Parents' Guide to

Comrade Detective

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

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

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Not appropriate for children.

"Comrade Detective" is an entertaining, imaginative re-creation of an Eastern Bloc police drama. Although not uproariously funny, it is consistently amusing and full of satirical gems. I disagree with the reviewer about the sexual and violent content in the show -- both are extreme and inappropriate for children (there are two very explicit sex scenes with full nudity and much more violence than described). And the language is vulgar throughout. Frankly, I question whether the reviewer has seen all of the episodes. Although the excesses of both capitalism and communism are targeted here, it is communism in general -- and the Romanian government in particular -- that bear the brunt of the ridicule. I enjoyed this series and would recommend it for adults, but I wouldn't dream of sharing it with my sixteen year old.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Stuffed with knowing jokes about America and capitalism, this deadpan faux-vintage series is destined to become a classic. How can a series pretending to be so old be so fresh? The show's co-creators, Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (also the team behind NBC's very different sitcom Animal Practice), were reportedly inspired by 1980s American cop series, which would frequently have a stereotypical Russian character as the bad guy. Meanwhile, over behind the Iron Curtain, they were making cop shows with American villains who were just as exaggerated.

And so, the Americans in Comrade Detective are hamburger-pounding football fans who adore money so much they sniff their ill-gotten gains. Meanwhile, Gregor and Iosif and all the ordinary Romanian citizens around them are glued to chess games at bars, and when Gregor and Iosif want to understand a training tool of capitalism, they solemnly examine a Monopoly set. "Take all the land, and all the money ... and let your neighbors starve," they sum up the game's aim. Ouch. They have a point there.

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