The best foreign language shows to watch on SBS
SBS is a haven for foreign language shows, series, news and movies. Here is a snapshot of some of my favourite foreign language shows and series to stream on SBS on Demand. And it’s all free for Australian viewers!
Note to readers: SBS is an Australian TV channel, and you most probably won’t be able to stream SBS shows from overseas unless you can use an Australian VPN
Ku’damm ’56: Rebel with a Cause.
I am loving this German 1905s drama right now.
It’s all 1950s glam, set in Berlin, rock n roll, women’s rights, domestic violence, sexuality and Germans dealing with post-war trauma. There’s a second season too – Ku’damm ’59.
Berlin Station is a spy drama and it follows an undercover CIA agent sent to Berlin. There’s a second series too.
I loved watching Spin (French) earlier this year. If you love political dramas, this one might be for you. It follows the drama of a possible terrorist attack on the Presiden, the fallout from the attack and the relationships within their media/communications agency.
Ouro – Amazon Gold
Ouro – Amazon Gold might be worth a try especially for its Central American setting (French Guyana). SBS describe it as Breaking Bad only with gold..! A French geology student is sent to Central America for an internship with grand ideas of getting rich quickly.
The Young Pope
I haven’t watched this but The Young Pope has got rave reviews. It follows the story of the first American and youngest Pope ever installed in the Vatican.
Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca
This is a gorgeous series full of Italian scenery and food. Silvia involves her kids too – speaking some Italian and some English.
If You are the One
This long-running super successful reality dating show is filmed in Nanjing, China. I have friends go on the show as contestants! It’s hilarious to watch if you are interested in an insight into the minds of Chinese millennials (well how they are portrayed on TV anyhow – take it all with a grain of salt!)
There are often episodes on Dateline featuring China, but I found the show featuring the story of the mass migration back to their hometowns in China during the spring festival to be particularly insightful.
Eddie Huang is a Taiwanese American chef and author. He’s done food shows on heaps of destinations including Taiwan, China, Korea, and also Japan
What are you watching on SBS (or Netflix) that you’d recommend?
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