How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

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How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
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Genre
Created by
  • Philipp Käßbohrer
  • Matthias Murmann
Written by
  • Sebastian Colley
  • Philipp Käßbohrer
  • Stefan Titze
Starring
Composer(s)
  • Konstantin Gropper
  • Markus Winter
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Philipp Käßbohrer
  • Matthias Murmann
  • Lars Montag
Producer(s)
  • Stefan Titze
  • André Zoch
Cinematography
  • Armin Franzen
  • Borris Kehl
Editor(s)
  • Marc Schubert
  • Rainer Nigrelli
  • Alex Kutka
  • Christoph Cepok
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25–32 minutes
Production company(s)
  • bildundtonfabrik
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release31 May 2019 (2019-05-31) –
present
External links
Website

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is a German coming-of-age comedy-drama web series co-created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann. The first season, consisting of six episodes, was released on 31 May 2019, on Netflix.[1][2] The series stars Maximilian Mundt, Anna Lena Klenke, Danilo Kamperidis, Damian Hardung, Luna Baptiste Schaller, Leonie Wesselow and Bjarne Mädel. According to the Twitter account of the production company btf, the series was renewed by Netflix for a second season, which premiered on 21 July 2020.[3][4][5]

In July 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.[6]

Overview[edit]

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is set in fictional Rinseln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and told from the perspective of high-school outcast and nerd Moritz Zimmermann. The series follows Moritz and his fellow friend Lenny Sander attempting to rekindle Moritz's love for ex-girlfriend Lisa Novak, through selling ecstasy online. Starting off as a small time business, it quickly spirals out of control and Moritz and Lenny learn to deal with the consequences of large scale drug trafficking.

