The show is a family saga with a supernatural twist
Hit Netflix drama DARK will be returning to the streaming service for a much-anticipated second season.
The German original production has been a hit with audiences across the world, with fans streaming it in America, Britain, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, France and Spain. It’s now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix.
DARK is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families.
While primarily a mystery-led drama, the show also takes on a supernatural aspect, with a twist that transports some characters to the same town in 1986.
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese have been overwhelmed by the reception the show has received, saying that they’re “thrilled” that their story has been a success with a global audience.
“Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true,” they added. “And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK.”
Vice President of International Originals for Netflix Kelly Luegenbiehl said that when they first heard of the show, they realised very early that they “hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world.”
“DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds,” she added.
When DARK first aired on the service, it was hailed as the next ‘Stranger Things’. “Dark takes its cues from shows that have been pop culture successes in recent years”, IGN claimed in a glowing review.
The Stranger Things comparison is relevant, due to the use of ’80s music, kids riding bikes, and a government conspiracy lurking at the edge of town.
“Dark is also a more mature version of Stranger Things, featuring a great deal of swearing, nudity, and gore. Thankfully, none of the ‘R-Rated’ material feels excessive. Dark lives up to its name in terms of its narrative […] Dark is a delightful bit of supernatural fun that’s worth the 10 hours it will take to finish.”