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Deutschland 83 

Martin Rauch is recruited by the HVA to infiltrate the West Germany army. As a rookie spy, his decisions constantly put his cover at risk and force his agency to take extreme measures.
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Series cast summary:
Jonas Nay ...  Martin Rauch / ... 8 episodes, 2015
Maria Schrader ...  Lenora Rauch 8 episodes, 2015
Ulrich Noethen ...  General Wolfgang Edel 8 episodes, 2015
Sylvester Groth ...  Walter Schweppenstette 8 episodes, 2015
Sonja Gerhardt ...  Annett Schneider 8 episodes, 2015
Ludwig Trepte ...  Alex Edel 8 episodes, 2015
Alexander Beyer ...  Prof. Tobias Tischbier 8 episodes, 2015
Lisa Tomaschewsky ...  Yvonne Edel 8 episodes, 2015
Carina Wiese ...  Ingrid Rauch 7 episodes, 2015
Vladimir Burlakov ...  Thomas Posimski 7 episodes, 2015
Anna von Berg ...  Ursula Edel 5 episodes, 2015
Uwe Preuss ...  Markus Fuchs 6 episodes, 2015
Errol Trotman-Harewood ...  General Arnold Jackson 6 episodes, 2015
Godehard Giese ...  Karl Kramer 4 episodes, 2015
Michaela Caspar Michaela Caspar ...  Frau Netz 4 episodes, 2015
Florian Bartholomäi ...  Felix von Schwerin 4 episodes, 2015
Niels Bormann ...  Fritz Hartmann 2 episodes, 2015
Merab Ninidze ...  Alexej Stepanov / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Beate Maes ...  Renate Werner 3 episodes, 2015
Jens Albinus ...  Henrik Mayer 3 episodes, 2015
Nikola Kastner Nikola Kastner ...  Linda Seiler 3 episodes, 2015
Charlotte Crome Charlotte Crome ...  Cosima von Schwerin 3 episodes, 2015
Philipp Baltus ...  Werner Freisinger 2 episodes, 2015
Thomas Chemnitz Thomas Chemnitz ...  Joachim 2 episodes, 2015
Peter Sikorski ...  Globowsky 2 episodes, 2015
Matthias Lier ...  Krishna 2 episodes, 2015


Set in a divided Germany in 1983, during a peak period for Cold War tensions between East and West. Martin Rauch, a wide-eyed 24-year-old East German soldier plucked from obscurity, goes undercover as a West German soldier for the East German Secret Service.

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Over the wall. Under the gun.


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Impressive, amazing TV series
1 February 2016 | by syronthSee all my reviews

It is exaggerated, it is pretty dramatic. But thats what we usually expect today. On the other hand it were pretty dramatic times, the cold war was no fun at all even if we might think so today. This is what happens if you do not communicate.

For me personally it's one of the best German TV shows of the last decades - speaking as a German. Our movies and TV shows are usually totally crap (especially today I would say). American readers might think that's a sad fact that is also true for American productions, but believe me, it's not the same. But that's a different topic.

The series has its weaknesses, sometimes its pretty much a cliché but don't forget it's a comprehension of these times, it's not a documentary, it's a drama series. And there were in fact a lot of stubborn and blind people in high-rank positions, who even thought they were „smarter" than anyone else.

I've been born in West Germany. 1983 I was just 7/8 years old and I do remember that my father (a teacher) was somehow upset at this time. I didn't understand the whole stuff, the TV was sometimes full of it, but this made me grow up with the idea that the whole world is pretty close to destroy itself in an instant. Strange times - I hadn't really a clue what was happening and was watching and doing a lot of different stuff. Geez, I was a kid, kids are always optimistic although I did have one or another nightmare of „some big war". The American culture had a deep and massive influence on Western Germany at this time, I do remember this quite well and it's not so obvious in this show but it's still noticeable. Like the GDR was under massive influence of the soviet union. Till today it's burned into my brain, indelibly. (Keep this is mind if you're an American and talk to Germans today - this whole cold war thing has pretty much messed up everything in the aftermath - till today.)

But I'm loosing my point. For me the series captures the feeling in Germany at this time pretty well, the characters are spot on, the actors do an awesome job, they really feel „80s style", only the budget limit obviously stopped it from being better overall. But for this it's pretty impressive and for German standards pretty brave. It could have a bit more teeth but not to much since it's fairly trying to find a balance without punching into faces, it gives both sides a fair share of the story. We are smarter today - aren't we?

Kudos to the producers, the writer, the director and the actors. Great job, it's a remarkable show I really wish it would go on and become even better. It were pretty difficult times but I believe Germany today is in an even more delicate situation and this story is not over yet. Unfortunately.

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17 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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