Nordic cinema: 20 interesting Norwegian series

The easiest and fastest way to get to know Norway is to watch a movie made in the homeland of the trolls and Edvard Grieg. Moreover, the Norwegians are still those who love to compose extraordinary stories and hypnotize the viewer with fantastic landscapes, gloomy atmosphere and unhurried narration. For those who would like to take a film trip to the country of green meadows and mountains, noisy waterfalls and majestic fjords, we have prepared a selection of the best Norwegian TV series of recent years.

Ragnarok (2020 – 2021)

The youth series in the detective and fantasy genre addresses Norse mythology and the legend of the end of the world . A mother with two sons Lorits and Magne arrives in a town where a chemical plant is destroying the local nature. Engaged in a conflict with industrial magnate Yutul, teenager Magne discovers that he has superpowers . But the student also got a serious opponent. Powerful participants in the environmental drama find themselves on different sides – pagan gods stand up for nature , against – ancient giants , owners of the enterprise.

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

Original title:
Ragnarok

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
David Alexander Shoholt, Jonas Strandt Gravli, Herman Tommeraas …

Country:
Norway, Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Crossing the Atlantic (2020)

This series – a novelty war movie produced in Norway – sends viewers back to 1940. In the spring, the Norwegian kingdom is occupied by Nazi Germany. Princess Martha and her children take refuge in America, where they are temporarily housed in the White House. Thanks to her presence, President Roosevelt will draw attention to events unfolding in Europe and change the political course of the United States, taking the first step on the path of his country’s entry into the war.

Original title:
Atlantic Crossing

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military, history

Actors:
Kyle MacLachlan, Sophia Helin, Tobias Zantelman …

Country:
Norway, Germany, USA, Sweden, Denmark, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Aliens from the Past (2019)

Detective fantasy series with a kind of Norwegian humor tells about the collision of the past and the present. In today’s Oslo, people from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the 19th century suddenly appear. They do not know what they are doing here and how to get back. Soon a series of mysterious murders begins to occur. Two police officers, the Viking woman Alfhildr and the detective from the capital, team up to find a serial killer who has declared war on guests from the past.

Original title:
Beforeigners

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Nikolay Kleve Brock, Augusta Eva Erlendsdouttir, Krista Kosonen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Wisting (2019)

The next in the top of the Norwegian TV series is a noir detective story about an investigation based on two novels by the writer Jorn Lier Horst. A brutal and senseless murder has taken place in a small fishing town. It turns out that the American maniac is hiding somewhere in the city and continues his bloody business in a foreign country. The search for a serial killer entrusts the uncompromising investigator William Wisting and FBI agent Maggie Griffin.

Original Title :
Wisting

Genre:
Drama, Crime

Actors:
Sven Nordin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Thea Green Lundberg…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age Limits :
16+


Magnus (2019)

A comedy show with absurd humor tells about the adventures of a police officer named Magnus – the worst worker in the department. A famous actor disappears in the city, and this is just the beginning of a series of mysterious crimes. Together with a mentally unstable cop and an 11-year-old boy, Magnus begins an investigation, during which it becomes clear that mythical creatures are involved in the case.

Original title:
Magnus

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Vidar Magnussen, Paul Ronning, Ola J. Furuset…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4


Nudes (2019)

The popular Norwegian series, which is worth watching for teenagers and their parents, conveys an important message in the age of social networks about privacy. The movie will introduce three situations. In the first case, the whole school witnesses the sexual relationship between Sophia and Axel, because a spicy video got into the network. 18-year-old Victor, without knowing it, becomes a distributor of child pornography, posting a video of sex of his former underage girlfriend on the network. 14-year-old Ada shares intimate photos with a guy on the Internet. An unknown person begins to blackmail the girl.

