Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten

Show Tidbits
The first 230 episodes were taken from the Australian script, but heavily rewritten; since spring 1993 the scripts are original material written in Germany.
The show had location shoots in South Africa (1998), Fuerteventura (2002), Vienna (2004) and London (2005).
The highest rated episode of the show aired on June 24, 2002 and had 7.07 million viewers.
Had a short-lived spin-off named Großstadtträume in 2000, which was canceled after seven episodes.
Since October 27, 2008 (Episode #4104) the show airs in widescreen.
In the beginning, it wasn't clear in which town the show is set. Later it was mentioned that it was somewhere in Brandenburg. With time, the show reveled that it's set in Berlin. For the last years, Berlin began to play a big role in the show and is now identified with the capital of Germany.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel honored the show in 2008 for their well written and well acted drug story line, which involved the characters of Emily Höfer, played by Anne Menden and Franzi Reuter, played by Jasmin Weber.
An episode of the show costs 80.000€, while an advertising spot costs - depending on the season - 30.000€ to 60.000€. The network can air as far as 24 spots, which makes Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten to one of the best moneymakers in the industry.
In the target group of the age of 14 to 49, the market share is around 20 to 25%. A success that makes the show to one of the most successful programs in German television.

Network: RTL ( Germany)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Soaps
Status: Returning Series
Airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 07:40 pm
Runtime: 35 Minutes
Language: German
Premiere: May 11, 1992
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