‘Dogs of Berlin’ is a German crime drama web television series that is the second German series produced for Netflix after the hugely successful and mindblowing time travel thriller ‘Dark’. Created and directed by German filmmaker and screenwriter Christian Alvart, who is known for movies such as ‘Pandorum’ (2009) and the Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper starrer ‘Case 39’ (2009), the show follows two cops of contrasting characters as they try and solve the murder of a high-profile footballer in Berlin. ‘Dogs of Berlin’ is available in both German and English.
It was in April 2017 that Netflix announced that ‘Dogs of Berlin’ would be premiering on its platform, and after more than a year, Season 1 of the show, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on December 7, 2018. The fast-paced crime drama, which also has thriller elements, became quite a hit among viewers of the genre, and now, fans are wondering whether ‘Dogs of Berlin’ will return for a second season. Here’s everything we know about the future of the show thus far.
Dogs of Berlin Cast: Who is in it?
In the show, Fahri Yardim and Felix Kramer play the roles of the two main protagonists, police offers Erol Birkam and Kurt Grimmer, respectively.
Apart from the two main cast members, recurring cast members in the show include Urs Rechn as Gert Seiler, Katharina Schüttler as Paula Grimmer, Anna Maria Mühe as Sabine ‘Bine’ Ludar, Kais Setti as Kareem Tarik-Amir, Mohammed Issa as Murad Issam, Deniz Orta as Maïssa Issam, Giannina Erfany-Far as Kamila, Sebastian Zimmler as Ulf Grimmer, Sebastian Achilles as Guido Mack, Hauke Diekamp as Wachtmeister, and Katrin Saß as Eva Grimmer, among others.
If the show is renewed for Season 2, we expect both Yardim and Kramer, along with many of the recurring cast members to make a comeback and reprise their roles.
Dogs of Berlin Plot: What is it about?
When a politically sensitive murder rocks Berlin, two police detectives are forced to work shoulder to shoulder. They battle it out with the underworld without knowing that a confrontation with their own corruption and weaknesses awaits them. As the battle gradually progresses, they reach a point where they actually have to decide which side of the law they are actually on.
The two officers Erol Birkan and Kurt Grimmer are shown to be investigating the murder of the Turkish-German soccer star, Orkan Erdem. The murder sends Berlin into a frenzy and in the investigation that ensues, they find a long list of potential suspects, including Neo Nazis, a Lebanese gang, Turkish nationalists, and the Berlin mafia. As the mystery unfolds violently, it even points towards the involvement of officials in the highest echelons of the German government. With their allegiances tested and with their lives at stake, the two officers must battle it out with their enemies in a fight to the death.
Unlike many American crime drama television shows however, ‘Dogs of Berlin’ is not based on a true story. That being said, it touches on many contemporary issues plaguing Germany, including migration into Germany, tensions between diverse racial and ethnic groups, the rise of far-right parties and Neo Nazism, and clashes between politicians and the police. Like in the real world, all of these issues in the show affect Berlin as a city and shape its political landscape, all of which, in turn, has an effect on the case and the two officers investigating it. In fact, contemporary Berlin with all its issues feels so alive in the show that it can be considered to be an important and constantly changing character in the show which interacts with other human characters.
As far as performances are concerned, both the lead actors deliver, and they deliver convincingly, bringing to life the characters of the corrupt cop Grimmer and the more virtuous Birkam. Female characters, although strong on paper, are relegated to being on the sidelines in the show, and this is one area where ‘Dogs of Berlin’ could have improved. In its tone, the show is cynical, dark, and deeply unsettling, so much so that its portrayal of human nature might upset many viewers who have rosier ideas about the world at large. To conclude, the intense crime drama thriller is worth a watch, provided you can stomach its problems, particularly its grim story and flawed, dark characters.
In terms of reception, ‘Dogs of Berlin’ has made a decent impression on viewers, and it enjoys a good rating of 7.5/10 on IMDb, based on nearly 6,000 votes. Television critics, however, are yet to provide their two cents on the show – it does not have any score on Rotten Tomatoes, yet.
Dogs of Berlin Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Since Season 1 of ‘Dogs of Berlin’ premiered on December 7, 2018, there has been no news pertaining to the future of the show or the possibility of a second season. That being said, there’s definitely a possibility of renewal, considering that Netflix has not billed the show as a limited series.
As far as ratings and viewership of Season 1 are concerned, we are in the dark as Netflix does not release this type of data to the public at large. However, we think that ‘Dogs of Berlin’ will see another season, although we’re not sure when it will be announced. Our bet is that Netflix, if it plans to renew the show, should make an announcement by the end of May 2019.
If ‘Dogs of Berlin’ is indeed renewed for a second season, we are going to have to wait a while for it to air. Considering the fact that Season 1 took more than year after it announcement to make its way to viewers’ screens, we expect Season 2 to release sometime in 2020. We will be keeping an eye out for news pertaining to Season 2 of ‘Dogs of Berlin’, and we’ll update this section when reliable information on the same surfaces.
Dogs of Berlin Trailer:
While we wait for Netflix to make an announcement pertaining to the future of ‘Dogs of Berlin’, here is the trailer for Season 1 to give you a glimpse into the show and what awaits should you decide to take the intense journey into dark, seedy, underbelly on modern day Berlin.
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