20 German TV series worth watching

German cinema is ambiguous and multifaceted, although on the street, when asked about its achievements, you may be told “I! I! Das is fantastic!”. In fact, the Germans shoot different things and shoot with high quality. About 150 feature films are released annually in Germany and dozens of international film festivals are held. Comedies, thrillers, sci-fi, romantic and historical dramas, our selection of the best German TV series has something for fans of all genres.

Tribes of Europe (2021)

The novelty of German cinema will take the viewer into the post-apocalyptic world of the future. In 2029, a global catastrophe divided the population of Europe into tribes . Someone was lucky to settle in cities where there are weapons, cars and some of the benefits of civilization. Others became forest dwellers with a pagan religion. Still others have gone completely wild, propagating a harsh dictatorship and occult rituals. One day, teenagers from a forest tribe find a cube – an artifact of the Atlanteans. Many are ready to destroy the whole world for the sake of possessing this little thing.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Tribes of Europa

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Henrietta Confurius, Oliver Mazucci, David Ali Rashed…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Unorthodox (2020)

Among the new German series is an autobiographical project from Netflix, which is worth watching for fans of stories about strong people. Esti grew up in a community of ultra-Orthodox Jews. This is the most strict and conservative direction in Judaism. Ultra-Orthodox are prohibited from reading secular literature, speaking English, using the Internet, watching movies and going to the theater. Esti gets married, but after the news of her pregnancy  , she realizes that now it’s not just about her life and freedom. And the girl decides to run away to Berlin.

Original title:
Unorthodox

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0


Barbarians (2020)

The film describes the events leading up to the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, a legendary battle in the history of the Roman Empire . In the first decade of our era, almost all German tribes were subjugated by the Romans. The governor Publius imposed a tribute on the people, punishing those who did not want to obey. Only the Cherusci tribe decided to challenge the tyrant. The mission to pacify the rebels fell to the officer Arminius, a German brought up in Roman traditions. What will the man choose? To repay the debt of the empire and go to war against relatives or become a traitor to the Romans, proving loyalty to their tribe?

Original title:
Barbaren

Genre:
Action, history, drama

Actors:
Lawrence Rupp, Jeanne Gourso, David Schütter …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Germany 89 (2020)

Our list of series filmed in Germany will continue with a drama dedicated to a landmark event in world history – the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the center of the plot is the unlucky spy Martin Rauch, dragged by the will of fate into the abyss of dangerous games of special services associated with international conspiracies. The main thing for 24-year-old Martin is to remain human in any situation, and this will not be so easy. Cracks have already spread along the concrete wall between the FRG and the GDR, and soon it will crush the eastern intelligence services with debris.

Original title:
Deutschland 89

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Jonas Nye, Maria Schrader, Sylvester Groth …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Don’t Try It Again (2019 – 2020)

Schoolboy-nerd Moritz, after a year of separation, is waiting for his beloved girl from the USA. Upon arrival, she announces that she does not intend to continue the relationship, but plans to have an affair with a jock athlete who cooks and sells ecstasy at his leisure. To win back his love, Moritz and a friend run Europe’s largest Internet drug dealing business from the comfort of their home, behind their parents’ backs.

Original title:
How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Maximilian Mundt, Danilo Kamber, Anna-Lena Klenke …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9


Eight days (2019)

In the list of the best German serials of recent years, a fantastic TV show about the end of the world. Germany, like the rest of the world, is on the verge of an apocalypse. A huge asteroid is flying from space to Earth, capable of destroying all life. The events in the series begin 8 days before the collision. What will happen to people in such a situation and how will they behave, knowing that no one will survive?

Original title:
8 Tage

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Christiane Paul, Mark Waschke, Lena Klenke …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7


Pass (2018 – 2019)

Detective mini-series tells the story of the investigation of brutal murders in the snowy Alps. The body of a man is found in the mountains on the border of Austria and Germany. It looks like he was dragged here after the murder, laid in a strange position and inserted into the hand of a horsehair. Perhaps this is the work of a dangerous maniac , and the story will not be limited to one corpse. Representatives of two countries will investigate the crime: the young and ambitious Ellie Stoker from Germany, and the detective from Austria, the alcoholic Gideon, who is tired of life.

Original title:
Der Pass

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Julia Jench, Nicholas Ofcharek, Franz Hartwig …

Country:
Germany, Austria

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Saint Mike (2018 – 2019)

An interesting German comedy series with a high rating. Mike has been involved in fraud since childhood in order to feed his mother and younger brother. The guy no longer hoped that his life would change for the better, but an accident on the road changes everything. Mike finds himself on the same train with a pastor who suddenly dies. A great opportunity to impersonate him to avoid the persecution of criminal cronies. The swindler arrives in a small cozy town as Zandman’s new pastor.

Original title:
Sankt Maik

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Daniel Donskoy, Vincent Kruger, Bettina Burchard…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Submarine (2018)

The events of the military series begin in the fall of 1942. The film has two storylines, one of which takes place on land, the other on the submarine U-612 under the command of Klaus Hoffmann. The story will go both about the crew of a German submarine and about the French resistance in La Rochelle. This is a story about difficult choices, fortitude, and the desire to survive in the realities of a senseless war.

Original title:
Das Boot

Genre:
Drama, military

Actors:
Tom Vlachiha, Thierry Fremont, Leonard Scheicher …

Country:
Germany, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Darkness (2017 – 2020)

For several years now, a thriller with elements of science fiction and fantasy has been in the top German TV series, which received a lot of enthusiastic reviews from viewers. The scene is a small town in the German wilderness. The focus is on four families. An 11-year-old boy goes missing. To search for him, all the police of the city will be involved, as well as friends and relatives are conducting their own investigation. Old secrets emerge – all the characters in the film hide their secrets, and all their actions lead to global consequences.

Original title:
Dark

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Louis Hofmann, Carolina Eichhorn, Jordis Tribel …

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Babylon-Berlin (2017 – 2021)

Atmospheric German noir will take the viewer to the 1920s. Berlin, after the defeat in the First World War , is gradually becoming modern Babylon – the focus of vices and crime, where the Nazis try on power and criminals roam. Gereon Rath, who serves in the vice police, has a lot of work, but the commissioner dreams of being transferred to the “homicidal” department. One day, a corpse is found in the city with signs of cruel torture, and the search for the killer ends in nothing. Then Gereon, who by chance has a lead, decides to conduct his own investigation in order to achieve a transfer to the homicide department .

Original title:
Babylon Berlin

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Leoni Benesh …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Ku’damm 56 (2016)

Ku’damm is the short name for Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm. This is a quarter of expensive shops, decent establishments and wealthy families. Here in post-war Berlin live the heroines of the popular German series in the genre of melodrama. Monika, Eva and Helga are the daughters of Katerina, the head of a prestigious dance school . The woman hopes to successfully marry off her daughters. However, soon one of them will discover the world of rock and roll , stylish clothes and fun. Monica is the first of the sisters who dares to rebel against her mother’s wishes in order to find her own way in life on her own.

Original title:
Ku’damm 56

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Sonya Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Erich …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6


Germany 83 (2015)

The first film in the trilogy about Germany in the 80s starts with the events of 1983. The Cold War is about to escalate into a full-scale military conflict. An officer of the National People’s Army of the GDR, Martin Roch, is drawn into the confrontation between the two intelligence agencies. Recruited by Stasi agents and ending up in Germany, the guy is faced with the difficulties of the double life of a spy. Martin not only enters the capitalist world for the first time, sees the wonders of technology, hamburgers and chewing gum, but also gets entangled in a dangerous political game.