The series is inspired by a true story, which took place in Leipzig in 2015. Maximilian S., the person that inspired the novel, was sentenced to five years in prison.[7] Coincidentally the actor that plays Moritz is also named Maximilian. However, they are different people. [8][9]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Maximilian Mundt as Moritz Zimmermann. School outcast and CEO of MyDrugs. His desire for power and control from MyDrugs cause many failures for the group as much as successes. He acts as the main narrator throughout the series.
  • Anna Lena Klenke as Lisa Novak. Moritz's ex girlfriend. Her liking for ecstasy is the main catalyst in Moritz's plans to take her back.
  • Danilo Kamperidis as Lenny Sander. Moritz's best friend. An adept hacker and video game junkie, later becoming the CTO of MyDrugs. He is wheelchair bound as a result of an unspecified bone cancer.
  • Damian Hardung as Daniel Riffert. Lisa's presumptive boyfriend and typical high-school jock. Whilst a rival to Moritz early on, he later becomes part of MyDrugs as logistics.
  • Luna Baptiste Schaller as Gerda Schwerdfeger. One of Lisa's friends at school, who takes a liking to Moritz.
  • Leonie Wesselow as Fritzi. Another one of Lisa's friends.
  • Bjarne Mädel as Dealer Jakob 'Buba' Otto (season 1). A small time drug dealer who is the main source of ecstasy in Rinseln. He owns a local farm which is the center of the Albanian gang present in Rinseln.
  • Roland Riebeling as Jens Zimmermann. Moritz's father and North Rhine-Westphalian police officer. He is part of the investigation in stopping the drug situation in Rinseln and later on, MyDrugs.
  • Jolina Amely Trinks as Marie Zimmermann. Moritz's younger sister. The more social of the Zimmermann family, owning an Instagram account to moderate success. She is also an avid horse rider, of which the horses are owned by the Albanians.
  • Jonathan Frakes as Himself
  • Lena Urzendowsky as Milena 'Kira' Bechtholz[10] (season 2–). Lenny's online girlfriend. In Season 2, she becomes part of Lenny's life and becomes infatuated with MyDrugs.
  • Langston Uibel[6] (season 3)
  • Maren Kroymann (season 2-) as Doro Otto. Buba's mother and leader of the Albanian Gang in Season 2.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
1631 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
2621 July 2020 (2020-07-21)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Nerd Today, Boss Tomorrow"Lars MontagSebastian Colley, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Moritz Zimmerman, a high-school outcast, is dumped by his girlfriend Lisa Novak. Learning that Lisa has taken up ecstasy during her year abroad and has seemingly set her eyes on high-school jock Dan Riffert, Moritz enlists the help of fellow friend Lenny Sandler to win her back. Moritz finds Dan’s dealer, Jakob 'Buba' Otto and buys the entire stock of ecstasy in hopes that Dan will have none to offer Lisa with. Later on, Moritz crashes Lisa’s party to win her back, only to be humiliated by Dan. In debt from Buba and left with a full bag of ecstasy, Moritz plans to sell them online.
22"Life's Not Fair, Get Used to It"Lars MontagSebastian Colley, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Lisa’s parents find an ecstasy pill from the party last night and Lisa contacts Dan to assist in helping her. As Moritz is still in access of her Facebook account, he starts to delete messages from Dan (to give the illusion that Dan is ignoring Lisa) and goes round instead to help. Moritz then reconfigures his and Lenny’s game marketplace, ‘MyTems’, to sell ecstasy pills on the dark web under the name ‘MyDrugs’. Lenny is reluctant at first due to being fed up from Moritz’s failed attempts but is won over and orders start to take place. Dan is questioned by police over his possession of ecstasy and is asked to reveal his dealer or face a sentence.
33"Failure is Not an Option"Lars MontagSebastian Colley, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Buba tracks down Moritz and Lenny, and demands the money that Moritz owes. Finding out about MyDrugs, Buba asks for €10,000 from the profits made. It turns out that whilst orders are high, the reviews for the pills are rated low, and Moritz accepts help from a user called ‘PurpleRain’. In an attempt to offer the pills to Lisa, Moritz is turned down and it is revealed that the substance inside Buba's supply is PMA, to which Lenny experiences the side effects first hand. Dan questions Lisa over her ignoring him, to which Lisa denies. Dan attempts to text again, but Lisa sees Moritz delete them and calls him out over the school intercom. Buba is arrested and placed into detention, and Moritz and Lenny pick up the first package from PurpleRain.
44"If This is Reality, I'm Not Interested"Arne FeldhusenSebastian Colley, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
This episode concentrates on the emotional problems that the characters face. The actions of Moritz have led to him being vilified throughout the high-school, being blocked by Lisa on social media and is starting to strain his relationship with Lenny, which both are planning to open MyDrugs to the clear web. Furthermore, Moritz is contacted by the police to help them crack Buba’s laptop. As the information on Buba’s laptop contains links to Lenny and Moritz (which would incriminate them), Moritz deletes the contents, feigning to the police that the contents are lost. Lenny deals with the possibility that his mother may replace him with a foster child when he passes, and Lisa and Dan deal with problems relating to stress and social status through therapy.
55"Score Big or Don't Score at All"Arne FeldhusenSebastian Colley, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
MyDrugs looks to go live on the clear web, and both Moritz and Lenny celebrate though a formal dinner. Moritz reveals to Lenny that he has solicited a deal with manufacturer GoodTimes in Rotterdam to increase the product range of MyDrugs, but Lenny snaps at Moritz, claiming that Moritz has forgotten the relationship they both had and is only interested in business. Fed up, Lenny leaves Moritz. Moritz takes the invitation to fellow classmate Gerda’s birthday party and sees Dan and Lisa kiss. Moritz leaves in a sulk, and allows MyDrugs to go live on the clear web. Gerda overdoses on ecstasy, and Buba (now out of detention due to the lack of evidence) locates Lenny.
66"If You Are the Smartest One in the Room, You're in the Wrong Room"Arne FeldhusenSebastian Colley, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)

Lenny has gone missing, and Moritz attempts to contact him after finding out Gerda’s overdose. He enlists Dan to help find Lenny and locates him, captured at Buba’s farm. The rescue fails, and all three are imprisoned by Buba. As Buba attempts to kill one of trio, Lenny pulls out a concealed Liberator and misfires at Buba, which Buba takes and then kills himself by accident. The three decide to put differences aside and work together on MyDrugs. MyDrugs on the clear web is an instant hit, GoodTimes decides to send the pills directly (and killing PurpleRain in the process) and Lisa and Moritz make amends, with Lisa telling Dan that their relationship should be on ‘pause’.

