Companies: Best Movies & TV Shows/Series by Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

ZDF (German pronunciation: [ˌtsɛ.teː.ˈʔɛf] (listen), short for Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen; German pronunciation: [ˌtsvaɪ̯təsˌdɔʏ̯tʃəsˈfɛɐ̯nzeːn] (listen); "Second German Television") is a German public-service television broadcaster based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. It is run as an independent nonprofit institution, which was founded by all federal states of Germany (Bundesländer). ZDF is financed by television licence fees and advertising revenues. The broadcaster is well known for its famous programmes heute, a newscast established in 1963, and Wetten, dass..?, an entertainment show that premiered in 1981, with a suspension from 2014 to 2021. Norbert Himmler, ZDF's director general, was elected by the ZDF Television Council in 2021. ()

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The Swarm(2023-)

3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

Mysterious events are piling up in the oceans around the world: whales destroy boats, deep-sea crabs attack beaches, mussels paralyze container ships. A previously unknown ice worm destabilizes continental slopes in the oceans and triggers tsunamis. A deadly pathogen is spreading from the coasts in drinking water. More and more people in the world are in mortal danger. On the feverish search for the causes of the mysterious phenomena, a small group of international scientists comes together and the previously unthinkable finally becomes a certainty. A previously unknown species exists in the sea and this swarm intelligence is attacking mankind. But hardly anyone believes the researchers. And so the group dares to go on a life-threatening mission on their own. The traces lead them with their research ship into the eternal ice of the Arctic Ocean. An ecological thriller based on the international bestselling novel by Frank Schätzing. The most expensive German TV production of all time.

Triangle of Sadness(2022)

| 2h 30min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 557 votes)

A celebrity model couple are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged, alcoholic captain. What first appears Instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island in a struggle of hierarchy.

Mia and Me(2012-)

23min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 16 votes)

Plunged into a fantastic fairy tale turned real, Mia must find the strength within herself to save a race of unicorns - and an entire world.

Bettys Diagnose(2015-)

45min per episode | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -


1h 30min per episode | Drama, Crime
4.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Georg Wilsberg is an antiquarian in Münster. He used to be a lawyer but lost his license. Since then he has been working as a private detective. The always clammy Wilsberg urgently needs this income. In addition, he depends on the support of his friends, especially because of the car.

The Worst Witch(2017-2020)

| 29min per episode | Kids & Family, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 78 votes)

Mayhem and mishaps follow young witch Mildred Hubble wherever she goes. She just can't help it! But with her friends' help, Mildred always manages to avoid disaster just in time.

Directed by Brian Grant

H2O: Just Add Water(2006-2010)

| 24min per episode | Drama, Kids & Family, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 247 votes)

H2O: Just Add Water revolves around three teenage girls facing everyday teen problems with an added twist: they cope with the burden of growing a giant fin and transforming into mermaids whenever they come in contact with water.

Paradise Highway(2022)

| 1h 55min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
2.9/5 (with 32 votes)

A truck driver has been forced to smuggle illicit cargo to save her brother from a deadly prison gang. With FBI operatives hot on her trail, Sally's conscience is challenged when the final package turns out to be a teenage girl.

3000 Leagues in Search of Mother(1976)

25min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure, Drama
3.9/5 (with 62 votes)

Italy is in a deep depression, so to support her family, Marco's mother goes to Argentina to work as a domestic. But after she writes to her family that she is sick, her letters stop coming. So Marco decides to go to Argentina to look for her. He travels across Argentina to find her, meeting many wonderful people, and having many adventures during his journey.

Directed by Isao Takahata

SOKO 5113(1978-2020)

50min per episode | Crime
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

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 - With Wilfried Klaus

Bares für Rares(2013-)

3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

Ein starkes Team(1994-)

1h 30min per episode | Drama, Crime
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

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Find Me in Paris(2018-2020)

26min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.2/5 (with 44 votes)

When Lena Grisky, a Russian Princess and student at the Paris Opera Ballet School accidentally time travels to present day, she must quickly adapt if she hopes to keep her secret and hide from the dangerous Time Collectors.

