Borgen: Season 1 (2010)

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Borgen

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Borgen refreshingly couples an empowering feminist narrative with a clear-eyed view of political machinations -- culminating in a sterling standard bearer for Danish drama.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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Air date: Sep 26, 2010

A surprise victory for Denmark's first female prime minister throws her into dilemmas that push her to make tough compromises at home and at work.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2010

Denmark's first female prime minister tries to bring together a divided parliament and form a new government.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2010

Birgitte Nyborg is forced to re-open the budget negotiations and sign off on the annual state budget before the Christmas holidays.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2010

Karen Fonsmark is contacted by an anonymous source in the Defence Intelligence Service and is offered the greatest journalistic scoop of her career.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2010

Birgitte and her Minister of Economic Affairs introduce a historic bill which will obligate the boards of Danish companies to have 50 women members.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

The president of the former Soviet state Turgisia makes a visit to Denmark to take over the chairmanship of the International Organisation for Security, Democracy and Development.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

When surveillance equipment is found in the offices of an extreme left-wing political party, it looks like the work of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service; illegal monitoring of a legal political party is a serious offense, and it quickly becomes clear that Birgitte and Minister of Justice Hoxenhaven have very different opinions of the case and its consequences.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2010

Kasper Juul worries when Michael Laugesen's new book release promises to reveal everything from his time in politics.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2010

Minister of Defense Hans Christian Thorsen announces that Denmark has chosen the F-26 Defender as its future solution.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2010

Birgitte Nyborg's government faces a severe test shortly before the annual opening of parliament.

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Cast & Crew

Sidse Babett Knudsen
Birgitte Nyborg

Actor
Peter Mygind
Michael Laugesen

Actor
Lars Knutzon
Bent Sejerø

Actor
Mikael Birkkjær
Phillip Christensen

Actor
Pilou Asbæk
Kasper Juul

Actor
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Katrine Fønsmark

Actor
Dar Salim
Amir Diwan

Actor
Lars Brygmann
Troels Höxenhaven

Actor
Søren Spanning
Lars Hesselboe

Actor
Iben Dorner
Sanne

Actor
Morten Kirkskov
Niels Erik Lund

Actor
Ole Thestrup
Svend Åge Saltum

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Jannie Faurschou
Yvonne Kjær

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Benedikte Hansen
Hanne Holm

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Thomas Levin
Ulrik Mørch

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Søren Malling
Torben Friis

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Flemming Sørensen
Bjørn Marrott

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Ida Dwinger
Lisbeth Hesselboe

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Lisbeth Wulff
Pia Munk

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Critic Reviews for Borgen: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Borgen: Season 1

  • Mar 31, 2021
    The show never gets old. The writing is supremely clever and the characters developed. Unlike many shows the drama stays consistent without loosing focus and becoming overly dramatic. It's simply one of the best written and performed shows on television.
  • Nov 29, 2020
    Exceptional, despite the subtitles.
  • Nov 06, 2020
    From what I have seen, good in underlining some of the problems of modern societies, not so much in pointing to the solutions.
  • Jul 12, 2016
    After 2 episodes, I decided that it is good but not captivating.
  • Mar 02, 2015
    Amazing look behind the scenes of politics and media.
  • Feb 25, 2015
    Borgen is a political drama about a female party leader Birgette Nyborg who becomes Denmark's prime minister. This show is quite different from top political tv shows like House of cards and VEEP. I love VEEP and HOC, but both of them give a very cynical view of political players. Politicians in Borgen are not just power hungry individuals who just want to grab more power. They push policies for the good of the Danes and according to their party's ideologies. Birgette Nyborg is a principled politician with shrewd political craftsmanship. She is an idealist and tries to hold on to her ethical value as long as she can. Borgen brilliantly captures the alienation at the top and the personal cost of power. Politics is one part of the script, personal life of prime minister is another. Focus on personal issues adds another layer to the brilliant drama. In HOC power corrupts and corrupts, in Borgen power isolates and isolates. Underwoods don’t have children, so they don’t have much to worry about their family. Birgette has a family with young children. But finding time for family when you are running a country is difficult. Slowly idealist Birgette not only gets isolated in the parliament, but in her home too. A situation perfectly summed up by her friend and close aide Bent Serjo : "It’s a terrible contradiction. In parliament we fight for the modern family where both parents work. But for a MP's marriage to work, the spouse has to stay home." "A government pursues policies necessary for its survival."-Lars Hesselboe, Birgette's predecessor. Borgen is a show about politics and policies which brings out the nuances of multi party politics. It depicts how difficult it is to achieve political consensus for passing a policy. Birgette grows into the role of prime ministers. Amidst all the politics, she keeps in sight the need of Danes and keeps pushing the policies in which she believes. She works hard to handle the political tightrope of coalition government. Different parties have different agendas which are usually polar opposite of each other. Ministries are allotted to different coalition members, who keep fighting for more influential posts. Voting on key issues becomes complex. Sometimes coalition members don’t support and Birgette has to cut a deal with the opposition. Opposition does not let go any chance to twist government's arm to slip their own agendas into policies. Denmark has a grueling media which includes sleazy tabloids and investigative journalists who bring out the "real news". Birgette has got Kasper Juul , her spin doctor to manage the media. She makes the policies and he sells them. Borgen has its share of political thrills. Both are always working overtime to save the government from being outvoted in parliament. Sometimes Kasper feeds information to his ex-girlfriend Katrine Fonsmark. Like Birgitte , she is an idealist . She tries to strike a balance between ethics of journalism and demands of tv executives. The biggest strength of this show is the impeccable script. Every single episode has something different to offer. Dialogues are good. Political intricacies and intricacy of ethics is exceptionally handled. In 10 episodes, it covers variety of political issues like immigration, foreign intervention, autonomy to states, security issues, corruption in defense projects, etc. We get to see dirty tricks like smear campaign, power bluff, and wheeling dealings. Halfway through the season, focus shifts from office to home of the prime minister. There is a different mood from there on. As series moves towards its final episodes, more information about characters personal lives are revealed. From political issues to personal, a lot has to be covered in one hour episode. The way script handles all of these plots and subplots is brilliant. The incredible script is complimented by the brilliant performances from the cast, specially Sidse Babett Knudsen (Birgette Nyborg), Birgitte Hjort Sorenson (Kristine ) and Johan Philip Asbek (Kasper). Borgen is a work of fiction. It is not real and it is not supposed to be. But it is definitely more realistic than any other political tv series. If you are into political dramas, do yourself a favour and watch it. An exquisite political drama with a multilayered script. 10/10

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