8.7
778 votes
The Fortress

The Fortress

DR1 2010

Borgen (The Government) is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte Nyborg, who through her idealism and huge effort secures her party a landslide victory and thus faces the biggest challenge of her life: how most effectively to use the newly won seats, and how far she is willing to go in order to gain as much influence as possible. Privately, Birgitte leads a happy family life with her husband and two children. She is a woman with a burning commitment, a big heart and little time. Will she be able to be a successful and professional top politician and stay true to herself at the same time?

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Fortress

The Fortress - S2E6

#1 - Them and Us

8.41

Season 2 - Episode 6

Just as Birgitte's new government is getting back on track after the Green Party's exit, internal strife erupts among coalition partners. This time it's from the right, as Svend Åge Madsen submits a bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years -- an issue that splits the political system. Meanwhile, Laura is recovering from a panic attack, but Birgitte won't admit to herself that her daughter is ill.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Fortress from 145 votes.

The Fortress - S3E10

#2 - The Election

8.38

Season 3 - Episode 10

The day of the election finally arrives. However, politics is not the only thing on Birgitte's mind.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Fortress from 152 votes.

The Fortress - S1E9

#3 - Divide and Rule

8.36

Season 1 - Episode 9

Allegations of corruption in connection with military spending has consequences even for the prime minister's husband, who has accepted a new job.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Fortress from 152 votes.

The Fortress - S2E10

#4 - An Extraordinary Remark

8.29

Season 2 - Episode 10

In the season finale, Birgitte is on a month leave from her post as prime minister to focus on family, and Hans-Christian Thorsen, Labor Party chairman, has positioned himself to be her possible successor. Birgitte is torn about whether or not she will return to work. Meanwhile, as Kasper and Katrine hunt for apartments together, their plan is derailed by an argument about the possibility of having children. Will one of them relent?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Fortress from 146 votes.

The Fortress - S3E9

#5 - Sense and Sensibility

8.23

Season 3 - Episode 9

With the general election nearing, the mudslinging begins. Can Birgitte keep both her integrity and win votes? Can TV1 win viewers with their new election debate format?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Fortress from 142 votes.

The Fortress - S1E10

#6 - First Tuesday in October

8.17

Season 1 - Episode 10

A year after taking office, the prime minister's approval ratings are low, her government is in internal conflict, and her marriage is hanging by a thread. As she prepares for another year in parliament, what can be saved?

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Fortress from 154 votes.

The Fortress - S2E8

#7 - What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (2)

8.15

Season 2 - Episode 8

The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen and Birgitte Nyborg as peace talks draw near between North and South Kharun. Everyone has been working around the clock, and although Kasper is now living with Katrine, they rarely see each other. When Birgitte realizes Denmark is only a small piece in a major international power game, her negotiation skills are put to the test. Can she end the bloody civil war?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Fortress from 130 votes.

The Fortress - S2E9

#8 - The Sanctity of Private Life

8.13

Season 2 - Episode 9

Laura's illness has worsened over the past few months, and Birgitte now feels terrible about failing to recognize it. When Laura's psychiatrist suggests admitting her to a private psychiatric hospital, Birgitte and Phillip immediately agree. This move becomes problematic when Birgitte's own tax reforms force her to pay out of pocket for the hospital cost. At home, Birgitte and Phillip are rediscovering some of their lost love, despite Philip's continued relationship with Cecilie.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Fortress from 147 votes.

The Fortress - S1E7

#9 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

8.11

Season 1 - Episode 7

The discovery of illegal surveillance of a left-wing party brings into question the prime minister's friendship with the party's spokeswoman as well as her faith in her own minister of justice.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Fortress from 166 votes.

The Fortress - S3E8

#10 - If You Never Change Your Mind

8.08

Season 3 - Episode 8

As election day nears, Birgitte comes clean to her party about her recent performance. Meanwhile, unable to make their mark with the opposition's policies, the New Democrats try to highlight the differences between their party and the Moderates. But when Jacob Kruse steals a key policy, a mole is suspected within the party.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Fortress from 132 votes.

The Fortress - S3E2
#11 - The Land is Built on Law
8.07
Season 3 - Episode 2

Birgitte decides to start a new party. At TV1, Torben Friis is under pressure to report less bad news.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Fortress from 149 votes.

The Fortress - S2E2
#12 - In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream
8.07
Season 2 - Episode 2

Birgitte Nyborg must appoint a new EU-commissioner and her old mentor, Sejrø, is the obvious candidate. Seeing it as a ploy to get rid of him, Sejrø refuses Birgitte's offer, which leads to a power play with serious consequences. Meanwhile, Kasper prepares to move in with his girlfriend, Lotte, but is haunted by his history with Katrine. Katrine and Hanne have grown closer, united by daily battles with their boss at Ekspres: Michael Laugesen.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Fortress from 137 votes.

