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Bad Banks

Bad Banks

Arte 2018

After being wrongly fired from Crédit International, a prestigious Investment bank in Luxembourg, Jana Liekam, a talented Young Investment banker, is offered a dream-job in Frankfurt Under the supervision of prominent Gabriel Fenger, Head of Investment Banking at Deutsche Invest. Suddenly, Jana not only had to give up her job, but also leave her boyfriend and his 5-year-old daughter behind. While Jana quickly manages to impress Fenger and his team with her passion and ambition, she realizes only too late that Christelle Leblanc, her former boss at Crédit International, has secretly been pulling the strings and manipulating Jana to her own advantage. Soon, Jana finds herself torn between her new obligations and Leblanc’s relentless blackmail. Will she and her career survive this merciless powerplay?

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The 10 Best Episodes of Bad Banks

Bad Banks - S1E5

#1 - The Hardest Currency (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Against all odds Jana does everything necessary in order to make mega-project "Leipzig 2025" a reality. But the pressure on her increases. Fenger cannot and will not protect her any longer.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 111 votes.

Bad Banks - S1E2

#2 - Follow The Junk (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Jana receives insider information from Christelle Leblanc: The multi-billion dollar city development project "Leipzig 2025" will be expedited.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 108 votes.

Bad Banks - S1E3

#3 - The Man From London (Season 1 - Episode 3)

A protracted flu and work around the clock take a hard hit on Jana. Again Christelle Leblanc stands by Jana's side. But what does she really want?

The episode was rated 7.56 from 110 votes.

Bad Banks - S1E4

#4 - Old Debts (Season 1 - Episode 4)

There are growing signs that Jana's former employer and Deutsche Global Invest want to merge. But what is happening behind closed doors?

The episode was rated 7.54 from 105 votes.

Bad Banks - S1E6

#5 - Lion's Den (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Events come thick and fast. Deutsche Global Invest is about to fold and Germany faces another financial crisis. Did Jana trigger it?

The episode was rated 7.53 from 107 votes.

Bad Banks - S1E1

#6 - Termination (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Successful junior banker Jana's world collapses: She is dismissed without notice. But she gets one last chance.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 142 votes.

Bad Banks - S2E6

#7 - Long Live the Queen (Season 2 - Episode 6)

The power struggle in Frankfurt is coming to a head. A clever move brings all the opponents around one table. But who has ultimately forged the best alliances? Whoever loses this game loses everything.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 53 votes.

Bad Banks - S2E4

#8 - Today's Winners (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Difficulties are mounting for GreenWallet. Jana and Adam have to shelve their plan to hide their illicit earnings for the time being - they need the funds to stand up to the competition.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 52 votes.

Bad Banks - S2E3

#9 - Collateral Damage (Season 2 - Episode 3)

To beat the competition, GreenWallet needs to be internationally active. Adam flies to London to obtain a licence for the British financial market.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 50 votes.

Bad Banks - S2E5

#10 - Darkness (Season 2 - Episode 5)

A dynamic new finance minister is shaking up the banking world. Regulations are to be relaxed, while at the same time the liability rules for bankers are to be tightened.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 54 votes.

Bad Banks - S2E1
#11 - Brave New World
Season 2 - Episode 1

Six months after the crash and the state bailout of Deutsche Global Invest, the cards are being reshuffled. Gabriel Fenger is in custody.

The episode was rated from 65 votes.
Bad Banks - S2E2
#12 - The New Adversary
Season 2 - Episode 2

No sooner has GreenWallet moved into the incubator than the start-up faces a huge problem. The team needs strengthening. An attempt to poach a top talent from competition.

The episode was rated from 58 votes.

Last updated: sep 26, 2022



One of the best shows I've seen in a long time. It not only deals with the complex procedures in banking and simplifies them so that everyone understands them. It also packs that into an exciting and mostly credible story. Above all, I like that the German language is played a lot here. You can hear all kinds of dialects. You can hear Luc speaking Alsatian ... I think. Fenger's Dutch accent. The English-German mix, but also the occasional switch to French. I like that, it reflects the reality of life in Germany. In season two, the motivation, the dialogues and also some events are unfortunately very unbelievable. Nevertheless, I can only recommend this show


I just don't know what to make of it. Maybe it's just that I rarely watch german movies and am simply not used to how fucking awkward dialogues feel in my native language (not sure if it's the language itself or if german stuff simply has horrible writing every time?!). Anyway. It looks neat, and I generally like watching stuff about rich people in suits but something just feels off. It felt like this series was trying to tell too many stories at once, trying to showcase (too) many facets of each character, making them relatable(?). Either way, it often left me with a feeling of, "Okay, what was the point of that, now?". It was just a bit painful for me to watch at times, but for some reason I watched the entire thing, stilll. Maybe to see when it would finally start making sense and feel less awkward. (It never did)


An Excellent series, the protagonist is one helluva an actor, and I'm in love with her. Totally binge-watched this.


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