The Returned (French: Les Revenants) is a French supernatural drama television series created by Fabrice Gobert, based on the 2004 French film They Came Back (in French titled Les Revenants) directed by Robin Campillo. The series debuted on 26 November 2012 on Canal+ and completed its first season consisting of eight episodes on 17 December. The second season consists of eight episodes and is scheduled to premiere on 28 September 2015 on Canal+ and 31 October 2015 on SundanceTV. In 2013, it won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series.
In a small French mountain town, many dead people reappear, apparently alive and normal: teenage road crash victim Camille, suicidal bridegroom Simon, a small boy named “Victor” who was murdered by burglars, and Serge, a serial killer. They try to resume their lives as strange phenomena occur; amongst recurring power outages, the water level of the reservoir mysteriously lowers, revealing the presence of dead animals and a church steeple, and strange marks appear on the bodies of the living and the dead.
The series has been critically acclaimed. Le Monde said that the series marked a resurgence in the fantasy genre with the dead appearing out of nowhere, trying to regain their life where they left off. Libération said that the series recalled the atmosphere of Twin Peaks by David Lynch. In France, viewing figures averaged 1.4 million over the eight episodes, on Canal+. For its American showing, the series received a 92 out of 100 rating from Metacritic, which averages critics’ reviews. During a visit to Paris, Stephen King remarked on being a big fan of the show, and later tweeted about it.