Original title:
Deutschland 83

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jonas Ney, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Nothen …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Our mothers, our fathers (2013)

Modern historical German series tells about the fate of five friends. In June 1941, they are full of enthusiasm and have no doubts about the imminent victory of Germany in World War II . Friends gather in a bar in the summer with the certainty that they will meet again by Christmas . So the Fuhrer promised them. But only three survivors will meet again in July 1945. To whom the battles fell on the Kursk Bulge, to whom – the dungeons of the Gestapo, Sachsenhausen, the penal battalion or sabotage in the ranks of the Polish partisans .

Original title:
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter

Genre:
Action, drama, military, history

Actors:
Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katarina Schüttler …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Adlon Hotel: Family Saga (2013)

German series for those who love family sagas with a twisted plot. The film tells the story of the most famous hotel in Germany. Adlon Kempinski is located in the heart of Berlin, and the fate of the building will intersect with the life of an illegitimate girl. The main character Sonya is the fruit of a relationship between the daughter of a wealthy diplomat and the son of a poor courier. For more than 90 years of her life, she, like other heroes of the drama, will have to go through historical events, face injustice, learn to carefully choose her environment, and ultimately find personal happiness.

original name :
Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Josephine Preuss, Heino Ferch, Marie Baumer …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4


Not Your Body (2012)

Among the best series from Germany that you can watch in Russian is a comedy about how the life of two girls has changed dramatically after a body swap . And if the shy Rika became slim and beautiful, then the charismatic Jessica “gained” 105 kg overnight. Unable to change the situation, they decide to switch jobs. Manager Jessica becomes an assistant, and Ruta takes a high position in her place.

Original title:
Es kommt noch dicker

Genre:
Comedy, drama, fantasy

Actors:
Wolke Hegenbart, Teresa Underberg, Manuel Whitting …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Moby Dick (2011)

Another film adaptation of the novel by Herman Melville “Moby Dick, or the White Whale” tells about the sea race, spurred on by a thirst for revenge . Ahab is the captain of a whaling ship, obsessed with the idea of ​​​​destroying the legendary white whale , nicknamed by sailors “sea devil”. A man wants to get even for losing his leg to a sperm whale. A thirst for adventure leads Ishmael, a young American sailor, to this ship.

Original title:
Moby Dick

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
William Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Charlie Cox, Gillian Anderson…

Country:
Germany, Austria

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
0+


Doctor’s Diary (2008 – 2011)

Gretchen had just divorced and returned to her parents’ house. Now she can pursue a career without being distracted by personal problems. Since Gretchen was brought up in a medical family, she herself is a good specialist, which does not prevent her from remaining a smiling, attractive woman. Her appearance in a new workplace will stir the hearts of not only male medical workers, but also patients. What will Gretchen bet on this time – love or career achievements?

Original title:
Doctor’s Diary – Männer sind die beste Medizin

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Diana Amft, Peter Prager, Ursela Monn …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


12 signs (2007)

Will continue the list of German crime thriller TV series . The action begins with the fact that the daughter of the head of an influential family comes to the family nest for her father’s birthday. Suddenly, one by one, family members begin to die, and this has something to do with the signs of the zodiac. Murders baffle everyone, including the servants of the law. The elusive criminal has already been nicknamed the “Zodiac”. How to recognize the killer and thereby interrupt the chain of crimes?

Original title:
Zodiak – Der Horoskop-Mörder

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Alexandra Neldel, Fritz Karl, Friedrich von Thun …

Country:
Germany, Austria

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Turkish for Beginners (2006 – 2008)

Two mindsets collide in this foreign youth series . The mother of teenagers Lena and Nils plans to move in with her lover Metin, a Turk. The man has his own children, Lena’s peers. The worldview of the offspring of Metin is completely different from the views of the new neighbors. Daughter Yaghmur – a true Muslim – eschews male society and constantly prays. And the son of Than strives to be like a real Turkish macho in everything. The German comedy series, which has won many international competitions, showed how people of different cultures can get along under the same roof.

Original title:
Türkisch für Anfänger

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Josefina Preuss, Anna Stieblich, Elias EmBarek…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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