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Dark
Genre
Created by
Written by
  • Baran bo Odar
  • Jantje Friese
  • Ronny Schalk
  • Marc O. Seng
  • Martin Behnke
  • Daphne Ferraro
Directed byBaran bo Odar
StarringSee below
Theme music composerApparat
Opening theme"Goodbye" by Apparat (featuring Soap&Skin)[4]
Composer(s)Ben Frost
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Baran bo Odar
  • Jantje Friese
  • Quirin Berg
  • Max Wiedemann
  • Justyna Müsch
Production location(s)Winden
CinematographyNikolaus Summerer[5]
Running time44–73 minutes
Production company(s)Wiedemann & Berg Television
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original release1 December 2017 (2017-12-01) 
27 June 2020
External links
Website

Dark is a German science fiction Thriller web television series co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.[5][6][7] Set in the fictitious town of Winden, Germany, Dark concerns the aftermath of a child's disappearance which exposes the secrets of, and hidden connections among, four estranged families as they slowly unravel a sinister time travel conspiracy which spans several generations. Throughout the series, Dark explores the existential implications of time and its effects upon human nature.

Dark is the first ever German language Netflix original series; it debuted on Netflix's streaming service on 1 December 2017. The second season was released on 21 June 2019,[8][9] while the third and final season was released on 27 June 2020.[10][11]

Dark has received critical acclaim throughout its three seasons, with praise for the performances, tone, visuals, and the ambition and complexity of its narrative. Critics who reviewed the first season compared it with another Netflix series, Stranger Things.[12][13][14]

Story

Children start vanishing from the German town of Winden,[15] bringing to light the fractured relationships, double lives, and dark past of four families living there, and revealing a mystery that spans four generations.

The story begins in 2019, but spreads to include story-lines in 1986 and 1953 via time travel, as certain characters of the show's core families grow aware of the existence of a wormhole in the cave system beneath the local nuclear power plant, which is under the management of the influential Tiedemann family. During the first season, secrets begin to be revealed concerning the Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann families, and their lives start to crumble as the ties become evident between the missing children and the histories of the town and its citizens.

The second season continues the intertwining families' attempts to reunite with their missing loved ones, several months after the first-season finale, in 2020, 1987 and 1954, respectively. Additional story-lines set in 2053 and 1921 add new aspects to the mysteries, and the secret Sic Mundus fellowship, a major force in an underlying battle for the ultimate fate of the people of Winden, is explored, as the season counts down towards the apocalypse – a destruction of Winden and death of many of its citizens.

The third and final season follows the four families across time in the wake of the apocalypse in 2020, while also introducing a parallel world whose events are interconnected with those of the first world. The season is primarily set in 1888, 1987, 2020 and 2053 in the first world, and 2019 and 2052 in the second world, as the characters work to find a way out of the repeating cycle of events in Winden across both worlds.

Cast and characters

The first season primarily takes place in 2019 but expands to include stories set in 1986, 1953, and – in the final scene of the first season – 2052, with several characters being portrayed at various ages by multiple actors.

The second season takes place several months after the first, depicting the initial stories in 2020, 1987, and 1954, respectively, while continuing the future-set storyline into 2053, and adding a fifth storyline, set in 1921. The third season introduces a storyline based in 1888 and several parallel realities featuring alternate versions of many main characters.

