Lenßen & Partner

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Television series
Original title Lenßen & Partner (2003-2009)
Lenßen (2012)
Lenssen and partner.jpg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Year (s) 2003-2009; 2012
length 21 minutes
  • 1303 Lenßen & Partner + 1 TV film
  • 92 Lenßen in 8 + 1 seasons
genre Pseudo-Documentation
Theme music Eminem  - Lose Yourself (Instrumental)
production Constantin Entertainment GmbH
First broadcast March 10, 2003 on Sat.1

Lenßen & Partner is a German early evening crime series that was produced by Constantin Entertainment GmbH from 2003 to 2009 and broadcast from Sat.1 Monday to Friday in the afternoon and evening programs. It is assigned to the genre of pseudo-documentaries . The show's theme song was Lose Yourself by Eminem . The series was shot in and around Munich .

From March 5, 2012, the series was resumed under the title Lenßen with completely changed cast except for the namesake Ingo Lenßen on the old pre-evening broadcasting location, the location was now Essen and the surrounding area. The first episode after the break was a direct crossover with an episode of Judge Alexander Hold that same day. On April 27, 2012, the renewed discontinuation of the series was announced due to constant poor ratings. The last episode ran on May 25, 2012.

Plot and concept

The series is about the lawyer Ingo Lenßen , who investigates with the help of private detectives on behalf of his clients , but occasionally also gets caught up in criminal cases spontaneously. Mostly it is about investigating or averting moderately serious criminal offenses and crimes ( threats , extortion , kidnapping , fraud, etc.). Although the program repeatedly points out that these are private investigators, they take on a considerable amount of police tasks such as securing evidence and apprehending the perpetrators and, as a matter of course, cooperate with police measures. Often people, including members of investigative teams, come under the control of criminals. In the end, the case is resolved and the perpetrators are brought to justice. Most of the time, each episode represents a closed case.

In principle, Lenßen & Partner is a simply structured crime series that is loosely based on the lawyer-private investigator constellation in One Case for Two . All cases are pure fiction . Using various stylistic devices, however, especially in the first few years of broadcasting, attempts were made to give viewers the impression that they were simulated real criminal cases or even recordings of real investigators at work (pseudo-documentary):

  • The type of "reporting" and image documentation is based on wanted mails such as file number XY ... unsolved :
    • Voiceover from the off , which provides information to support action or indicates dangers
    • Display of location and / or time information when changing scenes
    • Integration of recordings from supposed surveillance cameras and shaky black and white handheld cameras
    • shaky camera work should clarify the spontaneous and authentic staging
    • Pixelation of license plates and the faces of people “randomly” passing by
  • At the end of the broadcast, the result of the subsequent legal proceedings is always given with the sentence and full names of the accused.
  • Most of the permanent actors, including the eponymous Ingo Lenßen, appear under their real names.


year Lawyer Investigative team 1 Investigative team 2 secretary
2003 Ingo Lenßen Christian Storm Sandra Nitka
( Sandra Zirngibl-Kowalski )
Katja Hansen
( Sandra Corzilius )
Tekin Kurtuluş Gabi von Polsdorf
(Gabriela von Polsdorf)
2005-2006 Mark Blomberg
(Tim Riedel)
2006-07 Sebastian Thiele
( Sebastian Jäger )
Julia Brahms
( Friederike Lohrer )
2008-2009 Julia Brahms
(Friederike Lohrer)
Sandra Nitka
(Sandra Zirngibl-Kowalski)
2009 Katja Hansen
(Sandra Corzilius)
Sandra Nitka
(Sandra Zirngibl-Kowalski)
Nina Marx
2012 Karsten Grabowski
(Alexander Höll)
Stefanie Scholz Jan Fischer Lara Kampmann
(Inga Kristina Oepke)

Occasionally, however, there were other team compositions; Christian Storm and Sebastian Thiele and Tekin Kurtuluş, for example, have already worked together in several episodes. Sandra Nitka and Katja Hansen also investigated together in some cases.

