German TV dramas

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This is a list of scripted German TV shows. The first section covers shows that are currently, or have previously, been available to watch in the United Kingdom. The second section covers shows that are currently available with English subtitles in other countries plus a few that are due for release.

The lists are alphabetical but to find what you want quickly – or to search for the German title – use Ctrl and F.

Series currently or previously available in the UK. 

The list includes current availability and provides a link to where you can watch. We’ve only included paid streaming services (Netflix, Prime Video, Now TV etc.) not services where you can pay for shows individually (itunes, Amazon Video). The initial UK channel is also shown where that differed. Where there is no current availability the link is for the relevant imdb page.

4 Blocks (1 season) – Amazon Prime
Original channel: TNT
Current status: Renewed for season 2 (2018).
Babylon Berlin (2 seasons) – Sky Box Sets/Now TV
Originally aired in the UK on Sky Atlantic
Original channel: Sky Deutschland
Current status: Renewed for season 3 (2019).
The Boat (Das Boot) (Mini-series) – Not currently available
Originally aired in the UK on BBC2 in 1985.
Current status: Series ended. (A reboot is on the way in late 2018/early 2019).
Cenk Batu (6 films) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ARD (part of Tatort series)
Current status: Series ended.
Charité (1 season) – Netflix
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Renewed for season 2 (2018).
Dark (1 season) – Netflix
Original channel: Netflix
Current status: Renewed for season 2 (2018/19).
Deutschland 83 (1 season) – Walter Presents
Original channel: RTL
Current status: Renewed for season 2 (Deutschland 86) (2018/19).
Frozen Sky (Der kalte Himmel) (Mini-series) – Walter Presents
Original channel: Das Erste
Current status: Series ended.
Generation War (Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter) (Mini-series) – Netflix
Originally aired in the UK on BBC2
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
Heimat (Film) Sky Box Sets/Now TV
Originally aired in the UK on BBC2
Original channel: Cinema release
Current status. Series ended. There are 3 Heimat films/series all of which have aired on the BBC in the past.
Hotel Adlon (Mini-series) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
Inspector Borowski (11 films) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ARD (part of Tatort series)
Current status: Ongoing. So far 6 further films have aired in Germany with a 7th due in September. There are also 14 older films in the series which aired prior to those available in the UK.
Inspector Falke (7 films) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ARD (part of Tatort series)
Current status: Ongoing. So far 3 further films have aired in Germany.
Ku’damm 56 (1 season) – Netflix
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Renewed for season 2 (Ku’damm 59) which has already aired in Germany. No news yet on season 3.
Line of Separation (Tannbach) (1 season) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Season 2 aired in Germany in early 2018.
The Mind of a Murderer (7 films) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ARD (part of Tatort series)
Current status: Ongoing. So far 4 further films have aired in Germany.
Nick’s Law (4 films) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ARD (part of Tatort series)
Current status: Ongoing. A 5th film – which was actually released in cinemas back in 2016 – aired in Germany on 8 July.
NSU German History X (Mini-series) – Netflix
Original channel: Das Erste
Current status: Series ended.
Reformation: The Story of Martin Luther (Zwischen Himmel und Hölle) (Mini-series) – Not currently available
Originally aired in the UK on BBC4
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
The Same Sky (Der gleiche Himmel) (1 season) – Netflix
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Pending/Unknown.
Tempel (1 season) – Netflix
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
The Valley (Weinberg) (Mini-series) – Shudder
Original channel: TNT
Current status: Series ended.
You Are Wanted (2 seasons) – Amazon Prime
Original channel: Amazon Prime
Current status: Pending.

Other German series

Where a series is available to view with English subtitles elsewhere in the world – usually the United States (MHz Choice or Walter Presents) or Australia (SBS) a link is provided to one of those pages. Where the show has no current availability a link to the imdb page is provided instead.

