Perfume (2018 TV series)

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Directed byPhilipp Kadelbach
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
ProducersOliver Berben, Sarah Kirkegaard
CinematographyJakub Bejnarowicz
EditorBernd Schlegel
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production companies
  • Constantin Film
Original network

Perfume (German: Parfum) is a German television series produced for ZDFneo that was released on November 14, 2018.[1] The series is both inspired by the novel of the same name by Patrick Süskind and the 2006 film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Tom Tykwer but is set in the modern day. Netflix acquired worldwide airing rights outside of German-speaking Europe for the crime series.[2] The series was released on Netflix on December 21, 2018.[3] In general, the international reviews have been very positive.[4]


On the Lower Rhine, the corpse of a woman is found whose red hair, pubic, and armpit hair have been removed. The investigators Nadja Simon and Matthias Köhler and prosecutor Grünberg, with whom Nadja has an affair, encounter five former boarding school students who know the victim from their school days and experimented with human scents back then, inspired by the novel Perfume. In addition, the unresolved case of a missing boy comes into focus. When his body is found, he has the same mutilations as the red-haired victim. A prostitute is also found murdered, disfigured in the same way. Meanwhile, Nadja learns that she is pregnant by Grünberg. He is not ready to leave his wife, and he wants her to obtain an abortion. When his mistress refuses to end her pregnancy, however, he ends the relationship with her.


Actor Role Episodes Season
Friederike Becht Nadja Simon 1– 1
Wotan Wilke Möhring Prosecutor Grünberg 1– 1
Juergen Maurer Matthias Köhler 1– 1
August Diehl Moritz de Vries 1– 1
Ken Duken Roman Seliger 1– 1
Natalia Belitski Elena Seliger 1– 1
Christian Friedel Daniel "Zahnlos" ("Toothless") Sluiter 1– 1
Trystan Pütter Thomas Butsche 1– 1
Marc Hosemann Jens Brettschneider 1– 1
Anja Schneider Elisabeth Grünberg 1- 1
Oskar Belton Roman (young) 1– 1
Valerie Stoll Elena (young) 1– 1
Franziska Brandmeier Katharina (young) 1– 1
Albrecht Felsmann Daniel ("Toothless") Sluiter (young) 1– 1
Leon Blaschke Moritz (young) 1– 1
Julius Nitschkoff Thomas Butsche (young) 1– 1
Carlotta von Falkenhayn Elsie 1– 1
Susanne Wuest Lydia Suchanow (psychiatrist) 1– 1
Karl Markovics Elena's Father 1– 1
Roxane Duran Ballerina 1 1
Thomas Thieme Internatsleiter 1– 1
Siri Nase Katharina ("K") Läufer 1 1


TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateNetflix release date
Philipp KadelbachEva KranenburgNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)December 21, 2018
Philipp KadelbachEva KranenburgNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)December 21, 2018
Philipp KadelbachEva KranenburgNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)December 21, 2018
4"Die dritte Substanz"
"The Third Substance"
Philipp KadelbachEva KranenburgNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)December 21, 2018
"The Heart Notes"
Philipp KadelbachEva KranenburgNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)December 21, 2018
Philipp KadelbachEva KranenburgNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)December 21, 2018


  1. ^ "Weltpremiere in ZDFneo: High-End Serie "Parfum" / Mit Wotan Wilke Möhring, Friederike Becht, August Diehl, Ken Duken u.a."
  2. ^ "Berlin: Netflix Buys German 'Perfume' Series".
  3. ^ Kain, Erik. "Here's What's Coming To Netflix In December (2018) And What To Watch".
  4. ^ Adelgaard, Karina (December 21, 2018). "Perfume – Season 1 [Netflix] (4/5)". Heaven of Horror.

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