Yet even while potential apocalypse loomed, 1983 also marked a turning point; the darkest hour before the dawn of reunification. “That year, West Germany lent East Germany a billion deutschmarks because they were running out of money and many West Germans had family there,” says Jörg. “It was also the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birthday, so that was a pan-German celebration. But it was the beginning of the peace movement, too. People were coming closer together even as America and Russia were becoming more aggressive. It was exhausting but people were sick of it.”
This is the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things. Written by garykmcd
Writing in The New Yorker , Emily Nussbaum called the show a gorgeous, slinky thriller, praising its recreation of 1983 Germany as "nearly as aesthetically aspirational" as Mad Men . She questioned the plot line's credibility as Martin's character repeatedly landed, Zelig -like, "at the center of world-historical events", but didn't deem this to be a "deal-breaker".  In a mixed review, The New York Times compared the series to shows on the network The CW , given that it focuses on a young adult struggling with being "the only glimmer of sanity in a world gone mad".