Dutch TV Series

Dutch TV Series – The very best TV Series from the Netherlands (Holland).

Like in most other countries also in the Netherlands the fame of TV series remains within the country. However, where Scandinavian countries have managed to export at least a few series, Dutch TV Series have not been so successful. Indeed, being a Dutchman my self I am struggling to come up with the very best Dutch TV series. And then preferably Dutch TV-series foreigners can also enjoy. Sure, we have the old classics like ‘Zeg eens AAA’ but they can hardly be intersting for people of different nationality. And we have the soapseries (Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden) and light comedy series (Gooische Vrouwen) that do very well on TV. Here as well one must admit that for non-dutchies this not much fun.

Therefore I have gathered three series that each have something special to offer. At the same time they are also of worth for foreigners. More importantly, they were extremely popular in the Netherlands. Not just among viewers but also among critics.

Interested in Dutch Movies? Then you should have a look in our Dutch Movies section where you can read all about them with reviews and trailers. Also top 10 lists.


1. Oud Geld – Old Money (1998)

oud geld - old money - best dutch tv series

In our opinion the Dutch Series with the highest quality. A great production. Its also just one season so at least worth the try (a total of 19 episodes). The show has an amazing cast. Two of the actors have been awarded a Goudel Kalf (Golden Calf Award) in 1998.. Oud Geld, or old money, is how in the Netherlands people are described that have had money in the family for several generations. They tend to live more aristrocraticly. We follow one of these families in Oud Geld.

Fragment of Oud Geld – Old money.


2. Baantjer

baantjer - dutch tv series

A TV Series that has had a 12 Season Run. It was one of the best watchted TV-series and received a ‘Gouden Telivizierring’ for best TV-show of the year in 1997. Already in it’s eight season the filmmakers announced to stop, but they continued to add an extra season every time. Finally in 2006  it was the last episode. This Dutch TV Series give you a great and natural perspective of Amsterdam. Yes, also including its Red Light District. Its about an old police detective (Piet Romer- sadly died a few days ago) who solves crimes the old fashioned way. By clever thinking and great investigation skills. It is based on the books of a police officer named Appie Baantjer. The intro-song of the series is one that Dutch people will never be able to forget.

Fragment of Dutch TV Series Baantjer. The good old Intro ( to give you an impression).


3. Bernhard, Schavuit van Oranje – Bernhard, Scoundrel of Orange

Bernhard, scoundrel of orange - best Dutch TV Series

A very popular tv-series that received a lot of media attention when it was launched in 2011. There reason is clear. Bernhard was the father of the current Dutch queen Beatrix. As you can imagine, these things are rather delicate and sensitive (or just plain controversial). It was nonetheless a very successful series, and now also a follow up is aired ‘Beatrix, Oranje onder vuur’ focussing even more on our very queen. The TV – Series is awarded several European Awards amongst which a few awards at the Festival de Television de Monte Carlo.

The show is about the life of Bernhard, originally a German who married the Dutch Crown-Princess Juliana. He always had problems with authority and was not affraid to speak his mind. He was also rather controversial since he had several affairs and even some children with other women. He has passed away a a few years ago.

Here a Fragment of the Bernhard, the scoundrel of Orange.

Please let us know what you think of the series, and if you think other Dutch Series should be on the list.

7 thoughts on “Dutch TV Series

  1. I would love to buy the series “Lotte”???? A well educated girl working in a fashion company. I am dutch my self living in las vegas, nevada

    • Hey Robert,

      I am aware of the TV show that you are talking about, it was a production by Tien, and it is based on the American Ugly Betty, running from 2006-2009. I had a look around the internet, including on the Dutch Bol.com, but Lotte is nowhere to be found on DVD. So I am afraid I have to dissapoint you in terms of DVD’s. However, you can watch all the seasons for free on this Youtube channel. It is without English subtitles though so I hope you can still understand Dutch:)

      Vriendelijke groet

      • Thanks a lot. I appreciate your efforts regarding the Lotte TV series. I am surprised that there are no DVD’s about that show but i am very happy about the Youtube information. Ja, mijn Nederlandse is nog erg goed. Ik was 25 toen ik Nederland verliet. Uitspraak is wel met een Amerikaanse klank? Maar kan alles verstaan. Heel erg bedankt.
        Robert

  2. Dear Robert, I don’t know if I am in the correct country but some long years ago I watched a series (which I thought was Dutch, called Das Brugge?). I am very sorry if it doesn’t ring a bell with you or it’s from another country entirely but would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thanking You. Mrs. June Miller

  3. Can you tell me what is the title of a TV series, based on the novels of Jan Willem van de Vetering, with detectives Grijpstra & de Greier was called. Is it any good? is it available on dvd with subtitles?
    regards
    John

    • Hi John, the title goes by the same name, Grijpstra & de Gier. It s a pretty decent Dutch police series. It was rather popular when it was still broadcasted on television. However, The detective series Flikken Maastricht has a bigger group of fans in the Netherlands. I could not find a DVD with English subtitles I’m afraid.

  4. There’s new Dutch TV-serie, Volgens Robert (According to Robert). This show isn’t only available for Dutchmen, but also on YouTube with English subtitles! The directing is great and the story’s hilarious and thrilling at the same time!

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