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Borgen

Streaming on Netflix Film & TV

The term “competence porn” was coined by TV and film critic John Rogers to describe the thrill of realistic drama centered around conflict resolution and problem solving. Well, if Borgen is competence porn, then sign me up, because I am ready to be turned on by some good civic governance. Now streaming on Netflix, the show follows Denmark’s first female prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg. It’s The West Wing but with universal health care and fewer long, Sorkin-esque speeches. The show also stars the radiant Sidse Babett Knudsen as the Danish leader—a girl crush for the ages. —Daisy Alioto

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