Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83 (2015)

Deutschland 83
Deutschland 83

Critics Consensus

An engrossing drama with a fun '80s soundtrack, Deutschland 83 chronicles an intense spy story that brings viewers uncomfortably close to the Iron Curtain.



Critic Ratings: 36


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1026
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Air date: Jun 17, 2015
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Air date: Aug 5, 2015

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German-language spy drama set in the 1980s has a 24-year-old East German native go undercover in West Germany, where he enlists in their army to glean secrets concerning NATO military strategy. Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen, Sylvester Groth and Sonja Gerhardt star.


Jonas Nay
as Martin Rauch
Maria Schrader
as Lenora Rauch
Alexander Beyer
as Tobias Tischbier
Sonja Gerhardt
as Annett Schneider
Ludwig Trepte
as Alex Edel
Ulrich Noethen
as Gen. Wolfgang Edel
Sylvester Groth
as Walter Schweppenstette
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (21)

The threat of mutually assured destruction has never been so much fun.

Jun 17, 2015 | Full Review…

This is a period drama that sometimes lacks drama but makes up for it with a deep sense of period.

Jan 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The clunky '80s spy technology is riveting. The locations in and around Berlin add visual interest. Nay's cool, understated performance is a plus.

Aug 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Deutschland 83 is a genuine corker, with flashes of graphic style-an angular black-and-white dress, a carefully arranged drawer of cigarettes, cash, and Nescafé.

Jul 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's enough to make us demand more, possibly an entire channel of German drama, if they're all this good.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This drama is so good that we're able to forgive the glaring and all too convenient coincidences.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Deutschland 83 is calibrated for tastes hell-bent on energetic, addictive narratives, and is sure to please contemporary bingers.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It may disguise itself as a product of history, but it sacrifices depth and believability at every turn, tangling itself in knots and then pretending the knots don't exist.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Stylish, engaging, and engrossing. It's not only a different kind of spy tale, but it's something a little different for Sundance TV, too, whose dramas can sometimes be overwhelmingly dark... In comparison, Deutschland 83 is fast-paced and even peppy.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Trust me, watch the first 20 minutes of Deutschland 83 and you'll be hooked for the remainder. It's an adroit spy caper rooted in vivid history.

Jun 17, 2015 | Full Review…

The premiere episode of Deutschland 83 delivers an excellent mix of coming of age character drama and espionage derring-do. For viewers not allergic to subtitles, it's well worth watching.

Jun 17, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm now captivated by the young bumbler, and hooked.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83

  • Aug 05, 2019
    Riveting, addictive, at times implausible but WHO CARES. Loved this show!
  • Mar 03, 2019
    Great spy drama with a litte too many coincidences to be completely realistic but one of the best shows ive seen lately. Sadly season 2 cant keep up with it.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Simplistic cringeworthy spy drama with many plot conveniences
  • Nov 12, 2017
    Great story based on true events. We'll worth a watch
  • Sep 29, 2017
    About 10 years ago or so Good Bye Lenin gave us an insight on how life in East Germany in the 80s might have been. That also goes for The Life of the Others. Both of these are already part of German movie history, and a hundred years from now, both of those will appears as encyclopedias of German movie history, with specific significant to their depiction of east german life. Deutschland 83 is actually better, mostly because its running time is longer, but also because its insight and depth is much deeper. It is also very exciting, and it is not only the life and death of the characters that are in play, but that of all humankind. Never has the world been close to annihilation than this, all because of pure paranoia combined by stifling bureaucracy and human egos. Peak TV at its best; TV can not be better than this.
  • Nov 24, 2016
    Fantastic acting with nail biting tension. Loved it!
  • Aug 10, 2016
    Excellent series relating tongue events. Soundtrack is outstanding. Actors are dead on. Loved it! Ausgezeichnet!
  • Jun 02, 2016
    Awesome show with a great soundtrack!
  • May 17, 2016
    I was literally born behind the Iron Curtain and went back in the 80s. The pacing, the writing and the characters have nothing to recommend it. It's just cool retro fetishisation of a particular era. Good to have said you have seen it if you are a hipster. Literally don't bother if you actually care about good scripts.
  • May 08, 2016
    Deutschland 83 ist jetzt meine Lieblingsfernsehshow!

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