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Dark
DarkNetflixPoster.jpg
Genre
Created by
StarringSee below
Theme music composerApparat
Opening theme"Goodbye" by Apparat (featuring Soap&Skin)[1]
Composer(s)Ben Frost
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Baran bo Odar
  • Jantje Friese
  • Quirin Berg
  • Max Wiedemann
  • Justyna Müsch
Production location(s)Germany
CinematographyNikolaus Summerer[2]
Running time45–58 minutes
Production company(s)Wiedemann & Berg Television
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original release1 December 2017 (2017-12-01) –
present
External links
Website

Dark is a German science fiction thriller web television series co-created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.[2][3][4] Set in the fictional German town of Winden, Dark concerns the aftermath of a child's disappearance which exposes the secrets of, and hidden connections between, four estranged families as they slowly unravel a sinister time travel conspiracy that spans three generations. Throughout the series, Dark explores the existential implications of time and its effects on human nature.

Dark is the first German-language Netflix original series and debuted on Netflix's streaming service on 1 December 2017. The first season received mostly positive reviews from critics, who made initial comparisons to another Netflix series, Stranger Things.[5][6][7]

Netflix renewed Dark for a second season, which was released on 21 June 2019 to critical acclaim from critics.[8][9] The series was renewed for a third season which will serve as the final season of the series.[10]

Premise[edit]

Children start disappearing from the fictional[11] German town of Winden, bringing to light the fractured relationships, double lives, and dark past of four families living there, and revealing a mystery that spans three generations. The series follows Jonas Kahnwald, a teenager struggling to cope with his father's suicide; police officer Ulrich Nielsen, whose brother disappeared 33 years earlier; and police chief Charlotte Doppler.

The story begins in 2019 but spreads to include storylines 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 history of the town and its citizens.

Cast and characters[edit]

The first season initially takes place in 2019 but expands to include stories set in 1986 and 1953, with several characters being portrayed at various ages by multiple actors. The second season takes place several months after the first, depicting the initial three stories in 2020, 1987 and 1954, respectively, while introducing stories set in 2053 and 1921.

Main characters[edit]

