Danish crime drama series which follows the police investigation of one specific case, day by day, with each hour-long episode covering 24 hours of the investigation: The brutal murder of a young girl launches an extended police investigation. Detective Sarah Lund is supposed to leave for a new life in Sweden, but can't bring herself to leave the case behind. The girl's parents and friends struggle to cope with their loss. Troels Hartmann is campaigning to be mayor of Copenhagen, but struggles when links are revealed between city hall and the murder. Over a time span of twenty days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.
A great who-dunnit crime-drama! From the first episode until the very end of season 1 I was intrigued by the murder case of an ordinary young girl. Who killed Nanna Birk Larssen? It twists and turns at every episode, everyone is a suspect and paranoia is everywhere.
But the best thing about this show is that it shows the social impact of a murder on ordinary people. Are the parents sad, angry or in an emotional void, can cops leave their work behind when they get home, can (wrongfully accused) suspects continue their normal lives, how many lives get ruined because of one murder?
This is probably the most 'real' crime-solving show I have ever seen. Sure, it has its flaws and the ending is not as spectacular as I would have wanted it, but at the end of each and every one of the 20 episodes I have been wanting more and more and more. Finally something non-American that is great to watch!