A long running German cop show, where detectives work to solve a crime.
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Klaus J. Behrendt ...  Max Ballauf / ... 86 episodes, 1990-2019
Miroslav Nemec ...  Ivo Batic / ... 81 episodes, 1988-2018
Udo Wachtveitl ...  Franz Leitmayr / ... 79 episodes, 1991-2018
...  Freddy Schenk / ... 79 episodes, 1984-2019
Ulrike Folkerts ...  Lena Odenthal / ... 70 episodes, 1989-2019
Joe Bausch ...  Dr. Joseph Roth / ... 67 episodes, 1998-2019
...  Mario Kopper / ... 58 episodes, 1996-2017
Peter Espeloer ...  Peter Becker / ... 53 episodes, 1981-2018
Annalena Schmidt ...  Frau Keller / ... 53 episodes, 1998-2018
Bernd Michael Lade ...  Hauptkommissar Kain / ... 46 episodes, 1992-2008
Tessa Mittelstaedt ...  Franziska Lüttgenjohann / ... 46 episodes, 1999-2018
Peter Sodann ...  Hauptkommissar Bruno Ehrlicher / ... 45 episodes, 1992-2007
Michael Fitz ...  Carlo Menzinger / ... 45 episodes, 1991-2013
Harald Krassnitzer ...  Moritz Eisner / ... 45 episodes, 1999-2019
...  Hauptkommissar Paul Stoever 41 episodes, 1984-2001
...  Hauptkommissar Peter Brockmöller / ... 40 episodes, 1981-2001
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ...  Kommissar Brinkmann / ... 40 episodes, 1971-2001
...  Till Ritter / ... 39 episodes, 1985-2014
Sabine Postel ...  Hauptkommissarin Inga Lürsen / ... 39 episodes, 1989-2018
...  Klaus Borowski / ... 35 episodes, 1994-2018
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A long running German cop show, where detectives work to solve a crime.

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Between 1985 and 1989, the networks ARD from Germany and ORF from Austria co-produced thirteen episodes, which were only aired in Austria (see Tatort (1985)). See more »

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Referenced in Axolotl Overkill (2017) See more »

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Interesting crime show
13 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Currently there are three seasons running on MHz identified as Tatort: Cologne (crime scene, Cologne) going from 1998 to 2007 that feature Inspectors Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk (actors Klaus Behrendt and Dietmar Bar). The two actors work well together and it's interesting to see them adapt to new technology and changes in police procedure. Those changes aren't part of the stories but just note how quickly things change.

At times Max and Freddie's personal issues can surface in an episode to add to building of their characters, and at times as crucial story points. Max has even been known to sleep with a suspect. Several episodes deal with social problems and the stories can be very gritty and the conclusions quite depressing.

At times both my wife and I yell at the screen when obviously bad conclusions are reached by the inspectors but you do have to fill about 90 minutes per episode. At times the episodes seem more about commenting on social issues rather than being solid mystery stories. In spite of some of these commentaries, the two forge ahead but they seem to get to finding the perp more by dumb luck than solid detective work. But they do doggedly pursue their quarry and usually catch the suspect.

Like any series, there are good episodes and disappointing ones but Max and Freddy are worth a look.


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