Unfortunately few go down this route so you end up with programmes horribly dubbed and quickly losing any of the subtleties or impact of the original.
However, yesterday I discovered one programme that is subtitled and which appears on the unscrambled Canal+ channel - The Daily Show.
Bizarrely I can't properly link to the programme page on Canal+, and even a site search doesn't throw up any results, but I was able to track down the transmission time to Saturday morning at 8.05am, shoehorned in alongside the kids' cartoons.
Watching it recently you not only get the subtitles, but because host Jon Stewart deals with recent news and events you can begin to understand phrases and see how they can be applied to everyday life.
I am still nonplussed at how effectively the programme is hidden away on the Canal+ website, you'd have thought that the fact The Daily Show has been subtitled means its broadcast is very hush-hush.
But I am also wondering if there are any other programmes with subtitles hidden away in the listings of French TV channels? If you know any please feel free to leave a comment below.