The BEST ZDF Shows

The top 17 shows on ZDF

Maya the Bee (2013)

#1 - Maya the Bee (2013)

A young bee named Maya leaves her hive to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature, making new insect friends along the way.

star 9.63
240 votes
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Die Anstalt

#2 - Die Anstalt

star 9.63
59 votes
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heute-show

#3 - heute-show

As a German adaption of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' Oliver Welke and his team report on political topics as well as international news giving them their own satirical, comedic twist.

star 9.48
570 votes
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Frag den Lesch

#4 - Frag den Lesch

star 9.29
211 votes
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Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot

#5 - Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot

star 8.82
271 votes
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Wilsberg

#6 - Wilsberg

star 8.71
35 votes
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Mia and Me

#7 - Mia and Me

Mia is an awkward 12-year-old who recently arrived at a new boarding school, where she is given a book and bracelet that are more than they appear to be on the surface. The items have the power to transport Mia to a magical storybook world, Centopia, where she becomes a flying elf who has the ability to talk to unicorns. In Centopia, Mia is given the task of saving the land's unicorns from an evil queen. Helping her in that mission are her new friends, elven warriors Mo -- the son of elven King Raynor -- and Yuko, who has been chosen as a protector of the unicorns.

star 8.68
249 votes
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Derrick

#8 - Derrick

"Harry, fahr den Wagen vor." One of the most popular murder mystery series of Germany from the 70s to the 90s. With Horst Tappert as Oberinspektor Stephan Derrick and Fritz Wepper as his assistant, Inspektor Harry Klein.

star 8.60
294 votes
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Generation War

#9 - Generation War

Generation War: Our Mothers, Our Fathers. The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945. Their friendship was meant to last their whole lives, but the war changed everything.

star 8.54
612 votes
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The Berlin Dance School

#10 - The Berlin Dance School

Berlin, 1956. Caterina Schöllack, owner of a dance school, has three daughters, of whom two are fulfilling the expectations of the society: Helga is going to marry attorney Wolfgang Von Boost and the nurse Eva has planned every detail of her future, including her plan to marry her boss, Professor Fassbender. Only Monika fights against the conventions of her time. Her great inspiration to do so is the rock ’n’ roll.

star 8.30
120 votes
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Spring Tide

#11 - Spring Tide

A homeless former detective and an aspiring police officer join forces to solve a cold case in which a pregnant woman was buried alive on a beach on North Koster Island.

star 8.04
255 votes
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Morgen hör ich auf

#12 - Morgen hör ich auf

Auf den ersten Blick wirken die Lehmanns wie eine ganz normale Familie: Vater Jochen (Bastian Pastewka) besitzt eine Druckerei im beschaulichen Bad Nauheim, die er von seinem Schwiegervater geerbt hat, seine Frau Julia jobbt in der Boutique ihrer besten Freundin. Sie haben drei Kinder - zwei Pubertierende und ein Nesthäkchen. Doch wer näher hinguckt, erkennt: Hinter der Fassade bröckelt es gewaltig, die Lehmanns sind komplett pleite, die Druckerei hat schon lange keine Aufträge mehr. Jochen trifft daraufhin die Entscheidung, Geld zu drucken, um seine Schulden begleichen zu können – und stürzt seine Familie damit ins totale Chaos. "Morgen hör ich auf" dokumentiert Familienleben in der Abwärtsspirale.

star 7.82
265 votes
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Druck

#13 - Druck

In this version of the acclaimed norwegian show Skam, Druck, a group of german teenagers live the ups and downs of life, enjoying every second and learning that life is worth living.

star 7.66
114 votes
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The Germans

#14 - The Germans

Each episode recounts a selected epoch of German history. Historical events are recreated through a combination of live action scenes and computer generated animations. The series was filmed at over 200 different locations in Germany, Malta, and Romania at a cost of approximately €500,000 per episode.

star 7.63
170 votes
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Maya the Bee

#15 - Maya the Bee

Bonsels' original book contains fewer than 200 pages. The storyline is centered on the relation of Maya and her many adventures. Maya is a bee born in a bee hive during internal unrest: the hive is dividing itself into two new colonies. Maya is raised by her teacher, Mrs. Cassandra. Despite Mrs. Cassandra's warnings, Maya wants to explore the wide world and commits the unforgivable crime of leaving the hive. During her adventures, Maya, now in exile, befriends other insects and braves dangers with them. In the climax of the book, Maya is taken prisoner by hornets, the bees' sworn enemies. Prisoner of the hornets, Maya learns of a hornet plan to attack her native hive. Maya is faced with the decision to either return to hive and suffer her due punishment, saving the hive, or leaving the plan unannounced, saving herself but destroying the hive. As may be expected, Maya, after severe pondering, makes the decision to return. In the hive, she announces the coming attack and is, totally unexpectedly, pardoned. The forewarned bees triumph over the hornet attack force. Maya, now a heroine of the hive, becomes a teacher, like Mrs. Cassandra and shares her experiences and wisdom with the future generation.

star 7.33
513 votes
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The Same Sky

#16 - The Same Sky

Lars is a "Romeo agent" from East Germany in the 1970s. His task is to go West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defense institutions.

star 6.66
32 votes
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Terra X

#17 - Terra X

On various topics such as history, nature, wildlife, archeology, science and also fiction.

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