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Catch These Foreign-Language TV Hits

These 3 shows let you globe-trot using only your remote control

Mimosa Willamo in "Lola Upside Down"
Mimosa Willamo in Lola Upside Down .
Långfilm Productions

Several foreign TV hits, from Israel’s political thriller Fauda to Spain’s period mystery Gran Hotel, have caught Americans’ fancy for international intrigue in exotic locales. Below are new shows guaranteed to entertain and take you to distant lands. Trust us, the subtitles are worth reading.

Lola Upside Down

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(Finland, streaming on MHz Choice)

Fans of more ominous hits, such as Twin Peaks and Fargo, will be drawn to this whodunit’s location: picture-perfect Finland. Someone’s been murdered, and diary pages found in a toy doll named Lola hold the key to the crime. Along the way, colorful townsfolk — from a female pastor to dads in midlife crisis — will remind you of the old fave Picket Fences.

" Dogs of Berlin ", SYRREAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbH,  201806.03.2018    SD 52scene 06-55Einsatzzentrale Rote Karte/ BesprechungGrosses Treffen im Polizeirevier nach dem Anschlag.KURT GRIMMER (cast_Felix Kramer)EROL BIRKAN (cast_Fahri Yardim)SVENJA PETROVIC (cast_Alina Stiegler)ROBERT FUCHT (cast_Constantin v. Jascheroff)GESINE KRAMER (cast_Anne Müller)WACHTMEISTER (cast_Hauke Diekamp)HANS KUSCHA (cast_Antonio Wannek)TOM KRIFTEL (cast_Jan Bülow)LARS NIEDERMANN (cast_Aram Tafreshian)BRUNO PRZYBYLLA (cast_Niels Bruno Schmidt)Foto: Stefan Erhard
German-language show Dogs of Berlin , airing on Netflix, is a mix of crime and comedy.
Stefan Erhard/Netflix

Dogs of Berlin

(Germany, streaming on Netflix)

Attention, NCIS fans. Care for a gritty, and sometimes funny, buddy-cop tale on the order of Lethal Weapon? Then grab some beer steins — we’re off to Deutschland! Here, bickering and roguish police detectives reluctantly team up to solve a soccer star’s murder. There’s an adorable pooch involved, but it’s the political intrigue and corruption that will give you a taste of home.

FALSE FLAG - "Episode 1" - Episode 1 - Russian Intelligence uncovers security footage showing five Israelis kidnapping the Iranian Defense Minister during a secret visit to Moscow. The five Israeli citizens seem innocent but it quickly turns out that each has something to hide. Although Russia blames the Mossad for the kidnapping, apparently Israel is not involved. At the end of the episode, four of the five are arrested by the Shin Bet. Sean Tilson, the fifth suspect, is en route from India to Israel and is supposed to be arrested upon landing. Ben "Benny" Rephael (Ishai Golan), shown. (Photo by: Keshet)
Ishai Golan in False Flag , which airs on Hulu, after a successful run on Israeli TV
Keshet/Hulu

False Flag

(Israel, streaming on Hulu)

Did you know that the hit show Homeland was based on an Israeli show called Prisoners of War? For similar conspiratorial thrills, get lost in this latest Israeli-made chess game. A kindergarten teacher and four others find themselves accused of kidnapping — and maybe killing — a diplomat in Russia! Until Season 2 arrives in 2019, check out the debut season.