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Germany's ''[[UsefulNotes/GermanPeculiarities Autobahnen]]'' are the safest superhighways in the world (despite not having a mandatory speed limit), but [[RealityIsUnrealistic you'd never know it from watching this show.]]

German-language {{Buddy Cop|Show}} PoliceProcedural ActionAdventureSeries about plainclothes detectives working for the ''[[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Nordrhein-Westfalen]] [[UsefulNotes/TheThinFormerlyGreenLine Autobahnpolizei]],'' a police agency responsible for patrolling the ''Autobahn'' superhighways in North-Rhine Westphalia.

Just visualise it: This is a petrol-exploding, collaterally-damaging, bullet-spurting take on the legendary hardcore profession of... writing traffic tickets.[[note]]And this is about as "hardcore" as it gets on German motorways.[[/note]]

A GuiltyPleasure that combines the dead-serious tone and high production values of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise with car stunts worthy of Creator/MichaelBay or ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Nearly every episode has at least two or three frenzied chase sequences and at least one multi-car pileup. It's said that the producer had it added to his contract that he could make ''at least'' one pileup and ensuing explosions in ''each'' episode.

During Germany's version of [[TheAllegedCar Cash for Clunkers]], this show was happy to help you, deliberately paying you for your car so that you could later see it being blown up or crashed spectaculary.

