How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

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How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
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GenreComedy-drama
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 seasons1
No. of episodes6 (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 television 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 reportedly renewed by Netflix for a second season, which is set to premiere in 2020.[3][4]

Overview[edit]

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is set in Rinseln, Germany, and told from the perspective of high-school outcast 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. Whilst 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.[5][6]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Maximilian Mundt as Moritz Zimmermann
  • Anna Lena Klenke as Lisa Novak
  • Danilo Kamperidis as Lenny Sander
  • Damian Hardung as Daniel Riffert
  • Luna Baptiste Schaller as Gerda
  • Leonie Wesselow as Fritzi
  • Bjarne Mädel as Dealer Buba
  • Roland Riebeling as Jens Zimmermann
  • Jolina Amely Trinks as Marie Zimmermann
  • Jonathan Frakes as Himself

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"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, Buba 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.
2"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.
3"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.
4"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.
5"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) locates Lenny.
6"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.

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.[7][8] The series is created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann who will be credited as executive producers.[8] Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of bildundtonfabrik.[8] On July 9, 2019, the series was reportedly renewed by Netflix for a second season, which is set to be released in 2020.[3]

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.[8]

Filming[edit]

On 17 December 2018, Netflix announced that filming for the first season was completed.[8]

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][9]

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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Netflix Tells us How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) With New Teaser Trailer". New on Netflix. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b Hopewell, John (6 April 2019). "Netflix's 'How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)'s' Creators on the New German Original". Variety. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b @btf (9 July 2019). "How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) - Season 2 is coming soon" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 July 2019 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Netflix series "How to sell drugs online (almost)" continues" (in German). Medienmagazin DWDL. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  5. ^ Pilarczyk, Hannah (29 May 2019). "Deutsche Netflix-Serie "How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)": Steckt Jan Böhmermann dahinter?". Spiegel Online. Archived from the original on 2 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ Hall, Melanie (14 July 2015). "Man caught selling 600kg of drugs online in one of Germany's biggest narcotics raids". The Telegraphy. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Netflix Boosts German Output With 5 New Series". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Don't try this at home". Netflix Media Center. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Cannes Series Festival Lineup Includes Netflix, Amazon, Starz, AMC, ITV; Diana Rigg, Steven Knight Masterclasses". Deadline Hollywood. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  10. ^ Lundgren, Amanda. "The True Story Behind Netflix's 'How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)' Is Way Darker Than the Show". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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