Original title:
Nudes

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Anna Storeng Froset, Tord Kinge, Lena Reinhardtsen…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9


Home for Christmas (2019 – 2020)

What to do if relatives annoy you with questions about your boyfriend and hints about a ticking clock? The 30-year-old heroine of the comedy melodrama intends to protect herself from such conversations. Johanna is a nurse and has no partner. A large friendly family of the girl gathers every Christmas for a gala dinner. This time, the loner decided to avoid the lamentations of relatives about the absence of a husband and children and hopes to find a boyfriend in 24 days who will not be ashamed to introduce her to relatives.

Original title:
Home for Christmas

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Ida Elise Brosh, Gabrielle Leithaug, Hege Skoyen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7


There is a way out (2019 – 2021)

This highly rated Norwegian TV series with a compelling story is a film about four stockbrokers from Norway who made a huge fortune in their thirties. The film is about financial sharks and multimillionaires. Their lives and reputations seem to be excellent if you only look at the facade, but there is always something hidden. When the four friends, who are frankly bored, embark on a thrill-seeking trip, the case is not complete without perversion, drug use and violence with complete impunity for their deeds.

Original title:
Exit

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Simon J. Berger, Agnes Kittelsen, Paul Sverre Valheim Hagen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2


Monster (2017)

The action of the series takes place in a remote town in northern Norway. There is a brutal ritual murder of a young man, and his girlfriend disappears without a trace. The local police chief assigns a female inspector, Hedda, and investigator Joel Dryer, who has arrived from Oslo, to investigate. Soon, the police discover another terrible find – a mass grave of missing people. The viewer is waiting for a difficult relationship between the characters, old secrets, a mysterious sect , mafia, complex love weaves and a lingering gloomy atmosphere.

Original title:
Monster

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Ingvild Holte Bigdnes, Jacob Oftebro, Bjorn Sundqvist …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Valkyrie (2017)

An interesting Norwegian series about a talented doctor and environmental issues is worth watching for fans of atmospheric thrillers with philosophical overtones . The surgeon’s wife Raiven is in an artificial coma. To get medicine for his beloved, the doctor creates a clinic that provides special services. Here in an abandoned subway station, he helps anyone who needs help – criminals on the run, alcoholics , the terminally ill, and all those who cannot be helped by traditional methods of treatment.

Original title:
Valkyrien

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Sven Nordin, Paul Sverre Walheim Hagen, Pia Halvorsen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.4


Northerners (2016 – 2020)

The action of the epic humorous series takes place in the Viking Age in 791. After the warriors found a sea route, their village began to live much better, but the northerners still face many problems – from internal conflicts to attacks by hostile neighbors. However, soon the Vikings are waiting for social changes and cultural innovations that can turn the way of life of brutal barbarians.

Original title:
Norsemen

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Kare Konradi, Nils Jorgen Kaalstad, Jon Eigarden …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Shame (2015 – 2017)

The youth drama has become one of the best TV series filmed in Norway, receiving a lot of positive feedback from viewers from different countries. The creators of the show were not afraid to touch on serious topics – from mental problems and bullying on the Internet, ending with stories about sexual coercion and racial discrimination . Dramatic social aspects are covered by the personal example of teenagers from a prestigious school in Oslo – from first love and first betrayal to bullying and public censure.

Original title:
Skam

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Yusefine Frida Pettersen, Iman Meschini, Ulrikke Falk…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.6


Occupied (2015 – 2020)

The Russian authorities were outraged that Russia was the main aggressor in this political thriller, considering such a plot too provocative. The events of the series take the viewer into the near future, when the Green Party comes to power in Norway. They stop producing gas and oil to prevent natural disasters associated with climate change. This turn of events in the unfettered imagination of northern filmmakers forces Russia to occupy Norway without delay.

