A German language television series that has been running continuously since 1970, which makes it the longest-running German TV drama. Every episode features different detectives of a different city trying to solve a murder case.
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Series cast summary:
Klaus J. Behrendt Klaus J. Behrendt ...  Max Ballauf / ... 92 episodes, 1990-2021
Miroslav Nemec Miroslav Nemec ...  Ivo Batic / ... 88 episodes, 1988-2020
Udo Wachtveitl Udo Wachtveitl ...  Franz Leitmayr / ... 86 episodes, 1991-2020
Dietmar Bär ...  Freddy Schenk / ... 85 episodes, 1984-2021
Ulrike Folkerts Ulrike Folkerts ...  Lena Odenthal / ... 75 episodes, 1989-2021
Joe Bausch Joe Bausch ...  Dr. Joseph Roth / ... 73 episodes, 1998-2021
Peter Espeloer Peter Espeloer ...  Peter Becker / ... 59 episodes, 1981-2021
Annalena Schmidt Annalena Schmidt ...  Frau Keller / ... 59 episodes, 1998-2021
Andreas Hoppe ...  Mario Kopper / ... 58 episodes, 1996-2017
Harald Krassnitzer Harald Krassnitzer ...  Moritz Eisner / ... 51 episodes, 1999-2021
Tessa Mittelstaedt Tessa Mittelstaedt ...  Franziska Lüttgenjohann / ... 47 episodes, 1999-2020
Bernd Michael Lade Bernd Michael Lade ...  Hauptkommissar Kain / ... 46 episodes, 1992-2008
Peter Sodann Peter Sodann ...  Hauptkommissar Bruno Ehrlicher / ... 45 episodes, 1992-2007
Michael Fitz Michael Fitz ...  Carlo Menzinger / ... 45 episodes, 1991-2013
Manfred Krug ...  Hauptkommissar Paul Stoever 41 episodes, 1984-2001
Sabine Postel Sabine Postel ...  Hauptkommissarin Inga Lürsen / ... 40 episodes, 1989-2019
Charles Brauer ...  Hauptkommissar Peter Brockmöller / ... 40 episodes, 1981-2001
Karl-Heinz von Hassel Karl-Heinz von Hassel ...  Kommissar Brinkmann / ... 40 episodes, 1971-2001
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ...  Frank Thiel / ... 39 episodes, 2002-2021
Axel Milberg ...  Klaus Borowski / ... 39 episodes, 1994-2021
Dominic Raacke ...  Till Ritter / ... 39 episodes, 1985-2014
Jan Josef Liefers ...  Prof. Karl-Friedrich Boerne / ... 39 episodes, 2002-2021
Christine Urspruch Christine Urspruch ...  Silke Haller / ... 39 episodes, 2002-2021
Mechthild Großmann Mechthild Großmann ...  Staatsanwältin Wilhelmine Klemm / ... 38 episodes, 2002-2021
Claus Dieter Clausnitzer Claus Dieter Clausnitzer ...  Herbert Thiel / ... 38 episodes, 1997-2021
Friederike Kempter Friederike Kempter ...  Nadeshda Krusenstern 37 episodes, 2002-2020


A German language television series that has been running continuously since 1970, which makes it the longest-running German TV drama. Every episode features different detectives of a different city trying to solve a murder case.

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The introduction of the character Horst Schimanski (Götz George) in 1981 marked a strong change regarding the depiction of cops on German television. He became notorious for his rebellious and politically incorrect attitude, his frequent drinking, use of foul language and occasional use of violence. As those traits were unprecedented at the time, it gained the character a cult-status. Schimanski is also credited for making the word "shit" more socially acceptable, and in 1991, the German newspaper BILD even counted the number of times he used it. In many polls, Schimanski was voted the most popular character of the show. See more »


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5 December 2020 | by laduqesaSee all my reviews

How do you review a series of over 1100 episodes? I have to start by admitting I've only seen thirteen "Lindholm" programmes and two "Cologne" ones.

The first thing that struck me was the cheesy seventies theme music and the dreadful title sequences. I'd honestly thought that I'd downloaded something from fifty years ago. However, it turned out that the Lindholm episodes were set in a recent past where primitive mobile phones were used in the earlier episodes and smartphones towards the later ones. I learnt that the theme and titles had remained the same for fifty years and the programme makers keep them as a tradition.

Despite the Lindholm episodes having the same star, Maria Furtwangler, it's clear that the different programmes were written and directed by a myriad of varied people. The styles were completely different as was the dialogue and plot development. One thing that was consistent and was, I assume, a basic template was that Frau Hauptkommissarin Lindholm was always close to the edge both in her personal life and her investigations. She broke rules with impunity and, in reality, wouldn't have lasted five minutes in any LKA or even local police station.

A few of the cases were solved by coincidences even when she knew who the perp was but she sometimes wasn't allowed to arrest as she didn't have the evidence. However, a chance meeting or finding led her to get her man. It was also slightly annoying that car accidents played such a large part in some of the plots.

Her personal life was a shambles and men came and went with no seeming reason. Mum was on hand to look after her child who simply didn't figure in the final episode.

I can't say much about the couple of Cologne ones I've seen as it was a long time ago, but they seemed to be darker.

All told, the stories were not boring and held the attention for the ninety minutes of each episode. They aren't the most scintillating television I've seen, but worth a look on a rainy afternoon.

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29 November 1970 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Weimar, Thuringia, Germany

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