Comrade Detective: Season 1 (2017)


Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Aug 4, 2017
Air date: Aug 4, 2017
Air date: Aug 4, 2017
Air date: Aug 4, 2017
Air date: Aug 4, 2017
Air date: Aug 4, 2017

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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.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

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…

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It feels silly and outdated, yet the Communist propaganda parody is full of Marx references and witty nationalist gibes.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

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…

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