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Kottan ermittelt (1976–1983)

TV Series | Comedy, Crime

"Kottan ermittelt" (which translates as "Kottan investigates") is one of the defining moments of Austrian television. Masquerading as a police/crime series, it is actually a fierce anarchic satire on the Austrian police and Austrian ...See more"Kottan ermittelt" (which translates as "Kottan investigates") is one of the defining moments of Austrian television. Masquerading as a police/crime series, it is actually a fierce anarchic satire on the Austrian police and Austrian society in general. There are no heroes, only anti-heroes, and the police officers, who are all incompetent caricatures to varying degrees, often solve their cases more by chance than through actual investigation. Major Kottan (the name is a spoof of hardboiled German dime-store novel hero Jerry Cotton) was played by no less than three actors over the course of the series, each giving the character a fairly distinct personality: grumpy, prejudiced misanthrope; sarcastic cynic ; and anarchic nihilist -- the common factor being that each is too caught up in his own preconceptions to actually solve the case. Then there's Inspector Schrammel, who is an incompetent clown, and Police Commissioner Pilch, who is obsessed with catching flies (in the early episodes) and getting coffee out of a mischievous coffee machine (in the later episodes), so it is up to one-legged invalid Inspector Schremser to solve most of the murders. The early episodes contain some of the best moments of fierce social satire ever shown on Austrian television, exposing the "golden heart" of the Viennese as brutal backstabbing and showing the rotten core hiding behind the pretty facades -- the postman who rings twice and the decapitated garden gnomes being just two truly great moments. Over time, running gags and moments of truly pythonesque humor were introduced to an increasing degree, until the series turned into a pretty absurd and sometimes even surreal slapstick comedy in the later episodes. Written by H. Prillinger See less
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Updated Aug 8, 1976

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Aug 8, 1976 (Austria)
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202 cast members
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Walter Davy
Paul Schremser Paul Schremser   See fewer
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Curt A. Tichy
Alfred Schrammel Alfred Schrammel   See fewer
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19
Bibiane Zeller
Ilse Kottan Ilse Kottan   See fewer
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18
Carlo Böhm
Erwin Drballa Erwin Drballa   See fewer
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15
Chris Lohner
TV-Ansagerin TV-Ansagerin   See fewer
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15
Peter Patzak
Polizist / Bestecher / Dieb im Prater / Dünner Tennisspieler / Erster Polizist / … See more Polizist / Bestecher / Dieb im Prater / Dünner Tennisspieler / Erster Polizist / Friseurkunde / Labortechniker / Mann Auf Dem Fluchtfahrzeug / Polizist im Dienstwagen / