https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

Any good French TV shows?

I have been watching French movies every night to train my ear, but I'd like to start watching TV shows which are shorter, and could prove more efficient for my purposes. Any recommendations? Comedies would be great, but open to any. Merci. :)

August 28, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

"Scènes de ménages" is short, quite funny. You follow several couples (three at first, then four) in their everyday lives.

"Plus belle la vie" is a soap. I personally hate it, but hey, many people watch it, so you could like it :) And there are many many episodes so that's a plus for your ear ;)

Comedies, comedies... "H" was quite successful a few years back. I think it's about people working in a hospital (hence the 'h') and the kind of humour used is "Jamel Comedy Club" (it was a TV show allowing young humorists to become known)

Now, if you want more dramatic TV shows, there's "Tunnel" (great series, French and British so both French and English are used). It's a thriller based on "Bron" (='The Bridge") (Danish/Swedish show). A corpse is found on the border between France and the UK so both police have to work on the case.

You can also try "Les Revenants". I haven't seen it but I only hear good things about it! It's about dead people mysteriously coming back to life.

Oh, I forgot! A comedy that everybody knows: "Un gars une fille"! With Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy... They play a cliché couple: the guy is a macho, the girl is a bit stupid and only thinks about shopping. It's pretty entertaining! You can find episodes on YouTube.

There! I hope you'll have enough hours of French before you! ;)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/heysweetie

Thank u very much. Take a lingot -:)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

The pleasure was mine :)

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/willeddey

You wrote everything I was going to write , lingo ;)

August 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

Thank you, that's quite a list! I'm gonna get on it today. Have a lingot! :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

Most of these were quite hard to find, especially with English subtitles.

So I settled for The Tunnel and Les Revenants which seem quite good! and were also pretty easy to find, so I'm guessing they're quite popular.

I'll let you know how it goes! :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

I'll be happy to hear from you! :)

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

I watched Les Revenants yesterday, all of it in one sitting! So goooooood! Can't wait for season 2!

September 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

Wow, impressive!! I'll have to watch it, then! How did it go? Did you watch it with subtitles? :)

September 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

I watched it with English subtitles, but I could still pick up a lot of things they were saying which is kind of the point! Someday I will watch it with French subtitles. It's too soon now, I wouldn't understand anything.

The show is quite good. Kind of weird in that French way they do so well, lol! But it was really intriguing. I kept wanting to know what happens next. This season was all about raising questions... What are they? Why are they here? Why is this happening?, etc... Hopefully next season we will get some answers! (Oh, and if you "kill" them again, they resuscitate again) They're kind of like zombies, but not really. :)

September 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

I'm happy for you :) It must have been pretty motivating!

Haha, I'll take your word for that! Pretty intriguing, really. I'll definitely watch it when I have time!

September 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

I'm gonna start watching The Tunnel now. Thanks again for the suggestions. :)

September 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jandreslami

Extra might be what you're looking for: - 20-minutes long - Slow pronunciation, great for beginners - Has subtitles https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAZxBB3JZTj7w3caHHt37WBmqVXSLyhw5

P.S.: It may be a bit silly/cheesy at times

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

I've been looking for something like this - Extras looks just the ticket, Ta!

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

Here's a lingot for your troubles, merci! :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/la_raconteuse

c'est parfait! merci!

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mariana.Fortes

"Fait pas çi, fait pas ça" is similar to Modern Family, if you're into that kind if humor (I love it) I watch it with French subtitles :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/earthkissed

is it available somewhere on the internet?

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

I'm downloading from this site but I'm not sure if it has subtitles, so you might have to find those later.

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/earthkissed

its alright i don't need subtitles, i'm just on the lookout for some tv shows from france i might like. thanks^^

August 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kate-Julia

Hello, Mariana. Where did you find French subtitles for this TV show? I can't find it...

January 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jctomkins

I got seriously addicted to a french detective drama called 'Braquo' - very, very good! 8.1 on imdb if that helps/makes sense

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues

I like "Learn French with Victor" 25 episodes. French in Action - french immersion 52 episodes. They are both for learners and grows with you.

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/K333222

It was always strange to me that almost no one ever mentions "French with Victor", especially since so many people have praised "French in Action". Personally, I find these two mutually supplementing.

