The BEST Das Erste shows of all time

Every Das Erste show, ranked

We've compiled the average episode rating for every Das Erste show to compile this list of best shows!

Irgendwie und sowieso
166 votes

#1 - Irgendwie und sowieso

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Hubert und/ohne Staller
425 votes

#2 - Hubert und/ohne Staller

A show about two police officers from Wolfsrathausen, who sometimes work a bit differently.

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263 votes

#3 - Großstadtrevier

Großstadtrevier is a German television series, broadcast on Germany's Das Erste of the ARD. First aired on 16 December 1986, the show is one of the most popular television series in the country. It follows the everyday work of a fictional police station on the Kiez of Hamburg.

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123 votes

#4 - Heimat

Spanning 1919 to 1982, in the fictional village of Schabbach, lives Maria Simon and her family, whose lives and community are changed by historical events around them.

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Kir Royal
241 votes

#5 - Kir Royal

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Homicide Hills
434 votes

#6 - Homicide Hills

Sophie Haas, an aspiring criminal investigator from Cologne, is relegated to a very small police outpost in the Eifel mountains.

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1304 votes

#7 - Tatort

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 May 2023, 1239 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.

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227 votes

#8 - Weissensee

Zwei Familien in Ost-Berlin, die gegensätzlicher nicht sein könnten: die Kupfers, die als mächtiges Rad im DDR-System funktionieren und die Hausmanns, die aus dem eher kritischen Milieu stammen. Als sich Martin Kupfer in Julia Hausmann verliebt, erschüttert diese Liebe die Fundamente, auf denen die beiden Familien ihr Leben aufgebaut haben. Die erste Familienserie im deutschen Fernsehen, die in der ehemaligen DDR spielt.

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Auf Achse
229 votes

#9 - Auf Achse

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Rivals Forever
91 votes

#10 - Rivals Forever

The life and struggle of the Dassler brothers. Founders of the brands of Adidas and Puma.

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The Little Vampire
79 votes

#11 - The Little Vampire

13 part television series based on the books: "The Little Vampire" and "The Little Vampire Moves In" by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.

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World on a Wire
253 votes

#12 - World on a Wire

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. A good friend, Guenther Lause, disappears in the middle of a conversation and a week later nobody has ever heard of him. And those fits of dizzyness - Stiller cannot believe himself to be fool. There has to be an explanation for all this. Could Simulacron have something to do with it?

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Berlin, Berlin
104 votes

#13 - Berlin, Berlin

Out of school, ready to live together with friends and learn to know new friends in the big city of Berlin, where everything isn't always going according to the plan.

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Turkish for Beginners
749 votes

#14 - Turkish for Beginners

In Berlin, a single mother of a teenage daughter, begins a relationship with a widowed Turkish father and his two teenage children. Will they be able to live together in harmony?

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274 votes

#15 - Charité

The series describes the accomplishments of several famous German physicians and scientists at the prestigious Charité hospital in Berlin towards the end of the 19th century.

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NSU German History X
37 votes

#16 - NSU German History X

In the aftermath of the fall of the Iron Curtain a clandestine far-right German terrorist group called National Socialist Underground or NSU began operating in Germany by killing immigrants in cold blood, termed the Bosphorus Serial Murders. The victims are brutally slayed with the same gun. The police never even consider a right-wing conspiracy – despite evidence to the contrary – and focus on internal ethnic feuds. So while these decent people are dying, the German authorities are heaping scorn on them, accusing them of drug dealing and hinting at loose morals. Hovering above them are three comrades who've been arrested and let go time and time again: Beate, Böhni and Uwe.

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Maria Wern
177 votes

#17 - Maria Wern

A Swedish policewoman is confronted with crime on Gotland Island.

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Dark Woods
58 votes

#18 - Dark Woods

Within a few weeks, two murdered lovers were found in the Göhrde state forest in Lower Saxony in the summer of 1989. The popular local recreation area was quickly given the name “Totenwald” in public. When another woman later disappears, in contrast to the previous murders, the police quickly have a suspect on hand: the husband of the disappeared. His brother-in-law, a high-ranking criminal investigator, does not believe in his guilt. The investigation is said to drag on for decades and only after his retirement does he come across revealing inconsistencies in the investigation in the early 1990s. Could this reveal the entire secret of the “forest of the dead”?

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Warten auf'n Bus
23 votes

#19 - Warten auf'n Bus

At a bus stop in deepest Brandenburg, where you can practically already guess the end of the Milky Way, the dissipated late-forties Hannes and his friend Ralf, called Ralle, meet to talk about God and the world. Their only connections to a world beyond the bus stop are the bus driver Kathrin and the exceptionally stupid and ugly dog Maik.

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Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood
143 votes

#20 - Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood

Deceit, betrayal and murder ensue when two powerful family breweries go to war over the world-famous beer festival in early 20th-century Munich.

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The Turncoat
64 votes

#21 - The Turncoat

1944. Walter Proska is a young Wehrmacht soldier who begins to question the purpose of the war, who the real enemy is and whether his real duty should be to his fatherland or his own conscience.

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The Vanishing
29 votes

#22 - The Vanishing

20-year-old Janine Grabowski disappears in a small Bavarian town near the Czech border. While all evidence indicates that Janine secretly wanted to leave the backcountry, her mother, Michelle, becomes increasingly convinced that there's something amiss. Michelle's missing person's report is quickly filed away by the police. So the single mother is forced to investigate at her own risk. The longer she hunts for an answer to Janine's disappearance, the more she discovers about her daughter and the people with whom she kept company. She begins to doubt whether Janine even wants to be found.

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