Babylon Berlin: Season 1 (2017)

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Babylon Berlin's humor and humanity pair nicely with its hypnotic visuals, resulting in a show that dazzles within its oversaturated genre.

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User Ratings: 596

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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 30, 2018
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Tv Season Info

Inspector Gereon Rath, shell-shocked from his service in World War I, uncovers a dangerous web of intrigue when he investigates an underground porn ring.

Cast

Volker Bruch
as Gereon Rath
Liv Lisa Fries
as Charlotte Ritter
Matthias Brandt
as August Benda
Leonie Benesch
as Greta
Severija Janusauskaite
as Swetlana Sorokina/Nikoros
Ivan Shvedov
as Alexej Kardakow
Fritzi Haberlandt
as Elisabeth Behnke
Lars Eidinger
as Alfred Nyssen
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Critic Reviews for Babylon Berlin Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (6)

Babylon Berlin tells a very good story, yet it's even better at conjuring a rich and fascinating world.

Feb 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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Four or five episodes in, the plot developments are coming at a furious rate. You may need a swift finger on the rewind button to keep up.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a series that demands your full attention as few have in recent years, but anyone who invests time and energy in it will find it rewarding.

Nov 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Babylon Berlin is much more of a landmark television series than anything else the streamer has offered in months.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

This is an exhilarating, enrapturing series about the start of a watershed. We cannot know where we are going without knowing where it all began.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Trying to keep the threads straight can be tough, but Tykwer and friends deftly sidestep clichés (you won't see a Nazi uniform until the series is practically over) and the characters carry us through.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Babylon Berlin is actually quite good history in its depiction of a society increasingly squeezed between leftism and rightism until the centre, the place of normalcy and decency, burst like a balloon.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though we know where history is headed, our sympathies get confused, just as they might have if we'd been living in Berlin at that historical moment.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Everyone, from the leads down, is in some way flawed, compromised, disappointing.

Jun 24, 2018 | Full Review…

While politics is integral to what it is about - right down to its existence - it's so much more than just a cautionary tale. Babylon Berlin is mostly a police thriller, made with immense care - especially with regard to the period setting.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Babylon Berlin" offers mesmerizing television, succeeding both as absorbing mystery and exquisitely produced historical drama.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Irresistible for many reasons, but one is the way it intersperses a macabre portrait of a doomed society with glints of its promise...

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Babylon Berlin: Season 1

  • Jun 25, 2020
    Started watching this in dubbed English and it was annoying as the voice actors simply didn't cut it. Once I set it to the original German with English subtitles it was much better. Beautiful production and intriguing--and unbelievable--plot lines but overall very enjoyable.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    Engrossing and fascinating account of the last few years of the wobbly Weimar Republic. The duplicity of the regime, the fight against communism, the superb cast, all illumine why and how the Nazis seized power without ever having the support if the German people. And the music scene - the Dust to Ashes performance is simply riveting! A must see! Binge if you can to keep track of the intricacies in the plot.
  • Jun 12, 2020
    The first episode introduces too many characters and seemingly unrelated threads. Didn't enjoy it enough to look forward to another episode so stopped watching. Might be worth persevering with one day.
  • May 03, 2020
    This is one of the best series I have seen in a very long time. Exceptional screenplay with a riveting portrayal of 1929 Wiemar Republic as all of it starts to come apart. It's a reflective account of history and the resulting effects of a nation being forced into a war debt that can never be paid with no way out. Hyperinflation, absolute poverty except the ruling class and factions moving against the young democracy for control. Corruption abounds and people trade away all morality for survival.
  • May 01, 2020
    Great lead in season to an excellent second season.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Historically intricate, textured drama, beautiful filming and period "look," and intriguing central characters. Sometimes the action and late season plot developments feel over-the-top and almost pulpy, which feels a little jarring given the prestige TV framework. Provocative, for thinking about this moment when the far right (in both "street" and genteel, bourgeois, nationalist variants) is on the rise but has not yet taken power.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    This is a great series! I didn't watch it until three seasons were available, because I didn't think that it had English dubbing. Fortunately, it does have very good English dubbing, and seems to match very well what the actors are saying in German. What I liked about the series - 1) The acting is very good. 2) Any subplots, do become relevant to the main plot as time goes on. 3) Replication of the 1929 time period is excellent. 4) The various plots and mysteries, are really engrossing. I binged all three seasons, a few episodes per evening, because the series is like a good book I couldn't put down!
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Amazing series. As a historical drama/thriller set in Germany this series does not rely on the standard stereotypes and tropes one would expect. The acting is absolutely amazing, 100% worth watching with subtitles. I didn't want it to end.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    S-L-O-W.... Big budget, big names, great art direction, but S-L-O-W. Nothing happens and it happens slowly.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    Just watch it - it awesome

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