After her husband is assassinated, housewife Carmen reluctantly has to take charge of the criminal business of her family.
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Series cast summary:
Monic Hendrickx ...  Carmen van Walraven-de Rue 48 episodes, 2010-2017
Sigrid ten Napel Sigrid ten Napel ...  Natalie van Walraven 48 episodes, 2010-2017
Stijn Taverne Stijn Taverne ...  Boris van Walraven 48 episodes, 2010-2017
Niels Gomperts ...  Lucien van Walraven 47 episodes, 2010-2017
Olga Zuiderhoek Olga Zuiderhoek ...  Fiep Homoet 46 episodes, 2010-2017
Loek Peters ...  Berry Reitens 46 episodes, 2010-2017
Raymond Thiry ...  Nicolaas Luther 43 episodes, 2010-2017
Hajo Bruins Hajo Bruins ...  Jim Leeflang 43 episodes, 2010-2017
Medina Schuurman Medina Schuurman ...  Sandrina Breusink-Ritchie 34 episodes, 2010-2017
Gijs Naber ...  Lucas 'Storm' Albema 30 episodes, 2013-2017
Jacqueline Blom Jacqueline Blom ...  Justine de Heer 26 episodes, 2012-2015
Marcel Musters Marcel Musters ...  Simon Zwart 25 episodes, 2012-2015
Eric Corton Eric Corton ...  John de Weerdt 22 episodes, 2012-2015
Joost Koning Joost Koning ...  Koen de Weerdt 21 episodes, 2012-2015


After her husband is assassinated, housewife Carmen reluctantly has to take charge of the criminal business of her family.

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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

12 September 2010 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Widow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Been adapted into the US TV series Red Widow (2013) as well as the Swedish TV series Gåsmamman (2015). See more »


Referenced in RTL Late Night: Episode #1.25 (2013) See more »

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It can't get much better than this...
11 March 2013 | by PGMHeutsSee all my reviews

Penoza means underworld (also crime scene as in 'the criminal world', not 'the place where a crime took place'). It's a superb Dutch series with incredible acting, a great storyline and an incredible cast. At the beginning of the first season, it soon became very obvious that Penoza was not an average series but one that had much more to offer. The series gained a lot of fans and critical acclaim all over. As a result of this, a second season was produced. The second season - of course - continues where the first one stopped and takes the viewer even deeper in the world of the leading character Carmen and her family and friends and all they experience when she unwillingly becomes more and more involved in the world of crime. I have to admit that the second season is even better than the first one. I'm very happy too, that a third season is being produced right now. This is very high quality stuff. Fact: the American TV Network ABC has produced the series Red Widow, based upon Penoza. The first few episodes have been broadcast only a couple of days ago. Even though I haven't seen Red Widow yet, usually nothing beats the original (even though for some people the fact of a series being subtitled keeps them from watching it). A real pity, as there are many non-English-language series out there, that are just too good to be missed (like the Danish series The Killing, The Bridge and another fantastic Dutch series called Overspel, the Dutch word for adultery). If you get a chance to watch this, do so!

After watching season 3 of Penoza, I increase my rating from 9 to 10. This season is even better than the first two, believe it or not. Amazing!

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