How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) ~ A Bite-Sized Review

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How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (2019-) is a German crime, comedy drama on Netflix internationally. 3 seasons of 6 episodes that are 24 – 36 minutes long. in German and some English with English subtitles and available with dubbing. 15 Cert UK.


“To win back the love of his life, a high school student and his best friend launch Europe’s largest online drug business from their teenage bedroom.” Netflix


Maximilian Mundt as Moritz Zimmerman

Danilo Kemperidis as Lenny Samper

Lena Klenke as Lisa Novak

Damian Hardung as Daniel Riffert

Roland Riebeling as Jens Zimmerman

Bite-Sized Review:

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) has just had its third (and possibly final) season on Netflix and has been an incredibly successful, if somewhat undiscovered, show. It is inspired by a true story in Leipzig back in 2015 involving one Maximilian S. who was sentenced to 7 years in jail! Netflix now has a documentary about this called Shiny Flakes: A Teenage Drug Lord.

This show is a combination of a coming-of-age story, with crime and humour, some of which is very dark. It had me chuckling out loud in places as parts are outrageously funny. There is perfect comedic delivery and as for Moritz’s facial expressions… 

But this is not a show without emotional bandwidth. Within this story, there are darker themes (and not just the whole drugs “thing”) and parts are emotional and also violent. 

Visually this is a very impressive piece of TV with a fantastic and imaginative use of graphics. The cinematography is great! The soundtrack and music is exceptional.

The acting throughout is very good with outstanding performances from the younger members of the cast. Maximilian Mundt is outstanding in the central role of Moritz. The older members of the cast are also great. That so many switch effortlessly (or so it appears) to speaking English is impressive. 

I had thought that this show might be too “teen” but how wrong I was. It is smart and twisty with real depth to the characters and great writing. It does not idolise or “celebrate” what Moritz, Lenny, Daniel and others do but rather shows the pitfalls involved without being all “preachy” about it. 

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is a hugely entertaining, intelligent and original piece of television and I can highly recommend it. 

Aside from anything else this show puts to bed the ridiculous myth that Germans have no sense of humour! 

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