The BEST ZDF shows of all time

Every ZDF show, ranked

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

Die Anstalt
59 votes

#1 - Die Anstalt

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Maya the Bee (2013)
245 votes

#2 - 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.

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574 votes

#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.

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Frag den Lesch
212 votes

#4 - Frag den Lesch

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Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot
278 votes

#5 - Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot

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35 votes
Mia and Me
259 votes

#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.

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294 votes

#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.

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Generation War
612 votes

#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.

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Shades of Guilt
86 votes

#10 - Shades of Guilt

In the final analysis, it all comes down to guilt. Different shades of guilt that one assumes in a single moment of thoughtlessness, or in months of planning. Defense Attorney Friedrich Kronberg knows that he must try to tip the scale in favor of the defendant, no matter how guilty the defendant is. He probes a model young couple accused of having committed a murder 19 years earlier and who would rather die than go to jail... boarding-school teens whose hazing of a fellow student nearly turns fatal... a group of men who savagely raped a young woman yet must be let off free.. a man who tells his wife that he is going to sexually abuse their daughter and is then found dead... Crimes that are never what they seem to be and are never black and white.

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The Berlin Dance School
132 votes

#11 - 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.

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Hotel Adlon: A Family Saga
219 votes

#12 - Hotel Adlon: A Family Saga

Hotel Adlon: A Family Saga - It's where commerce and politics meet money and glamour, and where sin can count on discretion – the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, one of the grandest of the world's grand hotels. This is the story of a vision made reality, a family saga inspired by the events that marked the first 90 years of Germany's most extraordinary hotel. It begins with the birth of Sonja, whose life will be inextricably bound up with the Adlon's fate. The tragedies to come are heralded by the dark secret surrounding Sonja's origins. Financial problems soon plague the hotel, and the Kaiser ends his patronage after abdicating. Louis Adlon and his father Lorenz continue to prize their independence, and Louis' new wife Hedda proves to have an uncanny business sense, organizing spectacular balls and other lucrative events in the Roaring Twenties. It is in the lobby of the hotel that has become her home that Sonja meets Julian, a Jewish musician, and falls in love with him. But it is now the late 1930s, and Julian must flee, with their little daughter. A new period of sorrow and suffering begins, as Sonja steadfastly guides the Adlon through the war and post-war years, while burning to know what has happened to Julian and her daughter...

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Morgen hör ich auf
273 votes

#13 - 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.

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The Germans
172 votes

#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.

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Vicky the Viking
342 votes

#15 - Vicky the Viking

To help his son be a little more courageous Halvar, chief of the Vikings, takes Vicky on adventures to experience what is to be a real Viking.

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Maya the Bee
529 votes

#16 - 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.

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131 votes

#17 - Shadowplay

In 1946 Berlin, an American cop searches for his missing brother while helping a novice German policewoman fight the violent crimes engulfing the city.

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The Same Sky
38 votes

#18 - 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.

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