Best Russian TV Shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime (2020)

Watching popular Russian TV shows is an excellent way to learn about the culture while practicing vocabulary and listening skills. Luckily for us language learners, Netflix and Amazon Prime recently started adding Russian TV series to their streaming lineups.

If you’re an advanced learner, try using Russian subtitles if available as studies show it enhances language learning.

Here are some of the best Russian shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the US as of July 2, 2020. If you’re not in the US, click the title to check if the show is available in your country. Watch them while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.

Best Russian TV Shows on Netflix

1. Silver Spoon (Мажор)

This unique crime drama, beloved in its home country, was the first Russian television show to be acquired by NetflixForced to become an apprentice cop, spoiled rich kid Igor finds he’s got a knack for police work. But his job soon takes him down a dark personal path.

Interesting commentary on the decadent lifestyle of the kids of Russia’s oligarchs as well as the country’s endemic corruption. Мажор is set in Moscow, but the first season was filmed in Kiev. The second season was filmed in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Personal note: I saw star Pavel Priluchnyy filming on the streets of St. Petersburg in 2018, and he is even more handsome in real life! *swoons* 😉

Season 3 has been released on Russian TV but has yet to come to Netflix.

2. Better than Us (Лучше, чем люди)

Better Than Us (2018) Trailer || 🍿 Movie Snacks🍿

This binge-worthy sci-fi epic is Russia’s first Netflix Original. A family on the brink of splitting up become the owners of a cutting-edge robot being sought by a corporation, homicide investigators, and terrorists.

3. The Method (Метод)

Slick serial killer crime show that’s a Russian adaptation of Dexter. This dark psychological thriller follows a brilliant young graduate who is elated when her idol takes her on as a trainee. But his methods are much more disturbing than she imagined…

4. Fartsa (Фарца)

This bright, energetic series suffers from an unfortunate name, but provides a colorful glimpse of Russia in the early ’60s. As four friends grow up, life, love, and the curse of success threaten to derail their dreams.

5. The Road to Calvary (Хождение по мукам)

The Road to Calvary Trailer English subtitles

This epic period drama is based on the novel “Sisters,” the first part of Alexey Tolstoy’s trilogy “The Road to Calvary.” Swept up in political unrest during World War I, two sisters in St. Petersburg cope with turbulent romances as Russian history is made around them.

6. Trotsky (Tроцкий)

Trotsky - MIPCOM 2017 World Premiere Screening trailer

The complex historical figure of Leon Trotsky comes to life in this epic biography depicting the tumultuous life of the Russian revolutionary. The series debuted on Channel One in Russia on November 6, 2017 for the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The show is a rare high-budget artistic representation of Trotsky in post-Soviet Russia, as his name was taboo for most of the Soviet period.

7. Sparta (Sпарта)

Sпарта фильм - Трейлер

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer, but there is not much dialogue

The mysterious death of a teacher who throws herself out of a window at a St. Petersburg school attracts the attention of law enforcement. A local detective interrogates the students of the deceased and learns about the addictive high-stakes video game Sparta, which blurs the line between the real and the virtual world.

Did the teacher commit suicide or was she the victim of a teenaged Sparta player?

8. Locust (Саранча)

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

A torrid affair between a passionate lowborn poet and a wealthy Moscow heiress is engulfed by class difference, criminality and, eventually, murder.

9. Masha and the Bear (Маша и Медведь)

Masha and the Bear - Official Trailer - Netflix [HD]

This internationally popular Russian cartoon is loosely based on the children’s folk tale of the same name. The show follows the adventures of a little girl named Masha and a fatherly bear that always keeps her from disasters.

The simple dialogue is easy to understand, and there are lots of Russian cultural references. Be sure to change the audio (and possibly the subtitles) to Russian.

If you enjoy this adorable animated series, there are two additional spin-off shows on Netflix.

Best Russian TV Series on Amazon Prime

I hope you love my Russian TV show recommendations! Just so you know, I may earn a small fee from purchases made using Amazon links on this page at no extra cost to you.

