The Weissensee Saga

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  • TV-PG
  • 2010
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.2  (2,315)

The Weissensee Saga is a German television drama series that premiered in 2010 and ran until its conclusion in 2018. The show is set in East Germany during the Cold War era and explores the lives of two families, the Kupfers and the Hausmanns, who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

At the start of the series, Martin Kupfer (Florian Lukas) is a young and idealistic member of the Stasi, East Germany's notorious secret police. He comes from a family of true believers in the Communist cause, with his father Hans (Uwe Kockisch) being a high-ranking Stasi official and his brother Falk (Jörg Hartmann) also working for the organization. Martin is tasked with spying on the Hausmann family, who run a popular restaurant in the Weissensee district of East Berlin.

The Haussmanns are a more down-to-earth family, led by father Dunja (Ruth Reinecke) and her husband Hans (Hansjürgen Hürrig), who had served in the Wehrmacht during World War II. They are not overtly political, but their business success and connections to the West make them targets for the Stasi. Martin's mission becomes complicated when he falls in love with Dunja and starts to question the righteousness of his cause.

As the series progresses, the lives of the two families become increasingly intertwined. Martin's brother Falk becomes involved in an ill-fated attempt to defect to the West, while his sister Julia (Hannah Herzsprung) marries the Hausmanns' son David (Hanno Koffler). The show explores the complicated emotional landscape of families divided by ideology, as well as the larger political and historical events of the time.

One of the strengths of The Weissensee Saga is its nuanced portrayal of life in East Germany. The show doesn't shy away from depicting the harsh realities of living in a surveillance state, but it also shows the ways in which people found joy and connection despite the restrictions. The relationships between the characters are complex and layered, with no one representing a simple hero or villain. The acting is uniformly excellent, with Lukas and Reinecke delivering particularly standout performances.

The production values of the show are also impressive. The setting is meticulously recreated, with a muted color palette and attention to period detail. The music, mostly composed by the German band Silly, adds to the sense of time and place. The writing is strong throughout, with a well-crafted narrative that keeps the audience engaged over the course of the five seasons.

The Weissensee Saga is both a gripping family drama and a thoughtful exploration of history and ideology. It is a show that rewards careful attention, as the relationships and events established in earlier episodes continue to resonate throughout the series. It is also a rare opportunity for English-speaking audiences to experience a German-language show that is not a crime procedural or spy thriller. If you are looking for a rich and satisfying historical drama, The Weissensee Saga is definitely worth your time.

The Weissensee Saga is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on September 14, 2010.

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The End (Episode 6 of 6)
6. The End (Episode 6 of 6)
May 10, 2018
Katja's article puts her in danger; Falk faces a momentous decision. Directed by Friedemann Fromm, 2018.
Borrowed Happiness (Episode 5 of 6)
5. Borrowed Happiness (Episode 5 of 6)
May 10, 2018
Nicole makes a shocking discovery in Mallorca. Directed by Friedemann Fromm, 2018.
Prosperous Country (Episode 4 of 6)
4. Prosperous Country (Episode 4 of 6)
May 9, 2018
Falk learns the truth about Liebermann. Directed by Friedemann Fromm, 2018.
The First Stone (Episode 3 of 6)
3. The First Stone (Episode 3 of 6)
May 9, 2018
Martin considers a new business proposal. Directed by Friedemann Fromm, 2018.
Ghosts (Episode 2 of 6)
2. Ghosts (Episode 2 of 6)
May 8, 2018
Gaucke threatens Hans with a file from his Cold War past. Directed by Friedemann Fromm, 2018.
Old Wounds (Episode 1 of 6)
1. Old Wounds (Episode 1 of 6)
May 8, 2018
Martin struggles to assimilate Anna into his family. Directed by Friedemann Fromm, 2018.
Where to Watch The Weissensee Saga
The Weissensee Saga is available for streaming on the MHz Choice website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Weissensee Saga on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    September 14, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (2,315)