is a long-running German weekly Crime-Drama that began airing on January 2, 1978. This show has held consistently high numbers over the last 30 years. Because this show has had a few years where it aired 2 seasons in the same year, on October 15, 2007 the series began its' 33rd episodic season. The show airs every Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.
German time and when the 2007/08 season officially ended on March 23, 2008 the show have aired 390 episodes since it began. The show airs on German TV channel ZDF which is also called the "Second Channel of German Television". SOKO
is a special German investigative team that is called in on the unsolvable crimes that no one else can solve. The number 5113
in the show's title represents the direct-inward phone dialing number to reach the commissioner of SOKO
This series has been so popular over the years that in 2001 a group of spin-offs began to air. Some of these are titled SOKO Köln
, SOKO Leipzig
, SOKO Wismar
, SOKO Rhein-Main
, and SOKO Wien
and SOKO Kitzbühel"
from Austria. In 2008, Wilfried Klaus who plays Horst Schickl was the last original cast member, who left the show after 390 episodes and 30 years.