Give mooring lines: 20 series about the sea and ships

The seas and oceans hide many secrets and dangers, but strong-willed people are still eager to surf the expanses of water on sailing schooners, boats, liners and submarines. On long trips and cruises, a lot of interesting things happen – from attacks by pirates and whales to the global flood. The most unbridled fantasies and real stories of seasoned sailors underlie the series about ships from our latest selection.

Northern Waters (2021)

One of the most interesting novelties among the series is the British adaptation of the famous novel by Ian McGuire. A retired military surgeon, in order to forget about the nightmares of the past, gets a job as a ship’s doctor on a whaling ship departing for the Arctic. In addition to the severe cold and icy deserts in distant lands, sailors are threatened by a ruthless killer who lurks on the ship and, under the cover of darkness, begins a bloody hunt.

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

Original title:
The North Water

Genre:
Drama, detective

Actors:
Jack O’Connell, Colin Farrell, Sam Spruell …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Open sea (2019 – 2020)

The modern new foreign series about the sea and ships is designed in the best traditions of the classic detective story. Scores of Europeans sail on a transatlantic liner to America to escape the horrors of World War II . After going to the open sea, the body of an unknown man is found on board. Several passengers begin their own investigation .

Original title:
Alta mar

Genre:
Drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Ivana Baquero, John Cortajarena, Alejandra Onieva…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Terror (2018 – 2019)

The highly rated mystery series is based on the famous novel by Dan Simmons, based on both Eskimo mythology and real events. Two ships are sent on a polar expedition to find a new passage through the Arctic. Both ships are trapped in the ice. Cold, illness and lack of food torment the team, and even in the darkness of the night an evil spirit appears in the form of a giant bear .

Original title:
The Terror

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, history, fantasy

Actors:
Jared Harris, Derek Mio, Tobias Menzies…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Submarine (2018)

Military historical series about German submariners during the Second World War. An inexperienced officer becomes a submarine commander. The team under the leadership of a new leader will have to go through difficult trials and difficult combat clashes. Meanwhile, the officer’s sister works at the headquarters of the German navy and begins to help the French resistance fighters.

Original title:
Das Boot

Genre:
Drama, military

Actors:
Tom Vlachiha, Thierry Fremont, Leonard Scheicher …

Country:
Germany, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


The last ship (2014 – 2018)

The global pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, but civilization still has a chance to save itself. On an isolated destroyer on the high seas, a group of scientists who managed to escape the disease are working on a cure. The world around you, riddled with panic, political intrigue and the consequences of a deadly virus, is becoming an increasingly dangerous place.

Original title:
The Last Ship

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, military

Actors:
Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Sails (2014 – 2017)

The list of the best series about sailors continues with the prehistory of the famous “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Pirates rule the seas near the Bahamas. The mighty Captain Flint gets a huge booty from the looting of ships passing by his domain, and hatches ambitious plans. A young sailor, John Silver, appears in the team of the legendary robber, playing some kind of his own game.

Original title:
Black Sails

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Toby Stevens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold …

Country:
South Africa, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Ship (2014 – 2015)

A group of cadets on a sailboat goes on a training voyage. The accident at the Large Hadron Collider leads to a new global flood. As a result of the disaster , all the continents went under water. Apparently, only those who were on the ship managed to survive. The normal life is coming to an end. The drifting ship has become the last stronghold of civilization, and complete obscurity lies ahead.

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, melodrama

Actors:
Dmitry Pevtsov, Ilya Lyubimov, Roman Kurtsyn …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Goryunov (2013 – 2021)

The young lieutenant was sent to serve in the Northern Fleet and was appointed head of the medical service of one of the submarines. The submarine is commanded by the captain of the 1st rank Pavel Goryunov – a difficult person to communicate with a difficult character, but at the same time a brave soldier and a real sea wolf. Under the guidance of a stern commander, the crew will have to complete a series of dangerous tasks.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Maxim Averin, Dmitry Ulyanov, Alexey Shevchenkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Shores of my dreams (2013)

An excellent domestic series about sea adventures and real male friendship . During the exercises of the Black Sea Fleet, a young officer saves the ship from disaster, but comes into conflict with the higher authorities. For impudence, the unbalanced sailor was demoted and transferred to the Baltic Fleet, but his comrades-in-arms do not intend to leave their friend and are also transferred to a new duty station.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Anatoly Rudenko, Glafira Tarkhanova, Vasily Lanovoy, Ekaterina Vasilyeva …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Titanic (2012)

Based on true events , the drama will offer a new look at one of the most famous shipwrecks of the last century. The work on the project was carried out based on the most up-to-date data of scientific research. Each episode shows the disaster from the point of view of different groups of passengers – the rich, the poor, the crew members. The final episode brings all the stories told together.

