Mountain Murders

The entertaining criminal cases of a mismatched pair of detectives in a picturesque idyll: when charismatic Jerry Paulsen from the State Criminal Police Office in Hamburg is deployed to a small town in the Alps, conflict with the resident Chief Inspector Benedikt Beissl is all but guaranteed. Professionally and privately, as Jerry is also dating Beissl's daughter.

Chief Inspector Benedikt Beissl has been running his police station in Berchtesgaden pretty much on his own for many years, when all of a sudden the top brass decide to assign him a new colleague: Jerry Paulsen is not only everything that Beissl is not, namely charming, talkative and open-hearted, but as the son of a German mother and an American GI he is also mixed race. But all this bothers Beissl a lot less than the fact that Jerry also happens to be going out with his beloved daughter Johanna – the guy is practically his son-in-law! With his winning ways, the "wannabe Obama" really gets on Beissl's wick. But when the pair are on a case, their private issues remain outside the door – well for the most part. They may not be cool cops, but they do at least behave like composed professionals. All Beissl really wants is to keep his family safe from the outside world. But try as he might he can't keep that world from infringing on his idyllic home-town Berchtesgaden. His wife Elisabeth and daughter Johanna, who works as a journalist, both know this. So, it is a good thing that ultimately the Beissls can rely on one another – and on new family members like Jerry Paulsen.

The stories of a mismatched pair of detectives and their family entanglements provide the perfect blend of incidental humor, family life and a varied array of criminal cases all set against the imposing backdrop of the magnificent Alps. What else could you want in a successful police series?

In the German early evening schedule, the premiere broadcast of the first season was a huge success pulling in three million viewers.

Episodes with english subtitles available here:

S01: The Old Man from the Mountain

S01: Sin in the Alps

S02: Appearances and Reality

S02: Golf Tee