Amazon Prime Video has an incredible and growing collection of Russian TV series available free to Prime members. Amazon video search by language is pretty terrible, though, so I’ve done the hard work for you.

Amazon Prime is also weak in subtitle options compared to Netflix and usually only offers English.

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Alternatively, try Russian TV producer Star Media’s YouTube channel, which features several of these series.

1. The Red Queen (Красная королева)

Красная королева. Трейлер. The Red Queen. Trailer.

This fascinating Russian drama set in the Cold War era follows the meteoric rise of Regina Zbarskaya from a humble cleaner to the first Soviet supermodel. But who was the Red Queen? Was she queen of the catwalk or a KGB agent seducing foreign diplomats?

2. Gogol (Го́голь)

GOGOL - (TV Series) 2019 HD Trailer | English Subtitles | Thriller

Intense fantasy-horror series based on the work of Ukrainian-Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, often compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

In this dark Gothic tale, Gogol, a law clerk and emerging writer, encounters brilliant detective Yakov Guro. They accidentally discover Gogol has a supernatural gift for communicating with the underworld, and set off to a remote village to investigate a series of murders aided by the writer’s crime-solving visions.

Gogol was born in Ukraine, and the series is based on his short story collection Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, tales of peasant life laced with demonic and fantastical elements from Ukrainian folklore.

The series was originally released as a popular film trilogy in Russia. Filming took place in St. Petersburg and the Pskov region, where the village set of Dikanka was built.

Expect some gore and nudity, especially in the first episode.

3. Ancestral Land (Рідний берег)

Ancestral Land. Trailer. Russian TV Series. Drama. StarMediaEN

An epic historical saga set in the Russian Urals centered on the Morozov family — Aleksey, Stepan, Aliona, and Varvara — two brothers and two sisters.

Miraculously, they all survive the slaughter of World War II, but not without learning some important lessons on the way, including the meaning of true love and how to cope with grief, leading them ultimately to a long-dreamed-of happiness.

4. Detective Anna (Анна – Детективъ)

Сериал Анна-Детективъ трейлер

Note: No English subtitles available for official trailer – watch alternative trailer with English subtitles

Amazon has finally added all episodes of Season 1 of this 19th-century murder mystery about 19-year-old Anna, who unexpectedly discovers that she possesses supernatural powers. The spirits of the dead literally haunt her, begging for help.

Aided by her visions, Anna manages to investigate and solve a number of mysterious crimes that have baffled the police.

The series was filmed in the State History Museum-Reserve Gorky Leninskiye near Moscow, where an entire movie town was constructed with streets, shops, mansions, and a police station.

Also available on YouTube with English subtitles.

5. Run! (Беги!)

Беги! - Трейлер 2016(мини-сериал)

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Update: No longer available on Amazon Prime US, but leaving it in the list because it’s available free on YouTube (no English subtitles).

This action-packed Russian crime thriller reunites co-stars Pavel Priluchnyy and Denis Shvedov from Silver Spoon (Мажор).

Suspenseful storyline with many twists and turns that follows a wrongfully imprisoned computer programmer forced to escape a Siberian penal colony to save his girlfriend and child.

6. The Day After (Выжить После)

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Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Apocalyptic Russian zombie thriller.

A drug company, attempting to create a perfect human race, accidentally releases a deadly virus. People are dying by the thousands.

Meanwhile, 11 strangers wake up locked in a bunker with no memory of how they got there and find themselves responsible for saving mankind.

7. Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great (Екатерина)

Ekaterina, Rise of Catherine The Great | TRAILER [HD] | MagellanTV

Lavish production that traces the sensational rise of one of the most famous women in history, Catherine the Great.

Ekaterina begins her journey as an innocent young German princess who came to Russia to marry Peter III. Once she ascended the throne, this brilliant leader transformed the Russian empire. Spectacular sets and costumes.

Season 2 is available on Prime under its own page here.

8. Sophia (Софи́я)

Sofia (Russian TV Series) - Official Drama TV Trailer | English Subtitles | TV Promos

This historical drama set in 15th-century Russia follows Sophia, the last Byzantine princess, as she moves from Rome to Moscow to marry Czar Ivan III. Destined to become the first influential female figure of the Russian Empire, Sophia overcomes court intrigue and betrayals and helps Ivan consolidate the fragmented country, push Mongolian invaders out, and build the Kremlin.

