How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is a German Netflix original series created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann. The first season premiered on 31 May, 2019.
The series centers around Moritz Zimmerman, who starts selling drugs with his best friend Lenny Sander, because his girlfriend, Lisa Novak, broke up with him after a year abroad in America. After some stalking through his girlfriend's Facebook, he learns that the school's resident drug dealer Dan Riffert is giving her ecstasy. In an attempt to get back his girlfriend, Moritz starts selling drugs (using a project made by Lenny that failed to be funded) while facing all the problems with it: his cop dad and a drug dealer who wants his money back, eventually becoming one of Europe's greatest drug lords.
The show is currently still waiting on a renewal for a second season.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) provides examples of:
- All Germans Are Nazis
- Moritz's history teacher lampshades this as he teaches about the various wars Germany fought other than World War II.
- Arc Villain: Buba, for season 1, as a local drug dealer who supplies Dan and Moritz with ecstasy. He doesn't really take kindly to having his drugs more or less stolen, or to briefly spending time in prison, progressing rapidly from a really dangerous and unhelpful Token Evil Teammate to actively a threat for the cast. In the season finale, he accidentally shoots himself while mocking Lenny's 3D printed gun, but by now Moritz is getting his drugs from much more dangerous people...
- Ascended Meme
- Moritz becomes this after Lisa tells the whole school about him stalking her Facebook.
- Chekhov's Gun
- Though a rather obvious one, in Lenny's introduction, it is revealed that he is working on an online, completely anonymous shop for users to trade and sell video game items on, called My Tems. In the second episode, Moritz converts My Tems into My Drugs, using it to sell drugs online.
- Also a very obvious literal one. Lenny 3D prints a gun over the course of the first season after beginning to fear for his life. No points for guessing if it's used or not.
- Fake Action Prologue
- Immediately, as the show begins, cops with guns and armor storm a drug dealer's den and arrest him. The show does not have any other scenes like this.
- Framing Device: The story is told as though Moritz is being interviewed for a Netflix series about his experience. The first season finale has other characters from the story show up, chide his version of events, and promise to tell some of theirs, implying future seasons will be "Rashomon"-Style.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
- All episodes are named after quotes that Moritz says.
- Product Placement: Name an online service for socialization of any kind, and odds are it makes a prominent appearance here at least once. It's very appropriate for the nature of the story, but regardless.
- Reality Ensues: Moritz tries to treat Buba like a business partner. Being a violent drug dealer without much business sense, he isn't having any of it and threatens them for a better deal.
- Running Gag
- People (usually other drug dealers) looking at Moritz and saying that he looks like the type of guy who hasn't had any type of fun in his life.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: He's a little bit of a coward, and framed as kind of a douche at first, but ultimately, Dan isn't that bad a guy at all, being pushed around by the less sympathetic protagonist.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- The first episode begins with an internet drug dealer being arrested by police. Moritz claims that a petty criminal like that isn't him, but one of his many copycats.
- Really, though, Moritz himself is this as well. He has a very high opinion of himself and his work for an online drug dealing high schooler.
- The Catfish
- When asked by a girl for his picture, Lenny instead sends Dan's photo, which is met with overwhelming approval.
- Unreliable Narrator: Moritz is implied to be one in the sixth episode. Its possible Buba might not have died by shooting himself in the head.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: In that the showrunners heard about a teenager selling drugs online, and then decided they could make it more interesting after finding out that most of the true story was extremely mundane.
- Villain Protagonist: Moritz stalks his ex-girlfriend online, hacks into social media accounts to alter conversations she's had, basically steals money from he and Lenny's shop account to buy drugs just to screw some guy over out of jealousy, and then converts his website into a drug service, all within the first couple episodes. He's not a good guy, even before factoring in the obvious, and seems to wear this as a badge of pride, comparing his behavior to that of Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison.