Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83 (2015)


Deutschland 83
Deutschland 83

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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


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Air date: Jun 17, 2015

Spy drama set in the 1980s begins with a 24-year-old East German native going undercover in West Germany, where he enlists in their army to glean secrets concerning NATO military strategy.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2015

Martin is ordered to break into the hotel room of a high-ranking NATO official and steal a top-secret report.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2015

In Brussels, Martin is assigned to seduce a NATO chief's secretary and plant a bug in their office, and later, Martin's aunt informs him that his mother needs a kidney transplant. Back in East Berlin, Martin's fiancée begins taking care of Ingrid and reveals a secret she's been keeping.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2015

NATO goes on high alert after the bug is discovered in Linda's desk, and Martin is forced to cover his tracks, by any means necessary.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2015

Martin is recalled to East Berlin, but must first stop and deliver a package to a mysterious contact in West Berlin.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2015

While recuperating after the kidney transplant for his mother, Martin contemplates staying in East Germany, but a visit from a Secret Service member has him reconsidering. Meanwhile, Gen. Jackson is taken hostage by Alex Edel, who forces him to film an denouncement of American military plans for Western Europe.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2015

Martin receives orders that pique his fear about East Germany's paranoia, and there's the chance that he may have to blow his own cover. Meanwhile, Tischbier takes part in a student demonstration, where he meets Alex and delivers bad news to him.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2015

In the series finale, the West continues with its nuclear war game, and Martin, unwelcome on both sides of the border, contemplates a way to keep the East from making a devastating mistake. Meanwhile, Yvonne remains in the grasp of Annett and the secret police; Ingrid tracks down Schweppenstette to save Thomas from prison; and Alex confronts his own demons.

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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Ulrich Noethen
Gen. Wolfgang Edel
Sylvester Groth
Walter Schweppenstette
Alexander Beyer
Tobias Tischbier
Sonja Gerhardt
Annett Schneider
Lisa Tomaschewsky
Yvonne Edel
Jonas Nay
Martin Rauch
Maria Schrader
Lenora Rauch
Nico Hofmann
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (25)

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

Jun 17, 2015 | 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…

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…

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…

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

Aug 21, 2018 | 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…

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…

Deutschland 83 can be a little clunky at times, and most of it is subtitled. Nevertheless, it's a taut thriller with some cool '80s spy moments - near-miss escapes with sexual elements.

Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83

  • Mar 27, 2021
    The first season is quite the drama: spy action, a good resurrection of the old west/eastern divide, and thrilling to watch. Yes, some of it feeds on too much stereotype, but there's genuine action and believable characters involved. It also tended to not cast too much judgement on either side, which made the series come alive. I recommend.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    All 3 seasons are great cold war thrillers.
  • Jul 04, 2020
    Engrossing and chilling. The story is grounded in the events of the time and, to those of us coming of age in the '80s, a chilling perspective of what "could've been". Nice to see a balanced storyline without the usual "America-centric" storyline.
  • Nov 11, 2019
    Brings back memories from the 80s and how the Cold War played out in front of our eyes
  • 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!

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