This lush production does suffer from some factual inaccuracies and is best viewed as historical fiction.

9. Spies (Разведчицы)

SPIES - Trailer /HD/ english subtitles

In World War II, Arina and Zoya are recruited by NKVD to become spies behind enemy lines in Riga, Crimea, Poland, and Germany. Their mission is to infiltrate the Germans by seducing senior military officers. Suspenseful drama with great acting and interesting storytelling.

10. Catherine The Great (Екатерина Bеликая)

Catherine the Great - Official English Trailer (Russia TV Drama Series)

Another popular version of the Catherine story. This sumptuous production was filmed in Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast.

11. Snow and Ashes (Снег и пепел)

Снег и пепел (трейлер телеканала наше HD)

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Suspenseful four-part thriller set in 1942. With the Germans about to mount an attack, there is a dangerous saboteur in the Russian camp. It’s up to a KGB major and his team to expose the Nazi saboteur before it’s too late.

Also available on YouTube.

12. Night Swallows (Ночные Ласточки)

Night Swallows - Trailer

In 1941, Stalin issued a secret order forming the first female aviation unit, the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment. The most highly decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force, each pilot had flown over 1000 missions by the end of the war with 23 pilots awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union.

Similar in theme to Spies, although not quite as well-made.

Also available on YouTube.

13. Rasputin (Григорий Р)

Rasputin (2014) trailer eng sub

Russophiles shouldn’t miss this series about the mad monk Grigoriy Rasputin, who became a hugely influential figure at the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

14. Margarita Nazarova – Queen of the Tigers (Маргарита Назарова)

Трейлер сериала Маргарита Назарова (Первый канал)

Margarita’s life path took her from the hardships of slave labor in Germany during WWII to the world fame of a tiger tamer and actress.

Tells the story of a brave woman called to an unusual profession, with a strong character and formidable talent who still commands respect among circus lovers today.

15. Russian Beauty (Королева красоты)

Королева красоты 2015 - русский трейлер (2015) Сериал фильм мелодрама

This soapy series gets mixed reviews, but many enjoy the Cinderella story of how the beauty of a simple Russian country girl conquered the world.

Katerina Panova became the face of Soviet fashion of the ’60s. Paris and Prague applauded the Russian beauty and the press called her “the national treasure of the USSR,” but at home Soviet reality, envy, intrigue, and tragic love awaited her.

16. Never Let Me Go (Только не Отпускай Меня)

Never Let Me Go. Trailer. Russian TV series. Сriminal Drama. English Subtitles. StarMedia

This four-episode criminal drama follows Natasha, a hard-working nurse who lives a modest existence with her mother. Meanwhile, Lera, the daughter of wealthy parents, lives in another part of the city.

One day, when a desperate Lera is about to jump from her balcony, Natasha saves her life. Fate has thrown our two heroines together, giving them an opportunity to help each other.

Also available on YouTube.

17. Tatiana’s Night (Татьянина ночь)

Татьянина ночь. Сериал. Трейлер. Феникс Кино. Мелодрама

Life seems great for 20-year-old university student Tanya as Moscow prepares to host the 1980 Summer Olympics, until one dark night when everything falls apart.

18. The Attackers (Истребители)

The Attackers - Trailer

Important note: Amazon has accidentally split this series’ two seasons into separate listings, The Attackers (Season 1) and Attackers: The Last Flight (Season 2). Be sure to watch them in order.

World War II buffs will enjoy this series about two young air force pilots who arrive at flight training school only to find themselves going immediately to the frontline. Unfortunately the young pilots fail in their first mission, and are to be tried and executed.

On their way to the place of execution, however, the commander of the attacker wing petitions personally for their release, and our heroes are given one last chance. Now they become attackers and will have to courageously execute the most complex of orders without hesitation or fear for their own lives.

The Attackers (Season 1) and Attackers: The Last Flight (Season 2) also available on YouTube.

