Finnish title card
|Created by||Miikko Oikkonen|
|Country of origin||Finland|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||31|
|Running time||58 minutes|
|Original network||Yle TV1|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i50)|
|Audio format||2.0 surround|
|Original release||16 October 2016 –|
1 December 2019
|The series on Yle TV1|
Bordertown (Finnish: Sorjonen) is a Finnish crime drama and Nordic noir television series created by Miikko Oikkonen and starring Ville Virtanen as Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen. It premiered in Finland on 16 October 2016 on Yle TV1. Season 2 premiered on 7 October 2018, and season 3 premiered in December 2019. In addition to its home country, the series has received praise internationally; one of the fans of the series includes American author Stephen King, among others.
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Cast and characters
Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Finland when his wife barely survives brain cancer. Sorjonen has Asperger's and exhibits traits related to savantism. The character was based on British writer, Daniel Tammet, and also resembles an 'everyman'-type Sherlock Holmes.
Sorjonen takes a new job, initially leading SECRI, the Serious Crime Unit, in the city of Lappeenranta, South Karelia, Finland. He moves his family to the town near the border of Russia for a more peaceful life. But life turns out to be less than peaceful there. Sorjonen's partner, a former Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) agent, Lena Jaakkola, is "...in many ways...the exact opposite of Sorjonen..." and makes the duo's partnership somewhat contentious at times.
- Ville Virtanen as Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen
- Matleena Kuusniemi as Pauliina Sorjonen
- Anu Sinisalo as Detective Constable Lena Jaakkola
- Lenita Susi as Katia Jaakkola
- Kristiina Halttu as Detective Superintendent Taina Perttula
- Olivia Ainali as Janina Sorjonen
- Ilkka Villi as Detective Constable Niko Uusitalo
- Max Bremer as Coroner Hannu-Pekka Lund
- Matti Laine as Risto Susi-Huhtala
- Jasmin Hamid as Jenna "Jänis" Luhta
- Janne Virtanen as Robert Degerman
- Mikko Leppilampi as Mikael Ahola
- Laura Malmivaara as Anneli Ahola
- Niina Nurminen as Johanna Metso
- Elias Salonen as Elias Ström
- Eriikka Väliahde as Satu-Maria Porttila
- Svante Martin as Gösta Liljeqvist
- Satu Paavola as Veera Niemi
- Maria Kuusiluoma as Jaana Erkki
- Johan Storgård as Tuomas Heikkinen
- Robert Enckell as Paul Degerman
Development and production
Bordertown is produced for Yle by Fisher King Production and Federation Entertainment. The series was presented at the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes on 3 April 2016, where it competed in the MIPDrama Screenings for the "Coup de Cœur" award.
International distribution rights were acquired from Federation Entertainment in October 2016 by Sky Deutschland for Germany, CanalPlay for France, and VRT for Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium). The series was sold to "over 40 countries".
Bordertown was renewed for a second season on 25 April 2017, with Kuusniemi, Sinisalo, Susi, Ainali, and Villi also reprising their roles. Filming began in Lappeenranta on 8 August 2017, and wrapped in Helsinki on 7 November 2017.
The series was renewed for a third season in September 2018, with filming starting on 13 December 2018. The season is set to premiere in December 2019, and it has been labelled as the final one.
Bordertown premiered on Yle TV1 on 16 October 2016. The debut was watched by 1.1 million viewers and set a record for a Finnish series. The total viewership for Season 1 was an average of one million viewers.
Season three premiered on 1 December 2019.
Netflix acquired rights in February 2017 to stream the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Netherlands. Streaming of Season 1 became available on 31 March 2017, followed by Season 2 on 2 February 2019 and season 3 on 11 May 2020. 
Awards and nominations
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||11||16 October 2016||25 December 2016|
|2||10||7 October 2018||9 December 2018|
|3||10||1 December 2019||2 February 2020|
Season 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"The Dolls' House, part 1 (Nukkekoti, osa 1)"||Miikko Oikkonen||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen||16 October 2016|
|2||2||"The Dolls' House, part 2 (Nukkekoti, osa 2)"||Miikko Oikkonen||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen||23 October 2016|
|3||3||"The Dolls' House, part 3 (Nukkekoti, osa 3)"||Miikko Oikkonen||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine, Antti Pesonen||30 October 2016|
|4||4||"Dragonflies, part 1 (Sudenkorennot, osa 1)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen||6 November 2016|
|5||5||"Dragonflies, part 2 (Sudenkorennot, osa 2)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen||13 November 2016|
|6||6||"The Fury, part 1 (Raivotar, osa 1)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela||20 November 2016|
|7||7||"The Fury, part 2 (Raivotar, osa 2)"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine, Atro Lahtela||27 November 2016|
|8||8||"The Lady in the Lake, part 1 (Nainen järvessä, osa 1)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine||4 December 2016|
|9||9||"The Lady in the Lake, part 2 (Nainen järvessä, osa 2)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Atro Lahtela, Antti Pesonen, Matti Laine||11 December 2016|
|10||10||"The End Game, part 1 (Loppupeli, osa 1)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine||18 December 2016|
|11||11||"The End Game, part 2 (Loppupeli, osa 2)"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Antti Pesonen, Atro Lahtela, Matti Laine||25 December 2016|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|12||1||"Five Finger Exercise, part 1"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||7 October 2018|
|SECRI investigates the murder of a woman and her son, which may be connected to Detective Lena Jaakkola's past actions in the FSB.|
|13||2||"Five Finger Exercise, part 2"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||14 October 2018|
|The investigation continues as Lena, Kari, and Katia make contact with a Russian convict who claims to be Katia's biological father.|
|14||3||"The Rite of Spring, part 1"||Jyri Kähönen, Juuso Syrjä||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||21 October 2018|
|The manager of a local daycare becomes the subject of a SECRI investigation after an aborted fetus is discovered at her home.|
|15||4||"The Rite of Spring, part 2"||Jyri Kähönen, Juuso Syrjä||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||28 October 2018|
|Kari and the SECRI team uncover a conspiracy connected to a daycare manager's dark past.|
|16||5||"Cat's Cradle, part 1"||Juuso Syrjä||Antti Pesonen, Miikko Oikkonen||4 November 2018|
|Niko leads the search for a deadly sniper while Kari takes leave to look after Pauliina, who is undergoing cancer treatment.|
|17||6||"Cat's Cradle, part 2"||Juuso Syrjä||Antti Pesonen, Miikko Oikkonen||11 November 2018|
|The search for the shooter intensifies as the police declare a curfew following more killings.|
|18||7||"The Bloodmaid, part 1"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen||18 November 2018|
|When a body is found in the wall of a student's flat, SECRI must find the link between the student, the victim and other young women reported missing.|
|19||8||"The Bloodmaid, part 2"||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen||25 November 2018|
|More mutilated remains are discovered as SECRI searches for a killer with possible cannibalistic tendencies.|
|20||9||"Without a Shadow, part 1"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||2 December 2018|
|Two young men take the Sorjonen family hostage, forcing Kari to investigate the suspicious disappearance of their mother.|
|21||10||"Without a Shadow, part 2"||Jyri Kähönen||Miikko Oikkonen, Paula Mononen||9 December 2018|
|The hostage situation at the Sorjonen household intensifies as Lena travels to Russia to help Kari with the investigation.|
Season 3 (2019–2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|22||1||"Human stain"(Ihmisen tahra)||Marko Mäkilaakso||Miikko Oikkonen||1 December 2019|
|Deaths close to home affect the Sorjonen family and acquaintances.|
|23||2||"The human Beast 1/2"(Ihmispeto 1/2)||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Sanna Reinumägi||8 December 2019|
|Body parts from multiple victims point to a killer interested in revenge.|
|24||3||"The human Beast 2/2"(Ihmispeto 2/2)||Juuso Syrjä||Miikko Oikkonen, Sanna Reinumägi||15 December 2019|
|The body count mounts as Sorjonen tries desperately to out think his opponent.|
|25||4||"Sons and lovers 1/3"(Poikia ja rakastajia 1/3)||Jussi Hiltunen||Miikko Oikkonen||22 December 2019|
|The Sorjonen family continues to grow distant from each other as Kari tries to solve the murder of a family patriarch.|
|26||5||"Sons and lovers 2/3"(Poikia ja rakastajia 2/3)||Jussi Hiltunen||Miikko Oikkonen||29 December 2019|
|Kari struggles with issues from his past as he searches for the guilty party; the Sorjonens grow further apart.|
|27||6||"Sons and lovers 3/3"(Poikia ja rakastajia 3/3)||Jussi Hiltunen||Miikko Oikkonen||5 January 2020|
|After another key suspect dies, Kari reveals a family secret from his past, while his daughter's behavior gets more bizarre.|
|28||7||"The Lady in the mirror 1/2"(Nainen peilissä 1/2)||Marko Mäkilaakso||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||12 January 2020|
|A remote religious sect finds itself with and unknown murderer among them amidst uncovered secrets; Kari's daughter continues on a dangerous path.|
|29||8||"The Lady in the mirror 2/2"(Nainen peilissä 2/2)||Marko Mäkilaakso||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||19 January 2020|
|The investigation of the sect members concludes as Kari and his daughter face a reckoning.|
|30||9||"Chess story 1/2"(Shakkitarina 1/2)||Juuso Syrjä||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||26 January 2020|
|An old enemy re-emerges just as Kari finds himself confined at the local hospital in a medical lock-down.|
|31||10||"Chess story 2/2"(Shakkitarina 2/2)||Juuso Syrjä||Paula Mononen, Miikko Oikkonen||2 February 2020|
|Sorjonen races to save the town from Maasalo's poisonous plot, as the battle-of-wits between the two draws to a close.|
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