Follows two families in the countryside of the Netherlands, who become archenemies after a mysterious accident in the past.




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Series cast summary:
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ...  Marieke Vonk-Vermeulen 24 episodes, 2015-2016
Anna Drijver ...  Emma Vonk 24 episodes, 2015-2016
Roeland Fernhout ...  Ben Vonk 24 episodes, 2015-2016
Carolien Spoor ...  Katinka 'Kat' Vonk-Schaeffer 24 episodes, 2015-2016
Puck van Stijn ...  Jisanne Vonk 24 episodes, 2015-2016
Abbey Hoes ...  Lynn Kester 24 episodes, 2015-2016
Benja Bruijning ...  Joeri Vonk 23 episodes, 2015-2016
Pim Lambeau Pim Lambeau ...  Roos Vonk 23 episodes, 2015-2016
Renée Fokker ...  Lilian Kester 23 episodes, 2015-2016
Huub Stapel ...  Luuk Vonk 22 episodes, 2015-2016
Marcel Musters Marcel Musters ...  Henk Kester 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Willem Voogd Willem Voogd ...  Martijn Kester 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Raymond Thiry ...  Sacha Weems 17 episodes, 2015-2016
Gijs Naber ...  Felix Kester 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Joy Wielkens Joy Wielkens ...  Zoey van Geloven 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Derek de Lint ...  Nick de Ruyter 12 episodes, 2016
Nasrdin Dchar ...  Samuel Groenhuysen 10 episodes, 2016
Bobbie Mulder Bobbie Mulder ...  Olivia Kester 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Myranda Jongeling Myranda Jongeling ...  Toos Schaeffer / ... 10 episodes, 2015-2016


A story of two families in the countryside of the Netherlands, becoming archenemies after a mysterious accident in the past. A legendary black tulip intensifies their ongoing feud. The families face important choices about life and death, love and hate and harmony and chaos.

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Release Date:

30 March 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

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NL Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First Dutch production filmed in Ultra HD (4k) See more »

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Well filmed, but a bit typical
25 April 2015 | by Victor van DoornSee all my reviews

The first episode of Zwarte Tulp gives the sense of a well-directed but conventional television series. Cynically speaking, this is 'just' another Dutch drama, in an age of extraordinary serial storytelling. In fact, it has a lot of the same plot elements as Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' written by Ann Biderman, but nowhere near its kind of gravitas.

The acting is generally very strong, which in Dutch television is actually rare. Marcel Musters, Anna Drijver and Raymond Thiry are naturals, but a few actors can't shake the infamous Dutch 'stage tone', which drags down the series. Benja Bruijning is a terrific addition from the 2nd episode, which made it stronger than the first, but not strong enough to get me to watch ep 3.

This series was definitely made by a very skilled and experienced director (Ben Sombogaard) and writers, but it feels like they lacked the vision on how to tell a relatively standard story to today's audiences, who have been spoiled with the likes of David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, Vince Gilligan, Matthew Weiner and basically every HBO show. If RTL wants to be a contender in the on- demand future of TV, they better start hiring crazier writers and show runners.

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