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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Critic Ratings: 33

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 16, 2017

Police investigator Gereon Rath has been transferred from Cologne to solve a criminal case: a porn ring run by the Berlin mafia. There he discovers a dangerous web of shadows.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2017

Rath interrogates König further regarding the missing film reel; a Russian revolutionary's location is revealed.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2017

The freight train arrives in Berlin; tempers explode in Charlotte's household; aspiring inspector Janicke makes use of a surprising skill.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2017

At the May Day protest, police action spirals out of control; a body is found in a canal; unsuspecting Svetlana returns to her apartment.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2017

Kardakow realizes his first instinct was correct; a photo enlargement yields two leads; Rath and Charlotte get key intel from a colorful character.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2017

Rath confesses to a priest -- and later to Wolter; Charlotte charms medical student Rudi into performing a secret autopsy, which uncovers a vital clue.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2017

Rath's pharmacist gets shady instructions; Rath learns who is behind the train-smuggling operation and why, and he recalls the last time he saw his brother.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2017

Greta goes on a romantic outing with Fritz; Krajewski finally reveals where the film is hidden; a new patient is brought to Dr. Schmidt for treatment.

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Cast & Crew

Volker Bruch
Gereon Rath

Actor
Liv Lisa Fries
Charlotte Ritter

Actor
Leonie Benesch
Greta

Actor
Dmitri Alexandrov
Selenskij

Actor
Denis Burgazliev
Trochin

Actor
Oleg Tikhomirov
Boris Wolkow

Actor
Anton von Lucke
Stephan Jänicke

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Tom Tykwer
Screenplay

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Henk Handloegten
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Achim von Borries
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Frank Griebe
Camera

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Bernd Fischer
Camera

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Johnny Klimek
Music

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Tom Tykwer
Screenwriter
Bernd Fischer
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Critic Reviews for Babylon Berlin: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Babylon Berlin: Season 1

  • Jun 21, 2022
    Great show that exposes viewers to an amazing place and time - pre-Hitler era Berlin, a wonderful, wild place that totally disappeared with the changes that followed. There are some minor timeline flubs, like when the protagonist uses a perfect 2022 CPR technique on our drowned heroine when the process had not been invented until the 1950's. Also, like their American counterparts, German productions just cannot seem to resist letting contemporary politics seep into the story-lines. Overall a very enjoyable show and I look forward to the 4th Season.
  • May 17, 2022
    One of the better series on Netflix. Somewhat confusing--and the plot at times unbelievable--but in a way consistent with the overall zeitgeist of the atmosphere.
  • Apr 30, 2022
    *Fantastic*. It integrates an ominous historical backdrop with fully developed characters. At turns, it's funny, terrifying, romantic, and mysterious. I was on the edge of my seat until the end. NETFLIX: WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET SEASON FOUR??? I CAN'T WAIT! :)
  • Dec 01, 2021
    I'm obsessed with this show. I just recently did a binge of all 3 seasons out so far and subsequently re-watched all episodes at least 2 more times since the first viewing. The visuals are stunning. The acting is uniformly superb. The story lines in each season, along with the through line of the character's personal stories keep things moving and a bit of a mystery within the mysteries/crimes being played out. Historical echo and parallels with our current times are just too compelling to ignore. It doesn't hurt that my own family story very much dovetails with the time and action. The two main characters are essentially the same age in their time as my grandparents were at that time in Vienna. My grandparents were converted Jews who went on to live a life devoted to the pursuit of God/Jesus. They were lifelong philosophers and the way the show exposes the degree to which a broad range of political philosophies and ideologies were playing out at that time just rings very true to me from my knowledge of them. I literally can't wait for the 4th season to be released and I'm devouring the books the series is based upon.
  • Jun 13, 2021
    Simply awesome, seasons 1 and 2. But 3, not so much.
  • Mar 25, 2021
    A great show from start to finish. What I love most about Babylon Berlin is that is is fantastic not only from an overall perspective, with the storyline, characters, and their interactions, but also in the minute details. There are countless beautiful scenes, the score is incredible, and it all contributes to a great viewing experience.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    its fantastic, and one of the best movies I have ever seen.
  • Feb 21, 2021
    As a TV series enthusiast that has pretty much seen it all, Babylon Berlin is probably the best show I have ever watched and is absolutely the best of the best that Netflix has to offer. The acting top notch, the story completely immersive, the atmosphere and pictures dazzling, the main characters are unforgettable and have unrivaled chemistry, the plot and storyline are done to perfection without really any holes. I'd go as far as saying this is almost the perfect tv series. You'll without a doubt grow more and more attached to Charlotte and Gereon as you follow them throughout their adventures; be ready to pay this show very close attention so you don't miss crucial details: it won't disappoint. P.S: When you watch it, watch it in original German voice with subtitles rather than the English dubbing.
  • Sep 09, 2020
    This fascinating and riveting show requires your fullest attention but is absolutely worth it. Forget the dubbing and turn on the original German version with a full view of the beautifully acted, raw and heartbreaking characters. This show is so refreshingly non-American: the language, the light, the unapologetic bluntness of the daily life, the dirt and the grit make a mesmerizing viewing experience. And the night club scenes! I couldn't get over how perfect the set and the costume design are in this series. I could have watched just the wallpaper patterns and the flapper dresses and been happy. Everything was superb. If you're interested in expanding your Netflix views this will not disappoint.
  • 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.

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