Character Year Description Actor
Jonas Kahnwald 2019 A high school student struggling with his father's suicide Louis Hofmann
2052 A time traveler, also known as "The Stranger" Andreas Pietschmann
?→1921 The leader of Sic Mundus, also known as "Adam" Dietrich Hollinderbäumer
Mikkel Nielsen/Michael Kahnwald 2019→1986 Ulrich and Katharina's youngest child Daan Lennard Liebrenz (de)
2019 Jonas' father, an artist whose suicide opens the series Sebastian Rudolph (de)
Hannah Kahnwald (née Krüger) 1986 A shy young girl Ella Lee (de)
2019→1954 Jonas' mother and Michael's wife, a massage therapist Maja Schöne (de)
Ines Kahnwald 1953 A young girl Lena Urzendowsky (de)
1986 Michael's adoptive mother, a nurse Anne Ratte-Polle (de)
2019 Jonas' estranged grandmother Angela Winkler
Sebastian Krüger 1986 Hannah's blue-collar father Denis Schmidt
Daniel Kahnwald 1953 Ines' father, the Winden chief of police Florian Panzner
Martha Nielsen 2019 Ulrich and Katharina's middle child, Bartosz's girlfriend and Jonas' love interest Lisa Vicari (de)
Magnus Nielsen 2019 Ulrich and Katharina's oldest child Moritz Jahn
?→1921 A member of Sic Mundus Wolfram Koch (de)
Ulrich Nielsen 1986 A high school student struggling after his brother's disappearance Ludger Bökelmann
2019→1953 Katharina's husband, Magnus, Martha and Mikkel's father, a police officer Oliver Masucci
1987 Patient in a psychiatric ward Winfried Glatzeder
Katharina Nielsen 1986 Ulrich's girlfriend, a high school student Nele Trebs (de)
2019 Ulrich's wife, Magnus, Martha, and Mikkel's mother, a high school principal Jördis Triebel
Mads Nielsen 1986 Ulrich's younger brother who disappeared Valentin Oppermann
Tronte Nielsen 1953 Agnes' son, newly arrived in Winden Joshio Marlon
1986 Jana's husband, Ulrich and Mads' father, a journalist Felix Kramer (de)
2019 Jana's husband, Ulrich's father, Magnus, Martha and Mikkel's grandfather Walter Kreye
Jana Nielsen 1953 A young girl Rike Sindler
1986 Tronte's wife, Ulrich and Mads' mother Anne Lebinsky
2019 Tronte's wife, Ulrich's mother, Magnus, Martha and Mikkel's grandmother Tatja Seibt (de)
Agnes Nielsen 1921 A young girl Helena Pieske (de)
1953 Tronte's mother, newly returned to Winden Antje Traue
Franziska Doppler 2019 Jonas, Magnus and Martha's classmate Gina Stiebitz (de)
?→1921 A member of Sic Mundus Carina Wiese
Elisabeth Doppler 2019 Franziska's deaf younger sister Carlotta von Falkenhayn (de)
2053 Leader of the survivors in Winden Sandra Borgmann (de)
Peter Doppler 2019 Franziska and Elisabeth's father, Jonas' psychologist Stephan Kampwirth
Charlotte Doppler 1986 A young woman raised by her grandfather Stephanie Amarell (de)
2019 Peter's wife, Franziska and Elisabeth's mother, Winden chief of police Karoline Eichhorn
Helge Doppler 1953 Bernd and Greta's son Tom Philipp
1986 Peter's father, a power plant guard Peter Schneider
2019 Patient in a psychiatric ward Hermann Beyer (de)
Bernd Doppler 1953 Greta's husband, Helge's father, founder of the nuclear plant Anatole Taubman
1986 Helge's father, former director of the nuclear plant Michael Mendl
Greta Doppler 1953 Bernd's wife, Helge's mother Cordelia Wege (de)
H.G. Tannhaus 1953 Charlotte's guardian, a clockmaker Arnd Klawitter
1986 A clockmaker and author Christian Steyer (de)
Bartosz Tiedemann 2019 Regina and Aleksander's son, Jonas' best friend and Martha's boyfriend Paul Lux (de)
Regina Tiedemann 1986 Claudia's daughter Lydia Makrides
2019 Aleksander's wife, Bartosz' mother, a hotel manager Deborah Kaufmann (de)
Aleksander Tiedemann 1986 A mysterious young man Béla Gabor Lenz (de)
2019 Regina's husband, Bartosz' father, director of the nuclear plant Peter Benedict (de)
Claudia Tiedemann 1953 Egon and Doris' daughter, Helge's tutor Gwendolyn Göbel
1986 Regina's mother, director of the nuclear plant Julika Jenkins
2019 A time traveler opposing Sic Mundus Lisa Kreuzer
Egon Tiedemann 1953 Claudia's father, a police officer Sebastian Hülk (de)
1986 Claudia's father, a police officer approaching retirement Christian Pätzold (de)
Doris Tiedemann 1953 Claudia's mother and Egon's wife Luise Heyer
Noah 1921 Agnes' brother, an acolyte of Sic Mundus Max Schimmelpfennig (de)
? A priest and member of Sic Mundus Mark Waschke

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Nils Brunkhorst (de) as the high school's science teacher in 2019
  • Lena Dörrie (de) as Clara Schrage, a nurse attending to Helge Doppler in 2019
  • Tara Fischer (de) as a friend of Katharina in 1986
  • Leopold Hornung (de) as Torben Wöller, a junior police officer in 2019
  • Tom Jahn (de) as Jürgen Obendorf, Erik Obendorf's father
  • Anna König (de) as Edda Heimann, a pathologist in 2019
  • Vico Mücke as Yasin Friese, Elisabeth Doppler's friend in 2019
  • Barbara Philipp (de) as Selma Ahrens, a 1986 caseworker
  • Paul Radom as Erik Obendorf, a teenage drug dealer gone missing in 2019
  • Anton Rubtsov (de) as Benni/Bernadette Wöller, a transgender prostitute in 2019
  • Anna Schönberg as Nurse Donata, Ines Kahnwald's co-worker in 1986
  • Mieke Schymura (de) as Officer Jankowski, a junior police officer in 2019
  • Lea Willkowsky as Jasmin Trewen, Claudia Tiedemann's secretary in 1986
  • Lea van Acken as Silja, a survivor of the apocalypse in 2053
  • Sylvester Groth as Clausen, an investigator looking into the disappearances in 2020

Family tree[edit]

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Episodes[edit]

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

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
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 November 4, after months of treatment at a psychiatric facility, Michael's teenage son, Jonas, returns to school, and reunites with 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 also 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 schoolmate 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' father, he is still able to discard 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' 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 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: November 5, 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 teenaged 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 traveled 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"
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 realizes 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 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 realizes 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 a newer 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 Tiedemann, 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 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,[12] getting knocked out by an armed girl.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
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 pickaxe 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 June 27, 2020.


