Moj rodjak sa sela (My Cousin from the Village)
Serbian series, only 2 seasons.
I don't know how to explain this, but there's always something magical about a good series/movie that was made in your country. There's just an element of truth and understanding that is not present in stuff from abroad. It doesn't matter if it's a comedy, a drama, slice of life... If it's good, and if it's about the people, it just can't be matched by anything else. And it's the same with books! When the characters are well-written, when the characters can describe us, maybe not individually but as people of this nation, it just beats everything else. Nobody will convince me that Dostoevsky was a better writer than Ivo Andric.
And it's pretty much the story with this. Let's be real here, there are lots of weird directing moments, weird plot points, the story goes a bit off in season 2 (and it also loses its magic)... But it's still very good, often quite a bit philosophical.
And there are just no good or bad people here, good or bad forces. People do good and bad things, often the same people. The separation isn't very clear, which I just love.
You have the charming, eccentric man-whore villager, his wife who takes care of everyone yet still contends with unfaithful husband, you have his old but wise father who is still the owner and the "head" of the household, his wife who lives away and is often alien to the village life and the affairs of the family, you have the main characters' son who is getting married, and his new wife who ran away to be with him, and finally, his stoic, former spy cousin who comes back to the village after being forcefully retired from the military after the war, and there's also a priest who has been forced to go to a small village after he has committed adultery with a popular singer in Belgrade (out of love for the singer and contempt for his wife whom he married because they needed each other to advance their careers). And since the series is placed 2 years after the war, you can see the effect it has had on our mentality, you can see the difference in thinking between generations through their stories. You can hear about what every generation thinks of the decay of morality through the years. There's hard work (village, obviously), and there's sexism (the main character, after his son gets married, tells his son's wife that she should go prepare some food, and that women belong in the kitchen), there's just a little bit of everything, but that little bit tells a lot about our nation.
Season 1 might be the best series I ever saw here. It might not be as good and as complete as the Band of Brothers, or The Wire, but it's just so much better on another level.