Main characters

Character Life stage Description Actor Season
1 2 3
Jonas Kahnwald Child A young boy Does not appear Guest
Teen A high school student struggling with his father's suicide. Martha’s love interest. Louis Hofmann Main
Adult A time traveller, also known as "The Stranger" Andreas Pietschmann Main
Elder The leader of Sic Mundus, also known as "Adam" Dietrich Hollinderbäumer Does not appear Main
Michael Kahnwald Adult Hannah's husband and Jonas' father, an artist who dies by suicide Sebastian Rudolph (de) Main Guest
Hannah Kahnwald Teen Hannah Krüger, a shy young girl Ella Lee (de) Main Guest
Adult Jonas' mother and Michael's wife, a massage therapist; Silja Tiedemann's Mother Maja Schöne Main
Ines Kahnwald Child A young girl Lena Urzendowsky (de) Recurring Does not appear Guest
Adult Michael's adoptive mother, a nurse Anne Ratte-Polle (de) Main Guest
Elder Jonas' estranged grandmother Angela Winkler Main Does not appear
Sebastian Krüger Adult Hannah's blue-collar father Denis Schmidt Recurring Does not appear
Daniel Kahnwald Adult Ines' father, the Winden chief of police Florian Panzner Main Does not appear
Martha Nielsen Child A young girl Does not appear Guest
Teen Ulrich and Katharina's middle Child, Bartosz's girlfriend and Jonas' love interest Lisa Vicari Main
Adult A survivor of the Apocalypse, a member of Erit Lux Nina Kronjäger (de) Does not appear Main
Elder The leader of Erit Lux, also known as "Eva" Barbara Nüsse (de) Does not appear Main
Magnus Nielsen Teen Ulrich and Katharina's oldest Child, Franziska's boyfriend Moritz Jahn Main
Adult A member of Sic Mundus Wolfram Koch (de) Does not appear Recurring Main
Mikkel Nielsen Child Ulrich and Katharina's youngest Child Daan Lennard Liebrenz Main
Ulrich Nielsen Teen A high school student struggling after his brother's disappearance Ludger Bökelmann Main Does not appear Guest
Adult Katharina's husband; Magnus, Martha and Mikkel's father; a police officer Oliver Masucci Main
Elder Patient in a psychiatric ward, known as "The Inspector" Winfried Glatzeder Does not appear Main Recurring
Katharina Nielsen Teen Ulrich's girlfriend, a high school student Nele Trebs (de) Main Guest Recurring
Adult Ulrich's wife; Magnus, Martha, and Mikkel's mother; a high school principal Jördis Triebel Main
Mads Nielsen Teen Ulrich's younger brother who has disappeared Valentin Oppermann Guest Does not appear Guest
Tronte Nielsen Teen Agnes and The Unknown's son, newly arrived in Winden Joshio Marlon Recurring Guest
Adult Jana's husband; Ulrich and Mads' father; a journalist Felix Kramer (de) Main Does not appear Recurring
Elder Jana's husband; Ulrich's father; Magnus, Martha, and Mikkel's grandfather Walter Kreye Main Guest
Jana Nielsen Teen A young girl Rike Sindler Recurring Does not appear Guest
Adult Tronte's wife; Ulrich and Mads' mother Anne Lebinsky Main Does not appear Guest
Elder Tronte's wife; Ulrich's mother; Magnus, Martha and Mikkel's grandmother Tatja Seibt (de) Main Guest Does not appear
Helene Albers Child A young pregnant girl Mariella Aumann Does not appear Guest
Adult Katharina's abusive mother; a psychiatric nurse Katharina Spiering Does not appear Guest Recurring
Agnes Nielsen Child Bartosz and Silja's daughter; Hanno's younger sister Helena Pieske (de) Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Adult The Unknown’s ex-wife; Tronte's mother, newly returned to Winden Antje Traue Main Recurring
Franziska Doppler Teen Peter and Charlotte's daughter, Elizabeth's sister Gina Alice Stiebitz Main
Adult A member of Sic Mundus Carina Wiese Does not appear Main
Elisabeth Doppler Child Peter and Charlotte's daughter, Franziska's sister Carlotta von Falkenhayn (de) Main
Adult Hanno’s wife; Charlotte’s mother, Leader of the survivors of the Winden apocalypse Sandra Borgmann Does not appear Main
Peter Doppler Teen Helge's son who travelled to Winden after his mother's death Pablo Striebeck Does not appear Guest
Adult Charlotte's husband; Franziska and Elisabeth's father; Jonas' psychologist Stephan Kampwirth Main
Charlotte Doppler Baby Elisabeth and Hanno’s infant Does not appear Guest
Teen An orphaned girl raised by her guardian, H.G. Tannhaus Stephanie Amarell (de) Main Does not appear Guest
Adult Peter's wife; Franziska and Elisabeth's mother; Winden chief of police Karoline Eichhorn Main
Helge Doppler Child Bernd and Greta's son Tom Philipp Main Recurring
Adult Peter's father, a power plant guard Peter Schneider Main Recurring Guest
Elder Patient in a psychiatric ward Hermann Beyer (de) Main Does not appear Main
Bernd Doppler Adult Greta's husband; Helge's father, founder of the power plant Anatole Taubman Main Does not appear Guest
Elder Helge's father, former director of the power plant Michael Mendl Recurring Guest
Greta Doppler Adult Bernd's wife, Helge's mother Cordelia Wege (de) Main Recurring Guest
H.G. Tannhaus Adult A clock-maker Arnd Klawitter Main Guest Recurring
Elder Charlotte's guardian, a clock-maker and author Christian Steyer (de) Main Guest Main
Bartosz Tiedemann Teen Regina and Aleksander's son, Jonas' best friend and Martha's boyfriend Paul Lux (de) Main
Adult Silja's husband, Hanno and Agnes's father; a member of Sic Mundus Roman Knižka (de) Does not appear Guest Recurring
Regina Tiedemann Teen Claudia and Bernd's daughter Lydia Makrides Main Guest
Adult Aleksander's wife, Bartosz's mother, a hotel manager Deborah Kaufmann (de) Main
Aleksander Tiedemann Teen A mysterious young man born as Boris Niewald Béla Gabor Lenz (de) Guest
Adult Regina's husband, Bartosz's father, and director of the power plant Peter Benedict (de) Main
Claudia Tiedemann Child Egon and Doris' daughter, Helge's tutor Gwendolyn Göbel Recurring Guest
Adult Regina's mother, director of the power plant Julika Jenkins Main
Elder Jonas and Noah's mentor; A time traveller Lisa Kreuzer Recurring Main Recurring
Egon Tiedemann Adult Doris' husband; Claudia's father, a police officer Sebastian Hülk (de) Main Recurring
Elder Claudia's father, a police chief inspector approaching retirement Christian Pätzold (de) Main
Doris Tiedemann Adult Claudia's mother and Egon's wife Luise Heyer Main Guest
Hanno Tauber Child Bartosz and Silja's son Till Patz Does not appear Guest
Teen Agnes' older brother, an acolyte of Sic Mundus Max Schimmelpfennig (de) Does not appear Main
Adult Elisabeth's husband; a priest and member of Sic Mundus, also known as "Noah" Mark Waschke Main
Silja Tiedemann Child Hannah and Egon's daughter, Jonas and Claudia's half-sister Aurora Dervisi Does not appear Guest
Teen Elisabeth's interpreter Lea van Acken (de) Guest Main
Adult Bartosz's wife, Hanno and Agnes's mother Lissy Pernthaler Does not appear Guest
The Origin Child The youngest version of Jonas and Martha's son; a member of Erit Lux Claude Heinrich Does not appear Main
Adult The adult version of Jonas and Martha's son; Agnes' ex-husband, Tronte's father; a member of Erit Lux Jakob Diehl Does not appear Main
Elder The oldest version of Jonas and Martha's son; a member of Erit Lux Hans Diehl Does not appear Main


Recurring cast

  • Nils Brunkhorst (de) as the high school's science teacher in 2019 (season 1,3)
  • Lena Dörrie (de) as Clara Schrage, a nurse attending to Helge Doppler in 2019 (season 1)
  • Tara Fischer (de) as a friend of Katharina in 1986–1987 (season 1–2)
  • Sylvester Groth as Clausen, a police investigator arriving in Winden to lead a missing person task force in 2020 (season 2)
  • Leopold Hornung (de) as Torben Wöller, a junior police officer in 2019–2020, Benni/Bernadette's brother (season 1–3)
  • Tom Jahn (de) as Jürgen Obendorf, Erik Obendorf's father in 2019–2020 (season 1–3)
  • Anna König (de) as Edda Heimann, a pathologist in 2019 (season 1)
  • Vico Mücke as Yasin Friese, Elisabeth Doppler's friend in 2019 (season 1)
  • Henning Peker (de) as Udo Meier, a pathologist in 1953–1954 (season 1–2)
  • Barbara Philipp (de) as Selma Ahrens, a caseworker in 1986 (season 1)
  • Paul Radom as Erik Obendorf, a teenage drug dealer gone missing in 2019 (season 1)
  • Anton Rubtsov (de) as Benni/Bernadette, a transgender prostitute in 2019–2020, Torben's sister (season 1–3)
  • Anna Schönberg as Donata Kraus, a nurse and Ines Kahnwald's co-worker in 1986 (season 1)
  • Andreas Schröders (de) as a power plant worker in 2020 (season 2)
  • Mieke Schymura (de) as Justyna Jankowski, a junior police officer in 2019–2020 (season 1–2)
  • Lea Willkowsky as Jasmin Trewen, Claudia Tiedemann's secretary in 1986–1987 (season 1–3)
  • Roland Wolf (de) as a police officer and co-worker of Egon Tiedemann in 1953–1954 (season 1–2)
  • Sammy Scheuritzel (de) as Kilian Obendorf, Erik Obendorf's brother and Martha and Bartosz's classmate in 2019's alternative world (season 1, 3)


