International Dramas: 2023 Releases in January

Christina Knight | January 17, 2023

The German series The Same Sky, set in 1974 Berlin, stars (L to R): Friederike Becht, Tom Schilling, Sofia Helin, Ben Becker.

January brings more international series – mostly European TV shows – to stream in their entire seasons (or even multiple seasons). Curated by Walter Presents for PBS, these series arrive every Thursday and can be streamed anywhere by PBS station donors with the member benefit THIRTEEN Passport. The 2023 releases are organized by language, below.

See all of our international drama to stream on-demand. Bookmark this page and check back for more arrivals on January 19 and 26. More international Walter Presents dramas will continue to arrive on Thursdays and Fridays, through May 4.

Danish Series

Below the Surface (Gidseltagningen)

Philip Norgaard is a Danish war hero who escaped captivity in the Middle East. Back in Copenhagen, he’s the leader of the Secret Service’s Terror Task Force, and in an on-again/off-again relationship with Louise Falck–a hostage negotiator. This thriller examines crisis response among the victims, politicians, the media and bystanders. From Walter Presents, in Danish with English subtitles.

Binge Below the Surface , eight episodes, January 26, 2023 – December 31, 2024

Seaside Hotel: Nine Seasons

A woman in grey pinstriped jacket and cap holds a toddler in her arms. A red and white flag enters top frame of image. Beyond are dunes and the sea.If you’re wondering whether investing time in a Danish series is worth it, there are nine seasons of this ensemble drama as promising evidence. Streaming on PBS since 2021 (and with broadcasts), Season 9 arrives for streaming on January 13. Season 1 opens in 1928 at Andersen’s Seaside Hotel, a famous resort by the North Sea dunes. The fates of chambermaid Fie, the merchant’s daughter Amanda, and fisherman Morten are intertwined as they seek to free themselves from the plans other people have made on their behalf. The summer lives of the hotel’s staff and guests are followed Seasons 1 through 5, through 1932. Season 6 jumps to the outbreak of World War II in 1939, and Season 8 concludes in 1941, after Denmark has been occupied for a year. Season 9 opens after the end of WWII. Will the staff, guests and owners of Andersen’s Seaside Hotel see things differently once the Nazis are gone? From Walter Presents, in Danish with English subtitles.

Binge Seaside Hotel through September 30, 2026.

Dutch Series

The Blood Pact (Klem): Three Seasons

Photo collage of man in suit and tie and eyeglasses; a man with scar on face; a woman with long hairMarius (Jacob Derwig) is a notorious criminal and Hugo (Barry Atsma) is a high-ranking tax official and widower. When their eight-year-old daughters become best friends, their lives become tangled and both men must decide how far they are prepared to go to protect their families. The acting is top-notch. Jacob Derwig won Best Actor in a TV Drama at the Netherlands Film Festival for his role. From Walter Presents, in Dutch with English subtitles.

I’m looking forward to this series’ moral relativism in decisions and compromises, whether in life or business.

Binge The Blood Pact January 5, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Estonian Series

Collage illustration of eight women behind a central one with dark hair and low-plunging neckline on her jacket.
On January 19, we welcome the arrival of the first drama from Estonia on PBS: Madame K, the country’s highest-rated series.

Madame K

The world-shattering events of World War II are told through the eyes of the people working at and frequenting Madame K’s elite brothel in the capital city of Tallinn in Estonia. Among the wealthy and powerful clientele are the local bigwigs, Baltic Germans and the high-ranking officiers of the invading Red Army, all having a different agenda and liaisons, inside and outside of the brothel.

Binge Madame K January 19, 2023 – September 30, 2024

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French Series

The Mountain Detective

Former policeman Alex Hugo leaves Marseilles in search of a new life, but ends up confronting violence in the mountains of the Hautes-Alpes. From Walter Presents, in French with English subtitles.

Binge The Mountain Detective, nine 90-minute episodes, January 5, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Nina

Trainee nurse Nina must overcome plenty of obstacles in her private life, as a single mother, and at the hospital, as ex-wife of her own boss. From Walter Presents, in French with English subtitles.

