1980s German Television Shows

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Scene of the Crime(1970-)

1h 30min per episode | Drama, Crime
2.8/5 (with 31 votes)

Tatort is a long-running German/Austrian/Swiss, crime television series set in various parts of these countries. The show is broadcast on the channels of ARD in Germany, ORF 2 in Austria and SF1 in Switzerland. The first episode was broadcast on November 29, 1970. The opening sequence for the series has remained the same throughout the decades, which remains highly unusual for any such long-running TV series up to date. Each of the regional TV channels which together form ARD, plus ORF and SF, produces its own episodes, starring its own police inspector, some of which, like the discontinued Schimanski, have become cultural icons. The show appears on DasErste and ORF 2 on Sundays at 8:15 p.m. and currently about 30 episodes are made per year. As of March 2013, 865 episodes in total have been produced. Tatort is currently being broadcast in the United States on the MHz Worldview channel under the name Scene of the Crime.

Polizeiruf 110(1971-)

1h 30min per episode | Crime
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Polizeiruf 110 is a long-running German language detective television series. The first episode was broadcast 27 June 1971 in the German Democratic Republic, and after the dissolution of Fernsehen der DDR the series was picked up by ARD. It was originally created as a counterpart to the West German series Tatort, and quickly became a public favorite. In contrast with other television crime series, in which killings are practically the primary focus, while Tatort handled homicide cases, the cases handled in the GDR TV's Polizeiruf were more often the more frequent, and less serious, crimes such as domestic violence, extortion, fraud, theft and juvenile delinquency, as well as alcoholism, child abuse and rape. Contrary to Tatort, which concentrated on the primary characters and their private lives, police procedure was the center of attention of Polizeiruf, especially in the earlier episodes. The scriptwriters attached particular importance to representation of the criminal and his state of mind, as well as the context of the crime. Many episodes aimed to teach and enlighten the audience about what does and what doesn't constitute appropriate behaviour and appropriate thought, rather than just to entertain. Polizeiruf was one of the few broadcasts by GDR media in which the real problems and difficulties of the supposedly more advanced socialist society could be displayed and discussed to some extent, albeit in a fictionalized and pedagogicalized environment.

With Uwe Steimle, Faye Montana

A Case For Two(1981-2019)

1h per episode | Drama, Crime
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Ein Fall für zwei is a German television series, which premiered on September 11, 1981 on ZDF. The series, located in Frankfurt am Main, features two main characters who solve crimes: a defense attorney and a private investigator. Josef Matula, a former German police officer, has gone into private business. His method of investigation is very effective and direct, and he sometimes even resorts to dirty tricks. Claus Theo Gärtner has portrayed the role since the start of the series. In contrast, the attorney character has changed several times. The first attorney was Dr. Dieter Renz. Dr. Renz retired in episode #60 and was replaced by Dr. Rainer Franck. In episode #149, Dr. Franck took a job as a law school teacher, and was replaced by Dr. Johannes Voss. In episode #182, Dr. Voss was shot dead by an escaping criminal, and was in turn replaced by Dr. Markus Lessing. Most of the episodes follow a simple pattern. Someone is murdered, and the police arrest the most likely suspect. The suspect, claiming to be innocent, hires the attorney in the series as his lawyer. The attorney does all the paperwork, talks with the police and attends court. Meanwhile, Matula does all the actual research and detective work - "gets his hands dirty", so to speak. Matula often gets into fights, and even though he is in his early sixties, he often knocks out the bad guys. In the end, the original suspect usually turns out to be innocent after all, and the real culprit is found.


1h per episode | Drama, Crime
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

Derrick was a German TV series produced by Telenova Film und Fernsehproduktion in association with ZDF, ORF and SRG between 1974 and 1998 about Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant Inspector Harry Klein, who solve murder cases in Munich and surroundings.

SOKO 5113(1978-)

50min per episode | Crime

SOKO 5113 is a long-running German police procedural television series. It was first aired in 1978 on 2 January. SOKO is an abbreviation of the term "Sonderkommission" in German.

Directed by Kai Borsche


48min per episode | Drama, Crime
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Follow the everyday work of a fictional police station on the Kiez of Hamburg.

Wanna bet, that..?(1981-2011)

2h 45min per episode | Reality-TV
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

Wetten, dass..? was a long-running German-language entertainment television show. It is the most successful Saturday television show in Europe. Its format was the basis for the British show You Bet! and the American show Wanna Bet?. The shows were broadcast live six to seven times a year from different cities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. There have also been seven open-air summer shows, broadcast from Amphitheatre Xanten, Plaça de Toros de Palma de Mallorca, Disneyland Paris, Waldbühne Berlin, and Aspendos Roman Theatre. Each of the shows, which were shown without commercial interruption, were usually scheduled to last for about two hours, but it was not uncommon for a show to run as much as 45 minutes longer.

III nach neun(1974-)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

Ein Heim für Tiere(1985-1992)

45min per episode | Kids & Family

Ein Heim für Tiere is a German television series.


