GenrePolitical drama
Created byDan Franck
ComposerAlexandre Desplat[1]
Country of originFrance
Original languageFrench
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Erik Barmack
  • Kelly Luegenbiehl
  • Emmanuel Jacquelin
ProducerPascal Breton
Production companyFederation Entertainment
Original networkNetflix
Original release5 May 2016 (2016-05-05) –
23 February 2018 (2018-02-23)

Marseille is a French drama streaming 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 10 July 2015. The eight-episode first season premiered worldwide on Netflix on 5 May 2016.[2][3] A second season was ordered on 6 June 2016.[4] Production for the second season commenced on 18 April 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). A betrayal ignites a bitter war between a master politician and his hungry young protégé in this sweeping tale of corruption, seduction and revenge. Then, the battle for the heart of Marseille heats up as right-wing nationalists gain power and a shadowy conspiracy targets the city's beloved football team.

Cast and English dubbing

Main characters

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

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)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"20 Ans (20 Years)"Florent Emilio SiriDan Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
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 Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
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 Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
44"Intox (Intox Brainwashing)"Florent Emilio SiriDan Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
55"Face à Face (Face-off)"Thomas GilouDan Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
66"Liberté, Egalité, sans Pitié (Liberty, Equality, without Pity)"Thomas GilouDan Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
77"A voté (Voted)"Thomas GilouDan Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)
88"La Lutte Finale (The Final Battle)"Thomas GilouDan Franck5 May 2016 (5 May 2016)

Season 2 (2018)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Parjure (Perjury)"Florent Emilio SiriUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 SiriUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 SiriUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 MarrakchiUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 MarrakchiUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 MarrakchiUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 SiriUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 SiriUnknown23 February 2018 (23 February 2018)
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 5 May 2016, and the first two episodes have aired on TF1.[10] The second season was released on Netflix on 23 February 2018.

Critical reception

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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  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. ^ "Cocaine shame: Gérard Depardieu's brash new show Marseille is nothing to sniff at". the Guardian. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2022.