When Jantje Friese and her partner Baran bo Odar created their German-language science fiction series “Dark” for Netflix, they had no idea that it would become an international hit.
“When we started with the show, obviously we weren’t sure whether we were going to get any audience because it’s just such an unusual narrative,” said Friese. “We weren’t 100 percent convinced that we would get people [away] from the second screen and actually take the time and investment to watch what’s going on. And also why would they like weird German-language things? In the development process we never thought of it as [just] a German show. We always approached it as a global show, but we never, never, never expected that kind of success.”
In the series, a boy goes missing in the small German town of Winden, and as the series unspools, viewers learn that secrets, time travel,