- No description / details available yet. -

Das Traumschiff(1981-)

1h 30min per episode | Comedy, Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The series is about a cruise ship that travels to places around the world.

Der Fahnder(1984-2005)

45min per episode | Crime
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Der Fahnder is a German television krimi series which was aired between 1984 and 2005. In the Netherlands the series was broadcast by the VARA from 3 October 1985.

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Forsthaus Falkenau(1989-2013)

50min per episode | Drama, Kids & Family
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Forsthaus Falkenau is a German television series.

Praxis Bülowbogen(1987-1996)

50min per episode | Drama

Praxis Bülowbogen is a German television series.

Detektivbüro Roth(1986-1987)

45min per episode | Crime

Detektivbüro Roth is a German television series.

Extra 3(2004-)

43min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

The Black Forest Clinic(1985-1989)

45min per episode | Kids & Family, Drama, Drama
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

The Black Forest Clinic is a German language medical drama television series that was produced by and filmed in West Germany. The series was produced between 1984 and 1988 with the original airing being from October 2, 1985 to March 25, 1989 on West Germany's ZDF television channel. The series' storyline follows the inner workings of a small fictional hospital in the Black Forest region of Germany as well as the lives of the Brinkmann family of doctors who work at the hospital. Shortly after broadcasting had begun in 1985, The Black Forest Clinic became a highly popular television event, reaching audiences of over 20 million viewers. 25 years since its debut, it is still highly regarded in Germany. The series had been re-broadcast several times since 1985 and has spawned two television films released 20 years after its initial airing.

Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl(1982-1989)

25min per episode | Kids & Family, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Pumuckl is a Kobold from a German radio play series for children. He is a descendant of the Klabautermänner. He is invisible to people around him except for the master carpenter Eder with whom Pumuckl lives. Pumuckl was invented by Ellis Kaut for a radio play series of the Bavarian Radio in 1961. Later on it was turned into a very successful TV series. Three movies and a musical also deal with the adventures of the little kobold. Pumuckl is one of the most popular characters in children's entertainment in Germany and several generations have now grown up with the cheeky but funny little Kobold.

Directed by Ulrich König - With Gustl Bayrhammer

Schwarz Rot Gold(1982-1996)

1h 30min per episode | Crime
4.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Schwarz-Rot-Gold is a German television series.

Die glückliche Familie(1987-1991)

48min per episode | Drama, Kids & Family

Die glückliche Familie is a German television series.

Wie gut, daß es Maria gibt(1990-1991)

50min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family, Drama

Wie gut, dass es Maria gibt is a German television series.

Der Andro-Jäger(1982-1984)

25min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy

- No description / details available yet. -


30min per episode

Der Musikladen was a West German music television programme that ran from December 13, 1972 to November 29, 1984. The show continued the 1960s Beat-Club under a new name, and in turn was replaced by Extratour.

Drei Damen vom Grill(1977-1991)

25min per episode | Drama, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Drei Damen vom Grill is a German television series.

Ein Kessel Buntes(1972-1992)

1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Ein Kessel Buntes was a television variety show in the former East Germany. It broadcast from 1972 to 1992. A total of 113 shows were made, six per year. As the name implies, it was broadcast in colour, first from the Friedrichstadtpalast theatre, and later from the Palast der Republik, as well as from other prominent music halls in other East German cities. Its title sequence showed a series of famous clocks in East Berlin, such as that on the Rotes Rathaus and the Weltzeituhr at Alexanderplatz displaying the time of broadcast, 8 p.m. Ein Kessel Buntes was originally hosted by actors Horst Köbbert, Lutz Stückrath, and Heinz Uhlig, whose satirical commentary during the live broadcasts often criticised the East German government. They were soon replaced by a rotating cast of celebrities. The show was meant to compete with those on West German television,. To this end it was fairly successful even attracting a following in parts of West Germany which could receive Eastern TV. Its production values were high. Apart from song and dance numbers and appearances from East German celebrities, almost every broadcast featured well-known stars from the west, often after their popularity had peaked in their home countries.

Peter Strohm(1989-1996)

50min per episode | Crime

Peter Strohm is a German television series.


25min per episode | Mystery

Mandara is a German television series.

Auf Achse(1980-1996)

50min per episode | Action & Adventure
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Auf Achse was a German television series on the ARD channel. The series ran from 1977 until 1996 and 86 episodes were produced altogether.

Directed by Werner Masten - With Nada van Nie

Das Erbe der Guldenburgs(1987-1990)

45min per episode | Kids & Family
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Das Erbe der Guldenburgs is a German television series.

Kir Royal(1986)

1h per episode | Drama
4.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Kir Royal – Aus dem Leben eines Klatschreporters is a six-part television series by Helmut Dietl from the year 1986. This is a parody of the Munich newspaper, their gossip reporter Michael Graeter and Issuer Anneliese Friedmann. The series about the tabloid reporter Baby Schimmerlos plays in the Munich "Schicki-Micki" scene of the 1980s.

Directed by Helmut Dietl
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