Borgen

Borgen

Season 1

DVD - 2013 | Danish
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Borgen explores the insular world of high-stakes Danish politics and the press corps that covers it in instantaneous, relentless news cycles. Birgitte Nyborg, the idealistic head of the moderate party, becomes prime minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to quickly learn the ways of power. She's an altruistic public servant in an old boys' club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life while serving as Denmark's first female prime minister. The rigors of public life and journalism may attract some of Denmark's finest, but they also exact a high price from all those who participate in an open democracy.--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : MHZ Networks Home Entertainment, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: DVD SERIES BORGE
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 606 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby Digital 2.0
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Notes: Originally broadcast as single episodes of a television program in 2011

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JLMason
Mar 17, 2017

Having watched another Scandinavian series - The Bridge - and now this one, I think they are distinguished by how genuine and real the characters are written and portrayed. There is no sensationalism, just people living their lives. Borgen shows a civilized version of how politics is played, including how much time must go into managing a coalition government where compromise means finding the best position for your party among all those jockeying for power while still trying to maintain your principles. In parallel, there are similar comprises being made by the media who balance ratings with freedom of the press. There are very poignant moments especially in later episodes in the toll politics takes on private lives and idealism.

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dprodrig
Aug 22, 2016

I'll admit, I picked this up in a very cynical frame of mind, thinking ugh, likely over-rated. Well, I got sucked down the Borgen rabbit hole and had my mind completely and utterly shifted. Cannot wait to watch the next season.

TSCPL_MegP May 25, 2016

This was the first foreign tv show I ever watched, and it opened me to a literal world of high quality television. Three seasons of great story, great characters, great production, and great acting. Birgitte Nyborg is my Statsminister!

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biny
Apr 13, 2016

Brilliant.

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mcglass
Jan 24, 2016

The thing about this show that I like is the way the lead character, ( the Prime MInister) reaches into her desk and takes a breath mint. Its a small thing I know, but after the cynical 'House of Cards' which I refused to watch, Borgen lets me see behind the scenes and into places of power with my truly human eyes and sensibilities. All with just a breath mint*

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coasting
Dec 31, 2015

The first episode took a bit of getting into as Swedish politics seem very complex. We perservered and now can't wait for the second season. The subtitles went by very fast but are quite adequate to keep you up to date with the story. Very well acted and the characters seem very plausible. The driving force in the Swedish parliament seems to be COMPROMISE. An interesting and intelligent series, I would like to see more like this. Are we going to get to see season three of "Intelligence"? It's around somewhere. Please. (Did anyone notice that Birgitte's black eye changed from left to right in one sequence? )

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StopHarperNow
Sep 08, 2015

I love Borgen. It's better than House of Cards and has none of the sometimes gratuitous violence. Five stars.

Kamreads Aug 05, 2015

Fantastic. First couple of episodes I thought a bit monotonous – just policy and policy. Then by the fourth I was totally hooked, and there's a lot of subtlety. Really great stuff.

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daysleeper236
Aug 03, 2015

A superb political drama. Better than House of Cards. Highly recommended.

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BertBailey
May 27, 2015

As someone said in connection with Season 3 of this series (I'm just about done with 2), this is the gold standard for TV political series. House of Cards may have slicker drama, higher stakes and far more political malice per square inch, but this is far better TV viewing. There's plenty of serious political intrigue--and I mean they deal with serious political controversies, such as US torture, that HouseOfC would fear to touch--as well as some family fiascos resulting from career over-absorption, but the twists in plot are always plausible and only very seldom flawed. (in Season 1 it's suggested that the PM-to-be is not married, and by Season 2 the D-word surfaces, implausibly). Also, every so often you notice that the subtitling, on which I depend 100%, could have been more finely-honed.
Excellent TV fare.

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