Original title:
Titanic

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Peter McDonald, Stephen Waddington, Glen Blackhall …

Country:
UK, Canada, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
12+


My Captain (2012)

The Russian melodramatic series about river trips and a stormy romance on a ship touches viewers with a sensual love story and makes them laugh with comedic moments. A stern captain with an unbearable temper commands a small riverboat. The crew considers the pretty woman who stepped on board a messenger of misfortune, but the beauty manages to subdue the brave captain and help him change for the better.

Genre:
Melodrama, adventure

Actors:
Dmitry Pevtsov, Maria Gorban, Andrey Egorov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Desperate Measures (2012)

An American submarine is ordered to launch a nuclear attack on Palestine. The captain is confused and demands clarification of the order. The submarine is attacked and severely damaged. The officers understand that they are in the center of a special operation of powerful forces, but before understanding what is happening, you must at least just survive.

Original title:
Last Resort

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Detective

Actors:
Andre Brower, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4


Ark (2011 – 2013)

In the popular Spanish series about sea adventures, a group of students on a sailing ship go on a training voyage against the backdrop of the apocalypse . Out of control experiments of physicists lead to a worldwide catastrophe. The land is completely submerged. Caught in the middle of a boundless ocean, students understand that, perhaps, no one else on the entire planet is left alive.

Original title:
El barco

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Juan Jose Artero, Mario Casas, Blanca Suarez …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Moby Dick (2011)

An excellent adaptation of the famous novel by Herman Melville. A young American gets a job as a sailor on a whaling ship. After going out to the open sea, it becomes clear that the captain is not interested in ordinary fishing. The old sea dog sets himself the only task – to harpoon a giant white whale, nicknamed Moby Dick – and is ready to do anything to make his plan come true.

Original title:
Moby Dick

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
William Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Charlie Cox, Gillian Anderson…

Country:
Germany, Austria

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
0+


The collapse of Laconia (2010 – 2011)

During World War II, a German submarine torpedoed a British liner. On board were more than a thousand prisoners of war and civilians. Realizing what had happened, the submarine commander gave the order to rise to the surface and rescue as many people as possible. With survivors aboard, the submarine becomes an easy target for Allied bombers.

Original title:
The Sinking of the Laconia

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Andrew Bakan, Ken Duken, Frank Potente …

Country:
United Kingdom, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Admiral (2009)

The Russian biographical series about the navigator, naval commander, polar explorer and one of the leaders of the white movement Alexander Kolchak is based on real events. When the Russian Empire is on the verge of destruction, the admiral remains faithful to the Motherland and the oath. At the turn of the era, a high-ranking officer meets late love – a woman who is ready to walk the path of the cross with him to the end.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergei Bezrukov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


At all latitudes (2009)

A serial adventure drama tells about the everyday life of Russian submariners. Difficult conditions of service require daily feat from officers, but real men are able to honorably get out of the most difficult situations and cope with any difficulties. Only sincere love and a long separation can become truly insurmountable trials.

Genre:
Adventure, military

Actors:
Alexander Vasilevsky, Anna Gorshkova, Vladimir Begma …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Sea Wolf (2009)

An exciting series about sea voyages based on the famous novel by Jack London. Due to an accident, the young writer ended up on the high seas and was doomed to die in icy water. The poor fellow was picked up by a whaling ship. Surviving on board the ship will be no easier than in the depths of the sea: the cruel and sophisticated captain demands absolute submission from everyone.

Original title:
Sea Wolf

Genre:
Drama, romance, adventure

Actors:
Sebastian Koch, Tim Roth, Neve Campbell …

Country:
Canada, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Marine Patrol (2007–2011)

A team of combat sailors patrols the Australian border waters, catching poachers, smugglers and slavers . Brave Australians courageously suppress any violations. Mutual understanding does not always reign in the team, but in the face of danger, any disagreements fade into the background. And the sea patrol is always ready to help ships in distress.

Original title:
Sea Patrol

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
John Batchelor, Matthew Holmes, Lisa McCune…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Journey to the Ends of the Earth (2005)

Drama series based on the marine trilogy by British writer William Golding. A young aristocrat, thirsty for adventure and far-flung wanderings, decides to leave England for Australia. A naive traveler does not even suspect how many difficulties (from misunderstandings with the team to monstrous storms) have to be overcome in order to reach their destination.

Original title:
To the Ends of the Earth

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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