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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.6  (6,173)

Wallander is a Swedish crime drama adapted from the novels of Henning Mankell, which aired on BBC America from 2005 to 2013. The show revolves around the character of Kurt Wallander, a grizzled and world-weary detective with the Ystad Police Department, as he investigates a series of gruesome and complex crimes.

Played by Krister Henriksson, Wallander is a middle-aged detective who has seen too much of the darker side of humanity. He is divorced and estranged from his daughter Linda, but finds comfort in the simple pleasures of life, such as cooking and opera. Throughout the series, Wallander faces a number of personal challenges, including existential angst, alcoholism, and the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

The supporting cast includes Nina Zanjani as Linda, Wallander's troubled daughter who works as a police officer in Stockholm, and Mats Bergman as Martinsson, Wallander's loyal but impulsive colleague. Fredrik Gunnarsson plays Nyberg, the department's forensic specialist, while Stina Ekblad takes on the role of Wallander's confidante and therapist Mona.

Each episode of Wallander features a self-contained storyline, often based on one of Mankell's novels, but there are also overarching plotlines that develop over the course of the series. The crimes that Wallander investigates are often gruesome and disturbing, ranging from serial killings to human trafficking to political assassinations. The show is not for the faint of heart, as it includes graphic violence and mature subject matter.

One of the strengths of Wallander is its realism. The show takes a gritty and unflinching look at the realities of police work, showing the toll that violent crime takes on both the victims and the investigators. The crimes are not solved quickly or easily, and Wallander often hits dead ends and makes mistakes along the way. The show is also noteworthy for its portrayal of Swedish society and culture, highlighting issues such as immigration, xenophobia, and the welfare state.

Another standout feature of Wallander is its atmospheric and moody tone. The show is set in the southern Swedish province of Skåne, which provides a grey and foreboding backdrop to the crimes that unfold. The cinematography is stunning, capturing both the beauty and the bleakness of the Swedish landscape. The show also makes use of an evocative musical score, which includes haunting classical pieces and minimalist electronics.

Overall, Wallander is a gripping and thought-provoking crime drama that is not to be missed. With strong performances, compelling storylines, and a rich sense of place, it is a worthy addition to the canon of Scandinavian noir.

Wallander is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on May 10, 2009.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
January 1, 1970
It's Christmas in the town of Ystad. Kurt Wallander struggles against his bad memory, his new disease. He knows that he will soon need to tell his colleagues. His daughter Linda is next to him to cover up his mistakes but she too struggles. Meanwhile, a well-known restaurant owner, Paolo Salino, is being brutally kidnapped. Salino has been under investigation by the Malm
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
January 1, 1970
Kurt Wallander has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It's like a bullet in the head. He wants to hide it from his friends and relatives. Tommy is released from prison after he has served time for arson. As the whole town of Ystad hates Tommy, he gets to live with his sister and her husband. Immediately, Ystad, is burning again and all the evidence points to Tommy. Something Wallander doesn't believe. The inspector suffers more and more from his disease, which leads to even more problems for Tommy, the one he tries to help. Is Tommy guilty or is it the whole village? Finally, Wallander tells his daughter Linda about his disease. She promises him to be there for him until the end.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 1, 1970
Worried, Kurt Wallander asks his doctor about his memory losses. Meanwhile, his grand-daughter Bea is out on a field trip with her day-care centre. They pass by a construction site where Bea spots a human head buried in the ground. The head is separated from the body. The body is the one of a young prostitute from Moldavia. The suspicions point to Tigran Perski, a Russian model scout. Wallander wants to know more about the girl and travels to Moldavia to meet her twin sister and father. There, he finds out that they received a huge sum of money. Why? And from whom? The case takes Wallander into depression, sorrow and adoption questions. He also receives the results from his doctor. A verdict that throws him into an even darker side.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 1, 1970
Amanda, a young student, walks into the police station and reports her mother Julia missing. Amanda and Julia are very close; The fact that Julia doesn't answer the phone is odd, something must have happened. The next day, Julia's burned body is found buried in the sand close to the family's house. Amanda is taken to the hospital, in shock. When Kurt Wallander visits Amanda for questioning, he immediately gets fond of her. Wallander's daughter Linda finds this very peculiar. Erik, Amanda's absent father, shows up and asks for Amanda's forgiveness. Kurt accuses him, both for being a bad father but most of all for the murder of Julia. Kurt Wallander however does not know that Erik is being blackmailed by someone who knows who killed Julia. Erik does everything to cover up the tracks. Who does he protect? Meanwhile, Wallander's close colleague Martinsson notices that Kurt tends to forget more and more of what he's doing, but Linda just laughs it away. Kurt realises that the case is about
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 1, 1970
Ella, an eight-year-old girl, disappears on her way to school. All that is found is a piece of candy and the girl's bicycle hidden in a swamp. Inspector Kurt Wallander, just back from his suspension, takes on the case, eager to get back to work. The first suspects are Ella's parents, who are fighting in court as to whom should be their daughter's legal guardian. The father has also threatened to take Ella to his home country, Chile. When the girl's mother is found dead in a remote cabin, Wallander realises that they are chasing a very desperate and disturbed person. The hunt takes Wallander back in time to an old case with a little girl who was never found. A case where Wallander blamed himself for not finding the girl. He doesn't want that to happen again. When he suddenly finds links between the two cases, he realises that this is far worse than he could imagine. Who has done it? Will Wallander find the girl before it is too late?
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 1, 1970
1982: At the height of the Cold War, a Russian submarine invades the Swedish territorial waters. Present day: A fisherman pulls the dead body of a diver out of the sea. This event sets inspector Kurt Wallander on an investigation with ties to the Cold War State Affairs, involving some of his relatives.
Where to Watch Wallander
Wallander is available for streaming on the BBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Wallander on demand at Max, Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    May 10, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (6,173)