Marseille (TV series)

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GenrePolitical drama
Created byDan Franck
Composer(s)Alexandre Desplat[1]
Country of originFrance
Original language(s)French
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Erik Barmack
  • Kelly Luegenbiehl
  • Emmanuel Jacquelin
Producer(s)Pascal Breton
Production company(s)Federation Entertainment
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05) –
February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
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Marseille is a French drama web television series created by Dan Franck starring Gérard Depardieu. The series is the first French language original production for Netflix, which ordered the project to series on July 10, 2015. The eight-episode first season premiered worldwide on Netflix on May 5, 2016.[2][3] A second season was ordered on June 6, 2016.[4] Production for the second season commenced on April 18, 2017.[5] The second season debuted in February 2018.[6] Netflix cancelled the show after 2 seasons.[7]


After 20 years as mayor of Marseille, Robert Taro (Depardieu) enters into a war of succession with his former protégé turned rival Lucas Barres (Benoît Magimel).[8][9] Both men are members of the "UPM" party, based on the centre-right UMP (Union for a Popular Movement).

Cast and English dubbing[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Actor Character Voice actor
Gérard Depardieu Robert Taro Michael McConnohie
Benoît Magimel Lucas Barrès Kyle McCarley
Géraldine Pailhas Rachel Taro Anne Yatco
Nadia Fares Vanessa d'Abrantes Karen Strassman
Stéphane Caillard Julia Taro Cristina Valenzuela

Side characters[edit]

Actor Character Voice actor
Guillaume Arnault Eric Johnny Yong Bosch
Hedi Bouchenafa Farid Kirk Thornton
Nassim Si Ahmed Selim Tony Azzolino
Jean-René Privat Cosini Keith Silverstein
Pascal Elso Pierre Chasseron Dave Mallow
Carolina Jurczak Barbara Cherami Leigh
Eric Savin Pharamond Steve Kramer
Hippolyte Girardot Dr. Osmont Joe Ochman
Lionel Erdogan Alain Costabone Steve Staley


Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"20 Ans (20 Years)"Florent Emilio SiriDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
There is to be an important vote on a regeneration project of the city's waterfront, which will include a casino. Mayor Robert Taro supports the proposal as it will be his legacy to Marseille; he is counting on the support of Lucas Barrès, his ambitious young deputy, who eventually votes to oppose the proposal. A retired judge, who was also going to support the proposal, is approached and assassinated by gangsters. Taro's daughter Julia, a journalist, is trying to investigate life in the banlieues.
22"Homme de Paille (Straw Man)"Florent Emilio SiriDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
Taro is unsure about whether to stand for re-election due to his ill health and declining popularity with voters. His wife, Rachel, learns that she has syringomyelia which will bring an end to her career as a successful classical cellist.
33"Crocodile"Florent Emilio SiriDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
44"Intox (Intox Brainwashing)"Florent Emilio SiriDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
55"Face à Face (Face-off)"Thomas GilouDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
66"Liberté, Egalité, sans Pitié (Liberty, Equality, without Pity)"Thomas GilouDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
77"A voté (Voted)"Thomas GilouDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)
88"La Lutte Finale (The Final Battle)"Thomas GilouDan FranckMay 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Parjure (Perjury)"Florent Emilio SiriTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
With the election thrown into turmoil, Lucas finds himself at the center of a political feeding frenzy. Rachel makes a dramatic public statement.
102"Emprise (Dominance)"Florent Emilio SiriTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
As Lucas adjusts to his new role, the death of a public figure rattles the city. Julia digs for information on a mystery man who's suddenly vanished
113"Conquête (Conquest)"Florent Emilio SiriTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
While Robert fights the stadium sale, Jeanne pressures Lucas to beef up the city's security. Julia's suspicions lead her into dangerous territory.
124"Résistance (Resistance)"Laïla MarrakchiTBAFebruary 3, 2018 (2018-02-03)
Robert forges ahead with Julia's research, Jeanne goes rogue, and Rachel takes a risk to help Tod. Meanwhile, Chahid prepares for his mission.
135"Capitulation (Capitulation)"Laïla MarrakchiTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
As Eric tries to avert a tragedy, Driss makes an unexpected announcement. A crisis leaves Lucas stuck in a difficult -- and vulnerable -- position.
146"Révélation (Revelation)"Laïla MarrakchiTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
Sweeping changes at City Hall inflame tensions across Marseille. Eric tips Rachel off to Julia's ordeal. Jeanne makes an unsettling discovery.
157"Abandon (Abandon)"Florent Emilio SiriTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
As the city again mourns one of its own, Robert vows to track down the culprits. Lucas grapples with Jeanne's news. Eric begins to unravel.
168"Justice (Justice)"Florent Emilio SiriTBAFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
Julia tries a new tactic to recover her memories, Jeanne takes a drastic step to protect her career, and Robert and Lucas plot to save their city.


The show's first season released worldwide on Netflix on May 5, 2016, and the first two episodes have aired on TF1.[10] The second season was released on Netflix on February 23, 2018.

Critical reception[edit]

In France, the series received a mostly negative reaction from the press. Pierre Sérisier, writing for Le Monde, called it an "industrial accident".[11] Télérama gave the series a "red card",[12] while Alain Carrazé on Europe 1 referred to it as something from "the 90s" with "cartoonish and ridiculous dialogue".[13]

However, reception outside France was more positive.[14]


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  2. ^ "Marseille – Le 5 mai sur Netflix". YouTube (in French). Netflix France. 2016-01-17.
  3. ^ "Marseille, la série "made in France" concoctée par Netflix". (in French). 28 August 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
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  5. ^ "Netflix Champions European Entertainment". Netflix Media Center. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
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  7. ^ Faner, Philippe (7 May 2018). "Pourquoi Netflix lâche "Marseille"" [Why Netflix lost "Marseille"]. La Provence (in French). Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Netflix: premier teaser pour la série "Marseille"". L'Express (in French). 18 January 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  9. ^ Tounsi, Chaïma (29 October 2015). "On a visité le tournage de Marseille, première série française de Netflix". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  10. ^ Hopewell, John (19 April 2016). "Netflix, France's TF1 Strike Novel Limited Broadcast Deal on French Original Series 'Marseille'". Variety. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Marseille – Et soudain, c'est le drame". Le Monde Des Séries. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  12. ^ Pierre Langlais (5 May 2016). "Carton rouge pour "Marseille", le premier navet "maison" de Netflix". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  13. ^ ""Marseille", la série de Netflix : "une saga d'été des années 1990 !"". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  14. ^ The Guardian,

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