[[caption-width-right:348:You wish you could see your dead loved ones once again ? Think twice.]]

->''"You know, for people who speak of [[Literature/TheBible loved ones getting life after death all day long]], I would have thought that you would AT LEAST plan SOMETHING in case it happened. Just saying."''

Also known as "The Returned".

A 2012 [[GenreBusting mystery/esoteric french soap-opera]] french TV series created by Fabrice Gobert for Canal+. It is a loose adaptation of the 2004 film of the same name by Robin Campillo, though the series [[AdaptationExpansion expands its original idea]] and plans to create a [[MythArc long-run mystery]] on its basic premise. It proved quite a success for audience and critics alike (in fact it was the most watched original fiction created by Canal+ of all time), winning an international Emmy, and declared best 2013 drama by the Guardian (beating out Breaking Bad, mind you).

The show is available in the UK on Channel 4, and in the USA on Sundance Channel. Its second season debuted in France in late-September 2015, and then started airing in the US and UK shortly after its broadcast in France ended.

The series follows the lives of five people who have [[FirstEpisodeResurrection come]] [[BackFromTheDead back to life]] for no apparent reason, years after their death. They have no memories of how they died but all reappeared at the exact place where they passed away, and all of them lost their lives in brutal circumstances.

It is set in a banal yet unsettling provincial (and unnamed) mountain [[TownWithADarkSecret town]]. The TV series follows their strange new lives and as well as the reactions of their relatives, who react in varying ways to their loved ones' unexpected return. Gradually, what at first looks like a miracle slowly proves to be quite a emotional hardship to all involved...

... and then things start getting ''really'' weird. As the series progresses, dead people coming back to life is not the only supernatural problem this town and its inhabitants have to deal with.

The soundtrack is performed by the Scottish PostRock band Mogwai.

A TV series that debuted in March, 2014 on ABC, ''Resurrection'', which is based off a [[http://www.amazon.com/The-Returned-Jason-Mott/dp/0778315339 recent novel]] with a very similar premise, is being compared in the media almost universally with this series.

Paul Abbott, the British creator of ''Shameless'', was at one point working on a remake of the series for Britain's Channel Four, but it moved to a different production company, and the show eventually aired on the US channel A&E. Carlton Cuse, formerly of ''Lost'', produced the remake, which ultimately only lasted a single season.

!!!Warning: We try our best to avoid spoilers, but due to the ''sheer volume'' of plot twists, it's very difficult. Beware.

