On Deutschland 83, a Cold War TV show that’s anything but a copy of The Americans

Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire just ended their massive 5+ season runs. The Americans is currently on hiatus, and I haven’t begun shows like Outlander. What’s a series junkie and history professional (or buff) to do? I strongly recommend Sundance’s Deutschland 83. This series centers around an East German border guard, Martin, beginning a new assignment as a spy in West Germany. Deutschland 83 takes place at the height of the Cold War and covers themes that fans of The Americans will find familiar, but since this show is about a novice spy and young 20-something, it builds tension and explores the 80s in a completely different way than The Americans does with its focus on career espionage¬†vs.¬†family life.

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