Comrade Detective: Season 1 (2017)


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Comrade Detective

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Comrade Detective mixes history and humor to create a bizarre hybrid of familiar detective tropes and foreign propaganda techniques that hits more often than it misses.

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User Ratings: 143

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Air date: Aug 4, 2017

Bucharest-based Detective Gregor Anghel is forced to pair up with rookie Detective Joseph Baciu in search of his former partner's elusive killer.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2017

The investigation hits a standstill; Gregor has to return to a depressing piece of his past, but his journey leads him to uncover a massive capitalist scheme.

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Detectives Anghel and Baciu play the waiting game with their biggest suspect-- a menacing priest.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2017

An investigation into the American afflicted mentality finds Gregor and Joseph at a lascivious filmmaker's house party, complete with booze, women, and explicit propaganda films.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2017

With their own force pursuing them, Gregor and Joseph take a surprising hideout at the American Embassy where they learn of Sonya's abduction.

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The detectives scramble to rescue Sonya before she becomes another fatality of the Reagan mask; however, one of them must die for her to be free.

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In the thick of 1980's Cold War hysteria, the Romanian government created the country's most popular and longest-running series, Comrade Detective, a sleek and gritty police show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel (played by Piersic) and Iosef Baciu (played by Ulici) investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionesco and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by--what else--but the greatest enemy: Capitalism. Though the beloved show was sadly forgotten about after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has been rediscovered and digitally remastered now with its main heroes voiced by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt. Comrade Detective is a true portal into a time and place and a powerful reminder of what art can be--and it is now ready to be seen by the modern world on a larger scale than ever before.

Cast & Crew

Channing Tatum
Gregor Anghel
Florin Piersic Jr.
Gregor Anghel
Corneliu Ulici
Iosif Baciu
Chloë Sevigny
Sonya Baciu
Nick Offerman
Captain Covaci
Jake Johnson
Stan
Edward McGinty
Constantin Dita
Diana Vladu
Sonya Baciu
Adrian Paduraru
Captain Covaci
Florin Galan
Dragos
Cristian Popa
Nikita Ionescu
Gabi Spahiu
Ivan Blaga
Nicu Banea
Stefan
Constantin Florescu
Constantin Dita
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer
Reid Carolin
Executive Producer
Andrew Schneider
Executive Producer
Ravi Nandan
Executive Producer
John Hodges
Executive Producer
Peter Kiernan
Executive Producer
Brian Gatewood
Executive Producer
Alex Tanaka
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Comrade Detective Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

It slips in commentary under the guise of laughter, but the point of the joke, whether you chuckle or not, sticks with you.

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The jokes are more prickling than hilarious, though I do cherish the recurring gag of the extras -- street vendors and security guards -- being given the dopiest lines, voiced by the weakest actors.

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a weird, obsessively-made series that a tiny handful of people will lose their minds over. If you think you're one of them, what are you waiting for?

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

This six-episode series is meant to make us question the ways propaganda and slogans can infiltrate and influence society; a timely message wrapped tightly within an effective comedic conceit.

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Comrade Detective was a great idea for an hour-long one-off, or, at best, a more leisurely 90 minutes, but kind of a so-so idea for a six-episode miniseries

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This isn't a series that's going to be widely accessible to broad audiences, but if you're willing to go along with the hard-boiled lunacy you'll find a show that's unlike anything else on television (broadcast or streaming).

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Finding its way past the original gag might be the biggest hold up for some, but once you're in, it is hard to stop.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It feels silly and outdated, yet the Communist propaganda parody is full of Marx references and witty nationalist gibes.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Faux-'80s Romanian cop series is a thought-provoking hoot.

Aug 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The result is a kind of Mad magazine parody of tough-guy 1980s cop shows crossed with a Marxist-Leninist version of Woody Allen's hilariously counterfeit Japanese spy thriller What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The case itself is full of twists and suspense and plenty of 80s cop drama cliches, but the real genius comes with the political edge.

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

You could call Comrade Detective a one-joke affair, but that could also be said of Airplane. Inside that one joke, series creators Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka have built a deep reservoir of comedy.

Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Comrade Detective: Season 1

  • Sep 18, 2020
    I LOVE this show. Can't quite explain "it" to people, but I will die on this hill. This show is great
  • May 13, 2020
    Communist Romanians somehow produced a TV show in the 1980s that so accurately satirizes modern-day anti-capitalists, it's almost as if it was written & filmed in the modern day.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    God I love this stuff. Fat Americans eating Twinkies and cheesburgers. Sweaty violent guys driving around in bumper cars smoking cigarettes. Woody Allen where are you ? Whats Up Tiger Lilly ?
  • Feb 20, 2020
    Smart but it could have been smarter and better produced
  • Jan 30, 2020
    It's listed as a comedy, but I didn't catch myself even wanting to laugh once. It made for a decent drama though.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    millennials may not get it
  • Mar 20, 2018
    Very reminiscent of "Garth marenghi's Darkplace," a faux '80's series filmed a few decades later. Great Idea, even better execution. A very funny, ironic, and even thought-provoking look at the life behind the iron curtain.
  • Feb 27, 2018
    One of the most purely enjoyable series I have ever seen, 'Comrade Detective' succeeds as a parody and a comedy that delivers genuine thrills. Some reviewers on Imdb have been critical because it does not authentically replicate Romanian propaganda TV of the 1980s. That is not the point. The series' purpose is to entertain audiences which it does with ease. Great writing, acting and production values ensure that each episode is a joy to watch. OK, maybe the last episode is a bit far fetched and a disappointment. What really sets this series apart from others is the superb soundtrack by Joe Kraemer. Kraemer must be one of the most under-rated composers working in Hollywood today and why he is not scoring more major films is a mystery. Whatever the genre he nails it musically and his underscoring adds hugely to the pleasure of watching each episode. This is particularly enjoyable for those viewers who can remember the Cold War. Great fun is had exaggerating the misconceptions the East and the West had of each other during the eighties. Think 'Life on Mars' but with better production values and without John Simms' unsympathetic lead performance.
  • Dec 22, 2017
    Smart, fresh, very funny.
  • Dec 14, 2017
    Hilarious, meta, nostalgic, incredible

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