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.



Critic Ratings: 26


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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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Critic Reviews for Comrade Detective Season 1

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…

Audience Reviews for Comrade Detective: Season 1

  • 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
  • Sep 16, 2017
    Halfway through, still pretty engaging.
  • Sep 08, 2017
    Decent show. Will watch season 2.
  • Aug 25, 2017
    This is both an enjoyable cop show and an interesting piece of propaganda. Not all of the jibes towards America are exaggerated and some make you think a little. There is enough evidence of the scarier parts of Communism (informers and secret police everywhere) to make the show believable as 80s propaganda behind the Iron Curtain. Personally, I loved it and hope there is a season 2.
  • Aug 23, 2017
    It is a truly inventive idea and completely different. It makes me laugh.
  • Aug 10, 2017
    Creative, wierd-in-a-good-way, funny, beautifully filmed and edited. Loved it.

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