!!This series features examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The 2004 movie had a lot more people resurrecting, this series focuses on five "Revenants" to get a better assessment of their predicament. The movie also didn't provide any explanation for these unexpected resurrections, which the series plan to do eventually.
* AdaptationExpansion: Of the 2004 movie.
* AllLesbiansWantKids: A variant occurs when [[spoiler: Julie]] takes in Victor, which seems to perk her maternal instincts and awakens unreconciled feelings for her former partner, [[spoiler: Laurie]].
* AmericansAreCowboys: The waiters at the American Diner are dressed as cowboys ; but it's kind of [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as it's supposed to represent a [[TheThemeParkVersion theme-restaurant version]] of America.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Léna is this...at first. Then her twin comes back from the dead, which makes her even more angsty.
* ArcWords:
** "It's over."
** "Do you trust me?"
** "You can count on me."
* TheArk: [[spoiler: The Helping Hand]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Pierre]], who identifies as a born-again Christian, and likely runs the Helping Hand as a way to try and make up for a jaded past, including [[spoiler: participating in the robbery where Victor's family is killed]].
* AutoCannibalism: [[spoiler: Simon eats his own rotting flesh while jailed.]]
* BackFromTheDead: Camille, Simon, Victor, Serge, Madame Costa, along with a dog and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a butterfly]]. [[spoiler: Apparently there are many more, probably people who died when the original dam broke and flooded the town. Lucy, their leader, could possibly qualify, though she never really died. She could just have [[HealingFactor regenerative powers]]. Julie wonders if she's one of them because she was clinically dead for two seconds after her aggression, though it's scientifically possible she got lucky on the operating table]]
%%* BigBlackout
* BritishBrevity: Both seasons to date are only eight episodes long.
** In France, the series aired two episodes back-to-back each week over four weeks.
* TheConspiracy: In flashback, we find [[spoiler: Mr. Costa, Serge & Toni's father Milan, and Pierre]] were part of an underground group bent on [[spoiler: forcing Victor's family out of the town]], and other questionable acts.
* ComingAndGoing: Sex and death are inextricably linked, especially in [[spoiler: Lucy's powers of clairvoyance]], which magnifiy [[spoiler: when she is stabbed and comes back as one of the Returned]].
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: Pierre has developed an enormous homeless shelter, The Helping Hand, complete with large dorms, months of food supplies and ammo, lots and lots of ammo.]]
* CreepyChild: From his habit of rarely speaking or smiling to his supernatural ability to appear and disappear.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: EVERYONE.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the traditional ZombieApocalypse genre. The show tries to be as realistic as possible and focuses more on the psychological impact of seeing someone you lost magically coming back rather than the fantastic aspect. [[spoiler:...Or at least, [[DeconReconSwitch before the final episode]].]]
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The military discover [[spoiler: the corpses of the gendarmes who opened fire on the Returned at the Helping Hand]] lashed to trees. All except [[spoiler: one.]]
* TheDon: [[spoiler: Milan]].
* DissonantSerenity: The [[spoiler: school bus accident]] that begins the series is shot a very objective angle, very passively, with no dramatic tension. The passive angle we see it initially at is partly by design as at the end of the episode [[spoiler: we see the crash from a more participatory point-of-view]] and we find [[spoiler: the accident was caused by Victor standing out in the middle of the road and the driver trying to avoid him]].
* DotingParent: [[spoiler: Camille's]] mother is so totally overwhelmed by her return, she seems to ignore her personality shifts as she becomes re-involved in her [[spoiler: SiblingTriangle]]. She also goes to great lengths to hide her return from the parents whose children did not come back.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Esteban's parents]] commit suicide at the [[spoiler: Helping Hand when Camille falsely tells them she has seen him and he will be waiting for them on 'the other side'.]] At the beginning of the second series, [[spoiler: Esteban returns]].
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: A grand total of five ! [[spoiler: it turns out that dozens resurrected in the same episode though they remained in hiding for the entirety of the first season. The five others didn't find the rest of the group in time]]
** While a great many seemed to have returned at the same time, [[spoiler: Victor]] has been back for significantly longer, since [[spoiler: Victor possibly deliberately causes the bus accident that kills Camille]], and it takes four years before she returns.
** During the first episode of the second season, [[spoiler: Audrey, her boyfriend Esteban, and]] most significantly, [[spoiler: Toni]] all return. And then, at the end of the episode, [[spoiler: even more Returned arrive, all seemingly drawn to Lucy, and more continue to arrive (including Lucy's boyfriend) as the series progresses]].
* GenreBusting: It's been described as the French {{Twin Peaks}}, but there's a lot of soap-opera and dramedy in it. The rhythm at which the weird supernatural mysteries are introduced is intentionally slow, in order for the show to focus on the immediate and practical problems a family would experience if one of their relatives came back from the dead. [[spoiler: Later on it verges on the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]] genre and a good deal of ApocalypseHow]]
* TheGreatFlood: Twice, once [[spoiler: when the dam breaks and floods the original town, killing hundreds]], and once again [[spoiler: when the water level in the reservoir recedes]], and the displaced water [[spoiler: rises into town, flooding the power plant and eventually cutting off a significant part of the town, where the Returned, Julie, and Claire]] now hide.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: Adèle]] is wanted by the Returned as she is now pregnant with [[spoiler: Simon's]] child.
* HatesBeingAlone: [[spoiler: Victor]] may have killed [[spoiler: Julie's gossipy neighbor who was asking questions about his relationship to her]] and he may have [[spoiler: deliberately caused the bus accident, maybe in the hopes that the kids]] would come back as Returned.
** This could mean that [[spoiler: Victor]] is a PatientZero, the first to have come back.
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler: Victor's]] father still lives in town after [[spoiler: his family's murder]].
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: [[spoiler: Lucy]] becomes more uninhibited as the series progresses.
* JoinOrDie: This is why [[spoiler: Milan]] thinks he has come back, to kill [[spoiler: everyone, so they all become Returned.]] He intimidates [[spoiler: Serge into shooting Lena]], and then [[spoiler: stabs her when Serge's shot doesn't kill her. However, Serge shoots him]] before he is able to finish [[spoiler: her]] off.