Original title:
Okkupert

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Henrik Mestad, Eni Dal Thorp, Eldar Scar, Ingeborga Dapkunaite …

Country:
Norway, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.7


Alibi (2015 – 2016)

After his entrepreneurial success in Asia, businessman Axel Borgen is asked to return to his homeland. The purpose of the trip to the Norwegian city is to save an important local farm from bankruptcy. However, the inhabitants of the city are not ready to accept the savior with open arms. After all, 20 years ago, a man was convicted and then acquitted for the murder of his school sweetheart, and many believe that he undeservedly escaped punishment.

Original title:
Frikjent

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Nikolay Kleve Brock, Lena Endre, Ann Marit Jacobsen…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Heavy Water Battle (2015)

Historical Norwegian mini-series , which can be viewed in Russian, is based on real facts and biographies of participants in dramatic events. World War II . The Third Reich is trying to create nuclear weapons. A group of British saboteurs is sent to the Norwegian village of Rjukan, where a heavy water plant is located, in order to destroy it.

Original title:
Kampen om tungtvannet

Genre:
Drama, military, history

Actors:
Andreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Buhler, Mark Benjamin Puh…

Country:
Norway, Denmark, UK, Czech Republic, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 8.0


Witness (2014)

In search of thrills, two teenagers go to a quarry to ride a motorcycle . Guys are not just friends, they are in love and in every possible way hide their relationship from prying eyes. On the same night, the guys become witnesses of criminal showdowns – a man jumps out of the trunk of an approaching car and shoots his kidnappers . Eyewitnesses of the massacre manage to escape, and they decide to keep this secret forever, fearing that their love relationship will become known. But what if the killer has seen them and is looking for them?

Original title:
Øyevitne

Genre:
Drama, Crime

Actors:
Per Kjerstad Andersen, Axel Boyum, One Waage…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.4


Third Eye (2013 – 2016)

The most terrible thing that a parent can imagine happened to investigator Viggo Lust – four years ago he lost his daughter. After the tragedy, his family broke up, his wife left, and only work allows a man to stay afloat. In Viggo’s case, time does not heal, and he still hopes that he will find his baby, suffering from nightmares and panic attacks. No one believes in the success of his search, except for the new partner Marie. Meanwhile, the body of a wealthy woman is found in a local lake.

Original title:
Det tredje øyet

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Karre Hagen Sydness, Ida Elise Brosh, Marte Engebritsen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
18+


Lillehammer (2012 – 2014)

The protagonist of the cool Norwegian series is the mafia Frank from New York, who turned in his boss to the FBI. Now the man is a participant in the witness protection program, in connection with which he is sent to the provincial Norwegian town of Lillehammer. Of course, the former bandit is not lost and begins to build life in his own way, contrary to the tolerant Norwegian society, dealing with all issues in a gangster style. He bribes someone, intimidates someone, and the clash of two cultures creates ideal conditions for funny situations.

Original title:
Lilyhammer

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Steve Van Zandt, Trond Fausa Aurvaag, Steinar Sagen…

Country:
USA, Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Hellfjord (2012)

A mystical detective story with elements of black humor in the spirit of the Twin Peaks series tells the story of a police officer Salmander. Due to an unpleasant event at a city holiday, a man is sent to a distant outback, where only old women and old men live, in order to give the unlucky cop a chance to work quietly until retirement. However, having arrived at the place, the hero immediately finds adventures on the fifth point. He understands that the town hides some secrets, and intends to unravel them at all costs.

Original title:
Hellfjord

Genre:
Comedy, detective, crime

Actors:
Zaid Ali, Stig Frode Henriksen, Ingrid Bolso Berdal …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Doug (2010 – 2015)

Rounding out the list of the best Norwegian TV series is a comedy show about a lonely family counselor, Doug, with unorthodox views on marriage. The man is sure that happiness in life lies in being alone. Doug enjoys sharing his beliefs with his patients, pushing them into divorce . However, the doctor’s life will soon change when his sister forces him to go on a blind date with his childhood friend.

Original title:
Dag

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Atle Antonsen, Tuva Novotny, Anders Baasmo Christiansen…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 8.5

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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