On May 26, 2008 the episode “Goodbye Sandra Nitka” was broadcast, in which the investigator was adopted on maternity leave. From this she returned in the September 1, 2008 episode "Sandra Nitka's Return".

After the series resumed, two new investigative teams were introduced, both of which were featured in the first episode. Then they alternate each episode. It also happens that both teams appear in the same episode.

Actors in detail

actor Role name Started Exit Reason for exit
Ingo Lenßen Ingo Lenßen March 10, 2003 May 25, 2012 Discontinuation of the series
Christian Storm Christian Storm March 10, 2003 November 13, 2009 First set of the series
Sandra Zirngibl-Kowalski Sandra Nitka March 10, 2003 November 6, 2009 First set of the series
Sandra Corzilius Katja Hansen March 11, 2003 November 13, 2009 First set of the series
Tekin Kurtuluş Tekin Kurtuluş March 11, 2003 September 29, 2005 has to change job after serious gunshot wound
Gabriela von Polsdorf Gabriela von Polsdorf March 10, 2003 April 26, 2006 opens photo shop with her significant other
Tim Riedel Mark Blomberg October 6, 2005 May 5, 2006 moves to another law firm
Friederike Lohrer Julia Brahms † April 27, 2006 February 3, 2009 dies of a gunshot wound
Sebastian Jäger Sebastian Thiele May 8, 2006 November 4, 2009 First set of the series
NN Nina Marx February 5, 2009 November 2, 2009 First set of the series
Alexander Höll Karsten Grabowski March 5, 2012 May 25, 2012 Discontinuation of the series
Stefanie Scholz (?) Stefanie Scholz March 5, 2012 May 25, 2012 Discontinuation of the series
Jan Fischer (?) Jan Fischer March 5, 2012 May 25, 2012 Discontinuation of the series
Inga Kristina Oepke Lara Kampmann March 5, 2012 May 25, 2012 Discontinuation of the series

Prominent guest appearances


Lenßen & Partner can be seen as an offshoot of the judge Alexander Hold court show, in which Ingo Lenßen appeared as a criminal defense attorney since 2001. He continued this activity with interruptions until 2012, i.e. for practically the entire duration of his own series.

Occasional collaborations existed with the similarly conceived series K11 - Commissioners in action, which was broadcast in the immediate vicinity . The episode Tödliche Liebesspiele contains the first crossover of the two programs with the old K11 investigative team Loors and Drawer, who dropped out of the series after 180 episodes. As a result, Ingo Lenßen under suspicion of murder by Lenßen & Partner , the K11 commissioners appeared as guest actors. The same thing happened in the aftermath of Inspector Naseband in Need . The Lenßen & Partner episode Intrigue against the investigative team continued in the immediately following K11 episode Christian Storm under suspicion . The actors of both series appeared, so to speak, as guest actors in the other program or the locations of both series overlapped in these episodes.

1st episode 2nd episode 3rd episode 4th episode 5th episode
Lenssen and partner.jpg Deadly Love Games
(Season 2, Episode 2)
K11-logo-gross.jpg Doomed Love
(Season 1, Episode 2)
Lenssen and partner.jpg Ingo Lenßen under suspicion of murder
(season 5, episode 120)
K11-logo-gross.jpg Lenßen under suspicion of murder
(season 4, episode 122)
Lenssen and partner.jpg Murderous Wedding
(Season 5, Episode 121)
K11-logo-gross.jpg The Commissioner's Affair
(Season 4, Episode 164)
K11-logo-gross.jpg Nose Tape Behind Bars
(Season 5, Episode 18)
K11-logo-gross.jpg Manhunt for Nose Band
(Season 5, Episode 19)
Lenssen and partner.jpg Commissioner Naseband in Need
(Season 6, Episode 28)
K11-logo-gross.jpg Nose Band Strikes Back
(Season 5, Episode 20)
Lenssen and partner.jpg Intrigue against the investigative team
(Season 7, Episode 41)
K11-logo-gross.jpg Christian Storm Under Suspicion
(Season 6, Episode 43)