Family tree

Season 1 & 2 Family Tree

a family tree of many of the characters
The Doppler, Nielsen, Kahnwald and Tiedemann Families

Season 3 Family Tree

a family tree of many of the characters
Families from Jonas' world

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
1101 December 2017 (2017-12-01)
2821 June 2019 (2019-06-21)
3827 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

Season 1 (2017)

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Secrets"
"Geheimnisse"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Baran bo Odar1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)
In June 2019, 43-year-old Michael Kahnwald commits suicide, but his mother Ines hides his suicide letter before anyone else notices it. On 4 November, after nearly two months of treatment at a psychiatric facility, Michael's teenage son Jonas returns to school and reunites with his best friend Bartosz Tiedemann, who is now dating Jonas' love interest, Martha. Erik Obendorf, the high school's main supplier of marijuana, has been missing for two weeks, and police officer Ulrich Nielsen – the father of Martha and her brothers, teenager Magnus and pre-teen Mikkel – has been assigned the investigation, which struggles to uncover any clues. Meanwhile, Ulrich is cheating on his wife, high school principal Katharina, with Jonas' mother Hannah. While searching for Erik's stash of drugs in a cave not far from the town's soon-to-be-closed-down nuclear power plant, Jonas, Bartosz, the three Nielsen children, and Franziska Doppler are frightened by strange sounds and their flickering flashlights, and Mikkel disappears as they flee the cave. The next day, the body of a young boy is discovered, but it is not Mikkel. At an unknown location, a hooded figure straps Erik to a chair, while clamping a mechanism around his head.
22"Lies"
"Lügen"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Ronny Schalk1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)
Mikkel's disappearance brings back memories from 1986 when Ulrich's younger brother Mads vanished, and Ulrich starts believing that the disappearances of Erik, Mikkel, and the body of the third boy are related. While searching the caves, he finds a locked door leading to the nearby nuclear power plant, and although Ulrich's request to enter the power plant is refused by its director Aleksander Tiedemann, Bartosz's father, he is still able to clear the father of Erik Obendorf, a power plant driver, from his list of suspects. Police chief Charlotte Doppler is informed that the dead boy, dressed in a 1980s outfit, died only 16 hours earlier, and that his ears were destroyed by extreme pressure. Later, as lights start flickering and birds fall dead from the sky, Charlotte grows even more concerned. Meanwhile, an unkempt stranger checks into the hotel owned by Bartosz's mother Regina. Ulrich's mother Jana lies to Ulrich, claiming that her husband Tronte was with her the night of Mikkel's disappearance, while knowing he had left their house. At dawn, a disoriented Mikkel wakes up in the cave and runs home, only to discover what date he now lives in: 5 November 1986.
33"Past and Present"
"Gestern und Heute"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)

In 1986, four weeks after the disappearance of Mads Nielsen, a desperate Mikkel is taken in by police officer Egon Tiedemann, who suspects he has been beaten by the teenage Ulrich. Mikkel is brought to the hospital by nurse Ines Kahnwald, who gains his trust. At the nuclear plant, newly elected director Claudia Tiedemann, Egon's daughter and Regina's mother, clashes with her predecessor Bernd Doppler, who informs her of secret barrels hidden in the nearby caves. Bernd's son, guard Helge, gives Claudia a book: Eine Reise durch die Zeit (A Journey Through Time) by H. G. Tannhaus. Meanwhile, as the town's electricity is flickering, a teenage Charlotte starts investigating the deaths of multiple birds, while shy young Hannah has an unrequited crush on Ulrich, and Regina is being bullied and engages in self-harm. A flock of sheep is found dead from cardiac arrest with their eardrums ruptured, and, in an undisclosed location, a man surrounded by clocks tinkers with a brass machine. Mikkel sneaks away from the hospital and returns to the caves; after injuring himself, he calls for help.


In 2019, Ulrich, also having returned to the caves, hears his faint calls, but they are unable to see each other.
44"Double Lives"
"Doppelleben"
Baran bo OdarMartin Behnke & Jantje Friese1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)
In 2019, Jonas finds maps and notes about the caves in his family's garage, while Charlotte tries to find a connection between the disappeared boys and the dead birds, which – just like the dead boy – are found to have burst eardrums. The birds also show similar symptoms to birds found after the Chernobyl disaster, and Charlotte suspects connections to the Winden events of 1986. Meanwhile, her marriage to psychologist Peter is crumbling since he was discovered to be having an affair with a transgender prostitute, and she finds evidence that Peter was out driving the night of Mikkel's disappearance, despite him claiming otherwise. Their oldest daughter, Franziska, confides in Magnus Nielsen that she plans to leave Winden due to her parents' wrecked marriage, and they end up having sex. Franziska's younger sister, the deaf Elisabeth, goes missing after school, but eventually returns home, explaining that she met a mysterious man, Noah, who gave her a watch once belonging to Charlotte. Meanwhile, Peter's father Helge, who is suffering from dementia, is found roaming the forest, claiming that he "must stop Noah". The next morning, a hooded figure approaches Elisabeth's friend, Yasin, and tells him that Noah has sent him.
55"Truths"
"Wahrheiten"
Baran bo OdarMartin Behnke & Jantje Friese1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)

In 1986, Mikkel is in the hospital after breaking his leg in the cave, and is visited by a priest: Noah. After having witnessed Ulrich and Katharina having sex, Hannah falsely tells the police that she saw Ulrich rape Katharina, and Ulrich is arrested.