The credits show older versions of Lisa and Lenny in doubt of Moritz's version of events. Lenny begins to tell what happened afterwards.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
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season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [11]
71"Think Different"Mia SpenglerSebastian Colley, Mats Frey, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze, Natalie Thomas21 July 2020 (2020-07-21)
MyDrugs has turned into more of a success that the boys could imagine, notorious for their operations and the mystery behind the ring leader, m1000 (Moritz). But, the trio are unhappy with continuing the website and want out of the trafficking life, intending Goodtimes to take control. Lisa has shown an intense dislike to her father's partner. Dan's influence in the group causes Lenny to have an impromptu date with Kira, his online sweetheart. Embarrassed to show his true self to her, Lenny uses Dan as his catfish on the date but she manages to spot Lenny regardless, with the date going well. Moritz goes to Rotterdam to try and negotiate the deal, but changes his mind and choose to extend their business with Goodtimes - stating the trio make a fake business in order to launder the money earnt until they make a total of 15 million euros. Moritz is shocked when he returns home to find out that Lisa will be living with him.
82"Where Do You Want to Go Today?"Mia SpenglerSebastian Colley, Mats Frey, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze, Natalie Thomas21 July 2020 (2020-07-21)
MyDrugs operations have proved difficult with the introduction of Lisa into Moritz's homelife. Moritz is reluctant to tell Lisa the truth after her mother was admitted to rehab and has kept it a secret, but Lenny has let Kira know of MyDrugs and hopes that the fake business will prolong his life - already hampered by his bone cancer. Back in Rotterdam, Moritz's initial ideas fail to impress Goodtimes. Dan, however, steps in suddenly and introduces 'BonusLife', a vitamin supplement service for gamers, to praise. Moritz disapproves of this idea and is worried of Dan undermining him as a leader. Unable to admit to Lisa his involvement with MyDrugs and their lives starting to complicate one another, he decides to break up with her at a party.
93"Inspired by Real Life"Mia SpenglerSebastian Colley, Mats Frey, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze, Natalie Thomas21 July 2020 (2020-07-21)
Lenny is not taking the breakup well whilst Lisa has moved to Fritzi's house. The results of a personality test at school inspire Moritz, Dan and Lenny to become better in their business, until Lenny mentions that Kira should join the team. Scared over the fact that she might leak their identities to the world, Moritz doxxes and discovers Kira's true identity, Milena Bechtholz, a runaway teen who blackmails porn addicts for bitcoins. Moritz tracks down Kira who has 'taken a break' from Lenny. She admits to feigning information from him and calls their relationship off, blocking Lenny on every platform. This tension reaches breaking point when Lenny and Dan find news from Lisa that Kira and Moritz kissed (who Kira presumed was Lenny watching from car that Kira spotted) with Dan and Moritz also shocked when Lenny admits to telling Kira their involvement with MyDrugs. During a call with Goodtimes, Buba's former gang (the Albanians) find the trio.
104"Buy It. Sell It. Love It."Arne FeldhusenSebastian Colley, Mats Frey, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze, Natalie Thomas21 July 2020 (2020-07-21)
A tense standoff with Buba's mother, Doro, only proves worse for the trio, forcing them to deal cocaine on the side and acquire 50,000 euros for the Albanians as retribution for Buba's death. They decide to mix the bitcoins earnt to cash by setting up a separate bank account to give to the gang. Things only complicate with the introduction of Susi, a former police dog who becomes part of the Zimmerman residence. Susi sniffs out the ecstacy stash and ruins it, in which Moritz and Lenny abandon her in the forest. Fate lies on Dan, who may repeat the year if he fails his Biology exam for his Abitur, so he enlists Moritz to help him. Attempting to meet Dan falls apart when Jens finds out about the drugs. Although Moritz manages to hide his association with MyDrugs, Jens notes that the federal police are starting to get involved in finding the mastermind behind MyDrugs and acknowledges Mortitz's link to Buba. Kira and Lenny manage to rekindle after Kira admits to lying, with Lenny allowing Kira to work on the laundering scheme.
115"Move Fast and Break Things"Arne FeldhusenSebastian Colley, Mats Frey, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze, Natalie Thomas21 July 2020 (2020-07-21)
Lisa is shocked to find out the truth behind MyDrugs, insisting that Moritz should do what he should've done originally, get out. Since the destruction of the office, the reputation of MyDrugs has faltered with orders delayed and copycat dealers propping up. Angered at Moritz's failure to help him for his revision, Dan refuses to speak to Moritz. Goodtimes stages a visit to Moritz, offering him a position in Rotterdam at the cost of losing Lenny and Dan. Giving the 50,000 euros to the Albanian gang only cements them as valuable partners in Moritz's mind, asking a favour for them in making Dan pass biology and work with MyDrugs again. Dan finds out his family is bankrupt and Lenny manages to get approved for the experimental therapy. In a tense discussion over the deal, Moritz admits to Lenny and Dan them being killed was a ruse and that they could've got out of trafficking but Moritz chose not to out of greed. Dismayed, Lenny kicks him out of MyDrugs. When Moritz joins the Albanians on a hunt, he accidentally wounds Susi. Bringing her back home, he finds out that the office has been completely cleared and his former partners have ended their association with him.
126"Don't Be Evil."Arne FeldhusenSebastian Colley, Mats Frey, Philipp Käßbohrer, Stefan Titze, Natalie Thomas21 July 2020 (2020-07-21)

