French shows/movies for beginners

Ok, so my French journey began one year ago with Rosetta Stone which was great! I learned so much but then my subscription ended and I didn't want to pay to renew when Duolingo is available for free.

During my time learning through Rosetta stone and even now, I've been searching for TV shows/sitcoms/movies to help supplement my learning. I'm hoping that in this discussion, we can shows you've seen that you think are helpful:

Here are some that I found by chance and have really enjoyed:

  1. Extra French - It's a sitcom like show and it is really funny. Very beginner level. I highly recommend it. Nico is my favorite character.
  2. Bienvenue au France
  3. Priceless
  4. Le Jouet
August 16, 2018


Salut ! Tu peux trouver plein de films français dans tous les genres: comédies, drames, dessins animés... Vraiment de tout.

Pour les séries télé, il y a des programmes assez courts comme: Bref (pas pour les débutants - disponible sur Youtube), Un gars une fille (histoire d'un couple dans leur vie de tous les jours) Tu peux aussi regarder la série 'Plus belle la vie', il y a plus de 600 épisodes. C'est l'histoire de personnes vivant à Marseille. Sinon, il a des séries avec des épisodes plus longs comme: Joséphine ange gardien, Fais pas çi fais pas ça ou Clem. Elles passent souvent à la télé le soir en France :)

Je ne sais pas quel style de programme tu aimes et souhaites regarder mais il y a beaucoup de choix dans les films/séries en français.

August 16, 2018

Merci beaucoup LeaCat26, vous parlez bien Frances. I will most certainly be checking out all of your suggestions!

August 17, 2018

From 1985 to 1987, Nickelodeon used to air an animated show called Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (in the original French: Les Mondes Engloutis). I enjoyed it in English and would love to find the French version (which I think may be available on YouTube). It might be good practice.

Edited to add: I found several episodes on YouTube: for example, Saison 1, épisode 1, "La Cité d'Arkadia".

August 17, 2018

That's great GabeDC. I will make certain to look for it.

August 18, 2018

Merci pour le liste!

August 16, 2018

De rien! You have a really good streak going...keep it up!

August 17, 2018


August 17, 2018

I'm obsessed with the American cartoon Steven Universe, and have seen some episodes many, many times. So what I did was ask some French friends if they had links to the French dub for Steven Universe!

I'm not very far along in French yet, and the source doesn't have captions, so to be honest I only understand about 5% of it--mostly words and phrases here and there as opposed to whole sentences. But I'm often able to pick things up in context because I already know what's happening in the scene, including learning new words.

Steven Universe has a lot of songs, and someone has uploaded them to youtube in nearly every language SU is dubbed in, and helpfully included captions, too; which means I can learn some of my favorite songs from the show in French.

August 17, 2018

SAME!!! The show is just so amazing!!

April 12, 2019

Merci beaucoup!

August 17, 2018

I quite like Léo le Camion. It's a show on YouTube that's aimed at young children (I watch with my 2 year old) but the narrator speaks really clearly so I find I can understand most of what's being said.

August 23, 2018

Thank you LisaHartig! I watched it and enjoyed it. Super easy to follow (obviously since it's for kids lol). Sometimes you just have to take it back to the pre-school days.

August 24, 2018

Last year I went to Ottawa (I LOVE Canada by the way. It has to be one of my favorite places to vacation, not to mention the people are amazing) and felt like I would have had a much better time had I known how to speak French. Has that ever happened to anyone, where you felt like you would have enjoyed your time more and would have gotten more out of your trip if you spoke the dominant language? Also, thinking of visiting Montreal next year (I visit Canada once a year) any suggestions on places I absolutely need to go when I'm there?

August 24, 2018
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