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Name: Tatort
Date(s): November 29, 1970 – present
Medium: Television series
Country of Origin: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
External Links: Wikipedia
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Tatort ("Crime Scene") is a long-running crime show, focusing on different teams in various German, Swiss, and Austrian cities. The regional TV channels which together form the ARD network (as well as Swiss channel SF and Austrian Channel ORF) produce its own run of episodes, starring its own police inspector or team of inspectors. The first episode was broadcast in 1970, and some inspectors, like Kommissar Schimanski have reached some fame outside German borders. The opening sequence for the series has remained the same throughout the decades.

"As of 2021, more than 1100 episodes (plus 13 domestic Austrian episodes not aired in the neighbouring countries) in total have been produced."[1] There are usually about 35 new episodes each year, and the show appears on Das Erste (ARD) on Sunday at 8.15 p.m.


As of 2022, there are 22 teams located in different cities. For every team, there are between one and four episodes each year.

  • Lena Odenthal (since 1989), Mario Kopper (1996 - 2018) and Johanna Stern (since 2014) in Ludwigshafen
  • Ivo Batic and Franz Leitmayr in München (since 1991)
  • Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk in Köln (since 1997)
  • Inga Lürsen (1997 - 2019) and Nils Stedefreund (2001 - 2019) in Bremen
  • Moritz Eisner (since 1999) and Bibi Fellner (since 2011) in Wien / all over Austria
  • Charlotte Lindholm (2002 - 2017 in Hannover, since 2019 in Göttingen) and Anaïs Schmitz (since 2019 in Göttingen)
  • Frank Thiel and forensic doctor Karl-Friedrich Boerne in Münster (since 2002)
  • Klaus Borowski (since 2003), Sarah Brandt (2011 - 2017) and Mila Sahin (since 2018) in Kiel
  • Thorsten Lannert and Sebastian Bootz in Stuttgart (since 2008)
  • Eva Saalfeld and Andreas Keppler in Leipzig (2008 - 2015)
  • Felix Murot (and his secretary Magda Wächter) in Wiesbaden / Hessen (since 2010)
  • Peter Faber (since 2012), Martina Bönisch (2012 - 2022), Nora Dalay (2012 - 2020), Daniel Kossik (2012 - 2017), Jan Pawlak (since 2018) and Rosa Herzog (since 2021) in Dortmund
  • Nick Tschiller and Yalcin Gümer in Hamburg (since 2013)
  • Thorsten Falke (since 2013) and Julia Grosz (since 2016) in Hamburg / Norddeutschland
  • Nina Rubin (2015 - 2022) and Robert Karow (since 2015) in Berlin
  • Paula Ringelhahn and Felix Voss in Nürnberg / Frankenland (since 2015) !!!
  • Anna Janneke and Paul Brix in Frankfurt am Main (since 2015)
  • Karin Gorniak (since 2016), Peter Michael Schnabel (since 2016), Henni Sieland (2016 - 2018) and Leonie Winkler (since 2019) in Dresden
  • Ellen Berlinger and Martin Rascher in Mainz (since 2016)
  • Franziska Tobler and Friedmann Berg in Freiburg im Breisgau (since 2017)
  • Adam Schürk, Leo Hölzer, Pia Heinrich and Esther Baumann in Saarbrücken (since 2020)
  • Isabelle Grandjean and Tessa Ott in Zürich (since 2020)
  • Liv Moormann, Mads Andersen and Linda Selb in Bremen (since 2021)

Every episode of Tatort stands on its own, since Tatort is not an arc-based series. Usually there is a murder case to be solved, sometimes other crimes as well.


The fandom gained traction around 2008, mainly focusing on on a few teams, notably Münster, Stuttgart, Berlin and München.[2] Fanfics are mostly written in German, with very few exceptions.[3]

Many authors/artists post their fanworks to AO3 and FanFiktion.de but not all crosspost. Some only post to their livejournals and sometimes link their stories, art etc. at tatort_fandom.[4] There are even a few tumblr blogs that contain fanart for Tatort (mostly vids and gifs).[5]

Spatort refers specifically to fans of the new Tatort Saarbrücken pair: Adam Schürk and Leo Hölzer[6]. The two have become a popular pairing due to their dynamic and interwoven backstories.[7] The tag #Tatort Saarbrücken even managed to trend on Tumblr after the release of its second [7] and third episodes.[8]


  • Karl-Friedrich Boerne/Frank Thiel
  • Karl-Friedrich Boerne/Silke "Alberich" Haller
  • Leo Hölzer/Adam Schürk



Archives & Resources


  1. ^ Tatort at Wikipedia (english)
  2. ^ Maybe the earliest published Tatort fanfiction is Morgenstund', a crossover with Tatort Münster by Lady Charena, originally posted in 2005. Serious production of fanworks started in 2008 with Tatort_Fandom
  3. ^ As there are "Domestic moments" (Tatort Münster) by Sandrine, "A matter of pressing urgency" (Tatort Münster) and "Frostbite" (Tatort Münster) by jacteest.
  4. ^ Have a look at this list to get to know authors/artists who only post at their livejournals (Tatort Münster only): Wo sich das stöbern sonst noch lohnt by cricri.
  5. ^ For example Zhivchiks tumblr.
  6. ^ spatort's Tumblr, Archived version Accessed 03 May 2022
  7. ^ a b sprachgefuehle's Tumblr, Archived version Posted 23 January 2022. Accessed 03 May 2022
  8. ^ jameszmaguire's Tumblr, Archived version Posted 23 January 2022. Accessed 03 May 2022