Family cases

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Television series
Original title Family cases
Country of production Germany
original language German
Year (s) 2012-2013
filmpool film and television production
length about 45 minutes
Episodes 460 in 2 seasons
genre Pseudo-Documentation
Theme music
idea Jana Dusy
production Matthias "Endik Rohann"
First broadcast April 16, 2012 on Sat.1

Familien -falls is a German television series that was broadcast on the television station Sat.1 from April 16, 2012 to September 2013 . The pseudo-documentary took over the broadcasting slot of the court show Judge Barbara Salesch after it was discontinued.


The series shows various fictional “family cases ” in which, during the course of each episode, local court , family court or criminal court hearings are staged. At the beginning of each episode, a problem case within a family is presented that cannot be solved without legal counsel . This problematic case can range from disputes within a family, through neighborhood and tenancy law disputes to criminal investigations by the public prosecutor's office. The affected family then tries to fight the problem with the help of legal counsel. In most of the 460 episodes produced, the family shown wins the lawsuit or a settlement can be reached.


When lawyers act Ulrike Tasic , Bernd Romans , Helga Nightingale, Monika Dinse, Catherina Hellbach, Marian children, Ariane Paul Claus Pinkerneil , Eva Sondermann, Alexandra Loock nests, Florestan Goedings, Karl Friedrich Weiland, Carsten Wichert, Gregor Meng and from the second season also Niklas Dittberner with.

Prosecutors Ralf Vogel and, during the first season, Niklas Dittberner can also be seen in criminal “family cases” .

Sylvia Beutler-Krowas, Barbara von Minckwitz , Brygida Braun (formerly Mendel) and Dirk Zimmermann act as judges .

Most of the other people (family members, neighbors, and police officers) are played by amateur actors .


  • Some roles from Judge Barbara Salesch were continued in family cases and have also appeared in the series Lawyers in action since the family cases format was discontinued in autumn 2013 .
  • In 2013, Bettie Ballhaus, well-known from the erotic sector, starred in one episode as the main character.

Audience ratings

At the start of the television series, the program of Sat.1 was changed at short notice, so that one episode of Two on Kallwass was omitted and a double episode of Family Cases was broadcast. 1.78 million people aged three and over tuned in to the first broadcast. This corresponded to a market share of 18 percent.

The second episode already suffered a loss of viewers. The market share of 14 to 49 year olds fell to 11.7 percent. The audience ratings, however, were still above the average for Sat.1.

In the following period, the ratings were subject to strong fluctuations. While on June 24, 2013, only around 8% market share was measured in the advertising-relevant target group, acceptable values ​​were determined on this day for the total audience of 1.1 million viewers. On July 11, 2013, good values ​​were determined for the young audience with 10% and 13.2%.

In the period that followed, however, the ratings dropped steadily, so that Sat.1. decided to cancel the television series. The series, which was shown in three episodes in a row in the Sat.1 afternoon program before it was discontinued, was finally released in autumn 2013 by Auf Streife , In the Name of Justice - We Fight for You! and lawyers on duty replaced.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Manuel Weis: “Family Cases” got off to a really strong start. , April 17, 2012, accessed on April 19, 2012 .
  2. Manuel Weis: "Family cases" on day 2: The joy of quotas clouded., April 18, 2012, accessed April 19, 2012 .
  3. Manuel Nunez Sanchez: Sat.1-Daytime continues with a lot of room upwards., June 25, 2013, accessed February 15, 2015 .
  4. Kevin Kyburz: Sat.1: Scripted success in the afternoon., July 12, 2013, accessed February 15, 2015 .
  5. Manuel Weis: Before the program press conference: What about Sat.1?, June 25, 2013, accessed February 15, 2015 .
  6. David Grzeschik: Sat.1 solves the afternoon problem., October 12, 2013, accessed February 15, 2015 .