Considered one of Denmark’s most popular TV dramas, it has been streamed in over 100 countries since it first came in 2011.
Scandinavian crime dramas have been a major draw for audiences across the world for a while now. Written from the perspective of the police investigating horrifying crimes, the narratives tend to be dark, while the protagonists deal with their own personal demons. If you were to do an internet search for the best Nordic noir, it is highly likely that the first title that pops up is Bron/Broen, also called The Bridge.
The show, which ran for four seasons between 2011 and 2018 has Sofia Helin in the lead as Saga Noren, a member of the Malmö County Police Department, who is suggested to have Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes her a brilliant cop, but totally inept with social norms and etiquette. She also struggles with the death of her younger sister, who committed suicide while under her care, after years of suffering under their mother, as a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Every season revolves around an investigation necessitating Danish and Swedish cops to work together, kicking off with the first, in which a body is found bang in the middle of the Oresund Bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden, with half jutting into one country and the rest into the other.
Kim Bodnia, who has been doing a lot of Hollywood work, like Killing Eve and The Witcher, among many others, was part of two seasons of Bron/Broen, as Saga’s counterpart from Copenhagen. For the latter two seasons, Thure Lindhardt stepped in as Henrik Sabroe, a cop with an addiction issue, which is a fallout of his wife and kids going missing. The show was remade several times, as The Tunnel (UK-France), The Bridge (USA-Mexico; Estonia-Russia; Malayasia-Singapore), Der Pass (Germany-Austria) and Gefyra (Greece-Turkey).
If Bron/Broen has been on your must-watch list and haven’t gotten around to catching it yet, well, all four seasons are now available to stream in India on Amazon Prime Video.