Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tatort: CSI Deutschland
It's a part of German culture, for sure...and I've tuned in the last few Sundays I've been here. The quality was mixed. I would say the quality of the script, acting, etc. is not so great, but it's interesting to watch as a cultural phenomenon. The author of this awesome blog Ich werde ein Berliner gives a pretty scathing review, and describes it as "very German": "In fact, Tatort is so slow, tedious, and deliberately low-key that one 1.5 hour episode feels like a whole day going by. Halfway into it, you’ll want to inject caffeine into your eyeballs just to make it through the next minute." It's a pretty amusing critique (read the post).
If you speak German you can watch the latest episodes on ARD: http://www.daserste.de/tatort/
The New York Times also had an article about this show in 2009: German Viewers Love Their Detectives. From the article: "Relatively speaking, violent crime isn’t common here. ...With a population of 82 million, Germany had 864 homicides in 2007; there were around 20 times as many in the United States, where the population is not quite four times as big."
"At one time three-quarters of German television viewers tuned in. Now, when cable channels atomize viewers, more than seven million people still make a ritual of turning off their phones and getting together on Sundays at 8:15 p.m. for an hour and a half to catch the show at home or in bars..."