What to Watch

A friend pointed out this article by Winston Cook-Wilson in Spin on Nordic crime fiction television dramas. Of course availability varies based on where you are and if you subscribe to what (to me, at any rate) is a dizzying array of streaming services. Cook-Wilson offers several tempting options and also comments on the influence Scandinavian crime fiction has had on Scandinavian television – and on television dramas elsewhere.

The Scandinavian sensibility has come to influence crime fiction, television, and film, all over the world thanks to the international popularity of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series (home to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), the hardnosed airport thrillers of Jo Nesbø, and other franchises. In the past ten years, crime procedurals have adopted a bleaker, prestige-ified bent befitting wider trends in dramatic scripted television and tailor-made for desperate, red-eyed consumption.

I spend more time reading than watching, but I see some tempting binge-worthy shows on his list . . .

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2 thoughts on “What to Watch

  1. That series has a great, bleak sense of place. I’ve only seen two or three of these television dramas so it’s good to have some others to try. I really liked the first series of Forbrydelsen (The Killing – the Danish version, not the US one).

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