American TV Shows dominate the Top Ten most loved series' in France.
French television is due another shake-up shortly, with two more terrestrial channels on the way later this year.
In the meantime, the results of the latest poll by marketing group Promise Consulting reveals that French tastes for regular television are overwhelmingly American.
Amongst the top ten favourites, only three of them are French; namely “Scènes de ménages” (a series of comedy sketches featuring family home scenes), “Un gars, une fille” (another comedy short, following a Canadian format that was seen in Ireland as “Dan & Becs”) and “Julie Lescaut” (a long-running police drama).
There are other high-quality French shows that have a strong following, such as the critically-acclaimed crime dramas “Bracquo” and “Mafioso”, but these are only available on the subscription cable station Canal + and don’t have such a wide audience.
In Ireland, apart from those with BBC3 who might tune into the late-night Italian or Scandinavian police dramas, we’re not accustomed to viewing our TV series in dubbed format – something the French seemingly have no problem with. Still, it’s comforting to know that it’s not just in Ireland that we’re swamped with American shows.
The Top Ten Most Popular TV Shows in France
1. Criminal Minds (Esprits Criminels)
2. The Mentalist
3. NCIS (US police drama not with us yet)
4. Scènes de ménage
5. Cold Case
6. CSI (“Les Experts”)
7. Un gars, une fille
8. Law and Order (“New York Police Judiciaire”)
9. Without a Trace (“FBI portés disparus”)