The Same Sky

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (2,527)

The Same Sky is a gripping German drama series produced by ZDF in 2017. Set in Cold War Berlin in the 1970s, the series tells the story of a young East German spy, Lars Weber (Tom Schilling), who is sent to West Berlin to infiltrate the American intelligence agency.

Lars is tasked with befriending an American family, the Hoffmanns, and using their patriarch, John Hoffmann (Ben Becker), as a means to obtain valuable information. While living with the Hoffmans, Lars begins to develop a genuine bond with the family, particularly with John's daughter, Lauren (Stephanie Amarell), leading him to question his loyalty to his own country and his mission.

Meanwhile, the series also follows the lives of two women on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain. In the East, Sabine Cutter (Friederike Becht) is a talented scientist who is seeking greater freedom and yearns to travel to the West. In the West, Rikki Schwartz (Sofia Helin) is a feminist and political activist who supports her husband (Jörg Schüttauf) in his work as a journalist critical of the East German regime.

As the series progresses, the lives of these characters become increasingly intertwined, and their individual struggles with love, loyalty, and political ideologies are brought to the fore. Tension and suspicion rise as the East German Stasi hunt for the elusive informant who is believed to be working within their midst.

The Same Sky is a slow-burning thriller that immerses the viewer in the era of Cold War Berlin. The attention to period detail and the authenticity of the settings and costumes is impressive, and the series is compelling in its portrayal of daily life in East Germany.

All the actors deliver standout performances, with Tom Schilling providing a magnetic presence as the conflicted young spy. Sofia Helin, best known for her role in the critically acclaimed Nordic Noir series The Bridge, delivers a nuanced performance as the complex Rikki Schwartz.

The series also explores themes of gender and sexuality, with both Sabine and Rikki facing societal constraints that limit their opportunities and desires. At the same time, the series explores the relationships between fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the bonds that form between unlikely allies.

The Same Sky has been praised for its intricate plotting, with the tension building slowly but surely towards a dramatic conclusion. Its themes of betrayal, loyalty, and political intrigue make it a timely and thought-provoking series, while its strong performances and engaging storylines make it a must-watch for fans of quality drama.

The Same Sky is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on March 27, 2017.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
May 25, 2017
At dinner, Lars asks a question that makes Sabine's dad wary. Duncan tries to reconcile with Axel. Sabine spots an inconsistency in Lars's life story.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
May 25, 2017
Lars gets himself invited into the home of Sabine's family. Juliane tells her father about Klara's symptom. The Stasi interrogates Tobias.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 25, 2017
Gregor recruits an eager young worker at the factory. Axel leaves a message for the tunnelers. Lars takes on a new identity to get close to Sabine.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
March 29, 2017
Lauren is twisted between her feelings for Lars and the responsibility she feels over her son Emil. When Lauren is out, Lars is given a new assignment: Sabine Cutter, a data analyst on the American side. Juliane confronts Klara with the physical changes that her body experiences due to the medication. Duncan has a gift for Alex. Lars's father Gregor has a new informant for the Stasi. Tobias is removed from the tunnel group and contacts Alex.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
March 28, 2017
Lars Weber succeeds in getting closer to Lauren, who for the time being distances herself from the attractive young man. Conrad's daughter Klara struggles with her feelings. She absolutely wants recognition from her father, who only cares for his older daughter Juliane. Axel returns to the bar hoping to see Duncan again, but he meets Tobias who has a special secret to tell him.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 27, 2017
East-Berlin inspector Lars Weber is sent to West Berlin during his espionage training to make contact with the mysterious data analyst Lauren Faber, who works for the British Secret Service. His socialist father Gregor is very proud, but personal motives also play along. Lars' disillusioned uncle Conrad is struggling with his family problems, while Conrad's colleague Axel wants to break his chains with communist East Germany.
Where to Watch The Same Sky
The Same Sky is available for streaming on the ZDF website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Same Sky on demand at Amazon Prime and PBS.
  • Premiere Date
    March 27, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (2,527)