Alessandra Stanley was the chief television critic for The New York Times from 2003 to 2015. She is working on a book about the cold war. 
(May 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

Lotte in Weimar

Severija Janušauskaitė as the nightclub singer Svetlana Sorokina in Babylon Berlin

Babylon Berlin

a television series created by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, and Hendrik Handloegten, based on the novels by Volker Kutscher, available on Netflix

Babylon Berlin: Book 1 of the Gereon Rath Mystery Series

by Volker Kutscher, translated from the German by Niall Sellar
Somewhere between decadent dance halls, S&M trysts, mob slayings, opium dens, corruption, torture, pornography, and bloody May Day riots, the TV series Babylon Berlin twirls away from Weimar Germany to give a nod to 1930s Hollywood comedies. The hero of the show, a detective named Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), has …