German-language poster
GenrePsycho, Crime
Created by
Country of origin
  • Austria
  • Germany
Original languagesGerman
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Running time45–55 minutes
Production companies
  • Bavaria Fiction
  • Satel Film
  • Mia Film
Original networkORF
Picture format1080i50
Audio formatStereo
Original release23 March 2020 (2020-03-23)

Freud is an Austrian-German crime television series re-imagining the life of a young Sigmund Freud. 8 episodes have been produced, with the first series airing first on ORF beginning 15 March 2020 and being released on Netflix on 23 March 2020.[1]


Freud depicts a young Sigmund Freud (Robert Finster) solving various murder mysteries in 1886 Vienna, invigorated by an excessive use of cocaine and assisted by medium Fleur Salomé (Ella Rumpf) and policeman Alfred Kiss (Georg Friedrich), as well as colleagues Arthur Schnitzler (Noah Saavedra) and Josef Breuer (Merab Ninidze).


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Hysterie"Marvin KrenStefan Brunner, Benjamin HesslerMarch 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)
2"Trauma"Marvin KrenMarvin Kren, Stefan Brunner, Benjamin HesslerMarch 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)
3"Somnambul"Marvin KrenStefan BrunnerMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)
4"Totem und Tabu"Marvin KrenBenjamin HesslerMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)
5"Trieb"Marvin KrenMarvin KrenMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)
6"Regression"Marvin KrenBenjamin HesslerMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)
7"Katharsis"Marvin KrenStefan BrunnerMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)
8"Verdrängung"Marvin KrenStefan Brunner, Benjamin HesslerMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)


Filming took place entirely in Prague, Czech Republic.[2] The production consulted with Vienna-based psychoanalyst and hypnotherapist Juan José Rios.[3]



Over 400,000 viewers tuned in when the show premiered on the Austrian channel ORF in early March 2020.[4]

Critical response

The first season of Freud holds a 50% rating at critical aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.[5] Writing for The Guardian, Adrian Horton likened Freud to "other absurd revisions of famous stories" like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.[6] The Daily Beast writer Nick Schager made the same comparison, writing that the series' "marrying truth with paranormal nonsense proves reasonably enlivening".[1]

Awards and nominations

Freud has been nominated for two Romy Awards, in the categories of "Best TV Series" and "Best Production, TV Fiction".[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Schager, Nick (23 March 2020). "Netflix's 'Freud' Depicts Sigmund Freud as a Horny, Coked-Out Demon Hunter". Daily Beast.
  2. ^ Garvey, Marianne (23 March 2020). "Sigmund Freud hunts down a serial killer in new Netflix show". CNN.
  3. ^ Epstein, Sonia (30 April 2020). "Freud Consultant, Psychoanalyst & Hypnotherapist Juan Rios". Sloan Science and Film.
  4. ^ a b "Will Freud Return for Season 2? This Bonkers Series Is The Content You Deserve Right Now". 25 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Freud: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  6. ^ Horton, Adrian (23 March 2020). "Freud review – Netflix revisionist drama is a ridiculous coked-up mess". The Guardian.