A scene from "Prisoners of War." (Screenshot from YouTube)
A scene from "Prisoners of War." (Screenshot from YouTube)

Two Israeli shows in top 10 of NY Times’ favorite international series of the decade

The Israeli television series that was remade in the United States as “Homeland” took the No. 1 spot on The New York Times list of the 30 best international television shows of the decade.

“Prisoners of War,” or “Hatufim,” was described as “tense but in a quiet, leisurely, realistic style; a taut and intelligent political thriller that was above all a melancholy, at times heartbreaking character study of soldiers and families damaged by war.”

The show began airing in Israel in March 2010 and is available with English subtitles on Hulu. It was remade by Showtime in 2011 as “Homeland.”

The popular Israeli television series “Fauda” also made the list at No. 8. The show focuses on a commando unit of the Israeli Defense Forces whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror attacks. Netflix has aired its first two seasons with English subtitles. The third season, which launched in Israel on Dec. 26,  will be available on Netflix sometime in 2020.

The Israeli series “Our Boys” and “Shtisel” received honorable mentions.

Other international series that made the top 30 include “The Crown,” “Sherlock,” “Killing Eve” and “Fleabag.”

Marcy Oster
Marcy Oster

Israel-based JTA correspondent


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