Wow. Babylon Berlin was such a great show.
You all need to get on this. It’s set in very late 20s Berlin. It is about a police investigator, who comes across a ‘conspiracy’ that will dramatic ramifications for the country if carried out. Like many other shows in the world, it starts by trying to hook you in through questions like ‘who is that guy?!’, ‘where does this girl’s loyalties lie?’, and the classic ‘I don’t really grasp who that dood was but he just got shot and it’s apparently important?’
But, unlike these many other shows, the mysterious aspects of the show build and start making alot of sense. By the end of the sixteen episodes everything is answered and ties together extremely well. It’s like a novel in that regard. Like the best dramatic shows on TV, e.g. the Wire, breaking bad, etc. the best episodes are the last few, with the momentum of the plot and the character development culminating in a climax that leaves you in utter suspense (without the lame random plot twists or cliffhangers of other shows).
Lastly, it has some amazing set pieces, it has some things I have never seen before (at least not done this well), I would elaborate but I won’t for spoilers sake.
Seriously, get on it. If the historical context of the show doesn’t instantly appeal to you (although it should! Late 20s Berlin!) the characters and interesting story will.