19. Once upon a Time in Odessa (Однажды в Одессе)

Once upon a Time in Odessa - Trailer

Russian series about the Jewish mafia set in Odessa, Ukraine during and after the czar. Mishka Yaponchik was a Ukrainian gangster, Jewish revolutionary, and Soviet military leader. Soviet Jewish writer Isaak Babel based his character Benia Krik in The Odessa Tales on this legendary criminal, Odessa’s Robin Hood.

Also available on YouTube.

20. Life and Fate (Жизнь и судьба)

Жизнь и судьба Главная премьера сезона на России 1

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Based on the famous 1960 novel by Vasily Grossman of the same name, once banned in the Soviet Union. Like the novel, the series presents an epic saga of life in the Soviet Union in World War II during the battle of Stalingrad.

Also available on YouTube.

21. The Dawns Here Are Quiet (А зори здесь тихие)

The Dawns Here Are Quiet. Trailer. TV series. StarMediaEN

A 2015 TV series remake of the beloved Soviet film based on Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name.

In late spring of 1942, the Great Patriotic War is in full swing. A long way off from the front line, the Germans make an air landing operation in an attempt to mount a surprise attack on Russian positions. The only thing in their way is the anti-aircraft artillery unit of Corporal Vaskov and five female anti-aircraft gunners.

22. Three Days in the Life of Lt. Kravtsov (Три дня лейтенанта Кравцова)

Три Дня Лейтенанта Кравцова. Трейлер. StarMedia. Военная Драма

When 18-year-old Lt. Kravtsov reports for active duty as a platoon commander, the average survival time for this position is only three days. During this time, he must lead his troops in a hopeless attack. The question is, can he survive these three days?

Also available on YouTube.

23. The Golden Horde (Золотая Орда)

The Golden Horde | 2019 Drama Series | Official English Trailer | Mongol Empire

Fun fictionalized story set at the end of the thirteenth century when Russia was under Tatar-Mongol rule. Grand Prince Yaroslav dreams of uniting the scattered Russian principalities and getting rid of the hated Tataro-Mongols, but his own brother, the disgraced Prince Boris, and his eldest son Vladimir stand in the way.

24. Irredeemables (Неисправимые)

Сериал Неисправимые - смотрите бесплатно украинский сериал 2019 ОНЛАЙН

In this engaging Ukrainian crime drama, Police Colonel Stadnik dreams of repeating the nineteenth-century experiment of legendary French detective Eugène Vidocq, who staffed a plainclothes police force with former criminals.

Once given the chance, Stadnik creates a special investigative unit of convicted felons who use their unique skills to solve baffling cases.

25. Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина)

This newly visioned retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel is set in the late 19th century, centered around the aristocratic Anna Karenina. Watch Anna’s fatal story unfold after falling in love with the dashing Count Vronsky.

26. Peter the Great: The Testament (Пётр Первый. Завещание)

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Another lush Russian historical drama that charts 18th-century czar Peter the Great’s demise, as his ambitions to seize greater power and influence in Europe lead to the threat of warfare.

Based on the novel Evenings with Peter the Great by Daniil Granin.

27. Law of the Lawless (The Brigade) (Бригада)

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This classic crime miniseries from 2002 was highly popular in Russia and the post-Soviet states. The story takes place from 1989 to 2000. It follows the transformation of four childhood friends from Moscow from petty thugs into a powerful gang.

While the series was criticized for glorifying violence and organized crime, it features great acting and an interesting soundtrack including classical music.

28. Love In Chains (Крепостная)

Love in Chains. International Trailer. Eng Subs.

Tragic, engrossing melodrama set in 1850s Ukraine.

Kateryna was raised as a noblewoman, but to the rest of the world she’s a serf, property of the richest landowner in Nizhyn. She falls in love with a nobleman who knows nothing of her origins. The young bondmaid faces terrible trials in her search for freedom and love.

The sadistic abuse endured by the serfs may be too dark and depressing for some.

The story was inspired by popular Brazilian soap A Escrava Isaura.

Season 2 is available for purchase only on Amazon.