Bad Banks (1 season) – SBS [+COMING SOON to Walter Presents]
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Renewed for season 2 (2019).
Blochin (Mini-series) – MHz Choice
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
Bukow & Konig (17 films) – MHz Choice (2 seasons/10 films)
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Ongoing (part of Polizeiruf 110 series).
Crime Scene Cleaner (Der Tatortreiniger) (6 seasons, 27 episodes) – MHz Choice (3 seasons, 27 episodes)
Original channel: NDR
Current status: Renewed for season 7 (4 episodes) (2018).
Crime Stories (Verbrechen) (1 season) – MHz Choice
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
A Dangerous Fortune (Die Pfeiler der Macht) (Mini-series) – MHz Choice
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
Dead Man Working (Mini-series) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Series ended.
Detective Ellen Lucas (Kommissarin Lucas) (26 films) – Not currently available [Previously listed as coming to MHz Choice though not on current release schedule]
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Ongoing.
Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries (24 films) – MHz Choice (18 films)
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Ongoing (3 more films in the works).
Flemming (3 seasons) – MHz Choice
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
Helen Dorn (9 films) – Not currently available [COMING SOON to Walter Presents]
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Ongoing.
Homicide Unit Istanbul (Mordkommission Istanbul) (20 films) – MHz Choice (2 seasons, 14 films) (New episodes due 7 August)
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Ongoing.
In the Face of Crime (Im angesicht des verbrechens) (1 season) – MHz Choice
Original channel: Das Erste
Current status: Series ended.
The Inspector and the Sea (Der Kommissar und das Meer) (24 films) – MHz Choice (2 seasons, 12 episodes)
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Ongoing
Kennedy’s Brain (Mini-series) – MHz Choice
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Series ended.
Marie’s Mind for Murder (Marie Brand) (22 films) – MHz Choice (1 season, 10 films)
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Ongoing.
Miss Sophie’s Instinct (Sophie: Schlauer als die Polizei) (1 season) – MHz Choice
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Series ended.
Nele Neuhaus Mysteries (Der Taunuskrimi) (11 films) – Not currently available [Previously listed as coming to MHz Choice though not on current release schedule]
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Ongoing
Point Blank (Auf kurze Distanz) (Mini-series) – Walter Presents
Original channel: Das Erste
Current status: Series ended.
Shades of Guilt (Schuld) (2 seasons) – Walter Presents
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Pending/unknown.
Tatort Cologne (Ballauf and Schenk) (73+ films – part of Tatort) – MHz Choice (3 seasons, 34 films)
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Ongoing.
Turkish for Beginners (Turkisch fur Anfanger) (3 seasons) – MHz Choice (2 seasons) (S3 is due on 24 July)
Original channel: ARD
Current status: Series ended.
The Weissensee Saga (Weissensee) (4 seasons) – MHz Choice (3 seasons)
Original channel: Das Erste
Current status: Pending.
Wilsberg (59 films) – Not currently available [Previously listed as coming to MHz Choice though not on current release schedule]
Original channel: ZDF
Current status: Ongoing.

*A little note about Tatort. This series has been running in Germany since 1970 & involves rotating films set in a variety of different locations. Detectives come and go and some locations change but I currently count 17 further Tatort series ongoing in Germany – from the Munich set series with Detectives Batic and Leitmayer (78 films since 1991) to the Freiburg set series with Tobler and Berg that aired its first film last October.

Coming soon

Beat – Amazon Prime. Crime drama set in Berlin’s club scene.

Das Boot – Sky Deutschland/Sky Atlantic. Sequel to the 1981 movie set in the fall of 1942.

Dogs of Berlin – Netflix. A politically sensitive murder forces two disparate detectives into a battle with the Berlin underworld and a confrontation with their own corruption. You can add the show to your Netflix list here.

Perfume (Parfum) – ZDF/Netflix. Six part series based on Patrick Süskind’s 1985 best-selling novel. 

The Wave – Netflix. Mini-series based on the 2008 film and 1981 young adult novel by Todd Strasser both inspired by a real experiment.

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