Best German TV Shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime (2018)

Watching popular German TV shows is an excellent way to learn about the culture while practicing vocabulary and listening skills. Luckily for us language learners, Netflix and Amazon Prime have started adding German TV series to their streaming lineups.

If you are an advanced learner, I recommend turning on German subtitles when available as studies show it enhances language learning.

Here are some of the best German shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the US as of December 1, 2018. If you’re not in the US, just click the title to check if the show is available in your country (if it’s not available, it’ll display an error or redirect to Netflix’s homepage).

Netflix originals will stick around, but watch the rest while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.

Best German TV Shows on Netflix

Note: Be sure to select German audio, as Netflix defaults to the dubbed English version.

1. The Same Sky (Der Gleiche Himmel)

This terrific six-part Cold War thriller is set in the divided Berlin of the 1970s. The fates of two families become intertwined when an East German “Romeo” agent on assignment seduces a woman on the other side of the Wall.

2. Dark

For a show that has nothing to do with the Cold War or Nazis, check out Dark, Netflix’s first German-language production, a supernatural thriller that has become one of the company’s most successful non-English shows ever.

This bingeable series opens with the disappearance of a child in a German small town that sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. Follow down the rabbit hole as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that turns the concept of time on its head.

3. Babylon Berlin

Babylon Berlin - German series Netflix

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Gripping noir thriller set in 1920s Berlin with superb acting and lavish sets. A cop suffering from PTSD and a typist aspiring to become a police inspector uncover a dangerous web of intrigue when they investigate an underground porn ring. Read more about Babylon Berlin.

4. Charité

This six-part miniseries was a massive hit in Germany. At Berlin’s Charité hospital in 1888, young nurse Ida finds romance, a path to her dream job in medicine, and an inside look into the cures for tuberculosis and diphtheria.

The English subtitles are poorly translated, so try to watch with German ones instead if you can.

5. Dogs of Berlin

The murder of a famous Turkish-German soccer player leads two cops into a battle with Berlin’s underworld as tensions mount throughout the city.

6. Tempel

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer

This highly acclaimed series follows boxer-turned-caregiver Mark Tempel who rejoins his old criminal gang when real-estate sharks violently threaten his family. Leading a double life, Tempel becomes increasingly drawn into the criminal underworld as his moral boundaries and marriage are tested.

7. Old Money (Altes Geld)

This dark Austrian comedy revolves around the dysfunctional family of a wealthy Viennese patriarch as they compete to find him a new liver at all costs. Backstabbing, blackmail, and revenge abound in this satirical soap described by its creator as “Dallas for psychos.”

Best German TV Shows on Amazon Prime

I hope you love my German TV show recommendations like I do! Just so you know, I may get a small commission from any purchases made using the Amazon links in this section at no extra cost to you.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, check out these German television series available to stream for free in the US as of December 1, 2018. Not a member yet? Click here to start your free 30-day trial.

1. You Are Wanted

Amazon’s first original German series follows Lukas, a young hotel manager who finds himself a victim of a hacking attack, his online information altered to implicate him as having masterminded a cyber-attack on Berlin resulting in a city-wide blackout. Suspected as a terrorist, Lukas scrambles to find out why he’s been targeted, as even his family and friends begin to doubt his innocence.

2. Beat

This Prime Original tells the story of Robert Schlag, called Beat, a Berlin club promoter who is addicted to Berlin’s nightlife including drugs and sex with men and women. Beat works for Berlin’s most famous techno club, which is owned by his best friend.

Given Beat’s connections with the club scene, he is recruited by the European Security Intelligence (ESI) to help investigate the clubs. Emilia, an ESI agent, partners with Beat on his dangerous journey through organ trafficking and arms trades, all against the backdrop of Berlin’s party scene.

3. 4 Blocks

Note: No English subtitles available for trailer. One scene NSFW.

Gritty, addictive gangster drama about a Lebanese mafia family in Berlin. Toni Hamady wants to leave organized crime behind and lead a quiet life with his wife and daughter. But when a police raid with devastating consequences derails his plans, Toni has to step up as leader of his clan once more. Will he be able to escape the downward spiral of the drug trade?

4. Hotel Sacher

Very witty trailer, unfortunately with no English subtitles available

A soapy but well-made two-part period drama about the iconic Hotel Sacher in Vienna, beginning with the takeover by Anna Sacher after the death of her husband.

Have feedback on these German series or more Netflix or Amazon Prime recommendations? Some of my best suggestions come from readers! Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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4 Comments on “Best German TV Shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime (2018)

  1. Super helpful info about using subtitles when watching foreign shows/films, etc. This is a question I always have when showing my high schoolers videos. Most of them say they don’t want subtitles. But now I know that it’s actually in their best interest to keep them on. Thanks!!! UND ich freue mich auf dich! Schon nächste Woche – unglaublich!!!

    Hey, there’s an editing feature now! 😀 Great!

    • Ha! Personally, I love watching with subtitles… like the big nerd I am, I keep a notebook close by to jot down any interesting new words! But if they really hate them, then maybe keep them off? I do believe we learn best when doing things we enjoy… Bin schon am Münchner Flughafen und freue mich sehr auf das Wiedersehen mit dir und E!

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