In 2019, with Yasin also vanished, panic is starting to spread, and Charlotte accuses Peter of being involved in the boys' disappearances. Hannah wants to resume her affair with Ulrich, but he angrily refuses. At the hotel, the Stranger tells Regina to deliver a package to Jonas while he is away for a few days, and at Michael's grave, the Stranger approaches Jonas, telling him that his father once saved his life. Bartosz meets Erik Obendorf's drug supplier, who is shown to be the same priest who visited Mikkel 33 years earlier. Later, Jonas receives the Stranger's package, containing a light, a Geiger counter, and Michael's suicide letter. In the letter Jonas' father explains that on 4 November 2019, he travelled back to 1986, where he stayed and grew up, raised by Ines, eventually marrying Hannah and fathering Jonas. Thus Mikkel Nielsen became Michael Kahnwald.
66"Sic Mundus Creatus Est" (transl.Thus The World Was Created)Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Ronny Schalk1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)
In 2019, Mikkel's family struggles not to turn against each other, Regina finds out that she has breast cancer, and Ulrich learns that his father was having an affair with Claudia at the time of Mads' disappearance. After learning that Regina was the last one to see Mads in 1986, Ulrich confronts her, and while she admits to detesting him for bullying her during their childhood, she also makes him see that Hannah was the one framing him for rape. Visiting the morgue, Ulrich finally realises that the dead boy is Mads, not aged since 33 years ago. Meanwhile, Jonas fails to tell his mother about the suicide letter but enters the caves armed with his father's notes and the equipment from the package sent by the Stranger. Within the caves, he finds a door with a Latin phrase, Sic mundus creatus est ("Thus the world was created"), and after crawling through to the other side, he notices flyers put up for the missing Mads Nielsen. A van drives by and stops: it's 14-year-old Hannah and her father Sebastian, offering him a ride in the rain, warning him about acid rain from the recent Chernobyl disaster.
77"Crossroads"
"Kreuzwege"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)

In 2019, the police are finally allowed to enter the power plant, and Charlotte finds a welded shut door in the caves. Meanwhile, Ulrich finds Egon's 1986 notes, making Helge a suspect, and visits him at the nursing home. Frightened, Helge claims to be able to change the past and future. Ulrich is suspended from work and Katharina confronts him about his affair. Charlotte discovers that the cave system goes beneath an old cabin owned by Helge, and later she receives a voice message from Ulrich, stating that Helge is the kidnapper, but that the question is not how he is doing it, but when. Late at night, Helge leaves the nursing home, followed by Ulrich, who brings a book from Helge's room: Eine Reise durch die Zeit by H.G. Tannhaus.


In 1986, Helge, who was working at the plant the night Mads disappeared, is questioned by Egon about his whereabouts. The Stranger warns Jonas that taking Mikkel back home will result in Jonas never being born. Katharina unsuccessfully attempts to convince Egon that Ulrich never raped her, and Helge and Noah prepare to move Yasin's dead body from a bunker behind Helge's cabin.
88"As You Sow, so You Shall Reap"
"Was man sät, das wird man ernten"
Baran bo OdarMartin Behnke & Jantje Friese1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)

In 1953, birds begin to die, and the unidentified bodies of Erik and Yasin are discovered. Police chief Daniel Kahnwald (Ines' father) and officer Egon Tiedemann are puzzled by the boys' odd outfits. Ulrich arrives from 2019 and meets several locals, including newcomer Agnes Nielsen and her son Tronte, who are about to rent a room in the Tiedemann house, and a watchmaker named H.G. Tannhaus, who declines knowledge of the book found in Helge's 2019 home. Through the young Ines and Jana, Ulrich learns of the two bodies, and when introduced to the 9-year-old Helge, he realises killing him will save the lives of the boys. He bludgeons Helge, and leaves him for dead in the bunker. Later, Tannhaus finds Ulrich's smartphone.


In 1986, the Stranger meets with an elderly Tannhaus, who shares his theory of time travel through wormholes. The Stranger confirms his theories and states that such a wormhole, allowing people to travel 33 years into the past or into the future, exists in Winden. He asks Tannhaus to fix a broken brass device of his, so he can destroy the wormhole. Tannhaus later brings out the original version of the device, studying them side by side.
99"Everything Is Now"
"Alles ist Jetzt"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)

In 1986, Ulrich is freed from rape accusations, and Hannah secretly discovers that a newly arrived young man, who calls himself Aleksander Köhler, is living under a false identity. Claudia encounters her dog Gretchen, who disappeared in 1953, alive and well by the caves, and starts to read Tannhaus' book. When Bernd admits that the hidden barrels contain byproducts of a small meltdown, Claudia hires Aleksander to secretly weld shut the door to them. In an argument with Helge (revealing that the abducted boys died from Noah's attempt to create a time machine) Noah states his mission to free humanity, likening himself to the Biblical Noah.


In 2019, Hannah uses her knowledge of Aleksander's past to blackmail him into destroying Ulrich's life, while Regina discovers the Stranger's research. Bartosz is approached by an elderly Claudia, his supposedly dead grandmother. Later, Bartosz meets with Noah and agrees to join him.


In 1953, Helge has been reported missing, and Noah – appearing the same age as in 1986 and 2019 – offers pastoral support to Helge's mother, Greta. Ulrich is arrested and confesses to murdering Helge. The Claudia of 2019 enters Tannhaus' shop with blueprints for the brass machine, asking him to build it for her.
1010"Alpha and Omega"
"Alpha und Omega"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Ronny Schalk1 December 2017 (2017-12-01)

During the night of Mikkel's disappearance, Peter is visiting the solitude of Helge's cabin when Mads' body suddenly appears. He calls Tronte to the cabin, and Claudia arrives, telling them to move the corpse.


In 1986, Noah and Helge kidnap Jonas, who has returned to bring Mikkel back to 2019. Also having returned to 1986, the elderly Helge is later killed while attempting to stop his younger self by driving a car into him. Jonas wakes in the bunker, accompanied by the Stranger, who reveals himself to be the adult Jonas and leaves to destroy the wormhole by using the brass machine, which Tannhaus has completed from the broken version brought by the adult Jonas and Ulrich's smartphone.


In 2019, Charlotte finds a 1953 article on Helge's kidnapping, including a photo of Ulrich. Noah tells Bartosz that Claudia is their main adversary, and that the adult Jonas, unwittingly, is about to create the wormhole.


In 1953, 9-year-old Helge regains consciousness as the wormhole appears, connecting him to Jonas in 1986. As they reach out to each other, Helge is transported to 1986, while Jonas awakes in a post-apocalyptic Winden of 2052,[16] getting knocked out by an armed girl.

