The very best German tv series – the best of Germany’s television
With so much fascination have we been watching the German Movies, that we could no longer remain silent about German tv series. Perhaps the amount of good German series cannot compete with the amount of good German films. But it is clear that there are a few German tv shows made that deserve our attention.
As part of our search of the best European TV Series, we are now taking a look at the greatest German Series. We try not only to find the very best, but also try to find series that are also interesting for non – German. We are going for universal greatness in the series. If you are interested in the other countries please have a look in our European series section.
Here is our top 3 of best German tv series. The greatest series television of Germany has to offer.
Best German TV Series
1. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980-)
A terrific German tv series. Berlin Alexanderplatz can be considered to be the magnum opus of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It is said he even needed to take cocaine and pills in order to finish it on time. It was a very ambitious project.
It tells the story of young criminal Franz Biberkopf and his troubles in the Berlin Alexanderplatz area.
Not just an all-time German classic, but also a European one. It is also safe to say it is an international film critics favorite. Some consider it to be a film, but it more a mini series of fifteen and a half hour of great cinema divided into 14 parts. If you would consider it to be a film than it probably would be a the longest narrative film ever produced.
It is based on the great German book that goes by the same name written by Alfred Doblin. This German novel has been chosen to be the fourth best German novel of the twentieth century.
Trailer of Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Just like in the US and UK version, also here the story revolves around an incompetent boss of an insurance company. Although one would expect a duplicate of the Office, this is not true. Indeed, the characters and the concept are the same. But the feel to it is very different. It has gathered so many fans because it has stuck to the typical German sense of humor.
It is now already in its fifth season and is still running. It is one of the most popular tv-shows in the German speaking part of the world.
Trailer of Stromberg.
3. Das Boot Series (1985)
Just as amazing as the film version of Das Boot. Here it also follows the lives and troubles of the crew of a German u-boat. At one point they get confined from the rest of the world, and are continuously attacked by English ships for hours.
It is a very acclaimed tv series. In 1985 it received an Emmy for best television drama series. On IMDb it currently has gotten a 9.2 rating.
Remember thought that if you are looking for a simple action movie or series, you are in the wrong place.
Trailer of Das Boot series. Unfortunately there is no trailer for the Series but the trailer of the film should also be able to give you an impression.
Trailer of Das Boot.
Please let us know what you think are the greatest German TV Series. You can also discuss it further on our German Cinema forum.