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Comrade Detective 

TV-MA | | Action, Comedy | TV Series (2017– )
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Parody comedy designed to resemble a non-existent gritty 1980's Cold War Romanian police show that promoted Communist ideals. 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... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Channing Tatum ...  Gregor Anghel 6 episodes, 2017
Florin Piersic Jr. ...  Gregor Anghel 6 episodes, 2017
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ...  Iosif Baciu 6 episodes, 2017
Corneliu Ulici Corneliu Ulici ...  Iosif Baciu 6 episodes, 2017
Jenny Slate ...  Jane 6 episodes, 2017
Olivia Nita ...  Jane 6 episodes, 2017
Jason Mantzoukas ...  Dragos 6 episodes, 2017
Florin Galan Florin Galan ...  Dragos 6 episodes, 2017
John DiMaggio ...  Tipsy / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Chloë Sevigny ...  Sonya Baciu 5 episodes, 2017
Diana Vladu Diana Vladu ...  Sonya Baciu 5 episodes, 2017
Nick Offerman ...  Captain Covaci 5 episodes, 2017
Adrian Paduraru Adrian Paduraru ...  Captain Covaci 5 episodes, 2017
Jake Johnson ...  Stan 5 episodes, 2017
Ion Grosu Ion Grosu ...  Stan 5 episodes, 2017
Tipsie Angelo Tipsie Angelo ...  Tipsy 5 episodes, 2017
Aly Ward Azevedo ...  Flavia Baciu 4 episodes, 2017
Rianna Mitrol Rianna Mitrol ...  Flavia Baciu 4 episodes, 2017
Colleen O'Shaughnessey ...  Andrei Baciu 4 episodes, 2017
Odin Nielsen Odin Nielsen ...  Andrei Baciu 4 episodes, 2017
Carla Delaney ...  American Embassy Assistant / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Peter Giles ...  Victor Dinca / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Edward McGinty Edward McGinty ...  Constantin Dita 3 episodes, 2017
John Early ...  Additional Voices / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Constantin Florescu ...  Constantin Dita 3 episodes, 2017
Mark Proksch ...  Stefan / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Catalin Fartaes Catalin Fartaes ...  Victor Dinca 3 episodes, 2017
Daniel Craig ...  Father Anton Streza 2 episodes, 2017
Beck Bennett ...  Nikita Ionescu 2 episodes, 2017
Richard Bovnoczki ...  Father Anton Streza 2 episodes, 2017
Cristian Popa Cristian Popa ...  Nikita Ionescu 2 episodes, 2017
Gabi Spahiu Gabi Spahiu ...  Ivan Blaga 2 episodes, 2017
Nicu Banea Nicu Banea ...  Stefan 2 episodes, 2017
Brad Morris Brad Morris ...  Graffiti Cop #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Antonia Micu Antonia Micu ...  American Embassy Assistant 2 episodes, 2017
Usvat Ovidiu Usvat Ovidiu ...  American Guard #1 / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Mihai Muntenita Mihai Muntenita ...  American Guard #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Vanessa Ragland ...  Hot Bar Girl #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2017
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Parody comedy designed to resemble a non-existent gritty 1980's Cold War Romanian police show that promoted Communist ideals. 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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USA

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Romanian | English

Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Iron Fisting See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Joseph Gordon Levitt and Channing Tatum have also been in Stop-Loss (2008) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) together. See more »

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The conceit of the show is that it was a Romanian-produced TV series which was made in 1983, only re-dubbed into English. However, the show is better-produced in terms of filming quality and technique than even American TV was at the time, and is in the wrong aspect ratio. It is clearly a modern, 2010s production. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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What I Like About You
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Performed by Los Colorados
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Too Competent
4 August 2017 | by paul-day-cloneSee all my reviews

It's so close. The biggest issue is that it looks too good. Part of the joke is that Communism is better than Capitalism...but not really. Instead, we get a glossy, overproduced product that couldn't possibly be what it pretends to be. There's far too much of the West in this show to establish the verisimilitude and that is the entire genius behind Garth Merenghi's Darkplace. Darkplace showed a horrible show produced by incompetent people and it kept up that fiction. Comrade Detective only gets half of the joke. Gorgeous cinematography, sweeping camera pans with nary a trace of the grit of the "source material." If you've ever seen any Eastern European from that time period then you know it doesn't look good. Even under the rubric of "restoration" it falls apart pretty quickly.

The other issue is they couldn't decide whether it's a comedy or an homage to bad TV. There's not enough jokes to be rollickingly funny and the plot is too believable to really sustain jokes. The stuff with chess is great but they should have hit it harder. The profanity seems really out of place to pass it off as an actual TV show. Perhaps that wasn't their vision and this was the product they wanted to produce. However, just throwing a few communist phrases out in the middle of police drama doesn't create a world. It just points out that they didn't fully think the project through.

Still, it's a good effort.


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