20 best italian series

Italian telenovelas became popular back in the 80s, when all of Europe watched with bated breath the adventures of the irresistible Commissioner Cattani. A movie about the mafia has become a screen legend and one of the best Italian series shown in our country. Since then, other, no less interesting projects have been filmed – historical, detective, mystical and romantic TV shows with colorful plots, like Italy itself.

Romulus (2020)

The novelty of historical cinema is an epic story about the founding of Rome, over which decorators and linguists sweated. The action of the series with large-scale extras and props takes place in the 8th century BC, where all the characters speak Latin. The fates of superstitious people are played by the ruthless forces of nature and unpredictable deities are in charge. But there are three brave men among the tribes who wished to decide for themselves how to deal with their lives.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Romulus

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Andrea Arcangeli, Marianna Fontana, Francesco Di Napoli …

Country:
Italy, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Flooded City (2020)

The new Italian series is a horror with a dark mystical atmosphere. Fleeing from the persecution of her ex-husband, Anna returns to her hometown with her teenage children. The father is not happy about the sudden arrival of his daughter and strongly advises to leave the house. In one of the rooms, Anna’s son accidentally discovers a woman who is very similar to her mother. The prisoner is chained and unable to utter a word because of the gag in her mouth. In the morning, the mother’s double disappears, as does Anna herself, and the children try to figure out what is happening.

Original title:
Curon

Genre:
Thriller, detective, fantasy

Actors:
Luca Lionello, Federico Russo, Margherita Morchio…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Black Moon (2020)

Italy of the 17th century became a testing ground for witch hunts , and any woman could be suspected of witchcraft. A young girl learns that she belongs to an ancient family of sorceresses and cannot change her fate. You can’t refuse a blood gift, but involvement in a witch clan does not bode well. The father of the beloved is an experienced witch hunter, and he will not listen to the requests of his son.

Original title:
Luna Nera

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Nina Fotaras, Giorgio Belli, Gloria Carovana…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


My brilliant friend (2018 – 2020)

Among the worthy novelties from Italy is another season of the highly rated series about the toxic friendship of two completely different women. Meek Lenu and self-confident Lila began to communicate in childhood – and since then they have become inseparable friends. The girls live in a poor quarter of Naples and are ready to do anything to get out of poverty. In the story based on the book by Elena Ferrante, real Italian passions are played out and the atmosphere of the post-war years is recreated in detail .

Original title:
L’amica geniale

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Elisa del Genio, Margherita Mazzucco, Elisabetta De Palo…

Country:
Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Miracle: Tears of the Madonna (2018)

During the arrest of an Italian crime boss, operatives discover an unusual figurine in the house. An ordinary plastic figurine of the Madonna oozes blood, but the prime minister does not believe in miracles. The official decides to hide the find from the public in order to understand the true causes of the phenomenon. However, everyone who touches the figurine will experience incredible life changes.

Original title:
Il miracolo

Genre:
Drama, detective

Actors:
Guido Caprino, Elena Lietti, Lorenza Indovina…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


In pursuit of the mafia (2018 – 2020)

The Italian series, released in Russian, will tell about a difficult period in the history of the country. In the early 90s of the last century, the mafia launched a bloody confrontation on the streets of Palermo, and the prosecutor Saverio Barone was forced to intervene in the tragic events. Ordinary civilians become victims of crime, so the prosecutor is determined to save the streets from the invasion of gangsters.

Original title:
Il cacciatore

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime, history

Actors:
Francesco Montanari, Miriam Dalmasio, Edoardo Pesce …

Country:
Italy, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Subura (2017 – 2020)

The oldest district of Rome is known not for sights, but for the frequent bloody showdowns of local bandits. Subura is considered a dangerous area where prostitution and the drug trade thrive . In the suburbs, criminals plan to set up a lucrative transshipment point for the illegal export of opium substances, and three powerful forces enter the struggle for a tasty morsel.

Original title:
Suburra – La serie

Genre:
Action, crime

Actors:
Alessandro Borghi, Giacomo Ferrara, Filippo Nigro …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Commissioner Maltese (2017)

The list of the best Italian series includes a detective story about a principled policeman from Rome. Dario Maltese works in the narcotics department, stopping the criminal activities of dealers. A police officer arrives in his hometown for the wedding of an old friend, but the celebration turns into a tragedy. The groom is killed in front of hundreds of guests, and Dario takes up the investigation.

Original title:
Maltese – Il Romanzo del Commissario

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Kim Rossi Stewart, Antonio Milo, Francesco Shanna …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)

The agreement with the Papacy brought Giovanni di Medici an undeniable benefit – the family bank finally turned into a powerful financial enterprise. A far-sighted banker becomes the richest and most influential person in the republic, but an absurd accident ends the life of a financier . A huge fortune is inherited by the sons of Giovanni, who intend to understand the real cause of their father’s death.

Original title:
Medici

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama, detective, biography

Actors:
Sarah Parish, Alessandra Mastronardi, Sunneve Carlsen …

Country:
Italy, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Rocco Schiavone (2016 – 2021)

The list of the best TV series in Italy continues with a picture about a talented police commissioner. Rocco Schiavone is an experienced detective with a grumpy personality and severe discipline problems. The Commissioner despises rules, and his investigative methods are often over the top. After another unpleasant situation, the authorities send an intractable subordinate to the north of the country, but the cooler climate is not able to pacify Rocco’s hot temper.

Original title:
Rocco Schiavone

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Marco Giallini, Ernesto D’Argenio, Francesco Aquaroli …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Veiled Lady (2015)

The action of the series takes place in Italy in the 19th century, when the birth of a girl in a noble family was considered a tragedy. The wife of Vittorio Grandi dies during childbirth, and the heartbroken man gives his daughter to the care of the clerk of the estate. Clara grows up away from her father, but he remembers her years later. Vittorio intends to marry his daughter to a wealthy count for the appearance of a legitimate heir. However, Grandi does not suspect that many years ago his wife gave birth not to one girl, but to twins of opposite sexes.

Original title:
La dama velata

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Germano Bellavia, Andrea Bosca, Giusi Frallonardo…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Gomorrah (2014 – 2019)

Traditionally, modern Italian series brilliantly play with criminal themes and mafia activities. The organization “Camorra” with one name is capable of instilling fear in the hearts of the inhabitants of Naples. The mafia group is engaged in money laundering and drug trafficking, brutally removing competitors from its path. Godfather Pietro Savastano does not suspect that his own son will one day be the main problem.

Original title:
Gomorra: La serie

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Salvatore Esposito, Marco D’Amor, Christiane Dell’Anna…

Country:
Italy, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Thirteenth Apostle (2012)

The Roman Catholic Church has a special department that investigates the paranormal. The role of the detective is performed by a young priest, the Jesuit Gabriel, who works in the company of the atheist psychologist of the beautiful Claudia and the conservative Padre Marganti. Each of the trinity contributes to the disclosure of unusual cases, using their own talents and beliefs.

Original title:
Il tredicesimo apostolo – Il prescelto

Genre:
Fantasy

Actors:
Luigi Diberti, Claudio Gioe, Chiara Nicola …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Cinderella (2011)

The Italian mini-series has become an excellent interpretation of the old tale of a kind and humble orphan. After the death of his wife, the famous conductor Valerio De Luca married a housekeeper Irene with a sharp temper. A few years later, the man dies, leaving his beloved daughter Aurora in the care of an evil stepmother. Irena gets access to the inheritance and organizes her own business , in which the dirtiest work is prepared for her stepdaughter.

Original title:
Cenerentola

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Frank Crudele, Ilaria Spada, Mariella Valentini…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Love and Revenge (2011)

After 10 years of relationship, Marco proposes to Laura, and the young woman prepares for the wedding. The celebration is paid by the father of the bride – an influential local businessman. The wedding day is overshadowed by an unexpected discovery, so the celebration is interrupted to investigate. Not far from the venue of the ceremony, a female skeleton in a wedding dress is found, but the gloomy messages from the past do not end there.

Original title:
Un amore e una vendetta

Genre:
Melodrama, detective

Actors:
Alessandro Preziosi, Anna Valle, Lorenzo Flaherti…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Hawk and Dove (2009)

The series produced in Italy will tell an unusual love story. Elena is the heiress of the influential Campirelli family. Giulio is a young orphan who serves the cardinal. The representative of the clergy is the sworn enemy of the Campirelli family, which becomes one of the obstacles to the happiness of lovers. Giulio and Elena cannot be together because of prejudice and different social status, but sincere feelings can overcome any obstacles.

Original title:
Il Falco e la Colomba

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Cosima Coppola, Giulio Maria Berruti, Anna Safronchik…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Commissioner Rex (2008 – 2015)

Fearless, intelligent and loyal dog helps commissioner Lorenzo Fabbri to investigate intricate crimes. Rex finds the necessary evidence, is ready to rush in pursuit of the bandits and always protects the owner. In Italy, the dog longs for his favorite Viennese buns with sausage, but quickly gets used to Roman delicacies. Lorenzo and Rex can handle the most difficult cases, and half of the success is guaranteed by the strong friendship of partners.

Original title:
Il commissario Rex

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Augusto Zucchi, Pilar Abella, Domenico Fortunato …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Crime novel (2008 – 2010)

Italian TV series with a gripping plot – a fascinating thriller about a ruthless killer. A dangerous criminal nicknamed the Lebanese dreams of leading the criminal world of Rome, and is recruiting professionals to implement a bold plan. The gang includes elusive criminals, and the group has been terrorizing the city for many years. The criminals are engaged in kidnapping and terrorism , until one day a police lieutenant comes on the trail of the Lebanese.

Original title:
Romanzo criminale – La serie

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Vinicio Marchioni, Alessandro Roya, Marco Bocci …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Don Corleone (2007)

The biographical series in a realistic style will shed light on the main life stages of the Sicilian boss of bosses Toto Riina – from his youth to coming to power in a mafia organization. The sudden death of his father and brother made Salvatore the head of the family, and the guy creates a small criminal gang. Step by step, Toto builds his own world, in which submission is based on fear, and the strongest always wins in the fight.

Original title:
Corleone

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Claudio Gioe, Daniele Liotti, Salvatore Lazzaro…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Arrow (2006)

The top Italian TV series ends with a story about noble robbers who defend justice. Northern Italy in the 15th century became a huge battlefield, where followers of the Pope and nobles who supported the German ruler fought for power. Representatives of the Black Arrow squad stay apart from the main confrontation, but one day they will have to choose one of the sides.

Original title:
La freccia nera

Genre:
Drama, adventure, history

Actors:
Riccardo Scamarchio, Giulio Pampiglione, Martina Stella…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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