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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 and Mario Kopper in Ludwigshafen (since 1989)
  • Ivo Batic and Franz Leitmayr in München (since 1991)
  • Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk in Köln (since 1997)
  • Inga Lürsen and Nils Stedefreund in Bremen (since 1997)
  • Moritz Eisner and new partner Bibi Fellner in Wien / all over Austria (since 1999)
  • Charlotte Lindholm and new partner Anaïs Schmitz in Hannover / Niedersachsen (since 2002)
  • Frank Thiel and forensic doctor Karl-Friedrich Boerne in Münster (since 2002)
  • Klaus Borowski and new partner Mila Sahin in Kiel (since 2003)
  • Thorsten Lannert and Sebastian Bootz in Stuttgart (since 2008)
  • Eva Saalfeld and Andreas Keppler in Leipzig (since 2008)
  • Felix Murot (and his secretary Magda Wächter) in Wiesbaden / Hessen (since 2010)
  • Peter Faber, Martina Bönisch, Nora Dalay and Daniel Kossik in Dortmund (since 2012)
  • Nick Tschiller and Yalcin Gümer in Hamburg (since 2013)
  • Thorsten Falke and new partner Julia Grosz in Hamburg / Norddeutschland (since 2013)
  • Nina Rubin and Robert Karow in Berlin (since 2015)
  • Paula Ringelhahn and Felix Voss in Nürnberg / Frankenland (since 2015) !!!
  • Anna Janneke and Paul Brix in Frankfurt am Main (since 2015)
  • Karin Gorniak and new partner Peter Michael Schnabel in Dresden (since 2016)
  • Ellen Berlinger and Martin Rascher in Mainz (since 2016)
  • Franziska Tobler and Friedmann Berg in Freiburg im Breisgau (since 2017)
  • Adam Schürk and Leo Hölzer 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] Fanfictions are mostly written in German, with very few exeptions.[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