On June 21, 2020, six days before the apocalypse, things in Winden have grown tense. An investigator, Clausen, arrives to assist Charlotte and the police force into 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 living his new life as Michael with Ines as his guardian. The old Claudia visits her 1987 self and informs 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 adult Jonas, who was at her hotel, and his belongings, which included pages from Tannhaus' book. The newfound evidence makes Charlotte, who was raised by Tannahus, 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, young 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 Egon's younger self, where she apologizes to him, to his confusion, and gives her time machine to Tannhaus. 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, who was given a time machine by Noah. 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 Ulrch 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)
177"The White Devil"
"Der weiße Teufel"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Marc O. Seng21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)
188"Endings and Beginnings"
"Enden und Anfänge"
Baran bo OdarJantje Friese & Daphne Ferraro21 June 2019 (2019-06-21)

Production[edit]

Netflix approved the series in February 2016 for a first season consisting of 10 one-hour episodes.[13][2] Principal photography started on 18 October 2016 in and around Berlin and ended in March 2017.[2] The series was filmed in 4K (Ultra HD) resolution.[14] 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, and the Italian series Suburra: Blood on Rome in 2017. Principal photography for the second season began in Berlin on 28 June 2018.[15]

Release[edit]

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.[16][17] On 26 April 2019, it was announced that the second season would premiere on 21 June 2019.[9]

Reception[edit]

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 Season 1 of the series an approval rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.14 out of 10 based on 42 critics. 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."[18] The series was praised for its tone, the complexity of its narrative, and its pacing.[7] Metacritic reported a score of 61 out of 100 based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

Many claimed that it was darker and more in-depth than Stranger Things, and far more evocative of the tone of Twin Peaks.[5] 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.[6] On Rotten Tomatoes, Season 2 of the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.95/10."[20] Critics referred to Season 2 as ominous and much more bizarre than the first season.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[22] None of these nominations resulted in awards, but Louis Hofmann received the "Best newcomer acting award" of the "Goldene Kamera" TV awards 2018, also in recognition of his lead role in Dark.[23] In August of 2018 the series received nomination in the category Best TV Show in the Brazilian award BreakTudo Awards 2018, the actor Louis Hofmann received appointment in the category International Actor.[24]

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".[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.insider.com/dark-netflix-music-score-songs-2017-12
  2. ^ a b c d "DARK, THE FIRST NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES PRODUCED IN GERMANY COMMENCES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Netflix Drops Teaser for New German Series Dark - ComingSoon.net". ComingSoon.net. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ Netflix (4 October 2017), Dark | Teaser [HD] | Netflix, retrieved 4 October 2017
  5. ^ a b "Is This New German Netflix Show The Next Stranger Things". Refinery 29. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "You Won't Be Afraid of This Dark, But You Might Be Bored". Reason.com. December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Dark review – a classy, knotty, time-travelling whodunnit for TV". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Dark renewed for season 2 by Netflix". 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b Netflix, Dark (26 April 2019). "DARK Season 2 comes out June 21st!pic.twitter.com/iaY9SZq0NY". @DarkNetflixDE. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  10. ^ "TVLine Items: Monica Potter's New Series, Netflix's Dark to End and More". TVLine. 30 May 2019.
  11. ^ Rogers, Thomas (23 November 2017). "With 'Dark,' a German Netflix Series, Streaming Crosses a New Border". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. ^ Jonas Kahnwald. dark.netflix.io
  13. ^ "Netflix Confirms First German Series 'Dark' From Baran bo Odar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Dark". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Netflix continues to bring new and diverse stories from Europe, Middle East and Africa to the world". Netflix Media Center. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Second season on Facebook announced". DARKNetflix on Facebook. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Netflix announces second season on Facebook". Netflix on Facebook. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Dark: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Dark". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Dark: Season 2 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  21. ^ Nguyen, Hanh; Nguyen, Hanh (21 June 2019). "'Dark' Review: Season 2 Is Defiantly Bizarre, Twisty, and More Addictive Than Ever". IndieWire. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  22. ^ UG, Viktor Pulz – OGLabs Germany. "Dark: 3 Nominierungen für die Goldene Kamera - Newsslash.com". Newsslash.com. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  23. ^ Attimonelli, Alexander. ""GOLDENE KAMERA Nachwuchspreis": Louis Hofmann".
  24. ^ "Nominees announced for BreakTudo Awards 2018". CelebMix. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  25. ^ "54. Grimme-Preis 2018 for "Dark"". 54. Grimme-Preis 2018 (in German). Retrieved 14 March 2018.

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