Binge Nina, eight episodes, January 26, 2023 – November 30, 2024

Remember (Souviens Toi)

Collage showing a woman and man and a young girl. Background is grey cloudy sky and bare branches.It’s a horrific crime scene: a couple and their baby are found savagely murdered in their living room, but their seven-year-old daughter is miraculously unhurt. The traumatized girl has lost her memory and won’t speak, so the police bring in a psychiatrist to rekindle her memory and to get the little girl talking. From Walter Presents, in French with English subtitles.

Binge Remember, January 26, 2023 – November 30, 2024

Witnesses

Young detective Sandra Winckler must work with legend Paul Maisonneuve on a macabre case; mystery is everywhere and nobody will be spared by revenge. From Walter Presents, in French with English subtitles.

Binge Witnesses, six episodes, January 26, 2023 – December 30, 2024

German, Austrian and Swiss Series

Amsterdam Undercover

Officer Alex Pollack has never been big on rules. His work as a German undercover cop taught him that sometimes you have to act fast to save lives. While he is good at what he does, he is also thinking of quitting and settling down. Will his unconventional methods help him as he investigates the affairs of the ruthless and powerful? From Walter Presents, in German with English subtitles.

Binge Amsterdam Undercover, four 90-minute episodes, January 12, 2023 – August 31, 2024

The Empress, Season 1

Maria Theresa is the heiress to the Habsburg Empire, but as she ascends to the throne, Austria is on the verge of collapse. Must she sacrifice her happiness to rule? When she becomes empress in 1740 she is 23 years old. Female rulers are popular subjects on television (Hello, Victoria!), and this hit Austrian production of The Empress is not the Netflix show of the same name, nor Corsage, the film that depicts Empress Elisabeth, who married Maria Theresa’s great-grandson. This Walter Presents series stars Marie-Luise Stockinger and Stefanie Reinsperger as Maria Theresa during her 40-year reign; Vojtech Kotek (Burning Bush), and Zuzana Stivinova. In German with English subtitles.

Binge The Empress, January 19, 2023 – October 31, 2024

Hotel Sacher

Cast of Hotel Sacher.


Aristocracy sets the tone in the Hotel Sacher, Vienna’s most distinguished hotel. However, a new era is about to begin, and with it, social upheaval. From Walter Presents, in German with English subtitles.
Binge Hotel Sacher, a two-part drama, January 12, 2023 – Aug. 31, 2024.

Also set during the same period in Vienna is the English-language PBS detective series Vienna Blood, now in its third broadcast season (see schedule).

The Ranger

After five years away, Jonas returns home and becomes a park ranger in a national park where he takes care of visitors and nature, but also serves as law enforcement, firefighter and mountain rescuer. He must use his many practical talents, empathy and dedication with family, friends and colleagues. Only his love life is lacking direction. From Walter Presents, in German with English subtitles.

Binge The Ranger, six 90-minute episodes, January 12, 2023 – July 31, 2024

The Same Sky

This compelling and stylish German drama set in 1974 follows an East German spy sent to West Berlin on a “Romeo” mission to target and seduce a female analyst from NATO. The series also reveals what life was like in East Germany, providing a broader view of the strains on society than the sassy assassin-centered series Kleo does on Netflix.


Kelly Luchtman provides a relatively spoiler-free review of the ensemble drama on Foreign Crime Drama. From Walter Presents, in German with English subtitles.

Binge The Same Sky, January 12, 2023 – May 31, 2024

Tunnel of Dreams

Building a tunnel through the Swiss Alps is an undeniably earth-shattering event in the 19th century. In the spring of 1873, people from all over the world come to the village of Goschenen for the most spectacular construction site of modern times: the tunnel through the Gotthard. Tunnel of Dreams tells the story of love, friendships, loyalty and uprisings. From Walter Presents, in Swiss German with English subtitles.