The Fortress - S3E7
#13 - The Fall
8.06
Season 3 - Episode 7

When prime minister Lars Hesselboe calls a general election, he takes everyone by surprise. TV1 swing into action, as do the political parties. However, with Birgitte undergoing daily radiation treatment, she is already struggling to keep up with work. How long can she keep making excuses and keep her illness a secret?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Fortress from 146 votes.

The Fortress - S1E1
#14 - Decency in the Middle
8.05
Season 1 - Episode 1

Three days before an election, party leader Birgitte Nyborg shakes up her campaign by denouncing her closest ally, sensitive information about the prime minister's shopping expenses lands in the wrong hands, and the rising star of the evening news is shaken by an unexpected death.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Fortress from 253 votes.

The Fortress - S2E4
#15 - Battle Ready
8.04
Season 2 - Episode 4

After Bjørn Marrot's exit, Höxenhaven steps in as the new party leader, jumping at the opportunity to exploit the turn of events. When pirates hijack a Danish ship off Somalia's coast, Höxenhaven diverts attention from Birgitte, who badly needs a success story. Meanwhile, compromising photos of Höxenhaven turn up at the Ekspres. Laugesen wants to use them against Höxenhaven, but Katrine is skeptical.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Fortress from 133 votes.

The Fortress - S1E8
#16 - The Silly Season
8.02
Season 1 - Episode 8

While the prime minister tries to take a family vacation, the publication of a tell-all by a former politician puts spin doctor Kasper Juul on the edge.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Fortress from 168 votes.

The Fortress - S1E4
#17 - 100 Days
8.02
Season 1 - Episode 4

The revelation of an American prisoner transport in Greenland causes scandal upon the new government's first one hundred days in office.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Fortress from 185 votes.

The Fortress - S1E5
#18 - Men Who Love Women
8.02
Season 1 - Episode 5

The government's agenda on equal opportunities in corporate business brings pressure from the media as well as the country's most powerful businessman.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Fortress from 178 votes.

The Fortress - S1E2
#19 - Count to 90
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 2

After a successful election, Birgitte Nyborg looks set to become the Denmark's first female prime minister, but allies and opponents do their best to block her way.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Fortress from 205 votes.

The Fortress - S3E4
#20 - Their Loss...
7.98
Season 3 - Episode 4

Birgitte's English boyfriend falls ill after eating pork as the government are trying to relax the rules applying to Danish pig farms. Birgitte argues for protecting citizens, not the industry.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Fortress from 145 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

Comments

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Loved this show ..... wish there were more seasons :-( Highly recommended!

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The acting is just superb! At first I was a bit sceptical about this not being spoken in English, but in the end you realize its just a stupid preconception, 'cause this is tottaly ninja. Highly recommended :)

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Excelente desarrollo de la serie. Esperaba que siguiera. No mereció ese final. Pero valió sin duda la pena.

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Fantastic Series!! Hope a Season 4!!

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Great serie!

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This should be as dull as dirt, but it was anything but. The script is intelligent, the relationships interesting and the drama inviting. Sidse Babett Knudsen Is extremely talented and winsome, playing the central character but it quickly becomes an ensemble piece because of the great performances and well defined characters. I gave it a high 7 (very good) from the start but I found I could hardly wait for the next episode so my final rating is an enthusiast 8 (great). For those curious about the name, Borgen means “the Castle,” a nickname for Christiansborg Palace, which is the house of Denmark’s three powers: Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. Basically, it’s where most of the show’s drama unfolds. [Political Drama] NOTE: Don’t watch this dubbed into English but watch it in Danish with English subtitles. The acting is worthy of not being watered down.

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and WHEN DO MONCLOA,? a good series if you want to see stabs, and get out of American stereotypes stereotypes y CUANDO SACAN MONCLOA,? una buena serie si se quiere ver puñaladas, y salirse de los estereotipos lavacerebros americanos

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A nice series that is a nice change from my too much American and British TV and movies habits. The French doubling is just horrible though, watched one episode from Arte of the second season in French and it was just unbelievable. It's always a nice addition to have some foreign (ie. english) dialogues, especially in the third season though I must admit. I would probaly check out that proposed remake by Americans but I don't think it would be that nice unless they use some of the same actors, after all Knudsen is clearly fluent in english! I'm a bit dissapointed that there wasn't an extra season so that we could see how Birgitte deals with her Foreign Ministry's post, that could have been sweet to see her travel arround the world from the position of a relatively small country.

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Magnificient. Great acting, camera work, story arc, character development. Totally ninja!

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