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Marco Ruiz is a homicide investigator for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico living in Ciudad Juárez.A family man, Marco is one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is out-gunned by the powerful drug cartels.Recommended for: Fans of Britain's , which is also on Netflix. Where to find it: Netflix has two seasons of the Swedish . Originally titled , airs its PBS finale Sunday ( p.m., WHYY12). Smarter than that sounds, particularly about an American's reaction to a social welfare system very different from our own. It aired here on NBC, which canceled it four episodes into its second season. Mille Dinesen stars as a schoolteacher and single mother who doesn't play by the rules in a Danish dramedy.

Ellen Gray is the television critic for the Daily News and the Inquirer, and has written about TV since 1994. What we don't get in a remake are the differences in the way societies view everything from marriage to murder. No one's more critical of shows about journalism than journalists, but this Danish show about a newspaper crime reporter named Dicte Svendsen (Iben Hjejle) gets a lot right.

Her mind will go blank if you ask her to name her favorite show, because she has so many, but she would love to hear about yours. Even armchair travel makes me see the world from another angle. Dicte, a divorced single mother, is more Nancy Drew than most news people I know. British-made, filmed in Iceland, and set in a fictional community in Arctic Norway called Fortitude, this eerie mystery runs hot and very, very cold. I'm only halfway through this four-episode Icelandic mystery, but the strange, potentially deadly landscape of its title fascinates me.

The premise of the American version HAD me really excited.

The fact that they tried to copy exactly the Danish version was a complete disaster. I don't doubt she has talent but they should have allowed for her to play the role in her own way instead of copying an unforgettable role that was already done (and done well). Demian Bichir is the only redeeming quality in this show and might be the only reason I continue to watch.

See more » While in the original TV series Sofia Helin gives an outstanding, sometimes funny, always compelling portrait of a police detective challenged with Asperger syndrome, her US counterpart takes out most of the fun by making her personality quite unbelievable. His complex character of the Danish Cop in personal troubles becomes the caricature of Latino clichés similar to the perception the US has about their southern neighbor as a whole.

The crisp design of this former superb Scandinavian TV series turns into a the the kind of blunt, boring, mediocre, dark mash of cop series that swamp TV sets world wide.

The female lead in the Danish version is extremely hard to pull off, so they shouldn't have even tried.

I'm seriously saddened since I had high hopes for this show.

If you have the possibility, see the superb original to appreciate what TV can do.

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Looking for something from a cooler climate to help you through the latest heat wave? But the pressure to do more, more, more, with less, less, less? Hjejle's Dicte channels many great reporters, the kind who drive their editors - and the people they cover - crazy, and without whom we'd know far less about the world we live in. In the first season, Stanley Tucci () plays a London police inspector whose arrival coincides with the discovery of a murder. Are the people more or less dangerous than the polar bears? The scenery is spectacular, the storytelling stomach-churning. More familiar is the Reykjavik police detective played by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson who's sent to a remote area to help investigate what's at first thought to be a suicide. I'm a fan of Kenneth Branagh's take on Kurt Wallander, but I can't argue with purists who insist Swedish actor Krister Henriksson is closer to the late novelist Henning Mankell's vision of his dour detective.