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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 and Joseph Baciu investigating the... See full summary »
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 Gregor Anghel (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Gregor Anghel (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Iosif Baciu (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Iosif Baciu (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Jane (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Jane (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Dragos (6 episodes, 2017)
Florin Galan ...
 Dragos (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Tipsy / ... (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Sonya Baciu (5 episodes, 2017)
Diana Vladu ...
 Sonya Baciu (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Captain Covaci (5 episodes, 2017)
Adrian Paduraru ...
 Captain Covaci (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Stan (5 episodes, 2017)
Ion Grosu ...
 Stan (5 episodes, 2017)
Tipsie Angelo ...
 Tipsy (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Flavia Baciu (4 episodes, 2017)
Rianna Mitrol ...
 Flavia Baciu (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Andrei Baciu (4 episodes, 2017)
Odin Nielsen ...
 Andrei Baciu (4 episodes, 2017)
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 American Embassy Assistant / ... (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Victor Dinca / ... (4 episodes, 2017)
Edward McGinty ...
 Constantin Dita (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Additional Voices / ... (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Constantin Dita (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Stefan / ... (3 episodes, 2017)
Catalin Fartaes ...
 Victor Dinca (3 episodes, 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 and Joseph Baciu investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionescu and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by-what else-but the greatest enemy: Capitalism.

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4 August 2017 (USA)  »

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Great Kitsch throwback fun with a twist
6 August 2017 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

No one is being exploited. Every actor that was involved got the double, double, entendre. It is done so straight faced, however, that it only adds to the elements of comedy and drama. This is wonderful, clever, television.

The bare faced communist propaganda presented so matter of factly, viewed now through the lens of history, is gold. The take on the 1980's buddy cop scenario played out hundreds of times in American Films and TV is incongruous to the 'behind the iron curtain' setting but, in being so, works. The material is a cartoon style take on the threats communist Romania may have faced from the West. The dialogue is done in an American style with Eastern European content - again this adds to the unlikely seriousness.

The whole six episodes are a blended mix of the above ingredients. The dubbing into English adds to this the idea of a throw back to another era. The camera direction is superb. The whole thing from start to finish riffs on all of the above elements to provide gloriously knowing entertainment.

The show also manages to add in ideas that will make you think on the whole failed communist experiment but also makes you think on the failures of the capitalist experiment that we are living.

That whole thing nearly, completely, failed too around 2008.


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