Best new German TV Shows (2017 overview - TV & Netflix)

Germany has a very rich cinema culture, which should mean that good German series aren’t hard to find. Good shows have been made indeed, yet somehow the Germans keep their series mostly to themselves. Here’s what’s interesting.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best German TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Anna Winger, Jörg Winger & Marie Reiners Germany's best creators?

2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

You are Wanted (15-1-2017 | Amazon)

A man's life falls apart when is the target of a cyberattack and all his personal data gets hacked, and he is made to look part of a eco-terrorism organization. One of the first German tv shows created by Amazon Germany. Might be the show of the year for Germany.

CreatorHanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad & Richard Kropf
StarringMatthias Schweighöfer, Tom Beck & Edin Hasanovic
Themestechnology, terrorism, conspiracy, thriller,

Babylon Berlin (15-1-2017 | Sky Deutschland)

A historical crime drama bout Berlin during the social and political changes of the Golden Twenties, and a new police commissioner that just moved there from Cologne. It's a creation by Tom Tykwer (Sci-fi movie Cloud Atlas) which means that we are rather excited to see yet another film director go television, even in Europe now. The second season is already scheduled, so it seems a rather serious project (and a $40 million budget).

Photo of Babylon Berlin
CreatorTom Tykwer
StarringVolker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries & Dmitri Alexandrov
Themescop, historical,

Die Lebenden und die Toten (2-1-2017 | ZDF)

The living and the dead is a mini-series based on the best seller by Nele Neuhaus about a team of investigators.

Photo of Die Lebenden und die Toten
StarringRalph Kretschmar, Richard van Weyden & Mira Bartuschek |

Best German TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

Best German TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Mord mit Aussicht (Since 7-1-2008 , Season: 3 - The First)
  2. A German satirical crime series about a female detective and her adventures in a country village.

    CreatorMarie Reiners
    StarringCaroline Peters, Bjarne Mädel & Meike Droste
    Similar tv showsMorden im Norden, Der Tatortreiniger
    Themespolice, comedy, crime,
    Keywordsamusing, dynamic, entertaining, thrilling,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Der Tatortreiniger (Since 23-12-2011 , Season: 4 - NDR television)
  4. The bizarre everyday adventures of Heiko "Schotty" Schotte, whose profession is to clean up crime scenes.

    CreatorBjarne Mädel
    StarringBjarne Mädel, Katharina M. Schubert & Charly Hübner
    Similar tv showsMord mit Aussicht
    Themescareer, comedy,
    Keywordsabsurd, adventurous, fun,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (Since 27-4-2010 , Season: 1 - Arte)
  6. Marek, a cop of Russian descent, is looking for the murderer of his brother. Jelena came to Berlin to find work but ends up as a prostitute. They both get drawn into a power struggle within the Russian maffia.

    CreatorDominik Graf
    StarringMax Riemelt, Ronald Zehrfeld & Marie Bäumer
    Similar tv showsWeissensee
    Themesmafia, crime, drama,
    Keywordsaction-packed, dramatic, fascinating, historical, shocking,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. Stalingrad (Since 16-10-2003 , Season: 1)
  8. A beautiful documentary series about life in Stalingrad.

    StarringAlbrecht Appelt, Gerhard Dengler & Luzia Kollak
    Similar tv showsWar of the Century
    Themesmilitary, second world war, documentary, war,
    Keywordsauthentic, captivating, dramatic, informative, memorable,
    CountryGermany Russian Federation
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Pastewka (Since 9-9-2005 , Season: 7 - Sat.1)
  10. A show about the fictional everyday adventures of real-life comedian Bastian Pastewka.

    CreatorBastian Pastewka, Oliver Welke & Chris Geletneky
    StarringBastian Pastewka, Sonsee Neu & Bettina Lamprecht
    Similar tv showsStromberg
    Themescareer, comedy,
    Keywordsabsurd, amusing, biographical, conversational, entertaining, fun,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. Deutschland 83 (Since 17-6-2015 , Season: 1 - SundanceTV)
  12. In 1983, a naive, East German soldier is given the task to spy in West Germany.

    CreatorAnna Levine
    Starring Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader & Ulrich Noethen
    Similar tv showsKampen om tungtvannet & Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
    Themesmilitary, patriotism, politics, drama, thriller,
    Keywordsdramatic, outstanding,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Germany country statistics

Country popularity
Country ranking#8
Familiar faces Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader & Ulrich Noethen
Trending showsDeutschland 83, Der Tatortreiniger & Im Angesicht des Verbrechens
Amount of country shows per year from 2010 to 2017

38 German TV series scheduled for release this year.

It's getting serious in Germany with production companies like Amazon, and Hollywood directors trying their luck at German television in 2017. More money, and more shows.