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Die Firma Hesselbach 

The show features the lives of Family Hesselbach, that own a Printing and Publishing firm in a town in the state of Hesse.




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Series cast summary:
Wolf Schmidt Wolf Schmidt ...  Karl 'Babba' Hesselbach / ... 51 episodes, 1960-1967
Liesel Christ Liesel Christ ...  Marie 'Mamma' Hesselbach / ... 51 episodes, 1960-1967
Lia Wöhr Lia Wöhr ...  Frau Siebenhals 48 episodes, 1960-1967
Sophie Cossaeus Sophie Cossaeus ...  Frl. Lohmeier 41 episodes, 1960-1966
Joachim Engel-Denis Joachim Engel-Denis ...  Fred Lindner 40 episodes, 1960-1963
Max Strecker Max Strecker ...  Arthur Münzenberger / ... 37 episodes, 1960-1967
Dieter Henkel Dieter Henkel ...  Peter Hesselbach 26 episodes, 1961-1963
Dieter Schwanda Dieter Schwanda ...  Rudi Krausgrill 26 episodes, 1960-1963
Ursula Köllner Ursula Köllner ...  Else Sauerberg / ... 26 episodes, 1960-1963
Sybille Schindler Sybille Schindler ...  Frl. Pinella 24 episodes, 1960-1967
Rosemarie Kirstein Rosemarie Kirstein ...  Heidi Hesselbach / ... 23 episodes, 1961-1963
Helga Neuner Helga Neuner ...  Helga Hesselbach / ... 23 episodes, 1960-1963
Bogislav von Heyden Bogislav von Heyden ...  Hans-Ulrich Betzdorf 21 episodes, 1960-1963


The show features the lives of Family Hesselbach, that own a Printing and Publishing firm in a town in the state of Hesse.

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Follows The Hesselbach Family on Vacation (1955) See more »

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8 May 2007 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

The adventures of the Hesselbach family must be one of the longest running German series ever. It started in the late 40s as a radio serial, then went to the big screen (alas most of the films are lost today) and then for a ten year run on TV. Normally, Germans and humor just don't go together that's why it is even more surprising that here we have a true gem of comedy. Set in the context of the Hesselbach family running a small printing firm somewhere near Frankfurt, author Wolf Schmidt tells everyday stories about the absurdity of family and business life. Normally, humor ages fast so it's surprising that the timing is still right (comedy has become much faster paced in the last few years) it is still relevant (particularly his observations on business), intelligent and witty. Although Germany's past is never prominent there, it pops up now and then with some quite wry observations. Schmidt himself was never entirely happy with his success as he was typecast as "Babba" Hesselbach and never really succeeded in another role. Lia Wöhr and Liesel Christ of course became famous as actors in their regional dialect. Helga Neuner (Helga Hesselbach) also was in the fetish-horror film "The horrors of Spider Island". If you look at the format of the German family comedy, presently most prominent with "Familie Heinz Becker", it becomes apparent that Familie Hesselbach still is the standard which no other show has reached yet.

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22 January 1960 (West Germany) See more »

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