4 Blocks

4 Blocks

A grim Berlin gang show about a boss who tries to go legal

7.5

TV Show

Germany
German
Thriller
2017
Almila Bagriacik, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Veysel Gelin

The take

This sleek German drama is often referred to as “the best German television series of all time”. It’s a rare insight into the criminal underworld of Berlin, a city known for its appetite for parties and drugs, but rarely put in question about where those drugs come from.

It follows a Lebanese drug cartel and its leader, Ali "Toni" Hamady, who wants to get out of crime to protect his family.

Crime is not “cool” (kids!), but that doesn’t mean that a show about crime shouldn’t be. And 4 Blocks, in everything from atmosphere and music to its depiction of rarely-portrayed gangster nationalities, is really cool.

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