If you’ve caught up on both seasons of True Detective, and D.C.’s oppressive weather has you trapped inside craving some moody TV, maybe it’s time to look overseas. While the Brits have historically had crime dramas on lock, recent Nordic serials like Sweden’s Wallander and Denmark’s The Killing have given them a run for their money. Now German producers are putting their own spin on long-form, character-driven television with Blochin—The Living and the Dead. The title character is a Berlin cop with a mysterious past and a bad attitude working homicide alongside his straight-laced brother-in-law. Add in an organized crime syndicate, a wife at home afflicted with MS, political corruption, and motorcycle rides through Berlin’s seedy underbelly, and you’ve got all the makings of solid summer TV. If the Germans don’t already have a 37-letter word for “binge watching,” maybe this’ll inspire them to come up with one. Catch up on all five, hour-long episodes at the Goethe-Institut throughout July—in an air-conditioned theater, of course. The series shows at 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington. 812 7th St. NW. $4–$7. (202) 289-1200. washington.goethe.org.