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A German language television series that has been running continuously since 1970, which makes it the longest-running German TV drama. Every episode features different detectives of a different city trying to solve a murder case.
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Series cast summary:
Klaus J. Behrendt Klaus J. Behrendt ...  Max Ballauf / ... 91 episodes, 1990-2021
Miroslav Nemec Miroslav Nemec ...  Ivo Batic / ... 88 episodes, 1988-2020
Udo Wachtveitl Udo Wachtveitl ...  Franz Leitmayr / ... 86 episodes, 1991-2020
Dietmar Bär ...  Freddy Schenk / ... 84 episodes, 1984-2021
Ulrike Folkerts Ulrike Folkerts ...  Lena Odenthal / ... 74 episodes, 1989-2021
Joe Bausch Joe Bausch ...  Dr. Joseph Roth 72 episodes, 1998-2021
Andreas Hoppe ...  Mario Kopper / ... 58 episodes, 1996-2017
Peter Espeloer Peter Espeloer ...  Peter Becker / ... 57 episodes, 1981-2020
Annalena Schmidt Annalena Schmidt ...  Frau Keller / ... 57 episodes, 1998-2020
Harald Krassnitzer Harald Krassnitzer ...  Moritz Eisner / ... 49 episodes, 1999-2020
Tessa Mittelstaedt Tessa Mittelstaedt ...  Franziska Lüttgenjohann / ... 47 episodes, 1999-2020
Bernd Michael Lade Bernd Michael Lade ...  Hauptkommissar Kain / ... 46 episodes, 1992-2008
Peter Sodann Peter Sodann ...  Hauptkommissar Bruno Ehrlicher / ... 45 episodes, 1992-2007
Michael Fitz Michael Fitz ...  Carlo Menzinger / ... 45 episodes, 1991-2013
Manfred Krug ...  Hauptkommissar Paul Stoever 41 episodes, 1984-2001
Sabine Postel Sabine Postel ...  Hauptkommissarin Inga Lürsen / ... 40 episodes, 1989-2019
Charles Brauer ...  Hauptkommissar Peter Brockmöller / ... 40 episodes, 1981-2001
Karl-Heinz von Hassel Karl-Heinz von Hassel ...  Kommissar Brinkmann / ... 40 episodes, 1971-2001
Dominic Raacke ...  Till Ritter / ... 39 episodes, 1985-2014
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ...  Frank Thiel / ... 39 episodes, 2002-2021
Jan Josef Liefers ...  Prof. Karl-Friedrich Boerne / ... 39 episodes, 2002-2021
Axel Milberg ...  Klaus Borowski / ... 38 episodes, 1994-2020
Christine Urspruch Christine Urspruch ...  Silke Haller / ... 38 episodes, 2002-2020
Friederike Kempter Friederike Kempter ...  Nadeshda Krusenstern 37 episodes, 2002-2020
Mechthild Großmann Mechthild Großmann ...  Staatsanwältin Wilhelmine Klemm / ... 37 episodes, 2002-2020
Claus Dieter Clausnitzer Claus Dieter Clausnitzer ...  Herbert Thiel / ... 37 episodes, 1997-2020


A German language television series that has been running continuously since 1970, which makes it the longest-running German TV drama. Every episode features different detectives of a different city trying to solve a murder case.

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The introduction of the character Horst Schimanski (Götz George) in 1981 marked a strong change regarding the depiction of cops on German television. He became notorious for his rebellious and politically incorrect attitude, his frequent drinking, use of foul language and occasional use of violence. As those traits were unprecedented at the time, it gained the character a cult-status. Schimanski is also credited for making the word "shit" more socially acceptable, and in 1991, the German newspaper BILD even counted the number of times he used it. In many polls, Schimanski was voted the most popular character of the show. See more »


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Interesting crime show
13 February 2018 | by pensmanSee all my reviews

Currently there are three seasons running on MHz identified as Tatort: Cologne (crime scene, Cologne) going from 1998 to 2007 that feature Inspectors Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk (actors Klaus Behrendt and Dietmar Bar). The two actors work well together and it's interesting to see them adapt to new technology and changes in police procedure. Those changes aren't part of the stories but just note how quickly things change.

At times Max and Freddie's personal issues can surface in an episode to add to building of their characters, and at times as crucial story points. Max has even been known to sleep with a suspect. Several episodes deal with social problems and the stories can be very gritty and the conclusions quite depressing.

At times both my wife and I yell at the screen when obviously bad conclusions are reached by the inspectors but you do have to fill about 90 minutes per episode. At times the episodes seem more about commenting on social issues rather than being solid mystery stories. In spite of some of these commentaries, the two forge ahead but they seem to get to finding the perp more by dumb luck than solid detective work. But they do doggedly pursue their quarry and usually catch the suspect.

Like any series, there are good episodes and disappointing ones but Max and Freddy are worth a look.

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Release Date:

29 November 1970 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Weimar, Thuringia, Germany

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