If you enjoy this show, also try Life of a Mistress below.

29. Life of a Mistress (Вольная грамота)

Вольная грамота - Трейлер (1 сезон)

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Addictive period drama about Polina, born a lady but who becomes a slave.

After the death of her benefactor, Polina learns she is a serf and will be auctioned along with the other property of the deceased nobleman. The cruel and vicious Count Andrei becomes her new owner.

30. The Sniffer (Нюхач)

The Sniffer (English Subtitles)

Fun Russian-language detective series shot in the Ukraine but set in an unnamed Russian city.

This popular show has been removed from US Netflix, but Season 1 is available for free with ads on Amazon. Seasons 2 and 3 are available ad-free on Prime Video.

An extraordinary sense of smell gives a crime investigator unique insight into solving mysteries, but his gift takes a toll on his personal life.

31. Neophyte (Отличница)

Сериал "Отличница". Исторический детектив. Премьера.

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

Well-acted police procedural set in 1957 Russia. Brilliant young law graduate Maria Krapivina starts working for the Leningrad criminal investigation office. None of her colleagues take her seriously, and Masha is ready to quit.

Suddenly, she discovers a criminal is working undercover in the department. Masha conducts a private investigation to bring them to justice.

Also available with English subtitles on YouTube.

32. Ash (пепел)

ASH (2019 Drama Series) - Official Trailer | Russian Crime TV Show

Compelling drama with excellent acting.

One fateful day, Igor Petrov, the commander of a Red Army unit, is forced to exchange ID papers with a thief known as Ash. The incident leads both men to start their lives completely anew. Within 10 years, one will achieve acts of bravery while the other becomes a violent outlaw leader.

Also available on YouTube (no English subtitles).

Have feedback on these Amazon and Netflix Russian series or more recommendations for Russian TV programs? My best suggestions come from readers! Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Banner image from The Red Queen © FILM.UA

66 Comments on “Best Russian TV Shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime (2020)”

    • Thank you! Amazon Prime is becoming an amazing source for Russian series, even better than Netflix.

  1. Thanks for posting this Ingrid. I’m not learning Russian, but I commonly watch foreign films/TV and Netflix just recommended “Sparta” (aka. “Sпарта” and “S’parta”) to me. It was hard to find relevant search results for reviews/trailers using the English title Netflix assigned it, and your list was the first place I found a trailer for it, so thanks again.

    In the end, I stopped watching 1 minute into the trailer, as by then it was already clear that the show is perfect for me — it seems Netflix judged correctly.


    ~a fellow software developer

    • Hi Corey, so glad it was helpful to you. I try to add value with these lists to help people decide what they want to watch.

      The trailers for these Russian series are often quite hard to find… I have to search the title in Russian and sometimes the cast too. It’s good practice for my Cyrillic. 🙂

      Enjoy your series and do let me know if you have any recommendations! Best, Ingrid

  2. After watching the first episode of Silver Spoon I was hooked. I binged watched both seasons of 1 & 2 over several weekends. Great character development and story lines. Can’t wait to see Season 3 on Netflix.
    Thanks for assembling all these suggestions for my next choice while waiting for Season 3 to begin. I was so engrossed, the subtitles never bothered me!

      • And we’re still waiting! I wrote to Netflix and begged them to put season 3 up. I tried watching it in Russian on the internet without the subtitles but I have to keep stopping it to read and translate. It’s my favorite show right now!! 🙂

  3. Ran into Anna Detective by chance. Really like it and I hope that Amazon will have all the seasons available. I’m surprise all I can understand due to the fact that I know other not all that similar languages that are derived from the same source as Russian. Still need the subtitles, but I managed to get to the point of not needing subtitles for Korean shows, so hoping the same thing will happen eventually with Russian. What is the show about? A take on British late 1800’s and early 1900’s supernatural/detective stories, with a bit of romance thrown in.

      • Unfortunately, from what I’ve read Star Media does not plan to continue the series. 🙁 Disappointed by the cliffhanger ending!