Coast Guard(1997-2016)

45min per episode | Crime, Action & Adventure
3.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Küstenwache is a German television series that tells the fictionalized adventures of a unit of Federal Coast Guard officers off the German coast of the Baltic Sea.

Wetten, dass..?(1981-2013)

2h 45min per episode | Drama, Reality-TV, Comedy, Talk-Show
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

A long-running German-language entertainment television show based on the format of the British show You Bet! and the American show Wanna Bet?.

The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future(2023)

1h 38min | Drama

When thousands of fish die in a polluted river in southern Chile, Magdalena, a woman long-deceased, emerges amongst their lifeless bodies. Magdalena encounters her widowed husband, sending him into a state of shock and prompting the return of their daughter, Cecilia. Magdalena’s presence and her effect on the environment stirs curiosity and fear among her family. As the past comes into focus, mother and daughter are met with the opportunity to change the future.

Directed by Francisca Alegría


30min per episode | Kids & Family
4.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Each 30 minute episode is dedicated to a separate issue or theme and consists mainly of related short featurettes, which explain, explore and educate how things of everyday life and even complex systems work. It spans a wide variety of topics from technology and industry to something as mundane as how the postal service works.


| 20min per episode | Drama
4.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Druck follows a group of friends in their teen life in Berlin and deals with daily and current events, like friendship, love and the search for their own identity. Every season centers on a new character.

Directed by Pola Beck

Planet Earth II(2016)

| 50min per episode | Documentary
4.2/5 (with 322 votes)

David Attenborough presents a documentary series exploring how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth.

Inga Lindström(2004-)

1h 30min per episode | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2009)

| 2h 32min | Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,299 votes)

Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Nevertheless, he is hired by Henrik Vanger in order to solve a cold case, the disappearance of Vanger's niece.

Alfred J. Kwak(1989-1991)

25min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 16 votes)

Alfred J. Kwak is a cartoon television series based on a Dutch theatre show by Herman van Veen and was co-produced by VARA, Telecable Benelux B.V. and TV Tokyo and first shown in 1989. It consists of 52 episodes. The series characters were designed by Harald Siepermann. There are also toys and a comic based on the animated series. The series has been broadcast in many countries and has been dubbed and subtitled in Dutch, French, Japanese, Greek, English, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Hungarian, Finnish, Serbian, Polish, German, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Chinese, Czech, Korean and Norwegian. In 1991, Herman van Veen won the Goldene Kamera award for the cartoon.

Around the World in 80 Days(2021-)

| 50min per episode | Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 33 votes)

Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.

Zoom the White Dolphin(2015-)

13min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family

When a teen diver Yann and his little sister Marina befriend an intelligent white dolphin, they embark on a series of splashy adventures.

Sindbad the Sailor(1975-1976)

3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

More than 1200 years ago, the impish Sindbad, a mischievous boy full of curiosity, sneaks into the royal palace to watch the acrobatic performances and learns that a wide world awaits beyond Baghdad. Hearing of the travels of his uncle Captain Ali, Sindbad decides to become a sailor and travel around the world. Leaving behind a note to his father, young Sindbad boards Captain Ali’s ship and-accompanied by a myna called Sheila-sets out for the greatest adventure of his life.

Die Anstalt(2014-)

50min per episode | Comedy
4.4/5 (with 7 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Frank Hof

The Black Forest Clinic(1985-1989)

45min per episode | Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 6 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.

The Name of the Rose(1986)

| 2h 10min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,293 votes)

14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.

The Marco Effect(2021)

2h 5min | Thriller, Crime
3.0/5 (with 23 votes)

When 14-year-old Marco, a homeless Romani boy, is arrested at the Danish border for possession of a missing public servant's passport, police inspector Carl Mørck and his Department Q team are tasked with finding the connection. The old case contains several suspicious elements: The public servant was accused of pedophilia shortly before he disappeared, and his case was closed unusually quickly. But the silent, traumatized Marco refuses to talk to them and it's not long before he's on the run from those who intend to kill him because of what he knows.

Der Kommissar(1969-1976)

55min per episode | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 3 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

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