Spiral is a French police procedural, that goes beyond the nitty gritty. Much of the series takes place outside of the offices. But when we do go in the detectives offices are bleak and dirty. Even though the series is filmed in color, it is dark so it seems to be filmed in black and white. The first episode can be the one that makes or breaks the series. In the first series we come to get to know the characters involved. The detectives all have their own stories, and it seems these people all have secrets, and learning about them all brings us closer to the group. We also meet the lawyers, the judges and the official hierarchy of these professions.
Deputy Prosecutor Pierre Clement, played by Gregory Fitoussi, is the first person we meet after we see a mutilated naked body. The head police detective Laure Berthaud played by Caroline Proust, is very professional on duty, but in her private life, quite the opposite. One issue that drove me crazy through the four series I have seen is that Laure has no sense of herself, her hair is always a mess, and she wears clothes right off the floor, and,she is looking for Love in most of the wrong places. The other two main detectives Tintin and Gilou, have such interesting lives you need to see them.
In the first series the main crime is the death of young women, their mutilated bodies found in different places. There are other crimes, and we have a glimpse into the French criminal system and the corruption inherent. How these characters react to these situations is the stuff that makes this series so worthwhile.
Recommended. prisrob 10-12-17