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10 Exciting Italian TV Shows to Learn and Practice Italian

If you’re learning Italian and would love to relax in front of the TV, you’re in luck because here we’ve listed down ten good Italian TV shows and series for you to watch.

It’s the perfect excuse to take a lazy day and binge-watch some Italian shows. After all, it’s a great way to train your ear to listen to Italian pronunciation as well as learn some new vocabulary!

So time to stretch those legs and take a rest for a while. These Italian TV shows will keep you good company!

1. Rocco Schiavone

First on the list is the highly-rated mystery-crime-drama series Rocco Schiavone. The titular character is a deputy chief of police in Rome who was transferred to Aosta, a remote region in the Alps, for disciplinary reasons.

Cranky, foul-mouthed and prone to do acts that are borderline illegal, he still mourns the loss of his wife who somehow appears in his hallucinations. But there’s one thing he’s really good at--solving crimes!

Rocco Schiavone is based on a series of books by Antonio Manzini.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video (2 seasons)

2. Romanzo criminale – La Serie

Romanzo criminale - La Serie (or Criminal Novel -- the series), was based on the novels of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo, a criminal court judge in Rome and author of bestselling Italian novels.

The story is about a group of criminals who for almost fifteen years dreamed of conquering an uncontrollable Rome. It is inspired by the true story of the Magliana gang.This series quickly achieved cult status in Italy and also received rave reviews outside of Italy.

Available on: Amazon Prime/SKY/NOW TV (2 seasons)

3. Suburra- La Serie

Known in Netflix by its official name, Suburra: Blood on Rome, this series follows a fight over the construction of the tourist port of Rome in the district of Ostia. The conflict involves politicians, members of organized crime, gangs, ordinary people, and even the Church.

Suburra is the first original Italian-language series produced by Netflix.

Available on Netflix (1 season)

4. First Team Juventus

This reality series follows the events on and off the court of renowned football team Juventus in their attempts to win the 7th straight Italian championship title during the 2017-2018 season.

The docuseries features exciting game action while also takes a look at the private affairs of individual team members, starting with Captain Gigi Buffon, coach Massimiliano Allegri and the historic legend Alessandro Del Piero.

Available on Netflix (1 season)

5. Ultimate Beastmaster Italia

You might have heard of the show Ultimate Beastmaster, an American competition-reality show, but did you also know that there’s a dedicated Italian edition? In each episode, you’ll find twelve contestants perform in obstacle courses known as “The Beast”. The winner is crowned the “Beastmaster” and will go forward to the final obstacle course to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

If you’re a fan of this kind of shows, then Ultimate Beastmaster Italia will be a good addition to your must-watch Italian TV shows.

Available on Netflix (1 season)

6. Camera Café

Fancy something that would tickle your funny bone? This Italian sitcom is based on the original French format, Caméra Café.

Set entirely in front of a coffee machine in an office’s common area, each episode tells the funny stories of some employees and managers, both work-related and personal. Each character has a distinct stereotypical role, with the main protagonists played by the comic duo, Paolo and Luca.

Available on Netflix (1 season)

7. Il Clan dei Camorristi

Welcome to Casal di Principe, the 80's underworld kingdom of Antonio Bardellino who after being in the cement business, moves into the booming cocaine market. This series is loosely based on the history of Italy’s Casalesi Clan, one of the most powerful and ruthless criminal organizations in the world.

Available on Amazon Prime Video (1 season)

8. Siffredi Late Night Academy

Ready for some, err,  spicy stuff? This show’s premise makes it NSFW and definitely not for minors! In this reality series, some aspiring porn actors and actresses, directors, and story editors join a boot camp known as the first university of porn. They will follow practical lessons, demonstrations, and advice from adult movie star, and porn director/producer Rocco Siffredi.

Available on Netflix (1 season)

9. 1992

If you’re in the mood for some political drama, this one fits the bill nicely. 1992 marks a major turning point in the history of Italy. It is a controversial period that resulted in the suicide of some Italian political figures.

This series follows six people whose lives are intertwined with the political events fast unfolding in the cities of Rome and Milan.   

Available on SKY/NOW TV (1  season and followed by season 2 called “1993”)

10. Gomorra

Another crime drama on this list, this series which is considered as among the very best TV shows made in Italy,  is about the so called “camorristas” or drug dealers in the Naples suburbs. It centers on the crime organization led by Pietro Savastano and told through the perspective of his right-hand man, Ciro Di Marzio.

Based on the book of the same name, the series is also created and produced by the book’s author, Roberto Saviano.

Available on SKY/NOW TV (3 seasons)

Conclusion

So we have a bunch of crime dramas based on books, mafia-based shows, a comedy, and some reality shows. We’ve pretty much scoured some of the best shows that Italian TV has to offer. We hope you enjoyed reading our selection. Did we miss anything? Feel free to leave a comment!

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