A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across Spiral (aka Engrenages), a dark and unsettling French crime drama set in Paris. Spiral is about the most compelling drama currently on TV. There’s nothing cliche about SpiralThe plots and characters are well drawn with surprises at every twist and turn, and there are plenty of cliff hangers to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

I was hooked from the very first episode of the series, which opens with a view of a horribly mutilated female corpse. Yes, the murders are hideous and gruesome, but they have a point (and most scenes are not gory). I love the clever writing, and the story lines are pure genius. 

It’s also fascinating to see how the French legal system works. The interactions of the police, the prosecutor, and judge are quite different from the American and British systems. For one thing, the Judge is an integral part of the investigation.
In case you were wondering, Engrenages means “cogs” or “gears,” but it also has a figurative meaning as in a spiral of violence. Spiral is available on Netflix streaming.