Babylon Berlin: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1
Babylon Berlin

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 29


Audience Score

User Ratings: 544
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Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
Air date: Jan 30, 2018
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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.


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 (29) | Top Critics (4)

It's all wonderfully gripping, and Bruch has the most pained, expressive eyes you'll see all year.

Feb 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

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

Feb 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Babylon Berlin: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    Complex flawed characters living in historic, dangerous times. Very good.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    This show gets better with every episode. You truly feel transported to a different time and place. Best viewed in the original German with English subtitles if needed.
  • Jun 23, 2019
    one of the best ever
  • Jun 15, 2019
    Really really good. Beautiful. It's so interesting to root with the characters, the whole time knowing that the democracy they're trying to save is doomed. However, some of the depictions of emotions don't make sense at the very last couple episodes.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    Superb series - complex storyline, interesting, complex characters, outstanding cinematography & art design. As good as anything I've seen in the last few years.
  • Apr 08, 2019
    Characterization of the roaring 20s of Berlin like no other, forget historical accurateness, immensely detailed sets, murder, sex although it has all of the above. Babylon Berlin is at its core a deeply human tale about the veracity of people to fight for what they believe in even when we as the viewer know the outcome it draws us in like Homer's Odyssey the ending already paved out in history books. But the true joy is found in the individual tales despite its deeply political background. The pinnacle of crime-Noir it expertly avoids all the tropes we have come to expect whilst accepting the few that necessitate this tested, thrilling genre. Few shows come close to maintaining both a haunting male lead (Volker Bruch) and a just as whimsically witty female lead in Liv Lisa Fries (Charlotte Ritter) simultaneously. Often foreign language shows lose some of their impact, charm through subtitles but the raw energy exuding from Babylon Berlin's cast drives the perpetual brilliance of the unfolding narrative forward. A show which is more focused on the subtly of delivering plot clues, twists than most on American television it is deeply rooted in reality and manages to find room for all the shoot-outs and twists well asking for very little suspension of belief from the audience. A show sure to make you cry, hold your breath and laugh in humour which never feels out of place in the mysterious macabre of post-ww1 Germany. I haven't had the joy of such a crime show in years and for the love of god don't watch the dubbed version.
  • Mar 30, 2019
    Brilliant german crime/spy/thriller drama set in 1920s Berlin, just before the shit hit the fan with the Depression and the Nazis came into power. Take my word, so many different subplots that come together beautifully. This a Berlin with a generation recovering from WW1, living it up in the dancehalls and making ends meet. We see Anarchists, Communists and Nazis stirring trouble in the streets, vying power, and in the centre of it all, the Police Headquarters where our main protagonists work. If you haven't seen it yet, binge watch it like I did. Saw it in it's original German version with english subtitles, and did I mention the top notch acting? You really care about the characters because they are so beautifully written and performed. Once it gets rolling it is fast paced and gripping to watch. I can't wait for Season 3 which is in production. A lot of money has been put into this series and the quality in every detail shows. I cannot recommend it enough.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    It can take some time to get into it, but it's well worth the wait. Engrossing and at times disruptive to how we *want* to interpret the events.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Germans not only make the best cars, they make GREAT cable series too. I marathoned it for 2 days, well worth it. You won't be disappointed..
  • Feb 21, 2019
    The real Babylon won't be able to be re built, interesting series but the great prostitute of Rev 18 wont be rebuilt. So Los Angeles/Hollywood will more likely be the great Prostitute

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