I hated 'The Wire', and only lasted one episode; lots of swearing and violence are not big or clever or for me. I loved 'The Killing' (series 1), and unlike 0 star guy, actually watched the whole series (Nb. to 0 star guy, the father is not PC, but has a violent criminal past, and it was your misinterpretation of this aspect of his character that made me suspect you had not watched the whole thing; if however you did, and this was still your assessment of him, well, I would seriously begin to question your ability to judge character. No-one in this series fits into all good or all bad, clever or stupid moulds. As in life, everyone is in some way flawed).
Do not be put off by the subtitles (you may even learn something- I now have several Danish phrases under my linguistic belt). The story twists and turns more than a twisty turny thing and the final 2 episodes blew me away, as I never saw it coming.
In a nutshell, Sarah Lund is on her last day with the Copenhagen police before emigrating with her boyfriend and son. Her replacement is her polar opposite, but at first this is not a problem, as they are not going to be spending much time together. However, what seems to be nothing (the discovery of clothing and a video rental card) turns into an involving and disturbing case, with Lund persuaded to stay on until it is solved. Meanwhile, a local politician is dragged into the investigation during a crucial phase of his election campaign, and political intrigue abounds. This is played out against the quiet devastation wreaked on the lives of her parents, who are trying to hold things together for the sake of their sons.
If I were being picky, my only beef is that Danish CID seem very keen to jump to conclusions, and more than once they definately know who the killer is, only for it to turn out not to be.
Anyway, felt I had to write a review to counter the O star one. All those who love quality drama (and, being British, a good murder), will love this. Gotta go, time for me to pre-order series 2.