Distinctly German

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At one time three-quarters of German television viewers tuned in. Now, when cable channels atomize viewers, more than seven million people still make a ritual of turning off their phones and getting together on Sundays at 8:15 p.m. for an hour and a half to catch the show at home or in bars, some of which, “Tatort” hangouts, receive advance DVDs so fans can pause the action before the killer is unveiled and collectively try to guess who did it.

New York Times article about the German crime series Tatort, started in 1970 and still widely popular. It’s part of my Sunday evening routine and my favorite way to practice German. Es ist fantastisch.

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