245 votes


Canal+ 2005

This gritty crime drama set in the dark underbelly of Paris follows police officers and lawyers as they investigate and prosecute crimes. Throw any romantic notion of Paris out the window. Crime is dark. The legal system is darker. This is Spiral.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Spiral

Spiral - S5E12

#1 - Episode 12 (Season 5 - Episode 12)

Roban can't stand to see Tarek Ziani elude his charges and tries to bring him down using the Crime Unit's investigation into a luxury vehicle racket.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 49 votes.

Spiral - S8E10

#2 - Episode 10 (Season 8 - Episode 10)

The episode was rated 8.10 from 10 votes.

Spiral - S5E10

#3 - Episode 10 (Season 5 - Episode 10)

The investigation picks up when police find a fingerprint amongst Gabbai's belongings which links to the crime scene of the double murder.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 42 votes.

Spiral - S8E7

#4 - Episode 7 (Season 8 - Episode 7)

The episode was rated 7.92 from 12 votes.

Spiral - S5E9

#5 - Episode 9 (Season 5 - Episode 9)

Gilou is taken into custody, as his team looks on in dismay. Joséphine defends Tarek Ziani and engages in a power struggle with Roban.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 45 votes.

Spiral - S4E12

#6 - Episode 12 (Season 4 - Episode 12)

The net draws in around Riffaut and his gang, but in-fighting within the police means that very dangerous loose ends remain on the streets of Paris.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 37 votes.

Spiral - S5E11

#7 - Episode 11 (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Following the attack on Kimberley, the noose tightens around the criminal activities of Karen's girl gang. But as the police close in, they strike again.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 44 votes.

Spiral - S5E7

#8 - Episode 7 (Season 5 - Episode 7)

The police investigation into the double murder has uncovered a link between Sandrine Jaulin and Zacharie Gabbai's criminal gang.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 44 votes.

Spiral - S3E12

#9 - Episode 12 (Season 3 - Episode 12)

The police finally close in on Niko's prostitution ring, but the killer evades custody leaving Laure in a race to get to him first. Judge Roban discovers that the moral high ground comes at a price, while Pierre finds Josephine has made a deal with Szabo to save him.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 33 votes.

Spiral - S2E8

#10 - Episode 8 (Season 2 - Episode 8)

Samy tries to allay the suspicions of the Larbi brothers as the operation reaches its conclusion while Karlsson continues to walk a fine line. Last in the series.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 37 votes.

Spiral - S8E8
#11 - Episode 8
Season 8 - Episode 8

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Spiral - S5E6
#12 - Episode 6
Season 5 - Episode 6

While pursuing the raiders, police come across new evidence which could potentially shift the focus of the double murder investigation.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.
Spiral - S5E1
#13 - Episode 1
Season 5 - Episode 1

Laure Berthaud leads an investigation into a shocking double murder, while Josephine Karlsson takes on the case of a man accused of killing a policeman.

The episode was rated from 49 votes.
Spiral - S3E7
#14 - Episode 7
Season 3 - Episode 7

Laure continues to protest that the serial killer is still at large, despite the evidence and opposition from her team. Meanwhile, Clement defends a young offender with a troubled past and Judge Roban ploughs on with his corruption inquiry - sparing no one in the process.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.
Spiral - S5E8
#15 - Episode 8
Season 5 - Episode 8

The operation to capture Zacharie Gabbai has failed and he is now on the run. Carole Mendy requests Roban's help in a case of violent abuse.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.
Spiral - S3E10
#16 - Episode 10
Season 3 - Episode 10

Former public prosecutor Pierre Clement finds himself on the wrong side of the law and turns for help to the most unscrupulous lawyer he knows. Police tighten their surveillance on Niko's prostitution ring as the killer prepares to strike again, while Judge Roban discovers hard evidence to support his inquiry into municipal corruption.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Spiral - S3E11
#17 - Episode 11
Season 3 - Episode 11

Police strive to pinpoint the connection between the elusive leader of Niko's prostitution ring and the killer. Tension mounts between Laure and Gilou as he prepares to the leave the team and Judge Roban uncovers proof of Arnaud's betrayal and his reaction is unforgiving.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Spiral - S7E12
#18 - Episode 12
Season 7 - Episode 12

As police close in, Cann plans to make a run for it. But first, he reaches out to Edelman, asking for his help. Josephine intervenes in the investigation but is not immediately trusted. Meanwhile, Laure and Gilou still have not been cleared of wrongdoing by Internal Affairs.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.
Spiral - S5E5
#19 - Episode 5
Season 5 - Episode 5

Herville strives to endear himself to the police commissioner. Laure's team hires an informant who was already on the payroll of Bremont's crime unit.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
Spiral - S5E4
#20 - Episode 4
Season 5 - Episode 4

New evidence emerges which proves damning for Jaulin. Herville presses on his team to nail the mugging ring. Josephine Karlsson comes up against an infamous, amoral lawyer in court.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.

Last updated: oct 16, 2021



Don't care for crime-of-the-week series, I prefer continuing story arcs with some sort of resolution at the end of a season. Swedish and British productions have typically been favorites. Initially I thought this one was one of the of-the-week varieties -- couldn't have been more wrong. Midway through episode 2 the "Spiral" title made sense. Don't make the same mistake I did and start watching this in the evening -- it's very difficult not to watch all the episodes. Very well done :-)


All TV shows should be this good.


I love Spiral but they leave loose ends all over the place. What happened to Niko or The Shark in Season 3? I'm just starting Season 4 so maybe those questions will be answered.


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