What is happening: Former journalist Kirby (fantastic: Elisabeth Moss) survived a brutal attack years ago. When a woman’s corpse with similar wounds suddenly turns up, she sets out in search of the culprit. What sounds like a bloodthirsty cold case turns into a psychological thriller: Since the attack, Kirby has been struggling with memory gaps and supposed hallucinations – and the serial killer turns out to be a time traveler. Sounds adventurous, but it works thanks to the excellent cast.
Secret Star: Jamie Bell, ex-child star dating Billy Elliottturns the killer into an unpredictable criminal who switches back and forth between charisma and freezer coldness in seconds.
Not suitable for: Everyone who is already at crime scene get angry about unrealistic scenes. You have to be able to get involved in the time travel thing. Kathrin Müller-Lance
From April 29 on Apple TV +, eight episodes.
What’s the matter? A crook in the highest office of state fails because of his fundamental stupidity – and that of all other dumbasses around him. This is the Watergate affair that led to the overthrow of President Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974. With a current, cynically steeled post-Trump perspective, it seems like a ridiculous farce – and that’s how Robbie Pickering tells the story in gas lit. His characters are all very involved, some comical, some dramatic. Julia Roberts and Sean Penn take center stage power couple Martha and John Mitchell (he’s Nixon’s big deal, she wants to stand by him but just can’t keep her mouth shut). The scraps fly dramatically.
Secret star: Shea Whigham turns G. Gordon Liddy, the boss of the Watergate burglars, into pure cracking comedy gold – with a macho mustache, a piercing dark lunatic look and a pathetic, lyrical willingness to make sacrifices in each of his sentences.
Not suitable for: Everyone who thinks criminal politicians are actually unthinkable – the level of moral outrage here might be too low for them. Tobias Kniebe
Starzplay on Amazon Prime, eight episodes.
What’s the matter? The glamorous sisters revolve around themselves and increase their fame by starring in twenty seasons of the docu-soap Keeping up with the Kardashians circled around themselves. Kim Kardashian is set to appear on “Saturday Night Live,” which surprises her the most because she can’t play, sing, or dance. It’s more exciting now how the world reacts to her, how ex-husband and rap superstar Kanye West mourns Kim’s death, how Amy Schumer helps her with stand-up. A lesson in fame in times of streaming and social media.
Secret star: Travis Barker, heavily tattooed but dear drummer of the band Blink 182 and famous herself, has no problem idolizing the even more famous Kourtney Kardashian.
Not suitable for: People who have become accustomed to complex series characters. Compared to Walter White, the Kardashians are rather non-enigmatic figures. David Pfeiffer
Disney +, ten episodes.
Anatomy of a Scandal
What’s the matter: A court case shatters Sophie Whitehouse’s perfect life in Britain’s upper class. Her husband James, MP and best friend with the prime minister, had an affair with an employee who now accuses him of rape. The procedure, combined with a lot of media hype, makes Sophie doubt who she actually married. With Sienna Miller, who plays Sophie, and Rupert Friend as James, the series also shows how differently the truth can be interpreted.
Secret Star: As a persistent lawyer, Michelle Dockery dissects the statements of the accused and witnesses in court – unyielding and razor-sharp. But the cool, controlled facade hides a secret.
Not suitable for: Anyone who thinks there is only one truth. Caroline Gsteiger
Netflix, six episodes.
What’s the matter? The British secret service MI5 also has its failures. Young agents who screwed up before they had a chance to prove themselves. Who were packed up in Slough House and there, ridiculed by the noble agents, maltreated with useless, nonsensical monotony of routine. Supervised by former top man Jackson Lamb, but whose office is now as filthy as his dealings with others, he is played by Gary Oldman, the hero of the great John Le Carré adaptation Queen King Ace Spy. A chance for (arbitrary) parole looms when a Pakistani student is kidnapped and about to be beheaded in a social media death show. Based on the novels by Mick Herron.
Secret Star: The city of London, which is an inhospitable swamp, cold and wet, dirty and stuffy, snooty and xenophobic.
Not suitable for: Nostalgic LeCarréans and anyone who doesn’t want to believe that good leadership can go hand in hand with long farts. Fritz Goettler
Apple TV+, six episodes.
The King of Palma
What’s the matter? The Dortmund car dealer Matti Adler (Henning Baum) wants to get off to a flying start in the early 1990s with the bar “Bieradler” he leases on Mallorca, but he doesn’t succeed. Because the local protection money collectors and island crooks have their big fingers on everything and don’t want to have their business ruined. The story, which is based on real life, is essentially about the sinister side of the emerging mass tourism, but is also lovingly decorated sentimental travel back to the so badly missed nineties.
Secret star: The East German fortune seeker Bianca Bärwald, first just a tourist and then Matti Adler’s compaňera – brilliantly ambivalent played by Pia-Micaela Barucki, naive and tough at the same time.
Not suitable for: Those who get too much on the 90’s soundtrack. From “La Isla Bonita” to unfortunately also “Wind of Change” – everything is included. Those were horribly beautiful years. Holger Gerz
RTL+ Original, six episodes.
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