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Stromberg (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtʁɔmbɛʁk]) is a German television series which is produced by Brainpool and broadcast on the commercial television channel ProSieben. The series was proclaimed as a copy of the BBC series The Office,[1][2] although initially the producers claimed it was based on a character from a past ProSieben comedy, in spite of many elements resembling The Office. An "inspired by" credit was given to the creators of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, after the BBC threatened ProSieben with legal action.[3][4] The first season, which appeared in 2004, was made up of eight episodes. A second season of ten episodes, although not initially planned, was launched on 11 September 2005. A third season of eight episodes was launched on 5 March 2007. A fourth season was launched on 3 November 2009, with the entire season being available on DVD on 6 November. All four seasons can be watched online for free, courtesy of Brainpool. In 2011, a 5th season of Stromberg was aired and concluded on January 2012.[5] On 20 February 2014, the movie Stromberg - Der Film, a film adaptation of the TV series, was released in German cinemas.[6]

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Created byRalf Husmann
Inspired by the UK BBC series‚ The Office created by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
StarringChristoph Maria Herbst
Oliver Wnuk
Bjarne Mädel
Diana Staehly
Martina Eitner-Acheampong
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes46 (list of episodes)
Running time22 to 28 minutes (per episode)
Original networkProSieben
Original release11 October 2004 –
31 January 2012
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The series stars Christoph Maria Herbst as Bernd Stromberg and is written mainly by Ralf Husmann. It has become one of the most popular comedy shows in German-speaking countries and was honored with many awards such as the Deutscher Fernsehpreis.

The show takes place at the office of the fictional insurance company "Capitol Versicherung AG", (Capitol Insurance PLC) where the trivial day-to-day events take place in an eerie atmosphere oscillating between bullying and sycophancy.

In 2007, the success of the show spawned the mock "Chef - Deutsch / Deutsch - Chef. Klartext am Arbeitsplatz" (Boss-German/German-Boss: Straight Talk at Work). It was published under the advertising pseudonym of "Bernd Stromberg" by German dictionary publishing company Langenscheidt shortly before the third season.[7] The book is a bestseller in Germany and topped the non-fiction charts of Der Spiegel.[8]


  • Christoph Maria Herbst as Bernd Stromberg
  • Bjarne Mädel as Berthold "Ernie" Heisterkamp
  • Oliver Wnuk as Ulf Steinke
  • Diana Staehly as Tanja Steinke (* Seifert)
  • Martina Eitner-Acheampong as Erika Burstedt
  • Lars Gärtner as Timo Becker
  • Tatjana Alexander as Tatjana Berkel
  • Sinan Akkus as Sinan Turculu
  • Maja Beckmann as Sabine "Sabbel" Buhrer
  • Simon Licht as Hans-Jürgen Wehmeyer
  • Peter Rütten as Mr. Pötsch
  • Milena Dreißig as Jennifer Schirrmann
  • Laurens Walter as Lars Lehnhoff
  • Angelika Richter as Nicole Rückert
  • Walter Gontermann as Dr. Heinemann
  • Frank Montenbruck as Frank Montenbruck
  • Joe Henselewski as Josef Müller
  • Rita Winkelmann as Rita Klüver
  • Prashant Prabhakar as Prashant Kumabandhu
  • Stefan Lampadius as Steffen Lambert
  • Nadja Becker as Maja Decker
  • Dorothea Förtsch as Dorothea Förtsch
  • Andreas Hermann as Andreas Hermann
  • Suzanne Landsfried as Mrs. Landsfried
  • Ralf Husmann as Hans Schmelzer
  • Michaela Caspar as Frau Papenacker



In December 2011 one million Euro was collected with a crowd funding project to create a feature film of Stromberg.[9] Production was started in spring 2013, according to producer Ralf Husmann.[10] The film was the highest-grossing film in Germany for its first two weeks of release.[11]


  1. ^ "Is this David Brent's doppelgänger?". 24 September 2004. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  2. ^ Scott Roxborough (27 August 2008). "German 'Office' to big screen". Associated Press: The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 June 2011. cult TV series "Stromberg," the German adaptation of the BBC hit 'The Office.'
  3. ^ Gerard Gilbert (16 May 2011). "An Icelandic sitcom? You must be joking". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2011. The German sitcom Stromberg, for example, was so obviously in thrall to The Office that the BBC threatened legal action – "inspired by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant" thereafter being added to the end credits.
  4. ^ Ricky Gervais answers your questions
  5. ^ "Stromberg Staffel 5 startet im Herbst 2011" (in German). Ein Ostwestfale im Rheinland. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  6. ^ "In Theaters - Stromberg - Der Film". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  7. ^ Stromberg, Bernd (2007). Chef - Deutsch / Deutsch - Chef. Klartext am Arbeitsplatz. Langenscheidt. ISBN 3-468-73112-4.
  8. ^ "Spiegel Online Bestseller" (in German). Der Spiegel Verlag. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
  9. ^ ""Stromberg – Der Film": Er kommt! – Fans investieren 1 Millionen in weltweiter Rekordzeit". Brainpool (Press release) (in German). 22 December 2011.
  10. ^ "DWDL: Das, ääääh, läuft noch nicht – Drehstart für "Stromberg"-Kinofilm verzögert sich". (in German). 16 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Pompeii Gets Buried in German Bow as Crowdfunded Stromberg Rules". The Hollywood Reporter. 3 March 2014.

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