tl;dr version: German ''Series/{{CHiPs}}''. With CarFu.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbridgedSeries: The comedy show ''Freitag Nacht News'', which was produced by the same network, regularly featured an alternate dub parody.
%%* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene
* ADayInTheLimelight: The show is pretty generous about featuring the supporting cast members.
* AirVentPassageway: A laundry chute is used as this in "Das Versprechen".
* AnyoneCanDie:
** Being Semir's partner is a dangerous job! Andre Fux, Tom Kranich, Chris Ritter.
** Ingo Fischer, Semir's predecessor
** ''Two'' of Tom Kranich's girlfriends.
%%* BabyCarriage
* BashBrothers: Semir Gerkhan and each of his many partners.
%%* BenevolentBoss: Anna Engelhardt
* BigDamnHeroes: Semir Gerkhan will often save the day in the nick of time.
%%* BlindAlley
%%* BoundAndGagged
%%* BuddyCopShow
* BusFullOfInnocents: Played straight in "Todesfahrt der Linie 834"; subverted in "Tulpen aus Amsterdam", where the folks on the bus were part of the conspiracy.
* CardboardBoxes: The show is particularly fond of cargo falling off of trucks during {{Chase Scene}}s.
* CarFu: A fine example in "Lauras Entscheidung," with Tom using the door of Semir's speeding Bimmer to wallop a bad guy as they blow past him.
%%* ClimbingClimax
* ChaseScene: At least OnceAnEpisode, usually two or three times.
* CoolCar:
** Semir's 3-series BMW, Horst & Diether's Porsche 911 patrol car.
** In a case of Cool Special Guestcar, one episode ("Freundschaft") featured the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybach_Exelero Maybach Exelero.]]
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: "Außer Kontrolle," "Flashback"
%%* CuffsOffRubWrists
%%* DarkenedBuildingShootout
* DeadStarWalking: Rainer Strecker as Ingo Fischer, one of the first two detectives. Strecker left the series after just two episodes, being replaced by Erdoğan Atalay's long-running Semir Gerkhan.
* DemotedToExtra: Andrea, after she married Semir; she reappers only occasionally as a guest star.
%%* DramaticShattering: "Black Out"
* DomesticAbuse: Featured in episodes such as "Zivilcourage" and "Hasen und Igel;" Laura in "Lauras Entscheidung" arranged her disappearance to escape this.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Alte Schule" ("Old School"). Semir investigates the murder of one of the teachers from his old high school; because his usual partner (Chris Ritter) is in the hospital, he's paired up with an older officer (Diether Bonrath) who does things the "old school" way.
%%* EmpathyDollShot: "Außer Kontrolle"
* EverybodyOwnsAFord:
** Averted, different brands are used. And to take it literally, the main characters' cars are ''not'' Fords, even though they work for the cops in ''the city where Ford of Germany is based''.
** Played straight when BMW sponsored many cars. Aside the 3 series, BMW showcased several brand new cars and bikes in episodes. Examples are the BMW X1 in "Das Ende der Welt", the BMW 5 series in "Lackschäden" and the BMW X5 in "Tote kehren nicht zurück".
* EveryCarIsAPinto: And so is every truck, bus, trolley, railroad car, and building in the Federal Republic of Germany. Who knew Mercedes-Benzes blow up that easily?
* FairCop: Andrea Schäfer, Petra Schubert, Susanne König, and Susanna von Landitz from "Team 2" are all young and attractive.
* FlashedBadgeHijack: With the amount of pursuits that happen, this occurs nearly every week.
%%* FruitCart: "Hasen und Igel"
%%* GoAmongMadPeople: Frau Schneider in "Das Versprechen"
%%* HandyCuffs
%%* HeroicBystander
%%* HeroStoleMyBike: "Alte Schule"
%%* HeyCatch
%%* HoistByHisOwnPetard
%%* HotPursuit
%%* IHaveYourWife: "Heldentage", "Kleine Schwester"
* ImpressivePyrotechnics: From all the StuffBlowingUp, with a particular fondness for exploding tank trucks.
%%* IndyEscape
%%* InnocentBystander
* InstantConvertible: At the beginning of the "Die Braut" episode, a drowsy driver crashes his truck in front of Semir's car and he is unable to stop before the impact of the trailer rips off the roof.
-->'''Semir:''' My car!\\
'''Ben:''' You always wanted a convertible.
%%* InstantDeathBullet
* ItsPersonal:
** Semir, when pursuing Tom Kranich's killer in "Auf Leben und Tod", and when trying to bring Chris Ritter's to justice in "Auf eigene Faust."
** Also, Tom Kranich in "Doppelter Alptraum"; Horst in "Alte Freunde."
%%* JurisdictionFriction: "Kleine Schwester", "Unter Feinden", "Kurzes Glück"
* JustKeepDriving: Almost in every episode the main characters overtake several cars while shooting at the bad guys or doing other dangerous stuff. But when the hell breaks loose and everyone crashes, cars that were overtaken before also crash into the pileup, which makes one wonder, why didn't they stop when they saw someone shooting?
%%* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: "Am Abgrund"
%%* TheLabRat: Hartmut
* LampshadeHanging: In nearly every episode, at least one ''Dienstwagen'' (official vehicle)--usually Semir's 3-series BMW or his partner's E-Class Mercedes--is demolished. In later seasons, the show has begun lampshading this:
** In the episode "Im Aus," the new ''Chefin'' (precinct captain), on her first meeting with Semir, berates him for wrecking so many ''Dienstwagen''.
** In an AffectionateParody of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and other criminal shows, made by the same program, Semir and his partner are seen at a fast food stand with Semir announcing "Hey, this is the first time we didn't wreck our car!". Cue the movies ChaseScene to happen right there and subsequently, crashing into their car.
** There's a promo in which Semir calls the ''Chefin'' to request a new ''Dienstwagen''. HilarityEnsues.
%%* LandMineGoesClick: "Unter Feuer"