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandFromage

Check out Engrenages, aka Spiral (English title), on Netflix. It's sort of like the Wire set in Paris. So good.

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

Maddeningly Netflix have just removed series 1-3 of Engrenages - just as I was getting into it too! Ah well - Je devrai chercher ailleurs... ;-)

September 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandFromage

quel dommage!

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

The phrase I learnt from Engrenages last night was 'ils avaient coupé la bite'. I hope it's not a phrase I'm going to be needing anytime soon! I was pleased to recognise the pluperfect though...

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/brdavs

My favourite french tv series is Maison Close. It takes place in 19th century brothel in Paris.

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

I'm actually downloading it now! First season... how many are there? :)

August 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/brdavs

2 i think

August 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kelvin5473

I recommend "Les Revenants" its a great show and its on netflix

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KPrisfirel56

Here is perhaps a useful link, it shows the most popular (by votes) French TV shows; http://imdb.to/1nJQzOH

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Solarhome

I'm enjoying Peppa Pig francais on YouTube. The ones uploaded by JC have just one episode each - about 5 minutes long. I find that I can understand more the second time I watch them.

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

I somehow missed Peppa Pig when my kids were young. I tried watching it in French and was surprised how funny it is!

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rolandduolingo

Try at least 1 episode of Friends with French dubbing. It is hilarious (and very easy to follow because it is so simple and straight forward). "Chandlèr".

August 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

Oh I don't think I can, I hate dubbing! It loses the character's essence. Imagine Friends without their essence! no way! Lol

August 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Solarhome

Where do I find Friends with French dubbing?

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rolandduolingo

ici par example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_hQYEd1Q6c it is horrible, you are warned ;) But good for learning!

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Solarhome

Merci beaucoup! J'aime Friends!

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Shehataz

if you can tell me the best french movies which you watched .. or all what you watched !! for me i prefer movies ^^

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/managerx

"Rien à déclarer" is a funny movie :D

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Shehataz

i am downloading it now .. thanks :D

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, a classic! (Amelie in English). From the same director, there's also Un long dimanche de fiançailles. It takes place in France during the First World War: a young girl tries to discover what happened to her fiancé, supposedly dead.

Intouchables is really good, it's about a Black guy coming from a poor background who works for a handicaped rich guy. Based on a true story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intouchables

And the music is just great...

La Môme, with Marion Cotillard playing Edith Piaf, you've probably heard of that one!

If you're looking for cult movies that every single French person has seen at least once, check out Les Bronzés, Les Bronzés font du ski, Le Père Noël est une ordure (same group of humorists), any film featuring Louis de Funès (the best ones: La Grande Vadrouille, La Folie des grandeurs, L'Aile ou la cuisse, Rabbi Jacob), hum... Le Dîner de cons would also fit in this category.

I personally love Guillaume Canet: he's played in Jeux d'enfants (romantic movie but quite...original...) or Jappeloup (if you're into horses...), and has directed two really good movies: Les Petits Mouchoirs and Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One, based on Harlan Coben's novel).

Cult movies, round 2: Ne nous fâchons pas and Les Tontons flingueurs. Those two might be less accessible for beginners because the humour used is fin, as we say... You have to really understand what's being said.

Dany Boon is quite successful right now: Rien à déclarer is by him as said by managerx. He's also directed Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (it's about a "normal" guy going to the North of France to work and he has many prejudices about people there and their accent. Not always easy to understand said-accent, but the movie is funny).

I think that's... a good list ^^ Tell me how it goes! :)

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Shehataz

waaaaaaw that is very interesting ! i saved your list and i will watching all this movies isa :) thank you very much / Merci beaucoup :) i think this will be helpful .. have a lingot :)

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

Thanks for the lingot! Enjoy! :D

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/la_raconteuse

Thanks for posting this!

September 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/John.Ru

There are so many good shows and movies here but what sources do you guys use to find them, I am having a hard time finding shows online that come with english subtitles

September 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hildaoquendo

I use torrents. You will find some with subtitles, and for others you will have to download the subtitles yourself.

September 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/John.Ru

makes sense thank you!

September 14, 2014
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