Jaeger, agreed. They've had a bunch of good shows. Recently, I enjoyed Altered Carbon despite it being a bit too gory. I thought the book was better.
I don't watch a lot of American crime drama because to me, there's a lot of sameness too it. Way too hot people in way too nice clothes preening and sniping at each other. Sometimes, they're not bad, but there's a formula to American crime drama that makes it, to me at least, unoriginal. A lot of TV gets relegated to second monitor half viewing while I play vidja.
I only watched one German crime drama before when I lived in Holland in the late 90s, so I don't have a lot to compare it too. I guess what I like about Babylon Berlin is that it's so un-Hollywood. It's got a lot of the things I like about foreign TV, a little bit of exoticism, normal looking actors (as opposed to everyone being beautiful,) no rules against extras having a line or two, among some other things. It doesn't have Nazis (at least so far,) which gets old, IMO. It's set in the 1920s which I've always liked, and finding my grandmother's journal from her trip to Europe in the 1920s has rekindled my interest. It even has some very good and subtle humor without trying too hard to be funny. One quibble is that the writing is very complex, much like Steven Moffat's. I joke with my wife that the writer's name is von Moffatz.
As an aside, there's one scene where the main characters are trying to speak English to some American girls in a bar and it made me think of my grandmother in Germany in 1927, probably having similar experiences.
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