Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.


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Series cast summary:
Sofie Gråbøl ...  Sarah Lund 40 episodes, 2007-2012
Morten Suurballe ...  Lennart Brix 30 episodes, 2007-2012
Lars Mikkelsen ...  Troels Hartmann 20 episodes, 2007
Bjarne Henriksen ...  Theis Birk Larsen 20 episodes, 2007
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ...  Pernille Birk Larsen 20 episodes, 2007
Marie Askehave ...  Rie Skovgaard 20 episodes, 2007
Anne Marie Helger ...  Vibeke Lund 19 episodes, 2007-2012
Michael Moritzen Michael Moritzen ...  Morten Weber / ... 19 episodes, 2007
Søren Malling ...  Jan Meyer 18 episodes, 2007
Nicolaj Kopernikus ...  Vagn / ... 17 episodes, 2007
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ...  Poul Bremer / ... 15 episodes, 2007
Jonas Leth Hansen Jonas Leth Hansen ...  Emil Birk Larsen 17 episodes, 2007
Kasper Leth Hansen Kasper Leth Hansen ...  Anton / ... 17 episodes, 2007


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. Two more seasons follow about a series of killings of soldiers and the abduction of an industrial magnate's daughter. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Original Danish title: Forbrydelsen. See more »


Referenced in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Nikolaj Lie Kaas (2012) See more »

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EXTRAORDINARY - TV writing at its most superior
28 February 2011 | by suzie-miller3See all my reviews

This is the most incredible series - i am on ep 13 awaiting the rest, but the script is sensational. So clever and completely absorbing. The direction and acting is also sublime, as is the art direction. I don't believe you will get better TV than this series. I have watched so many box kits of Sopranos, Dexter, In Treatment, Mad Men etc.. yet this series tops them all. I am overwhelmed by the quality and as someone who works in theatre and film i can highly recommend this to anyone who just wants to see how it is done best!

The way the series covers both the police investigation and the victim's family's turmoil is unique in crime dramas, the nature of grief and its effects on families, the emerging information in its many guises, ie things the family discover that were kept secret, and the slow and intelligent police case, coupled with subtle insights into all of the relationships. A show that never falls into cliché or stereotypes, and is shot with such beautiful lighting and moodiness that it is visually arresting. You are completely taken on a journey, cannot live in the real world while this world unfolds, and i dare you to watch one ep and not watch another - i think that would be virtually impossible.

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12 August 2021 (USA) See more »

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Forbrydelsen See more »

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