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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 April 2014, 908 episodes (plus 13 domestic Austrian episodes not aired in the neighbour 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 2014, there are 21 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)
  • Till Ritter and Felix Stark in Berlin (since 2001 / 2003)
  • Charlotte Lindholm in Hannover / Niedersachsen (since 2002)
  • Klara Blum and Kai Perlmann in Konstanz (since 2002)
  • Frank Thiel and forensic doctor Karl-Friedrich Boerne in Münster (since 2002)
  • Klaus Borowski and new partner Sarah Brandt 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)
  • Frank Steier and Conny Mey / Linda Dräger in Frankfurt am Main (since 2011)
  • Reto Flückiger and Liz Ritschard in Luzern (since 2011)
  • Peter Faber, Martina Bönisch, Nora Dalay and Daniel Kossik in Dortmund (since 2012)
  • Jens Stellbrink and Lisa Marx in Saarbrücken (since 2013)
  • Nick Tschiller and Yalcin Gümer in Hamburg (since 2013)
  • Thorsten Falke and Katharina Lorenz in Hamburg / Norddeutschland (since 2013)
  • Henry Funck, Maik Schaffert and Johanna Grewel in Erfurt (since 2013)
  • Kira Dorn and Kriminalkommissar Lessing in Weimar (since 2013)

Every episode of Tatort stands on its own, Tatort is no arc-based series. Usually there is a murder case to be solved, sometimes other crimes as well.


Fandom started around 2008 and is focused on few teams, notably Münster, Stuttgart, Berlin and München.[2] Fanfictions are mostly written in German, with very few exeptions.[3] Many authors/artists are posting their fanworks at AO3 and FanFiktion.de but not all are crossposting. Some are only posting at their livejournals and sometimes link their stories, art etc. at tatort_fandom, sometimes not.[4] There are even a few tumblr blogs that contain fanart for tatort (mostly vids and gifs).[5]


  • Karl-Friedrich Boerne/Frank Thiel
  • Karl-Friedrich Boerne & Frank Thiel
  • Karl-Friedrich Boerne/Silke "Alberich" Haller



  1. ^ Tatort at Wikipedia (english)
  2. ^ Maybe the earliest published Tatort fanfiction is Morgenstund', a crossover with Tatort Münster by Lady Charena, originally posted 2005. Serious production of fanworks started 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.