    • My husband and I have both watched all episodes currently available of the Russian TV series “Academia” on Amazon Prime. It is about a Russian investigator who heads up a special investigative team consisting of individuals who use scientific methods to solve crimes. With a little soap opera aspects thrown in; it is a well acted, interesting and fun show to watch. Hopefully, there are more seasons to come.

  4. Hi. This is a great list but some of the links take me to films and series of the same name. I am in the UK if that makes any difference? I really want to watch the red queen but it takes me to a documentary about Mary Queen of Scots. Thanks xxxx

    • Hi Stephanie, thanks for letting me know about that! Unfortunately it looks like the Red Queen isn’t available on Amazon UK, and Amazon is trying to be helpful by directing you to another video with a similar name. Not ideal, I know! Just a thought, but some of my readers do use a VPN to get access to content restricted by geography. All the best, Ingrid

      • Hi another show I loved on amazon prime is the day after Russian series there is currently 3 seasons available. I am hoping there will be a fourth season available soon. If you like sci-fi you’ll love this show.

    • Hi Jael, sounds like a great show. Up til now, Netflix has only acquired Russian series by the production company Sreda, and Amazon Prime seems to mostly feature historical dramas, but hopefully both will continue expanding their catalogs!

    • Jess, unfortunately I can’t find any references to plans for a second season, either in English or Russian.

  5. I have become addicted to Russian movies and television series, primarily the WWII era offerings. They are well done, well acted, and provide me with some Russian history I am unaware of. Reading sub-titles has become second nature now. My favorites to date are “Once Upon a Time in Odessa”, “Spies”, both seasons of “The Attackers”, “Demoted”, “The Tolstoy Defense”, “Night Swallows”…and I guess the list is very long! Thank you Amazon Prime!

    • Thanks so much for the additional recommendations, Terry. I’m overseas right now but will add these when I get back.

    • I’ve added your suggestions, Terry. Since “Demoted” and “The Tolstoy Defense” are movies, I didn’t add them to this list of TV shows, but they look like great recommendations for fans of this genre. Thanks again.

  6. Thank you. I’m half-way through Метод, and have added a lot of the others to my lists. I’m UK, and some, eg Red Queen, don’t show up, but there’s plenty to keep me going. Congratulations on escaping from IT, by the way 🙂

    • So glad the list has been helpful, Kevin! Hopefully Red Queen will become available in the UK soon. Amazon Prime should add a request page for TV shows and movies like Netflix, but unfortunately they lag far behind them in this regard!

  7. Hello! Thanks for this great list… Do you think that any of the series would be appropriate for kids (8 & 6)? My children are spending the summer with their Russian grandparents at the cottage, and I would love them to spend some quality time watching TV in Russian. Thanks again!

    • Hi, it’s a great idea to get them started at such an early age. Definitely check out “Masha and the Bear” and “Kikoriki” in the Netflix list above. Here in the US Netflix has quite a few Russian kids’ cartoons… to see the full list of Russian shows on Netflix, go to this link:

      Just switch the audio to Russian when watching. Note: I recommend skipping the kids’ show Booba since it doesn’t have any dialogue!

  8. I love Anna Detective and have been so hoping it would come back on. What a lovely girl she is and he is so attractive as well. But tonight my heart was broken as The Dog which I adore has lost its content rights just BOOM, yesterday here gone today. Now I will never see the rest of the shows.

    • Oh no! That’s so frustrating. I have seen shows be added back though, so I’ll wait a while before removing it from my list. Fingers crossed it returns.

  9. Anyone know the name of the Russian detective series that was on Amazon Prime last year? The lead detective was Male. His partner was a beautiful, young rookie.

    • Hm… not sure, but maybe another reader will remember. If you watched some of it, you could try checking your Amazon Prime watch history (under Your Account, Prime Video Settings, Activity tab, then Watch History).

    • Thanks for this great recommendation… I’ve added it. Looks like Season 2 was broadcast on TV in Poland and Ukraine late last year. Hopefully, Amazon will release it when English subtitles are complete.

      Update: Season 2 has been added, but unfortunately not yet free on Prime – purchase only right now.

