30 best Netflix Shows set outside the US

Photo credit: The Crown/Netflix/Alex Bailey. Acquired from Netflix Media Center
Photo credit: The Crown/Netflix/Alex Bailey. Acquired from Netflix Media Center /
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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MARCH 23: The Netflix App logo is seen on a television screen on March 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan passed a new law on March 22 extending the reach of the country’s radio and TV censor to the internet. The new law will allow RTUK, the states media watchdog, to monitor online broadcasts and block content of social media sites and streaming services including Netflix and YouTube. Turkey already bans many websites including Wikipedia, which has been blocked for more than a year. The move came a day after private media company Dogan Media Company announced it would sell to pro-government conglomerate Demiroren Holding AS. The Dogan news group was the only remaining news outlet not to be under government control, the sale, which includes assets in CNN Turk and Hurriyet Newspaper completes the governments control of the Turkish media. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MARCH 23: The Netflix App logo is seen on a television screen on March 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan passed a new law on March 22 extending the reach of the country’s radio and TV censor to the internet. The new law will allow RTUK, the states media watchdog, to monitor online broadcasts and block content of social media sites and streaming services including Netflix and YouTube. Turkey already bans many websites including Wikipedia, which has been blocked for more than a year. The move came a day after private media company Dogan Media Company announced it would sell to pro-government conglomerate Demiroren Holding AS. The Dogan news group was the only remaining news outlet not to be under government control, the sale, which includes assets in CNN Turk and Hurriyet Newspaper completes the governments control of the Turkish media. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) /

19. Bordertown

The best way to grab attention for television is to tackle current events. In the United States, there’s the talk of a border wall. There’s no need to broach this topic but to show how borders aren’t a country-specific issue. Borders are always a point of contention with any nation undergoing leadership changes, but also during times of war.

Bordertown focuses on the Russian-Finland border and a detective moving his family away after his wife barely survives cancer. Shortly after their arrival though, a serial killer begins to terrorize the town and has a disturbing connection to this detective.

This premise seems to mean the show will focus on those aspects but instead, it mostly revolves around the family drama in response to the premise. The environment paints a brooding and dark picture with focused scenes with intimate acting. Behind this emotional journey, the violent crimes against young women are playing out to affect this detective and his attempt at a somewhat normalized life.

There’s not going to be the level of twists and turns that many would expect, but the typical aspects are around. Gifted detective, murders,  a troubled home life, and the “pulled back into the life” story.

The show is set in Finland and is also a foreign language entry to this list. Netflix has really added quality shows for foreign markets and also for the American viewers.