Season 2 (2019)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Beginnings and Endings"
"Anfänge und Enden"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Daphne Ferraro21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

In 1921, outside Winden, two men are building a passage into the cave that would later be used as the portal. One of them, a young Noah, kills the other with a pick-ax on suspicions that he "lost [his] faith". The younger Noah is guided by his older self, a member of a group of time travelers called Sic Mundus, led by the disfigured and mysterious Adam, who tells the older Noah to retrieve the missing pages of Claudia's diary in preparation for an "apocalypse" that will occur on 27 June 2020.


On 21 June 2020, six days before the apocalypse, things in Winden have grown tense. An investigator, Clausen, arrives to assist Charlotte and the police force with their investigations in the disappearances, which now include Helge, Jonas, and Ulrich. Katharina searches the cave for answers. Martha breaks up with Bartosz, who is now working with Noah. The adult Jonas from the future makes his identity known to his mother, Hannah. Aleksander has his men move a truck of radioactive waste into the power plant.


In 2053, the teenage Jonas is still stuck in post-apocalyptic Winden, having learned of the impending apocalypse. He plans to stop it but is under strict watch by the adult Elisabeth, who survived the apocalypse and now leads a group of survivors. She forbids anyone to enter the power plant, now known as the Dead Zone, under penalty of death. Jonas enters the Dead Zone, ignoring her rules, and finds a large, floating amorphous sphere inside the particle reactor.
122"Dark Matter"
"Dunkle Materie"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Ronny Schalk21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

In 1987, Mikkel struggles to live his new life as Michael with Ines as his guardian. The old Claudia visits her younger self to inform her about time travel, giving her coordinates of a time machine buried in her backyard. Egon is now retired and suffering from advanced cancer, and doubts his actions regarding the dead children's bodies in 1953. He interviews Helge and goes to the local psychiatric facility to visit an old Ulrich, who spent 34 years in captivity after being mistakenly accused of murder. Ulrich rebuffs Egon for his naivety.


In 2020, five days before the apocalypse, Clausen and Charlotte interview Regina, who is suffering from breast cancer. She discusses the Stranger who was at her hotel during the disappearances and left his belongings, which included pages from Tanenhaus' book. The newfound evidence makes Charlotte, who was raised by Tanenhaus, question her origins. The adult Jonas informs Hannah about time travel and takes her to 1987, where they find Mikkel in Ines' house.


In 2053, Jonas learns via recordings by Claudia about the "God Particle", the sphere in the reactor that can be used as a portal for time travel. He steals fuel for the portal but is caught by the adult Elisabeth, who initially hangs him in public, but spares him and jails him instead. Silja, Elisabeth's interpreter, doubts Elisabeth's stance and frees Jonas. They go to the Dead Zone, where they successfully access the God Particle. Jonas heads inside, leaving Silja alone.
133"Ghosts"
"Gespenster"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

In 1954, a young and disfigured Helge returns after being missing for seven months but refuses to talk to anyone but Noah, with whom he spent the last seven months in 1987 building a new time machine. Doris cheats on her husband, Egon, with Agnes. The elderly Claudia later meets with Agnes, a former member of Sic Mundus. Agnes meets with Noah, her brother, and tells him the location of the missing pages in hopes of rejoining Sic Mundus. Claudia visits her father's younger self and apologizes to him, to his confusion. Claudia encounters Noah in the forest, who kills her. Noah retrieves the missing pages and is dismayed by his findings. Egon unsuccessfully interviews Helge and visits an unresponsive Ulrich in jail.


In 1987, Egon visits the older Ulrich at the asylum. Ulrich tells Egon his identity, which reminds Egon of claims Mikkel made when he first appeared in 1986. After interviewing Ines, Egon shows older Ulrich a photo of Mikkel. Ulrich attacks Egon and is restrained. Claudia visits Helge and then uses the time machine she found to travel to 2020; she cries upon seeing a dying Regina at her home.
144"The Travelers"
"Die Reisenden"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Martin Behnke21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

An injured Jonas finds himself in Winden at the year 1921, where he is nursed by the inhabitants. He has a brief encounter with the younger Noah and his sister Agnes. He then tries to head back to 2020 through the portal, only to find himself stuck because the portal had yet to be built. The younger Noah takes Jonas to the church, where he meets the older Noah, who escorts him to meet Adam, who reveals himself to be an elderly Jonas.


In 2020, adult Jonas and Hannah meet Charlotte and Peter at the bunker and they discuss the existence of time travel, which they also reveal to a skeptical Katharina. The 1987 version of Claudia time travels to 2020 and heads to the public library, where she discovers Egon's death; she then travels back to 1987. A suspicious Clausen interviews Aleksander, who reveals his original surname – Köhler – before he married Regina. Martha, Magnus, Franziska, and Elisabeth visit the cave, where they find Bartosz carrying the time machine. The kids take the time machine and leave Bartosz tied up in the cave.


In 2053, Silja walks outside the Dead Zone, where she is confronted by the adult Elisabeth at gunpoint. They have a heated conversation in which Elisabeth admits her knowledge of the God Particle.
155"Lost and Found"
"Vom Suchen und Finden"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Ronny Schalk21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

In 1921, Adam discusses his philosophy with Jonas, who is dismayed by the callous person he is to become. Adam tells Jonas about a "loophole" that will change the past and shows him a God Particle that will take him to any time he wants. Jonas decides to go to the day before Michael kills himself to convince him not to do it.


In 1987, Claudia invites Egon to move in with her in hopes of preventing his impending death. The imprisoned Ulrich escapes the psychiatric ward to visit Mikkel at the Kahnwald house. After a conversation, Mikkel realizes that the old man is actually his father. Ulrich tries to take Mikkel to the cave but is apprehended by the police. Ines recovers Mikkel and Ulrich returns to the ward.


