Cherif (TV series)

Cherif is a French police television series produced by Lionel Olenga, Laurent Scalese and Stéphane Drouet, broadcast since October 25, 2013 on France 2. In 2019, the series was canceled as the main actor (Abdelhafid - Kader) decided to quit.

Created byLionel Olenga
Laurent Scalese
Stéphane Drouet
Written byLionel Olenga
Marine Gacem
Maxime Crupaux
Robin Barataud
Nathalie Hugon
and others
Directed byVincent Giovanni
Julien Zidi
Akim Isker
Hervé Brami
Pierric Gantelmi d'Ille
StarringAbdelhafid Metalsi
Carole Bianic
Aurore Erguy
ComposersChristophe La Pinta (season 2 & 3)
Hadrien Bongue
Romain Joutard
Raphaël Charpentier (season 1)
Country of originFrance
Original languageFrench
No. of series6
Executive producerBertrand Soupey
ProducerStéphane Drouet
Running time52 minutes
Original networkFrance 2
Original releaseOctober 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) –
2019 (2019)
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Captain Kader Cherif is a brilliant and unconventional policeman in the Lyon-France police station. With his strange ways he always cracks the mystery set upon him, and doesn’t leave work much, since he lives across the street from the station. But things change when his new partner, Adeline Briard, shows up. She likes to work by the book and doesn’t like Cherif’s work ethics and ways. Would things work out between the duo? The series falls into everyday situations in Kader’s life and a mystery that he solves with his brilliant detective skills and mastermind thiking. And while Adeline is working with what she sees and with what she has on hand, Cherif thinks outside the box, uses his own methods, and manages to solve the case.


  • Abdelhafid Metalsi as Kader Chérif (48 Episodes)
  • Greg Germain as Jean-Paul Doucet (48 Episodes)
  • François Bureloup as Joël Baudemont (47 Episodes)
  • Vincent Primault as Philippe Dejax (47 Episodes)
  • Carole Bianic as Adeline Briard (44 Episodes)
  • Élodie Hesme as Deborah Atlan (40 Episodes)
  • Mélèze Bouzid as Sarah Chérif (34 Episodes)
  • Clémence Thioly as Stéphanie Giraud (18 Episodes)
  • Frédéric Gorny as Pierre Clément (17 Episodes)
  • James Gonin as Gabriel (13 Episodes)
  • Tassadit Mandi as Salima Cherif (13 Episodes)
  • Arnaud Binard as Pascal Garnier (10 Episodes)




In 2010, France 2 called for proposals for a new television series. Lionel Olenga, co-producer along with Laurent Scalese and Stephane Drouet, aimed to create a cop show that was more entertaining. Having worked for the customs for 13 years, he used to listen to TV series music during stakeouts. Cherif does so as well.

In early 2015, the channel renewed the series for a third season due to positive feedback from the second season.[1] Adbdelhafid Metalsi (Kader Cherif) confirmed that on January 30, 2015 that the third season was in the process of being written.[2]


Contrary to the series' usual production methods, it was shot twice, once from October 15 to December 7, 2012 (episodes 1 to 4) and then from February 11 to April 5, 2013 (episodes 5 to 8).


  1. ^ Kevin Boucher (30 January 2015). "France 2 renouvelle "Accusé" et "Chérif" mais annule "Détectives"". PureMédias (in French).
  2. ^ Benjamin Lopes (30 January 2015). "Abdelhafid Metalsi (Chérif) : " L'écriture de la saison 3 est déjà en marche "". (in French).