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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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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 (25) | Top Critics (9)

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.

August 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.

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

And yet for all its off-the-wall wackiness and occasionally rococo caricatures, Comrade Detective is, in its own unique way, quite a serious little bit of telly.

August 17, 2017 | 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.

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It feels silly and outdated, yet the Communist propaganda parody is full of Marx references and witty nationalist gibes.

August 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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

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

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