In 2020, Katharina attempts to explain to Magnus and Martha what she discovered but is rebuffed by her children for her distant behavior. Katharina then approaches Hannah for help understanding time travel. Adult Jonas leaves Martha a necklace at the Nielsen's house and goes to the Doppler's house to help Charlotte, who explains that Tannhaus is not her real grandfather and that she never learned her parents' identities. Magnus, Martha, Franziska, and Elisabeth return to the caves, where Bartosz explains the time machine before taking them to 1987. Noah visits Charlotte at Tannhaus's workshop, revealing to her that she is his daughter.
166"An Endless Cycle"
"Ein unendlicher Kreis"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Martin Behnke21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

Jonas travels back to 20 June 2019 to stop Michael from killing himself. Jonas' 2019 self goes to the beach with Martha, Bartosz, and Magnus; Michael has a tense encounter with his child self; Charlotte and Peter struggle with communication in the wake of Peter's affair; Aleksander fears that his past will catch up to him. After witnessing his 2019 self leaving the lake, 2020 Jonas shares an intimate moment with Martha. 2019 Jonas and Hannah arrive at the Nielsen family home on Ulrich and Katharina's anniversary, where Jonas has sex with Martha and Ulrich starts his affair with Hannah. 2020 Jonas reconciles with his father as he tries to convince him to not kill himself, except Michael claims he's not considering suicide and reveals that Jonas was the one who led young Mikkel into the portal in the first place. After reading his suicide note, Michael suggests that perhaps the real reason Jonas is there is to inform Michael of what he must do and what he must write. The elderly Claudia arrives at the house and convinces Jonas and Michael that Michael must die in 2019 as an adult and Mikkel must travel to the past as a child so that Jonas can be conceived, as his role in the cycle is greater than he believes.


In 1921, two members of Sic Mundus — elder versions of Magnus and Franziska — share concerns with Adam.
177"The White Devil"
"Der weiße Teufel"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

1954: Egon learns from the coroner that Claudia, discovered shot to death, had unusual amounts of radiation exposure. They believe that perhaps she could have been the one who held Helge captive, but Helge says "he" told her about Claudia, the White Devil. Hannah travels to 1954, identifying herself as Katharina Nielsen and asking to see the imprisoned Ulrich at the asylum. She asks Ulrich to choose between her or Katharina; he insists he would leave Katharina for her if she helps him get out, but she does not believe him and coldly walks away. She tells Egon the man is not her husband.


1987: Claudia tries to prevent the death of her father. Egon wonders why Ulrich tried to get to the caves again, but Claudia insists there is nothing there. He realizes she knows about time travel and is selfishly using the caves for her own gain. They struggle for the telephone and he falls and hits his head. The dying Egon tells her she is the White Devil. After she returns to her own home, 2020 Jonas arrives, using a key the older Claudia had given him. He tells her they still may be able to change the events.


2020: Martha meets adult Jonas and is shocked to learn from Katharina that he is her nephew. Clausen confronts Aleksander about his background and informs him that in 1986 his own brother disappeared and that his name was Aleksander Köhler. Clausen shows him an anonymous note explaining that the answers to his brother's disappearance could be found in Winden. Aleksander says nothing.
188"Endings and Beginnings"
"Enden und Anfänge"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Daphne Ferraro21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)
Bartosz delivers the final message from elder Claudia to Regina: a picture of the two of them from 1986. Young Jonas and Claudia wander through the caves with the machine, and Jonas explains to Claudia that her elder self taught him how to save the world, whereas Adam wants to destroy it. Wöller tells Charlotte that he helped Aleksander bury the radioactive waste in the power plant and she believes that Clausen entering the area will provoke the apocalypse. Noah reveals to Adam that he found the final pages and tries to kill Adam, but Adam shows a picture of Elisabeth who will become Noah's wife and therefore Charlotte's mother. Magnus, Franziska, and Agnes then pacify Noah and Agnes shoot him. Young Jonas and Claudia turn on the time machine in the caves, thus connecting the past and future. Young Noah visits elder Jonas in his 2020 house and gives him a letter from Martha. Young Jonas and Martha reunite but are interrupted by Adam who shoots Martha. In the power plant, Clausen forces the opening of the radioactive waste drums which contain rocks soiled with dark matter. In 2053, Elisabeth turns on the machine, simultaneously as Magnus and Franziska do so in 1921. The dark matter in 2020 is then activated and begins to take on shape. As Katharina enters the cave and opens the Sic Mundus gate, the dark matter creates a portal connecting Elisabeth in 2053 to Charlotte in 2020. As the apocalypse ensues, Young Jonas is met by another version of Martha who turns on an alternate time machine and says that she is not from another time, but from another world.

Season 3 (2020)

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191"Deja-vu"Baran bo OdarJantje Friese27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)
Jonas and the alternate-dimension Martha travel to a parallel world where Jonas was never born. As of November 2019 in this alternate dimension, Hannah is pregnant and married to Ulrich; Ulrich is having an affair with Charlotte; Katharina and Ulrich were divorced; Franziska is deaf instead of Elizabeth; Peter is a pastor instead of a psychologist; Martha is dating Erik Obendorf's brother Kilian instead of Bartosz; Regina has already passed away. Martha then disappears again before he can find out more information. Jonas later meets an elderly Martha, who tells him that even though he doesn't exist in this world, it will nonetheless fall apart again and again. Alternate-dimension Martha travels back to 12 September 1888 to meet adult Jonas, who is building a device to activate the God Particle. She informs him she has come to find the origin of everything in each of their worlds. Elsewhere, an unknown time traveler alongside his young and old selves burn down the Sic Mundus church, and later assassinate Bernd Doppler in his home.
202"The Survivors"
"Die Überlebenden"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

In 1888, Franziska, Magnus, Bartosz, and adult Jonas learn about the second world from alternate-dimension Martha in Tannhaus Machinery Factory. Bartosz tells Martha how they arrived in 1888. Old Gustav Tannhaus promises Jonas he can bring back paradise. Bartosz shows Martha the secret lodge, and Martha reveals to him that Jonas is Adam.


In 1986, adult Katharina visits Ulrich in the psychiatric ward promising to get him out.


In post-apocalyptic 2020, Claudia is nursing an ailing Regina. Later, Regina is visited by old Tronte who suffocates her. Peter and Elizabeth look for Charlotte and Fransizka and learn a perimeter wall will be built around Winden. Young Noah tells them he wants to protect Elizabeth and that he sleeps in a cave. Adult Claudia seeks for a way to save those that perished. The elderly Martha shows Jonas the full Winden family tree and says that both worlds are trapped in an inseparable "knot". The unknown trio of time travelers assassinate Jasmin, Claudia's secretary.
213"Adam and Eva"
"Adam und Eva"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

In 1888, the unknown traveler murders Gustav Tannhaus. Alternate-dimension Martha reveals to Bartosz that Martha was killed by Adam, sowing distrust in adult Jonas's motives. However, she convinces Jonas she can be trusted by giving him a pearl that can activate the God Particle. Jonas attempts to activate the particle, but the power fails. Martha uses the distraction to travel to 2053, where she is revealed to be taking orders from Adam.


