The United States may be home to the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it doesn't have the market cornered on producing great pictures. In recent years, streaming services have diversified their offerings by adding a host of international films and television series and demonstrating some excellent work being produced in countries all over the world.
China and Pakistan are known for their dramas, while no one does whodunits like the U.K. Turkey's dizi (technically longform soap operas) are so stunningly popular, they helped the country become second only to the U.S. in terms of television distribution in 2019. Other countries are also exporting more TV, with the United States recently becoming a key market for foreign-language shows. Streaming services, in particular, have added a number of international series, from smash hits like “Narcos” to more quiet releases like “Dark” and “The Returned,” to their platforms.
In celebration of the increased diversity of the small screen, Stacker identified the #1 rated TV show on IMDb in 25 different countries and listed them in order of country name. Voting thresholds for each country are relative to the data available for TV shows in that country.
Keep reading on to discover some of the best international shows out there, from Argentina’s “Pretenders” to Yugoslavia’s “Top lista nadrealista.”
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