My personal favourite international series which gained a cult following in its native Italy, plus in such diverse countries as Australia and Russia. Channel 4 aired the first 2 or 3 series in the 1980's and then lost interest when the channels focus changed. 10 series were made and all are available on DVD in Australia with English subtitles (SBS screened the whole lot in Oz). The first 6 series have been released on DVD in the US. Anyway here's some links with information on La Piovra. Hope some of you will give the first series a try.