In alternate-universe 2020, the elderly Martha tells Jonas that she is "Eva" - Adam's counterpart in this world - and that they are there to save both dimensions. She tells Jonas that he will have to choose between his world's Martha and Eva, and to show her the future. The unknown travelers are shown to be working for Eva and deliver her the keys to the nuclear power plant volume control system. Parallel-dimension Ulrich addresses staff to let them know that Kilian, Bartosz, Franziska, Magnus, and Martha found the unidentified body from the 1980s. Parallel-dimension Charlotte visits the bunker and finds Helge's pendant. Hannah blackmails Aleksander to ruin Charlotte's life. Helge confesses he killed Mads Nielsen. Jonas explains his appearance in alternate-dimension Winden to the 2019 Martha, and takes her through the wormhole in the cave. The two emerge in a desert landscape and are approached by an adult Martha, who tells them they are in the future.
224"The Origin"
"Der Ursprung"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

In 1954, young Tronte meets the adult Unknown, who tells him he met his mother long ago, and gives him a bracelet shaped like snake. Egon continues his affair with the adult Hannah (posing as Katharina) and gives her the St. Christopher pendant. Ines, Claudia, and Jana meet in the forest. Doris comes to Egon looking for help to find Agnes Nielsen, and later meets the unknown traveler in the church, who suggests to her that Egon is having an affair. Adult Hannah discovers she is pregnant and tells Egon, who questions whether it is his and gives her money for an abortion. Egon attempts to reconcile with Doris, but she decides to divorce him. Hannah meets Helene Albers - eventually Katharina's mother - while awaiting an abortion, but reconsiders and leaves the necklace Egon had given to her. Greta visits Egon, asking about the missing minister Hanno Tauber (Noah). Jana meets Tronte by a lake, and he gives her the bracelet he received from the unknown traveler. The three unknowns threaten the mayor to sign the building permit for the nuclear power plant.


In 2053, Agnes and Adam watch the God Particle in safety, and Agnes says she knows the true origin. She later enters the God Particle.


Still in the alternate 2020, Jonas and Martha meet in the bunker with adult Eva, who tells them they can prevent the apocalypse if they can stop the opening of the barrels, but that only one of the dimensions can be saved from it and that Jonas must choose Eva over his Martha. Alternate-dimension Noah shows up at the bunker and says that there will no beginning or end but an infinite circle. Martha and Jonas have sex. Adam tells Martha in 2053 that her child with Jonas - the unknown traveler - is the origin.
235"Life and Death"
"Leben und Tod"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

In the alternate world, Jonas leads Martha to the power plant, but after she injures her cheek in a similar manner to a scar on Eva's face, he realizes that Eva lied to him and they are merely repeating their timeline. He and Martha go to confront Eva, who appears with her adult and teenage counterparts. She tells Jonas he has completed what he needs to do in this dimension, before the teenage Eva shoots and kills Jonas.


In 2020, Peter continues to look for his eldest daughter and wife. Elisabeth tries to get him to admit they are dead and refuses to continue searching. Returning to their trailer, she is met by an intruder who ties her up and later tries to rape her. Peter returns and tries to save her but is murdered by the intruder. Elisabeth bludgeons the intruder to death by a fire-extinguisher. She goes to the cave and is found by Noah. Meanwhile, Claudia is met by another Claudia, who claims to be from an alternate world. Alternate-Claudia warns that Jonas will destroy both worlds to untie the knot, and that she must guide everyone to the light.


In 1987, Katharina tries to free Ulrich and makes a plan to steal a keycard from her mother Helene, who works at the psychiatric facility. She follows Helene through the woods, but a confrontation ensues, which ends with Helene bludgeoning Katharina to death with a rock and drowning her body in the lake. She unwittingly drops the St. Christopher pendant on the shore (where it will later be found by Martha in 2019).

Meanwhile, H.G. Tannhaus reveals to a teenage Charlotte where she comes from, saying he does not know who her parents really are. An upset Charlotte later meets Peter at the bus station, who arrives to Winden to meet his father, Helge, for the first time.
246"Light and Shadow"
"Licht und Schatten"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

Adam is holding Martha captured in a cage in 2053. Martha wonders why Adam is still alive after Jonas' death in her world. She is released from the cage and asked to take off her clothes.


On the day of apocalypse in the alternate dimension, Martha leaves Jonas' body and tries to seek help from Magnus to no avail. She then reaches out to Bartosz, telling him that the apocalypse will be triggered by the opening of the barrels in the power plant. Unable to reach Aleksander, Martha and Bartosz race to the power plant, but are intercepted by the adult Magnus and Franziska, who explain that Eva lied to her. They send Martha on her mission to rescue Jonas from the apocalypse. Bartosz is met by his adult self, who was sent by Eva alongside the other acolytes of "Erit Lux" - Noah (as an adult and a teenager), Egon, and Martha - to enact her plan.


In 2053, Adam tries to destroy the Origin by activating the God Particle at the time of the apocalypse in both worlds and releasing the energy of the apocalypse onto a pregnant Martha, killing her and the child forever.
257"Between the Time"
"Zwischen der Zeit"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)

The episode traces the sequence of various events from 1888 to 2054 that complete the cycle. The episode starts with H.G. Tannhaus' explanation of the Schrodinger's cat paradox as well as two branching sequences of events - in one, alternate Martha saves Jonas from the apocalypse, and in the other, she is stopped by Bartosz (enabling Jonas to live past the point of his death in the alternate dimension, which occurs in the other scenario). In the latter, Bartosz takes Martha to the alternate dimension to face Eva, who instructs her to kill Jonas when he arrives with the 2019 Martha.


In 1890, Bartosz meets Silja, who was sent from 2053 by Adam. They go on to have two children together: Hanno (Noah) and Agnes (whose birth results in Silja's death). In 1911, Hannah arrives with a young Silja to stay with Jonas, who has begun to transform into Adam. Jonas murders Hannah and takes Silja in as an eventual member of Sic Mundus.


