According to some lawyers and prosecutors, the shows may not be as accurate as what happens in real life, but as long as we can feast our eyes on good-looking actors/actresses, it does not matter. This is one of the rare French TV series that has been exported overseas and sold in almost 70 countries, a proof of its success.
- Caméra Café
We all have a coffee machine in our home or the office right? The coffee is so ingrained in our daily lives that many of us drink it in the morning or to keep us awake during the day. Being located in the pantry area of the company, the coffee machine becomes the conversation starter during each episode.
We can relate to the coffee machine and the people who work at the headquarters of a large French company. Through their witty professional or private discussions at the coffee machine, this parody of the daily lives of French workers will keep us laughing.
For those who are interested in ancient stuff, “Kaamelott” is a humorous historical fantasy TV series. The series was inspired by the Arthurian legend and it is about the legend of King Arthur who is struggling to be worthy of the task entrusted to him by the gods.
Surrounded by the Knights of the Round Table who are quite incompetent, he is faced with the fall of the Roman and barbarian intrusions, yet he still has to find the Holy Grail despite all these setbacks. Watching this will make us want to visit France to admire its beautiful ancient Roman landscapes and magnificent castles.