Rita (TV series)

Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Christian Torpe
Opening theme "Speak Out Now" by Oh Land
Composer(s) Kristian Leth and Fridolin Nordsø
Country of origin Denmark
Original language(s) Danish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 24 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Christian Torpe
  • Birdie Bjerregaard
  • Keld Reinicke
  • Jesper Morthorst
  • Karoline Leth
Running time 40 min
Production company(s) SF Film Production
Original release 9 February 2012 (2012-02-09) – present

Rita is a Danish comedy-drama TV series on TV 2. It premiered in February 2012 and has run for three seasons, in Denmark and internationally on Netflix.[1]

The series centers around Rita Madsen (Mille Dinesen), a headstrong and unconventional teacher and single mother. It received generally favorable response from critics, including Henrik Palle in Politiken who commented that the series "works really well with some characters who actually look like people".[2] The series uses locations in and near the former school campus at the National Innovative Centre (SPF) in Islev, Rødovre. The theme song is "Speak Out Now" by the Danish musician Oh Land.[3]

A spin-off of the series called Hjørdis debuted in May 2015.[4] It was announced prior to, but aired after, Rita's third season[5] The spin-off takes place in the same school as 'Rita', focusing on her colleague Hjordis' attempt to organize a school play. Mille Dinesen did not return for that series[6]

Mille Dinesen received an award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in the category Best Female Lead.[7] At the festival, the series received a total of six nominations, including the producers Karoline Leth and Jesper Morthorst and the screenwriter Christian Torpe for Best International Producer and Best European producer of a TV drama series.[8]

A US remake was planned with a pilot episode filmed in 2013, starring Anna Gunn, but it was not picked up as a series.[9][10]

A Dutch remake called Tessa has been made and aired in November 2015 on NPO 1. It followed the storyline of Rita Season one, with only few changes. The lead role was played by Thekla Reuten. There won't be a second series.


Actor Character Notes
Mille Dinesen Rita Madsen School teacher
Carsten Bjørnlund Rasmus Headmaster
Ellen Hillingsø Helle Counsellor
Lise Baastrup Hjørdis School teacher
Nikolaj Groth Jeppe Madsen Rita's youngest son
Morten Vang Simonsen Ricco Madsen Rita's eldest son
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen Molly Madsen Rita's daughter
Lykke Sand Michelsen Bitten Dyrehave Ricco's spouse
Carsten Norgaard Tom Dyrehave Bitten's father
Lotte Andersen Jette Dyrehave Bitten's mother
Lea Maria Høyer Stensnaes Rosa Student
Lisbet Lundquist Lillebeth Schmidt Kronborg Rita's mother
Peter Gantzler Niels Madsen Father of Rita's children
Alexandre Willaume-Jantzen Jonas School teacher
Tommy Kenter Erik School teacher
Laura Bach Gitte Nielsen Rita's sister


Season 1 (2012)

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Danish air date Danish viewers
(in millions)
"The Idealist"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe9 February 2012 (2012-02-09)0.90
"The Teacher"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe16 February 2012 (2012-02-16)0.81
"The Anarchist"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe23 February 2012 (2012-02-23)0.88
"The She-Wolf"
Jannik JohansenChristian Torpe1 March 2012 (2012-03-01)0.89
"The Protector"
Jannik JohansenMarie Østerbye & Christian Torpe8 March 2012 (2012-03-08)0.85
"The Hypocrite"
Jannik JohansenChristian Torpe15 March 2012 (2012-03-15)0.79
"The Princess"
Lars KaalundMarie Østerbye & Christian Torpe22 March 2012 (2012-03-22)0.80
"The Mother"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe29 March 2012 (2012-03-29)0.80

Season 2 (2013)

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Danish air date Danish viewers
(in millions)
91"Den voskne"
"The Adult"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe11 September 2013 (2013-09-11)0.65
"The Garden"
Lars KaalundThomas Levin & Christian Torpe & Christina Sederqvist18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)0.75
113"Far, mor og børn"
"Father, Mother and Child"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye25 September 2013 (2013-09-25)0.72
"Team Player"
Kathrine WindfeldMette Heeno2 October 2013 (2013-10-02)N/A
135"Jeg elsker dig"
"I Love You"
Kathrine WindfeldMarie Østerbye9 October 2013 (2013-10-09)N/A
146"Den første kærlighed"
"The First Love"
Kathrine WindfeldMarie Østerbye16 October 2013 (2013-10-16)N/A
"The Role Model"
Lars KaalundStefan Jaworski & Christoffer Örnfelt23 October 2013 (2013-10-23)N/A
"The Weeds"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye30 October 2013 (2013-10-30)N/A

Season 3 (2015)

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Danish air date Danish viewers
(in millions)
"The Candidate"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye23 March 2015 (2015-03-23)0.80
"The Basement"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye23 March 2015 (2015-03-23)0.87
"The Sponsor Child"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye & Simon Odid Weil30 March 2015 (2015-03-30)0.70
"Evening School"
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye6 April 2015 (2015-04-06)0.77
Lars KaalundChristian Torpe & Simon Odid Weil13 April 2015 (2015-04-13)0.76
226"Frit fald"
Mogens HagedornChristian Torpe & Jenny Lund Madsen20 April 2015 (2015-04-20)0.76
"The Head"
Mogens HagedornChristian Torpe & Marie Østerbye27 April 2015 (2015-04-27)0.72
"The Test"
Mogens HagedornChristian Torpe11 May 2015 (2015-05-11)N/A


  1. "Denmark's TV 2 and Netflix Team On Third Season Of Rita" (Press Release). Netflix Media Center. Copenhagen, Denmark: Netflix. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. Palle, Henrik. "Palle om ny tv-serie: »Rita, du, har ramt mig nu«" (in Danish). Politiken. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. Oh Land & Lily Pads, Popservations, February 9, 2012
  4. "http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4057466/". External link in |title= (help)
  5. "http://www.billedbladet.dk/kendte/danmark/tv/tv-2/hjoerdis-fra-rita-faar-sin-egen-tv-serie". External link in |title= (help)
  6. "http://www.bt.dk/film-og-tv/naive-hjoerdis-fra-rita-faar-sin-egen-tv-serie". External link in |title= (help)
  7. Braagaard, Natali. "Dinesen vinder pris for "Rita"". TV2 Nyheder (in Danish). Denmark: TV2 (Denmark). Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  8. Hansen, Stine (23 September 2012). "'Rita' nomineret til flere store priser" (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark: BT. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  9. Boesen, Steffen (10 December 2012). "Populær TV 2-serie bliver genindspillet i USA" (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark: Politiken. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  10. http://deadline.com/2013/07/bravos-pilot-rita-gets-a-pass-549857/

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