* LawOfInverseFertility: [[spoiler: The Sabatinis]], who also lost a child in the [[spoiler: same accident that killed Camille]], announce to the support group they are expecting. When [[spoiler: The Horde begin to appear and advance towards the Helping Hand, Sandrine]], has a miscarriage, which she blames on [[spoiler: Camille]]. At the beginning of [[spoiler: the second season, after the Sabatinis have left town, her daughter Audrey returns]].
* MeaningfulName: Could some of the male character names refer to Literature/TheBible?
** Thomas, the doubter
** Pierre (Peter), the rock
** Simon, an apostle who is renamed Peter by Jesus
** Another example (not related to the Bible) is Viviane, Mr Costa's returned wife. Her name means basically [[BackFromTheDead "living"]].
* MythArc: The producers insist that there is one, though whether or not it will leave viewers satisfied and give them the answers they want is [[TheChrisCarterEffect already a matter of great controversy]].
* NewChildLeftBehind: [[spoiler: Adele]] and [[spoiler: Simon's]] daughter, Chloé.
* NoughtiesDramaSeries: Considering the [[Series/{{Lost}} series]] [[Series/TwinPeaks major]] [[Series/SixFeetUnder influences]], this isn't surprising.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Of the RevenantZombie variety. They look like normal people, don't [[spoiler: usually]] want to eat your brain, can think normally and aren't rotting [[spoiler: at first]].
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Many characters shift their ethics as their situations change, but the most standout example comes in [[spoiler: the first season finale]]: Thomas is perfectly willing to [[spoiler: separate Léna and Camille over her mother's hysterical pleas, if it means the Returned leave in peace]], but when [[spoiler: the Returned also intend to take Adèle - his wife, now pregnant with Simon's child - he decides forgo peace and leads his police force into a (seemingly foolhardy) confrontation against them]] after all.
* RedHeadedHero: Camille and Léna. Lucy as well.
* RegretfulTraitor: While [[spoiler: Pierre]] doesn't prevent the deaths of [[spoiler: Victor, his mother, and his brother]], he eventually [[spoiler: stops the murder of Victor's wounded father when his partner is about to finish him off.]]
* RevenantZombie: In case [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title]] wasn't obvious enough.
* RotatingProtagonist: Each episode begins by focusing on one of the main characters, with the episode named after them. The one [[spoiler: subversion of this trope]] creates massive spoilers for the [[spoiler: season finales]].
** A slight subversion of this trope is [[spoiler: the second season premiere, "The Child", which while it focuses on Adele and Simon's baby, and Adele's fears of taking it to term, he isn't born]] until the second episode, [[spoiler: "Milan".]]
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Serge]], who stabs [[spoiler: Lucy]] and who had previously attacked [[spoiler: Julie]].
* SiblingTriangle: Before the [[spoiler: accident]] that kills [[spoiler: Camille]], both her and [[spoiler: Léna]] were in love with the same boy. Unknown to [[spoiler: Camille]] at the time, her sister was already seeing him. This has repercussions when [[spoiler: Camille]] returns.
** At the beginning of the second series, [[spoiler: Fredric seems disinterested in either sister, and even left town for a time.]] However, [[spoiler: he has come back into town and is one of Pierre's cronies at The Helping Hand]].
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The town has an incredibly extensive CCTV network for its size and population. However, it doesn't occur to the police to put a camera or two in the underpass where at least two women have been attacked, or follow The Returned's movements back to the point before they first appeared.
** [[spoiler: Thomas]] goes DirtyCop and uses a [[spoiler: covert home surveillance system he installed when Adele once tried to kill herself]] along with the city's CCTV network to spy on [[spoiler: her and Simon]], a former fiancé of hers who has now come back as one of the Returned. He eventually catches [[spoiler: Adele and Simon in an affair.]] Not soon after, [[spoiler: Chloe discovers the camera in her room]].
* TheReveal: When the water level of the nearby reservoir inexplicably lowers, it reveals an [[spoiler: old church]] that may have an connection to the Returned.
** And in the last scenes of the first season finale, [[spoiler: we find out where all the water has gone...]]
* ThirtySecondBlackout: The power has frequent minor failures
** [[spoiler:Are the returned capable of cutting it?]]
** [[spoiler:Could this be related to the reservoir's level dropping?]]
** [[spoiler: This later becomes BigBlackout, which ultimately leaves the village nearly uninhabitable.]]
* ClosedCircle: [[spoiler: The town becomes this near the end of the first season, with the town's only exit road mysteriously leading back to the dam, trapping Laurie, Julie and Victor when they try to leave by car.]]
%%* TownWithADarkSecret: And how !
* TwinTelepathy:
** [[spoiler: Léna's]] wounds and sickness seem to be directly related to the SiblingTriangle between her, [[spoiler: Camille]], and [[spoiler: Frédéric]].
** This is also explored during [[spoiler:the flashback to Camille's death; while Léna and Frédéric have sex back at the house, Camille becomes aware of it because ''she can also feel it''. Her resulting FreakOut distracts the driver, contributing to the accident]].
** When [[spoiler: Serge brings Lena to Camille after the flood]], Camille sense when she is close.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: This is how [[spoiler: Thomas]] justifies himself after [[spoiler: shooting Simon]]. And by the first season's finale, the revenants and the [[spoiler: horde]] are definitely not treated like ordinary humans would in the same circumstance, especially by [[spoiler: Thomas and the rest of the police]].
** After the flood, [[spoiler: the Returned seem to split into two camps, ones who want to remain separated, and those who still wish to have contact with their loved ones who've remained in the town.]]
** When [[spoiler: Toni]] returns, [[spoiler: Pierre and his cronies at the Helping Hand]] keep him isolated, attempt to interrogate him and beat him when he doesn't know [[spoiler: where the Returned have gone]].
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Victor]] was killed along with his family during a burglary, in which [[spoiler: Pierre]] was a participant.
** While she denies it at first, [[spoiler: Adele had tried to kill her & Simon's baby before it was born.]]
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: Along with [[spoiler: Léna]], some of the Returned begin to exhibit scars and wounds as they get more emotionally involved (or disconnected) with their loved ones.
** Although once [[spoiler: The Returned unify and retreat after the flood, the wounds disappear.]]
* YodelLand: Set in the French part of the Alps, so the scenery is reminiscent of this trope. But otherwise averted.