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Bad Banks 

Ambitious Jana is confronted with the unscrupulous machinations of the world of finance. Her working life is determined by egotism, the pressure to succeed and machismo. She soon has to decide how far she is prepared to go for her career.


Oliver Kienle
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2   1  
2020   2018  
14 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Paula Beer ...  Jana Liekam 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Barry Atsma ...  Gabriel Fenger 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Désirée Nosbusch ...  Christelle Leblanc 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Albrecht Schuch ...  Adam Pohl 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Mai Duong Kieu ...  Thao Hoang 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Marc Limpach ...  Luc Jacoby 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Germain Wagner Germain Wagner ...  Ties Jacoby 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Tobias Moretti ...  Quirin Sydow 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Jean-Marc Barr ...  Robert Khano 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Canan Samadi Canan Samadi ...  Maria 11 episodes, 2018-2020
Utsav Agrawal Utsav Agrawal ...  Shantimay 'Shanti' Bhardevej 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Patrick Dewayne ...  Liam Atwood 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Tobias Langhoff Tobias Langhoff ...  Peter Richard (Finanzaufsicht) 8 episodes, 2018-2020
Mathilde Irrmann Mathilde Irrmann ...  Vicky (Escort) 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Larisa Faber ...  Isabelle 7 episodes, 2018-2020
Jörg Schüttauf ...  Peter Schultheiß 6 episodes, 2018
Jeff Wilbusch ...  Noah Weisz 6 episodes, 2018
Tedros Teclebrhan Tedros Teclebrhan ...  David Kubiak 6 episodes, 2020
Christoph Schechinger ...  Felix Bender 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Hadi Khanjanpour Hadi Khanjanpour ...  Mohamed 'Momo' Saltan 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Maximilian Brauer Maximilian Brauer ...  Leon Pohl 6 episodes, 2018-2020
Noah Saavedra ...  Ben Kaufmann 5 episodes, 2020
Anton von Lucke ...  Pascal Rubens 5 episodes, 2020
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After being wrongly fired from Crédit International, a prestigious investment bank in Luxembourg, Jana Liekam, a talented young investment banker, is offered a dream-job in Frankfurt under the supervision of prominent Gabriel Fenger, Head of Investment Banking at Deutsche Invest. Suddenly, Jana not only had to give up her job, but also leave her boyfriend and his 5-year-old daughter behind. While Jana quickly manages to impress Fenger and his team with her passion and ambition, she realizes only too late that Christelle Leblanc, her former boss at Crédit International, has secretly been pulling the strings and manipulating Jana to her own advantage. Soon, Jana finds herself torn between her new obligations and Leblanc's relentless blackmail...will she and her career survive this merciless power play? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Aired in Germany on Arte in 2018 on March 1 (first four episodes) and 2 (last two) and again on ZDF on March 3, 4 & 5 (two episodes per day). While the two channels often co-produce programs, they typically don't air on both in such quick succession. See more »

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Disappointing second season
8 February 2020 | by albert-balversSee all my reviews

I rated the first season as 10 out of 10, but unfortunately I am not so enthusiastic about the second season. The basic setting has changed from Frankfurt to Berlin and also from traditional banking to the startup scene, but it appears a bit over the top. The dialogues are poorly written and loaded with clichés, the actors limit themselves to stressful looks in the camera, and directing is chaotic. I know the financial world quite well and it is almost funny to see how most extras have been cast: they need to have colorful hair, strange habits, big piercings and tattoos, whereby the reality is that people who are looking like normal human beings also can work in the startup scene. I am under the impression that the writers and producers wanted to do their utmost to provide a realistic view of banking in the year 2020, but this is simply too much. It is really a pity, because the first season was excellent.

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Release Date:

30 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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