50 Best German Television Series

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1. Unter Verdacht (2002– )

90 min | Crime

Under suspicion crime series.

Stars: Senta Berger, Rudolf Krause, Gerd Anthoff, Michael Lerchenberg

Votes: 123

2. Polizeiruf 110 (1971– )

Crime, Drama

In German with English subtitles. Alexander Bukow is a cop who doesn't mind working at the edge of the law to get results. His straight-laced partner, Katrin Koenig, is a control freak ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Borgelt, Jürgen Frohriep, Wolfgang Winkler, Jaecki Schwarz

Votes: 347

3. Ein Mann will nach oben (1978– )

60 min

After the death of his father young Karl Siebrecht goes to Berlin to make a fortune.

Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Ursela Monn, Walter Buschhoff, Karl Michael Vogler

Votes: 86

4. Doctor's Diary - Männer sind die beste Medizin (2008– )


A female doctor is abandoned at the altar resulting her in gaining a job at her father's hospital, where she is reunited with an old bully but also crush from school. She attempts to form a... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Amft, Peter Prager, Ursela Monn, Florian David Fitz

Votes: 1,339

5. Flemming (2009– )


The police psychologist Flemming and his ex-wife, a detective, live next door to each other and work together to solve crimes.

Stars: Samuel Finzi, Claudia Michelsen, Oliver Bröcker, Anna Thalbach

Votes: 69

6. Der letzte Zeuge (1998–2006)

45 min | Crime

The last witness is a crime series aired by the Second German Television. It's about a medical examiner, dr. Robert Kolmaar, embodied by Ulrich Mühe.

Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Gesine Cukrowski, Jörg Gudzuhn, Renate Schroeter

Votes: 189

7. Diese Drombuschs (1983–1994)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This critically acclaimed drama focuses on the Drombuschs, an average German family living in Darmstadt near Frankfurt. Siegfried, the father, runs an antique shop, while his wife Vera ... See full summary »

Stars: Witta Pohl, Grete Wurm, Eike Hagen Schweikhardt, Günter Strack

Votes: 135

8. Peter Strohm (1989–1996)

45 min | Thriller

Peter Strohm was a German crime series with Klaus Löwitsch as detective Peter Strohm.

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Ulrich von Dobschütz, Katrin Schaake, Michèle Marian

Votes: 54

9. Das Erbe der Guldenburgs (1987–1990)

50 min | Drama

The series is based on an aristocratic German family (The Guldenburgs). It deals with the various relationships and problems the family goes through. The Guldenburgs live outside Hamburg at... See full summary »

Stars: Christiane Hörbiger, Wilfried Baasner, Iris Berben, Katharina Böhm

Votes: 175

12. Notarztwagen 7 (1976–1977)

25 min | Action, Drama

In this TV series you will get to know men and women who round-the-clock are in use in the service of the public, if people get into need. You will experience, that without the cooperation ... See full summary »

Stars: Emily Reuer, Joachim Bliese, Matthias Hell, Alexander May

Votes: 11

13. Ich heirate eine Familie... (1983–1986)

752 min | Comedy, Drama

Werner, a successful single without family, meets Angelika (Angie), a divorced mother with three children, of whom especially the eldest daughter, teenager Tanja, is very difficult. Very ... See full summary »

Stars: Thekla Carola Wied, Peter Weck, Julia Biedermann, Timmo Niesner

Votes: 196

14. Nonstop Nonsens (1975–1980)

28 min | Comedy

There is a complete comic story in each episode, with Didi in the main role - as well as other, more brief, comedy sketches, also starring Didi.

Stars: Dieter Hallervorden, Rotraud Schindler, Kurt Schmidtchen, Gerhard Wollner

Votes: 190

16. Formel Eins (1983–1990)

45 min | Comedy, Documentary, Music

Formula One - the first modern music show on German television.

Stars: Stefanie Tücking, Peter Illmann, Inga Humpe, Divine

Votes: 30

17. Der Staatsanwalt (2005– )

Crime, Drama

Cases and complicated lives of a public prosecutor and a police unit, a member of whom is the prosecutor's son, who work in Wiesbaden.

Stars: Rainer Hunold, Fiona Coors, Simon Eckert, Astrid Posner

Votes: 56

20. Der Fahnder (1984–2005)

45 min | Crime

Der Fahnder was an eve crime series of the ARD.

Stars: Dietrich Mattausch, Dieter Pfaff, Hans-Jürgen Schatz, Klaus Wennemann

Votes: 147

22. Nesthäkchen (1983)

50 min

Annemarie Braun, a doughter of a doctor and her life from five to ten years. She lives in West Berlin, Germany with her parents and two brothers in 1910 to 1914. The series is an adoption from a novel by Else Ury.

Stars: Christian Wolff, Doris Kunstmann, Helma Seitz, Hilde Berndt

Votes: 70

23. Schwarz Rot Gold (1982–1995)


Black Red Gold is the title of an ARD television series with Uwe Friedrichsen.

Stars: Uwe Friedrichsen, Edgar Bessen, George Meyer-Goll, Siegfried Kernen

Votes: 59

24. Lindenstraße (1985– )

30 min | Drama, Family

Located in an average quarter of Munich, this weekly soap opera focuses on the lives of normal people. Beside the typical storylines like love, marriage and death, the show has treated a ... See full summary »

Stars: Marie-Luise Marjan, Andrea Spatzek, Joachim Hermann Luger, Moritz A. Sachs

Votes: 614

25. Wilsberg (1995– )

90 min | Crime, Thriller

Wilsberg - the thriller from Münster.

