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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (6,173)

Wallander is a Swedish crime drama series that was originally broadcast between 2005 and 2013. The show stars Krister Henriksson as the eponymous Kurt Wallander, a detective with the Ystad police force who investigates a series of murders and other crimes in the surrounding area of Skåne County, Sweden. The show is based on a series of novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell.

Wallander follows the personal and professional life of Kurt Wallander as he tries to solve a range of difficult cases. Throughout the show, Wallander is plagued by existential angst, depression, and anxiety, often struggling to balance his dedication to his job with his own deteriorating mental health. The show explores themes of loneliness, loss, and the struggle to maintain a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Wallander's investigations take him into the darkest corners of Swedish society, as he confronts a range of violent criminals and corrupt officials. The show is known for its gritty, realistic portrayal of crime and its impact on individuals and communities. Unlike many crime dramas, Wallander does not shy away from the ugly realities of violence and the toll it takes on those involved.

The show's supporting cast includes Fredrik Gunnarsson as Wallander's loyal colleague Martinsson, and Mats Bergman as his protégé and eventual replacement, the young detective Isabelle. Together, they work to unravel the complex web of motives and suspects that surround each case. The show features a strong supporting cast of recurring characters, including Wallander's daughter Linda (Johanna Sällström), who also works in law enforcement, and his father Povel (Erland Josephson), who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Wallander is a slow-paced, atmospheric show that focuses more on character development and psychological tension than action-packed crime-solving. The show is shot in a stark, minimalist style that emphasizes the bleak beauty of the Swedish landscape. The show's use of color, light, and shadow is particularly evocative, creating a sense of isolation and foreboding.

Overall, Wallander is a gripping crime drama that combines a deep exploration of character and psychology with an unflinching look at the realities of crime and violence. The show is well-acted, well-written, and deeply immersive, drawing viewers into the world of Kurt Wallander and the challenges he faces as a detective and as a human being. Whether you are a fan of crime dramas or simply enjoy nuanced, character-driven storytelling, Wallander is a show that should not be missed.

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The Secret
13. The Secret
November 10, 2006
A boy's body is discovered in an abandoned barn. Inconsistencies between the crime and the suspects plunge the investigation team into the world of child abuse. The case forces Stefan, Kurt and Linda to deal with personal grief, and their own demons.
The Forger
12. The Forger
November 1, 2006
A young girl witnesses her mother's murder, and a restaurateur is the primary suspect. Wallander and team get help from another detective who's hot on the same man's trail. But his methods are shady and the girl is terrified to reveal what she knows.
The Black King
11. The Black King
October 25, 2006
Linda Wallander's allegiance to the job gets tested when a murder investigation leads her across the path of an old lover. He comes from a time she'd rather forget but her knowledge of him helps her discover the murderer of a beautiful young woman.
The Container Lorry
10. The Container Lorry
July 9, 2006
When the police investigate an abandoned container lorry they find it filled with dead bodies, including those of children. Human trafficking and a ring of suspects emerge as part of a larger puzzle. Wallander finally gets a lead from an unlikely source.
The Castle Ruins
9. The Castle Ruins
September 27, 2006
When an old man lies dead next to his poisoned dogs, the yuppie community in the condo next door breathes a collective sigh of relief. Wallander's investigation uncovers the reasons for their disdain.
The Photographer
8. The Photographer
December 30, 2006
An American tourist is found dead in Ystad. Just before her death she visited a famous photographer, fuelling suspicion of adultery. Wallander takes an interest in the cuckolded husband and suspects there's more to the photographer than meets the eye.
The Tricksters
7. The Tricksters
December 29, 2006
A farmer is apparently kicked to death by a horse, until Wallander uncovers clues suggesting a different scenario, one that involves a woman the farmer had met through the personal ads. Kurt and Linda attempt to bait the killer with their own ad.
6. Mastermind
December 26, 2006
Someone has infiltrated the Ystad police station, effectively shutting it down for several critical hours. At the same time, Kurt Wallander tries to connect the disappearance of a colleague's daughter with a woman found hanged.
The African
5. The African
October 23, 2006
An African man is found dead in a freight car. Most of the evidence points to it being a race crime, but the investigation takes a surprising turn when the murder weapon is connected to one of Kurt's oldest friends, who happens to be running for office.
The Overdose
4. The Overdose
December 22, 2006
A baby screams alone in an abandoned car along a highway. The father is missing, and the mother lies in a catatonic state in a psychiatric hospital. Linda takes the lead on a case that brings her face to face with every parent's worst nightmare.
The Brothers
3. The Brothers
January 20, 2008
A wealthy couple is found murdered at the same time a military exercise is taking place in Ystad. Linda and Stefan find a surprising lead, proving that when it comes to hunting criminals they can hold their own with Kurt Wallander.
The Village Idiot
2. The Village Idiot
January 13, 2008
An intellectually-challenged man walks into a bank wearing a feather in his hair, claiming to have a bomb around his neck. Was he sent by someone? The case plunges Kurt Wallander and his team of investigators into a world of astrology and murder.
Before the Frost
1. Before the Frost
November 5, 2007
A series of bizarre, ghoulish homicides defy explanation, with only a King James Bible left on each crime scene as a clue. Detective Kurt Wallander and his daughter Linda discover what gets lost when belief turns into zeal
  • Premiere Date
    November 5, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (6,173)