Amazon's Comedy 'Comrade Detective' is the New Anti-Communist Satire You Didn't Know You Were Missing

NewsBusters | 8/7/2017 | Staff
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I spent much of my Friday binge-watching Comrade Detective, a show that resists genre, but is perfect in its oddity. Released on August 3, Amazon bills the show as a Romanian detective show from the 1980s that was actually thinly disguised anti-capitalist propaganda. They then brought in such talent as Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to dub over the original Romanian dialogue. In reality, this is a new show created to make fun of these old propaganda pieces, and mocks their love of communism and fear of the capitalist west. Yes, it was filmed in Romania with Romanian actors, but specifically for this concept. It's weird, and it completely works.

This scene towards the beginning of the first episode is when I realized that this show and I were going to get along just fine. Nikita Ionescu (voiced by Beck Bennett) and Gregor Anghel (voiced by Channing Tatum) are discussing Gregor's love life.

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Nikita Ionescu: "Hot date last night?"

Gregor Anghel: “I mean it was great until she asked me to stop seeing other girls.”

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Nikita: “She's got a point, Gregor. Yeah, we're a communist state, but you don't have to personally service everybody.”

Gregor: “What is it that Marx said? 'To each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.'”


Nikita: “I don't think that's what he meant.”

Gregor: “No. that's exactly what he meant.”


Nikita: “Not what he meant.”

Gregor: “It's totally what he meant.”

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There are so many great not-so-subtle digs at communism and its tenets. Here were a few of my favorites:

1. Gregor is called to Nikita's building to investigate a break-in:

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Nikita's neighbor: “I think there's been an intruder!”

Gregor: “I'm sure it's nothing ma'am. It's just a neighbor's misguided attempt at redistrubituing Nikita's wealth. Don't worry, go back to bed.”

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2. Gregor is checking an unconscious criminal for fingerprints in a dilapidated hospital:

Doctor: "Like I...
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