In 2021, Jonas attempts suicide out of despair but is stopped by a young Noah, who reminds Jonas of his commitment to helping Noah and Claudia restore the God Particle. This effort continues through 2040, by which point Elisabeth has given birth to Charlotte. The adult Elisabeth and Charlotte from 2053 travel to 2040 to kidnap baby Charlotte. Noah suspects that Claudia is responsible, which leads to his pursuit of the missing pages in Claudia's notebook and his eventual indoctrination into Sic Mundus by Adam in 1920. Meanwhile, Claudia kills her alternate self and becomes the only node to traverse both worlds between several timelines. She sends the adult Jonas on his mission to Winden in 2019, establishing the cycle of events that began in the first season.


In 2053, Adam's attempt to destroy the Origin fails to erase his existence, baffling him. He is then met by an elderly Claudia, who tells him she knows how the worlds are connected.
268"The Paradise"
"Das Paradies"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese27 June 2020 (2020-06-27)
Claudia explains to Adam how he and Eva are tied in an inextricable triquetra knot that has an origin outside both their worlds, and how they've been repeating the cycle endlessly in eternity. Claudia directs Adam to prevent the origin in a third, original world - where H. G. Tannhaus created a time machine to prevent the deaths of his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in a car accident, which inadvertently split his world into the two connected worlds of Adam and Eva. Adam visits Jonas on the day of the apocalypse and takes Jonas with him, urging him to prevent the origin with Martha, as they are part of one whole. Jonas from the first world and Martha from the second world travel to the original world through the passage in the cave and successfully prevent the deaths of Tannhaus' son Marek and his wife and child, thus removing the pain that caused Tannhaus to create the time machine in the first place. With the origin prevented, Jonas, Martha and most of the other characters are erased from existence along with both worlds, reaching all of them their Paradise and finally peace. The only characters who remain in the Origin World are those who do not have blood ties to the rest to the family as Hannah, Katharina, Peter, Regina and the Wöller siblings since they always existed there. Peter is shown in a relationship with Bernadette; Regina and Katharina are shown happy and single since Ulrich never existed in the Origin world and Regina never met Aleksander/Boris; and Hannah is expecting a child with Torben Wöller. The six of them enjoy dinner in Regina's house in what was first shown as the Kahnwald residence and Nielsen residence in other parallel worlds, respectively. However, both worlds have an impact in the Origin World as it is revealed that Charlotte is the name of the daughter of Marek Tannhaus, the clockmaker's son, and Marek's wife, Sonja, representing Noah and Elisabeth's relationship in the Origin World and their daughter Charlotte; and Hannah decides to name her child Jonas after an intense deja vu, representing Jonas Kahnwald; suggesting that although genetically the characters that ceased to exist can't be physically the same, they somehow are and will be represented in the Origin World.

Production

Netflix approved the series in February 2016 for a first season consisting of ten one-hour episodes.[17][5] Principal photography started on 18 October 2016 in and around Berlin[18] (including Saarmund and Tremsdorf in Brandenburg),[19] and ended in March 2017.[5] The church where Jonas meets Noah was filmed at the Südwestkirchhof Cemetery in Stahnsdorf. The high school location was filmed at the Reinfelder Schule in Berlin's Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf neighborhood. The bridge and the train tracks were filmed the middle of the Düppeler forest near Lake Wannsee.[20]

The series was filmed in 4K (Ultra HD) resolution.[21] It is the first German-language Netflix original series and follows a trend of internationally produced Netflix originals, including the Mexican series Club de Cuervos in 2015, the Brazilian series 3% in 2016, the Italian series Suburra: Blood on Rome in 2017, and the Indian series "Sacred Games" in 2018.

Principal photography for the second season took place on location in Berlin from June 2018.[22]

Filming for the third season began in May 2019 and wrapped in December 2019.[23]

Release

The first season of the series was released on 1 December 2017.

A second season was announced with a short teaser on the German Facebook pages of the series and Netflix on 20 December 2017.[24][25] On 26 April 2019, it was announced that the second season would premiere on 21 June 2019.[9]

On 26 May 2020, the third and last season had its release date announced to be on 27 June 2020.[26]

Reception

The first season received mostly positive reviews from critics, with many noting its similarity to the 1990s TV series Twin Peaks and the 2016 Netflix series Stranger Things. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an approval rating of 89%, with an average rating of 7.14 out of 10 based on 44 critics, with the "Certified Fresh" status. The site's critical consensus is "Dark's central mystery unfolds slowly, both tense and terrifying, culminating in a creepy, cinematic triumph of sci-fi noir."[27] The series was praised for its tone, the complexity of its narrative, and its pacing.[14] Metacritic reported a score of 67 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28] Many claimed that it was darker and more in-depth than Stranger Things.[12] However, there was some criticism of its heavy-handed approach to its message, the lack of sympathetic characters, and the unoriginality of certain aspects of the series.[13]

The second season received critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream publications, the season received an average score of 82, based on 4 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[29] On Rotten Tomatoes, season 2 of the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8.07/10, with the "Certified Fresh" status. The site's critical consensus states, "Dark's sumptuous second season descends deeper into the show's meticulously-crafted mythos and cements the series as one of streaming's strongest and strangest science fiction stories."[30] Critics referred to season 2 as ominous and much more bizarre than the first season, and that the series managed to subvert several tropes regarding the concepts of time travel.[31][32]

The third season holds an approval rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 8.75/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Dark's final chapter is as thrilling as it is bewildering, bringing viewers full circle without sacrificing any of the show's narrative complexities."[33]

Awards and nominations

The series was nominated for the Goldene Kamera TV awards 2018 in three categories: best series; best actress: Karoline Eichhorn as Charlotte Doppler; and best actor: Oliver Masucci as Ulrich Nielsen.[34] None of these nominations resulted in awards, but Louis Hofmann received the "Best Newcomer" award in recognition (among others of his performances in several movies) of his lead role in Dark.[35] In August 2018, the series received a nomination in the category Best TV Show in the Brazilian BreakTudo Awards 2018, and actor Louis Hofmann was nominated in the category "International Actor".[36]

The series was awarded the 2018 Grimme-Preis award in the category "fiction", which singled out the following cast and crew for awards:

  1. Jantje Friese (screenplay)
  2. Baran bo Odar (director)
  3. Udo Kramer (production design)
  4. Simone Baer (casting)
  5. Angela Winkler (actress)
  6. Louis Hofmann (actor)
  7. Oliver Masucci (actor)

The actors named are awarded as "representatives for the full cast".[37]

See also

References

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