Binge Tunnel of Dreams, at two-part, three hour drama, January 12, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2024

Italian Series

Angela (Come Una Madre)

A woman stands with her arms on the shoulders of two young children to either side of her who look scared.Angela Graziani has lost her son Matteo. In crisis, she seeks refuge in her family’s Tuscan home and meets Elena, mother to Bruno and Valentina–who are more or less the same age as her Matteo. When Elena asks Angela to watch the children for a few hours, Angela’s life takes a tumultuous turn. From Walter Presents, in Italian with English subtitles.

Binge Angela, six episodes, January 26 – November 30, 2024

Paradise (Il paradiso delle Signore)


Like the Masterpiece series, The Paradise, this Italian series takes its inspiration from Emile Zola’s novel, Au Bonheur des Dames, but imagines the department store drama in 1950’s Milan, Italy’s cosmopolitan capitol for fashion. Paradise is an ensemble drama portraying tightknit relationships between store employees. After World War II, society is changing, especially expectations for women. Fans of the PBS drama Mr. Selfridge — also revolving around an esteemed store and streaming now — might want to try this one on! From Walter Presents, in Italian with English subtitles.

Binge Paradise January 26 – December 31, 2024

Norwegian Series

The Half Brother

Half-brothers Fred and Barnum grow up together during the Cold War in Norway. Fred is gifted at boxing and is Barnum’s protector until Fred disappears mysteriously. This generational saga opens with a focus on Fred and Barnum’s mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and how they each suffer traumatic events and support one another (episode one includes a rape and sexual harassment). Will the adult Barnum, a writer, ever manage to find Fred again? From Walter Presents, in Norwegian with English subtitles.

Binge The Half Brother January 5, 2023 – April 30, 2024

Polish Series

Angel of Death

Agnieszka, a policewoman from a small town, must face her distant past to solve the crimes of the present in this psychological thriller. From Walter Presents, in Polish with English subtitle

Binge Angel of Death January 5, 2023 – May 31, 2024

The Defence, Seasons 1 & 2

A woman with green dress under a black legal robe sits in corner of boxing ring, holding her bandaged fists out along the ropes. One hand bleeds.

The Szlezyngiers’ daughter vanishes, her parents are the main suspects. Will an old lawyer friend, Joanna Chylka, be able to defend them? In Polish with English subtitles.

Binge The Defence, January 19, 2023 – August 31, 2024

Sins of the Fathers

Former gangster Blacha and retired policeman Sikora must deal with unresolved events from their past. Do children have to pay for their fathers’ sins? From Walter Presents, in Polish with English subtitles.

Binge Sins of the Fathers, January 12, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Spanish Series

Love, Inevitably

A woman and man sit at a distance from one another on a bench. Behind the woman is an illustrated skyline of London. Behind the man is an illustrated skyline of Rome.
This is the story of Candela and Massimo. She’s a flamenco dancer from Seville, and he’s an entrepreneur from Rome and they are complete opposites who are magically drawn to one another. Their sudden love, depicted in reality and in paranormal events, make for a bright and energetic series that unfolds in Rome, Seville and Prague. From Walter Presents, in Spanish with English subtitles.

Binge Love, Inevitably January 5, 2023 – March 31, 2024

See more Spanish-language dramas and other films, kids shows and programs.

The Time in Between, Season 1 (El Tiemp Entre Costuras)

This acclaimed series follows the life of a young seamstress. In the months leading up to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Sira abandons Madrid in order to follow the man she loves to Tangier. But things there do not turn out as she had planned, and she is forced to take charge of her life. Sira struggles to balance her double life as both a prominent couturier and an Allied spy. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Binge The Time in Between (17 one-hour episodes) January 19, 2023 – September 30, 2024

Swedish Series

Among the first international series from Walters Presents on PBS was the Swedish thriller Modus, in 2019. It has two seasons, with the second one co-starring Kim Catrall (Samantha on Sex in the City)!

Sisters, 1968, Season 1

Ambitious reporter Karin and artist Lottie start stirring things up in their new small town. Karin and Lottie see a different future than the old traditions of the town of Ystad. In Swedish with English subtitles.

Binge Sisters, 1968 , January 19 – October 31, 2024.

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More international Walter Presents dramas will continue to arrive on Thursdays and Fridays, through May 4.