Max McLaughlin is an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war.
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Series cast summary:
Taylor Kitsch ...  Max McLaughlin 8 episodes, 2020
Michael C. Hall ...  Tom Franklin 8 episodes, 2020
Logan Marshall-Green ...  Moritz McLaughlin 8 episodes, 2020
Nina Hoss ...  Elsie Garten 8 episodes, 2020
Tuppence Middleton ...  Claire Franklin 8 episodes, 2020
Maximilian Ehrenreich Maximilian Ehrenreich ...  Gad 8 episodes, 2020
Sebastian Koch ...  Dr. Werner 'Engelmacher' Gladow 8 episodes, 2020
Mala Emde ...  Karin Mann 8 episodes, 2020
Anne Ratte-Polle ...  Marianne 8 episodes, 2020
Lena Dörrie ...  Trude 8 episodes, 2020
Benjamin Sadler ...  Leopold Garten 8 episodes, 2020
Ivan G'Vera ...  Alexander Izosimov 7 episodes, 2020
Braxton Bjerken ...  Young Max 6 episodes, 2020
Anson Boon ...  Young Moritz 6 episodes, 2020
Jan Budar ...  Grey man 5 episodes, 2020
Sean Brodeur Sean Brodeur ...  Franklin's Driver 4 episodes, 2020
Karel Hermánek Jr. ...  Berninski Bartender 4 episodes, 2020
Billy Rayner ...  George 4 episodes, 2020
Amelie Wedell Amelie Wedell ...  Helena 4 episodes, 2020
Travis Burnett ...  Jimmy McLaughlin 2 episodes, 2020
Dan Cade ...  Anthony Deluca 2 episodes, 2020
Réka Derzsi ...  Mrs. Oberlander 2 episodes, 2020
Monika Foris Kvasnicková ...  Concierge Bernisniski 2 episodes, 2020
Jeff Hallman ...  Max's Father / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Roy McCrerey ...  Bob Travis 2 episodes, 2020
Rafael Stachowiak Rafael Stachowiak ...  Otto Oberlander 2 episodes, 2020
Lena Urzendowsky ...  Green Eyes 2 episodes, 2020
Nick Wittman ...  Jim Gallagher 2 episodes, 2020
Martin Wuttke ...  Heinlein 2 episodes, 2020


Berlin, summer of 1946, the city's in chaos - there are no laws, and everyone is either a criminal or a survivor. When American cop Max McLaughlin (Taylor Kitsch, Waco, Friday Night Lights) arrives to help create a police force and take down the Al Capone of Berlin, Dr Werner 'Englemacher' Gladow, he is also on a private mission to track down his missing brother, who's been killing former Nazis in hiding.

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Do not trust the negative reviews.
4 January 2021 | by rorcannaSee all my reviews

People saying that it shows 1 group as good or others as bad, have either not seen all the episodes, or they're biased to hell and back. The show depicts villains and heroes in every corner. British, Russian, American, German, French... Perhaps it is a sign of the times that we live in that people choose to see just one side, but I assure you that it hits in all directions. It also shows humanity and decency from all directions.

This show is grand. It has mystery, the violence is realistic and used to great effect, the characters are well written and the connection to real events has a unique spin in that it depicts the post-war time of Europe rather than WWII. The set design alone is worthy of all the praise possible. So is the use of actual British, French, American, Russian and German actors. It would've been easy to just stick a bunch of Swedish and English actors into it all and call it a day. But they didn't, because this show is so clearly a labour of love. The one thing that confuses me, and surely others, is why it's called different names depending on region. To me as a Swede it is called, The Defeated, to others it's called Shadowplay. It causes unnecessary confusion for viewers, but those that do watch it all the way through tend to give it positive ratings.

Give it a chance. It is the first show I watched in 2021, and it set a VERY high bar for any upcoming shows to reach.

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Release Date:

30 October 2020 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



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16:9 HD
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