Broadcasting of the seasons on Sat.1

Lenßen & Partner
Season Episodes Charisma
01 100 March 10, 2003 to August 7, 2003
02 100 Sep 1 2003 to February 2, 2004
03 189 Feb. 3, 2004 to January 25, 2005
04th 190
(189 + 1)
Jan 26, 2005 to January 6, 2006
05 190 Jan. 9, 2006 to December 12, 2006
06th 196 Jan 15, 2007 to December 21, 2007
07th 196 Jan. 14, 2008 to January 23, 2009
08th 143 Jan. 26, 2009 to November 13, 2009
Season Episodes Charisma
01 57 March 5, 2012 to May 25, 2012

Changes and updates

In September 2006 the format was changed slightly. The opening credits were updated with the renewed team and the series said goodbye to a documentary , as the speaker Thomas Albus , who had previously often described the situations, was almost taken out of the concept . The shaky handheld cameras were also no longer needed.

On November 13, 2009, the program was stopped in the course of restructuring in the evening program. In April 2003, Lenßen & Partner achieved a market share of 15.4 percent in the target group of 14 to 49 year olds.

Logo after resumption in 2012

In 2012 new episodes were broadcast under the simple series title "Lenßen". Two completely new investigative teams also replaced the previous ones. Furthermore, the documentation type was reintroduced, in which a speaker accompanied the entire case and described situations. The title music and the melody for the credits have been retained. On January 23, 2012 it was announced that the discontinuation of the daily telenovela Anna und die Liebe will free its slot. From March 5, 2012 to May 25, 2012, new episodes of Lenßen were broadcast on this slot . At the start there was a double episode.

In December 2012 the first season of Lenßen & Partner was released on DVD.

Since the end of January 2013 Lenßen & Partner has been repeated from the first season on Sat.1 Gold .


Reality reference

The entire event was presented in a tense and sensational way in the series, although this does not correspond to the real professional life of a private detective. But there were also some other questionable aspects: In the series, the viewer was falsely given the impression that the private investigators had similar powers to the police. In almost every episode, the detectives broke into their homes to get information. The installation of cameras and bug bugs was also common practice in the series, but is actually a criminal offense. House searches and wiretapping operations may only be carried out by police officers with judicial approval. It was also unrealistic for the investigators to threaten suspects with firearms and take them away instead of simply holding them and handing them over to the police. This would qualify as coercion or deprivation of liberty. If someone to be arrested escaped, they fired warning shots. Their demeanor was overly aggressive, and they used force to hold suspects in order to interrogate them and to force them to testify.

The Federal Association of German Detective e. V. expressed itself in an official statement as follows:

“If the television detectives had to answer for their actions in court, they would be guaranteed a long prison sentence. Because detectives in Germany have no different rights than any citizen of our country. [...] This representation in Lenßen und Partner has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with actual detective work in our country. "

- Federal Association of German Detectives

Awards and nominations

German television award
  • Nominated - "Best Daily Show" ( 2003 )

Audience ratings

The first episode of the new series reached 680,000 viewers (9.6 percent) of the advertising-relevant target group and 1.94 million viewers (9.1 percent) of the total audience. The second episode, which ran immediately after the first, achieved slightly better numbers. 820,000 viewers (9.9 percent) of the 18 to 49 year olds and 2.54 million viewers (10.1 percent) of the total audience saw the result.

Lenßen - The Film


  1. The episode of Tekin's last mission was a night special and is not listed in the numbering.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Sat.1 in Chaos: «Lenßen» is discontinued quotenmeter.de ; Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  2. Sat.1 stops “K11” and “Lenßen & Partner” . DWDL.de
  3. presseportal.de May 13, 2003.
  4. Report atquotemeter.de
  5. report at dwdl.de
  6. ↑ Broadcast dates from Lenßen & Partner on Sat.1 Gold. fernsehserien.de
  7. Press release 4/2003 from the Federal Association of German Detectives
  8. German Television Prize 2003 : Nominations and Prize Winners 2003. (PDF; 100 kB) (No longer available online.) September 1, 2003, archived from the original on February 13, 2009 ; Retrieved December 5, 2008 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.deutscherfernsehpreis.de