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: If there's a car pulling a trailer and a tanker truck with hazmat placards in an EstablishingShot of the ''Autobahn'': There ''will'' be a crash, a vehicle ''will'' crash through the trailer, and the tanker truck ''will'' explode.
%%* LemmingCops
%%* LetsGetDangerous: Diether Bonrath in "Zivilcourage"
* LicensedGame: Several video games based on the series have been made, under the name "Crash Time."
%%* LinkedListClueMethodology
%%* MagicBrakes
%%* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
%%* MalevolentMaskedMen
%%* ManOnFire
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In any in-the-car scene where the camera is looking at Semir and his partner through the windshield, watch the traffic in the rear window. You'll often see a plot development coming up behind them.
* MexicanStandoff: In "Schmölders Traum", occurred between three cars running doorhandle-to-doorhandle at freeway speed.
* MistakenForCheating: "Unter Verdacht," in which Semir is framed for murder ''and'' made to look unfaithful in one fell swoop.
%%* TheMole: "Todfeinde"
* MonumentalBattle: Urban action sequences often have the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne_cathedral Cologne Cathedral]] or Rhine river bridges in the background. In "Kein Weg zurück", there is a chase sequence involving the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:H_bahn_dortmund1.jpg Dortmund "H-Bahn" monorail]].
%%* MrFanservice: Ben Jäger
%%* MurderDotCom: "Begraben"
%%* NecroNonSequitur
* NoOSHACompliance: One episode showed an abandoned factory in which no one apparently ever bothered to drain the propane tanks or remove the hazmat inventory.
* OnceAnEpisode: The big ChaseScene, with cars crashing and flying through the air and ImpressivePyrotechnics from all the StuffBlowingUp.
* OpeningNarration:
** The opening titles of the first 158 episodes (1996-2006) had the following:
--->''Ihr Revier ist die Autobahn'' (Their precinct is the ''Autobahn'')\\
''Ihr Tempo ist mörderisch'' (They work at break-neck speed)\\
''Ihre Gegner: Autoschieber, Mörder und Erpresser'' (They're up against car thieves, burglars, and extortionists)\\
''Einsatz rund um die Uhr für die Männer von Cobra 11'' (They're on call around the clock, the men of Cobra 11)\\
''Unsere Sicherheit ist ihr Job'' (Our safety is their job).
** During episodes 159-243 (2007-2012), the opening narration was:
--->''Ihr Revier ist die Autobahn'' (Their precinct is the ''Autobahn'')\\
''Ihr Einsatz heißt: volles Tempo'' (Their mission: Full speed)\\
''Ihre Gegner von heute: extrem schnell und gefährlich'' (Their enemies today: Extremely fast and dangerous)\\
''Verbrechen ohne Limit Jeder Einsatz volles Risiko'' (Crimes without limit every job at full risk)\\
''für die Männer von Cobra 11'' (For the men of Cobra 11).
** Since episode 244 (2013-), the opening narration has been:
--->''Ihr Revier ist die Autobahn.'' (Their precinct is the ''Autobahn'')\\
''Ihre Gegner: extrem schnell und gefährlich.'' (Their enemies: Extremely quick and dangerous)\\
''Verbrechen ohne Limit.'' (Crimes without limit)\\
''Jeder Einsatz - volles Risiko'' (Every job: At full risk)\\
''für die Männer von Cobra 11.'' (For the men of Cobra 11)
%%* OutrunTheFireball
%%* LeParkour
%%* PerpSweating: "Rabenmutter"
%%* PursuedProtagonist
%%* RoadBlock
%%* RoofHopping
%%* RunawayTrain
%%* SaveTheVillain: "Der neue Partner"
%%* ScreamingWoman
%%* SheetOfGlass: "Flashback"
* ShoutOut: "Rhein in Flammen" featured what might be called a "''Series/MiamiVice'' tribute montage," complete with the theme music.
* SkeletonKeyCard: ''Autobahnpolizei'' ID cards seem to be quite useful for this.
%%* SloMoBigAir
%%* SlowMotionPassBy: "Todfeinde"
%%* SuicideByCop: "Geliebter Feind"; "Kein Weg zurück"
%%* SuperWindowJump
* TankGoodness: The stolen Leopard 2 main battle tank in "Ein Leopard läuft Amok."
%%* TelecomTree
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: The first big action sequence in "Auf eigne Faust." A police convoy carrying a key witness to the courthouse is shot up by associates of the [[TheMafia organized crime]] boss on trial--using attack helicopters.
%%* TimeBomb
%%* ToyotaTripwire
%%* TraintopBattle
%%* TraumaInducedAmnesia: "Flashback"
* TreasureMap: "Die schwarze Madonna", a charming [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie mash-up]] of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' [[RecycledInSpace on the Autobahn]] with ninjas and StuffBlowingUp!
%%* TryAndFollow
* UnderTheTruck: Often done during pursuits. All the more impressive is that it's often done with a car.
* UpToEleven: The first big action sequence in "Auf eigne Faust." A police convoy carrying a key witness to the courthouse is shot up by associates of the [[TheMafia organized crime]] boss on trial--using attack helicopters.
%%* UrbanLegends
%%* VaporTrail: "Highway Maniac", "Todesfahrt der Linie 834", "Tödliche Bewährung"
%%* WesternTerrorists
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The resolution to most episodes seems to require a high-speed chase down the nearest ''Autobahn''.
* WithMyHandsTied: In "Hals- und Beinbruch", Semir nearly defeats a bad guy in hand-to-hand combat despite having one leg in a cast.
* WordSaladTitle: Averted. It may look like one without the umlaut, but it merely translates as "Emergency for Cobra 11".
%%* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: "Am Abgrund", "Unter Verdacht"
%%* YouJustToldMe
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