Stars: Leonard Lansink, Rita Russek, Roland Jankowsky, Ina Paule Klink

Votes: 227

27. Irgendwie und sowieso (1986– )

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Somehow and anyway.

Stars: Ottfried Fischer, Elmar Wepper, Robert Giggenbach, Toni Berger

Votes: 205

28. Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl (1982–1989)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Pumuckl is a nice and sometimes naughty goblin who used to live with a cabinet maker named Franz Eder. Mr. Eder has had to live through quite some trouble because Pumuckl always was up to ... See full summary »

Stars: Gustl Bayrhammer, Hans Clarin, Toni Berger, Erni Singerl

Votes: 1,170

30. Auf Achse (1980–1996)

48 min | Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a group of German truckers on jobs all over the world.

Stars: Manfred Krug, Rüdiger Kirschstein, Armin Rohde, Nele Mueller-Stöfen

Votes: 215

32. Aus heiterem Himmel (1995– )

45 min | Comedy

Comic author Tobias and his boat-building friend Christopher are both convinced singles. Together they inhabit an old villa and have an easy life with many girlfriends. But when Tobias' ... See full summary »

Stars: Daniel Friedrich, Michael Fitz, Julio Brinkmann, Florian Fischer

Votes: 52

34. Mit Leib und Seele (1989– )

Drama, Family

With body and soul - series.

Stars: Günter Strack, Liesel Christ, Buddy Elias, Nikolaus Paryla

Votes: 29

35. Hausmeister Krause - Ordnung muss sein (1999– )

25 min | Comedy

The everyday life of a caretaker's family.

Stars: Janine Kunze, Tom Gerhardt, Irene Schwarz, Axel Stein

Votes: 687

36. Drei sind einer zuviel (1977– )

25 min | Romance

Charlotte is a traveling sales rep for her uncle's pottery. On her travels she meets the attractive young teacher Peter and his equally young and attractive landlord Benedikt. Charlotte ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas Fritsch, Herbert Herrmann, Jutta Speidel, Eduard Linkers

Votes: 32

37. Polizeiinspektion 1 (1977– )

25 min | Crime

Police Inspectorate One - Police Series.

Stars: Walter Sedlmayr, Elmar Wepper, Max Grießer, Bruni Löbel

Votes: 63

38. Großstadtrevier (1986– )

50 min | Crime, Comedy, Drama

The daily lives of police officers in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg.

Stars: Jan Fedder, Maria Ketikidou, Till Demtrøder, Peter Heinrich Brix

Votes: 258

39. KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst (2007– )

45 min | Crime

KDD - Crime duration service is a German crime series, which was broadcast from 2007 to 2010.

Stars: Götz Schubert, Manfred Zapatka, Saskia Vester, Barnaby Metschurat

Votes: 255

40. Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (2010– )

479 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The worlds of a young Russo-German cop who investigates within the Berlin Russian mafia milieu and a young Russian woman who is forced into prostitution, intertwine when they meet and fall in love.

Stars: Max Riemelt, Ronald Zehrfeld, Marie Bäumer, Alina Levshin

Votes: 1,288

41. Die Wicherts von nebenan (1986–1991)

48 min | Comedy, Drama

The Wicherts next door - a family history.

Stars: Maria Sebaldt, Stephan Orlac, Hendrik Martz, Edith Schollwer

Votes: 60

42. Kommissarin Lucas (2003– )

90 min | Crime, Mystery

A crime series based in Regensburg, Bavaria.

Stars: Ulrike Kriener, Michael Roll, Tilo Prückner, Alexander Lutz

Votes: 56

43. Tatort (1970– )

90 min | Crime, Drama

A long running German cop show, where detectives work to solve a crime.

Stars: Klaus J. Behrendt, Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl, Dietmar Bär

Votes: 2,040

44. Nachtschicht (2003– )

89 min | Crime, Thriller

Night shift thriller story.

Stars: Armin Rohde, Minh-Khai Phan-Thi, Barbara Auer, Pierre Semmler

Votes: 166

45. Edel & Starck (2002–2005)

46 min | Comedy, Romance

Edel and Starck is a German television series in the style of a screwball comedy and plays in the eponymous law firm.

Stars: Christoph M. Ohrt, Rebecca Immanuel, Isabel Tuengerthal, Barbara Demmer

Votes: 231

46. Die Straßen von Berlin (1995–2000)

90 min | Crime

The cases of an organized crime unit of the Berlin police.

Stars: Martin Semmelrogge, Dietrich Mattausch, Guntbert Warns, Nadeshda Brennicke

Votes: 34

47. Unser Lehrer Doktor Specht (1992–1999)

90 min | Drama, Family

German television program about Dr. Specht, a man trying to balance his personal life with his job as a high-school teacher.

Stars: Robert Atzorn, Gisela Trowe, Claudia Wenzel, Veronica Ferres

Votes: 126

48. Stubbe - Von Fall zu Fall (1995– )

90 min | Crime, Drama

The cases of police detective, family man and Dresden native Wilfried Stubbe in his new home of Hamburg.

Stars: Wolfgang Stumph, Stephanie Stumph, Margret Homeyer, Lutz Mackensy

Votes: 59