Comrade Detective

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...

A newly re-discovered Romanian commie TV show in the vein of Starsky & Hutch – or a newly made campy self-aware romp by a duo of American comedy writers? The collaboration of East European talent with Western producers can take many curious and unusually funny forms.

1980’s Romania saw the creation of an action-packed crime show in which one policeman with unwavering adherence to communist ideology carries out vengeance for the death of his partner while simultaneously protecting communism against imperialist evildoers. This long forgotten gem was long searched for by Channing Tatum and after finally managing to obtain cassettes with the series he voiced the English dubbing together with several of his Hollywood colleagues, thus giving new life to this piece of East European audiovisual history. Except that all of that is just an ingenious promotional mystification and a setting for an absurdist American show that uses campy humour to make fun of pulp genre shows from both sides of the Iron Curtain.