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Sechs auf einen Streich (Six with one Blow, 2007—) is a German live-action TV series of fairytale adaptations, shown on Das Erste Deutsche Fernsehen. The seasons air yearly during Christmastime. The first season consisted of six episodes (hence the title). Initially concentrating on stories by The Brothers Grimm, the series has now adapted other authors too. Currently the show has thirteen seasons and 51 episodes, with the fourteenth season due December 2021.

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Brüderchen und Schwesterchen

Based on Brother and Sister.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: The evil ugly stepsister is genuinely attracted to the king himself more than to his title and wealth.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The stepmother cold-heartedly poisons the children’s father to inherit his money.
  • Bait the Dog: In the beginning, the stepsister plays happily with the main characters and the stepmother is sweet and loving towards them. Just as one begins to think this will be an Adaptational Heroism adaptation and someone else would be the villain... Adaptational Villainy above ensues.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The stepsister, at one point, bitterly tells the stepmother that someone so skilled in curses and potions could have found the time to make their own daughter prettier.
  • Love at First Sight: Played straight by the king and defied by the Sister. She tells him right away she has to know him better before agreeing to marry him.

Der Froschkönig

König Drosselbart

Based on King Thrushbeard.
  • Adaptational Karma: Downplayed. When Isabella learns her husband has tricked her, she gives him a good slap. They reconcile quite soon, of course.
  • Break the Haughty: The whole premise of Richard’s plan is to get Isabella to be more humble and see beyond appearances.
  • Canon Foreigner: Thrushbeard’s father, Ottokar, and sister, Maximiliane.
  • Tomboy Princess: Maximiliane walks around in a man’s clothing and practices fencing with her brother.
  • Young Love Versus Old Hate: The adaptation gives the couple another set of problems in making their fathers each other’s enemies.

Frau Holle

Based on Mother Hulda. It borrows some traits from the 1977 German adaptation.

Das tapfere Schneiderlein

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Der gestiefelte Kater


Based on Sleeping Beauty.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The witch of all people. Rather than being a witch, she is the Fate Fairy, and while she does curse the princess, she is later shown reacting calmly and with an approving smile to the curse being lifted.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Fate Fairy, when not in disguise, wears a magnificent purple dress.

Die Gänsemagd

Based on The Goose Girl.
  • Demoted to Extra: The King has a much reduced role, with most of his important actions going to the Prince and Conrad instead.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Narrowly averted. As in the original story, Magdalena falls for the Original Position Fallacy and inadvertently gets herself sentenced to a gruesome demise. However, Elisabeth intervenes at the last minute and provides a more merciful punishment for Magdalena.


Based on Rumpelstiltskin.
  • Decomposite Character: The original king. Now it’s the old king who demands the gold and his son who marries the heroine.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The king becomes much nicer in the end and befriends the miller.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Trying to guess Rumpelstiltskin’s name, Lisa gathers an enormous collection of male names from across the land (and beyond, since John, Paul, George and Ringo somehow find their way to the list). And she gives all of them to her son. She’s still saying his full name when the credits finish rolling.

Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten

Die kluge Bauerntochter

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Das blaue Licht

Based on The Blue Light (a version of The Tinder Box).
  • Adaptational Heroism: The soldier has been mistreated by the king and merely wants to teach him a lesson by temporarily stealing whatever the king values most. He doesn't foresee that it turns out to be the king's daughter; and instead of abusing her like in the original, he treats her in a friendly and gentle way, so that she asks to be brought to him again.

Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse

Der Meisterdieb

Des Kaisers neue Kleider

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Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot

Based on Snow-White and Rose-Red.

Hänsel und Gretel

Based on Hansel and Gretel.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The witch, an old hag in the story, is young and very beautiful. Even after her true colors get revealed and she turns out to be uglier, she is still in no way a hag.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Unlike in the original fairytale where both children fall for her trick, Hänsel mistrusts the witch from the start and only reluctantly goes inside the gingerbread house after Gretel (who is completely taken in) goes there first.
  • Ascended Extra: The father does practically nothing in the original. Here, he actively searches for the children and gets a romantic subplot with Canon Foreigner Marie.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Gretel is kind to the witch’s sentient chair (after she discovers it is sentient), and the chair helps her fight the witch.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A non-romantic example with the more moody and aloof Hänsel and the sweet and cheerful Gretel.
  • Evil Twin: The witch to Marie the forest fairy.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Happened long ago to the witch, courtesy of her parents.
  • Freudian Excuse: The witch was left by her parents in the woods. Downplayed, since her sister suffered the same fate and nevertheless hasn’t grown evil.
  • Good Stepmother: The ending implies Marie is soon to become one to Hänsel and Gretel.
  • History Repeats: Many years ago, Marie and her sister have been abandoned by their parents in the forest.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Marie and the witch each have one in the form of a goose.
  • Not His Sled: The witch doesn’t fall for Gretel’s “how does one bend towards the oven” trick.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Instead of dying, the Wicked Stepmother simply leaves her husband.


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Prinz Himmelblau und Fee Lupine

Based on a tale by Christoph Wieland from his Dschinnistan collection.

Das singende, klingende Bäumchen

Based on several fairytale motives from stories by the Brothers Grimm and the infamous German film of the same name.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Just when one might think the princess has finally had a Heel Realization… she sobs she is just sad she hasn’t got the singing tree.
  • Engagement Challenge: The princess issues one to the prince, ordering him to bring her a singing, jingling tree (she gets that idea from her music box’s design). Even her father thinks it absurd and says she should be content with simply a pretty-looking ordinary tree.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The princess, from a haughty Royal Brat to compassionate and loving.

Das Märchen von Schlaraffenland

Hans im Glück

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