YMMV / Borgen

  • Anvilicious: Season 3 was criticised for being overtly preachy compared to the previous seasons, and for featuring several Strawmen, especially in the episode about prostitution.
  • Broken Aesop: Plenty of it, but seeing that the show's main character is a not-so-moderate lef-wing politician most of whose rivals are either sexist, racist, pro-business, pro-American, anti-immigrant, conservative, nationalist, male, or, most of the time, all of the above, it's something that should be expected.
    • One of the most glaring examples would be the seventh episode of Season 1. While Anne Sophie Lindenkrone does eventually get her beating over the remark she made at a party some years ago about kindapping the Prime Minister's children, the episode's message is that it's the Ministry of Justice that bugged her office precisely due to said remark that's the bad guy here.
  • Jerkass Woobie: By series 2, Troels.
  • Hypocrite Katerine is obviously fond of Nyborg (during interviews she is always polite to her and asks her questions that are easy to answer as well as likely to put Nyborg in a positive light; that's never the case when she interviews her political opponents) and even sleeps with her spin doctor, exchanging valuable information with him from time to time. That doesn't stop her from giving long rambled speeches on political independence and free journalism being threatened, especially by her boss.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Arguably being an averted Strawman Political, Svend Åge Saltum has quite a few of these opposite Birgitte, especially in the earlier series. Although he's obviously Birgitte's polar opposite in terms of policy, and the main characters usually treat him as a Card-Carrying Villain who must be opposed at all cost (usually for good reason), his tirades about the nature of politics (during the coalition negociations in the first episode, and again after his Wounded Gazelle Gambit) are remarkably insightful coming from a populist xenophobe, and in an odd way he almost doubles as a mentor-figure for Birgitte (the Red Oni to Bent Sejrö's Blue Oni). Compare with Laugesen, to a certain extent Pernille Madsen, and from series 2, Jakob Kruse, who may profess to hold similar political views to Birgitte, but are consistently hypocritical Jerkasses who do everything to trip her up, which makes Saltum's obnoxious "Little Miss PC" catchphrase seem almost affectionate.
    • Alex Hjort (see Strawman News Media below), despite being a raging Jerk Ass, points out that TV 1’s news programmes’ ratings have tanked, and they have to make some changes if they want to keep up with the competition. He does go too far though, making the shows so populist and cheap that the employees stage a mutiny and get him fired.
  • Strawman News Media: In season 3, Alex Hjort, the Head of Programmes for TV 1. He persistently attempts to dumb-down the news coverage in relentless pursuit of ratings, which wouldn't be so bad except that he seems to believe that there's no conflict between this and the station's reputation for 'integrity', and he treats the people who work under him as morons. Witness his Catch Phrase: whenever people try to argue that he's wrecking the show and is acting like a Jerkass, he gets a call on his mobile, turns his back on his discontented employees, says to the person on the other end 'Oh, nothing, it's just a staff issue' and walks away. Eventually he goes too far, provokes a mutiny among the anchors, and gets fired.
  • Tear Jerker: Höx's reaction when Birgitte asks him to resign over the wire-tapping of the Solidarity Party's HQ, especially considering his family history and the way Laugesen stabbed him in the back during the coalition negotiations. Yes, he can be a sneak, but dear God, there were tears in his eyes!
    • Another scene in which Birgitte has to ask a cabinet member to resign: in contrast to the above, Bent's reaction is so affecting because he remains stoic and tries to put a gloss of cheer on what is not only the end of his political career but a stab in the back from someone to whom he has been a mentor and a friend.
    • From the Series 2 pilot, pretty much every scene involving bereaved father Jørgen Hedegård, whose son is killed in action in Afghanistan at the start of the episode.
    • Katrine and Kasper reuniting after he tells her the whole story in S02E06. Their tearful, silent expressions are heart-wrenching.