    • I would try searching on Amazon or eBay. If there’s a Russian community where you live, you may be able to find Russian DVDs for sale there.

  10. This is a great list, thanks.
    For me, the main advantage of Netflix is they have the subtitles in Russian as well as English whereas there don’t seem to be any Russian subtitles on Amazon as far as I can see?

    • Hi Greg, that’s right, unfortunately, Amazon Prime is weak in subtitle options compared to Netflix and generally only offers English. Hopefully this will improve in future with the growing popularity of non-English-language media.

  11. Hi I’ve been watching Film.UA’s The Sniffer on Amazon Prime. Great series btw. According to their FB feed last week, season 4 was being ported to Amazon Prime too. Haven’t seen anything on UK version and have tried other nations’ Prime services as well – nothing! Have you got any info please?

    • Hi Rich, as I’m sure you saw, it’s not available yet in the US either. They may have jumped the gun a bit on that announcement. 🙁

  12. Life of a Mistress is the first Russian series I’ve watched. It’s a good show, which is why I’m here, got me interested in some other Russian dramas. Thanks for the list.

  13. Hi Ingrid,
    Just thought I’d leave a word of advice to people looking for Russian TV shows, and that is in my experience, you’ll sometimes be watching a show or series and then almost out of nowhere you’ll be suddenly hit by an episode or scene that is jaw-droppingly disturbing.
    I’m provoked to write this as I’m currently watching the series ‘Fartsa’ on Netflix, which is otherwise an enjoyable, sometimes mildly amusing and fairly mild series. However almost out of nowhere in episode 4 comes one of the most disturbing scenes I’ve ever seen on television. I won’t go into details except that it was way, way over the top and compounded by the female character then behaving in the next scene almost as if the enormity of the previous scene hadn’t happened.
    ‘Method’ is a fairly dark series anyway, but there was one episode about a child killer, which again went way, way over the top and was profoundly disturbing – to the extent that you were concerned for the psychological well-being of the actors involved.
    And ‘Gogol’, the very opening scene stopped me continuing to watch anymore, although I returned to it later and thought the rest of the series was enjoyable, although again, one episode stood out as being very exploitative and disturbing.

    I think it’s worth people being aware of this as they might otherwise be caught unawares.

    best wishes

    • Hi Greg, that’s a really good point and something for more sensitive viewers to keep in mind. I agree that the amount of graphic violence can be disturbing. That first episode of Gogol in particular is especially shocking.

    • Thanks for the update, Steve! I found some more information in Russian: Filming of the second season started March 2020, but was suspended due to the pandemic. Work resumed June 2020.

      The release date of the second season is planned for 2020-2021.

  14. Are there any lighter/comedic type shows you are aware of? I’ve heard of several people learning English from watching “Friends” and was curious if there was something similar in Russian. I’m interested in the language, but only marginally interested in crime dramas and historical series.

    • Hi Jeff, the comedy series The Kitchen is very popular, but unfortunately it’s not available on Amazon in the US right now. You can find it on YouTube though.

  15. Can anyone help me find a Russian TV series which is set in the 1920’s with some great period cars, including a red Jaguar convertible. A detective story with the lead being a middle aged actor. Cossacks are also featured…I’ve lost it and (obviously) can’t remember the title or if I watched it on Amazon Prime or Netflix. I’m in the UK.

    • Hi Mike, I don’t think that series has been on Netflix, at least not here in the US. Hopefully another reader will chime in, but perhaps try checking your Amazon Prime watch history if you haven’t already (under Your Account, Prime Video Settings, Activity tab, then Watch History).

  16. Eureka! Thanks for the advice Ingrid. I found it straight away. Strange that Amazon ‘Chat’ never came up with the Activity Tab’, even after half an hour….The series is called “Black Sun”.

    • Hi Mike, so glad that worked. Sometimes Amazon support is not the best.

      Here’s the link in case some of my other readers want to check it out. It looks like it’s in Serbian, not Russian, but should interest fans of historical dramas.

  17. Ah yes, Serbian. I knew it wasn’t Russian, but had no idea what. It’s excellent in atmosphere, acting, cars and costume.

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