Skipping his exam, Moritz takes back control of MyDrugs by hacking into Lenny's account and accepts the office deal in Rotterdam. Back at school, Lisa manages to delay the mock Abitur exam (by committing minor arson in the bathroom), giving Moritz a chance to sit it. A GoodTimes member, Mia, gets personal with Moritz and states that she is going to resign. However, associate Maarten kills her. Moritz manages to buy his house, much to his familiys happiness. With no money going to his account after Moritz stopped his bitcoin address being linked, Lenny is forced to cancel the experimental treatment. Back at school, Moritz tries to warn that Maarten and the rest of Goodtimes will kill the three of them if they try and stop the trafficking, but Lenny and Dan don't believe him and chatizise him for mixing business with friendship. Maarten attempts to kill Lenny and Dan, but is stopped by the Albanians (who Moritz had sent for). Kira manages to salvage the former business under a new name, CandyBay. The final nail in the coffin for Moritz's and Lenny's relationship is struck when Lenny decides to use a killswitch, ending MyDrugs once and for all.

At the end, the 'interview' room is revealed to be an interrogation room. When the interviewer asks if he wanted friendship or business at the end of it all, Moritz simply states that his time is up.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On 25 October 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a six-episode first season.[12][13] The series is created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann who will be credited as executive producers.[13] Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of bildundtonfabrik.[13] On July 9, 2019, the series was renewed by Netflix for a second season, which was released on 21 July 2020.[3][5][14] On 28 July 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a third season.[6][15]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Maximilian Mundt, Anna Lena Klenke, Danilo Kamperidis, Damian Hardung, Luna Baptiste Schaller, Leonie Wesselow and Bjarne Mädel would star in the series.[13] In June 2020, Lena Urzendowsky was cast in the role of Kira on the second season.[10] On 28 July 2020, Langston Uibel was announced to have joined the third season's new main cast.[6]

Filming[edit]

On 17 December 2018, Netflix announced that filming for the first season was completed.[13] Principal photography for the second season took place on location in Berlin, Germany from 2019.[16] Filming for the third season began in Cologne, Germany in July 2020.[6]

Premiere[edit]

On 6 April 2019, the series held its official premiere with the screening of the first two episodes at the Cannes International Series Festival in Cannes, France.[2][17]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On 6 April 2019, the teaser trailer for the series was released.[1] On 17 May 2019, the official trailer for the series was released by Netflix.[18] On 23 June 2020, the official trailer for the second season was released.[19]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ "Filming for the new Netflix series in Bonn". General-Anzeiger (in German). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Cannes Series Festival Lineup Includes Netflix, Amazon, Starz, AMC, ITV; Diana Rigg, Steven Knight Masterclasses". Deadline Hollywood. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
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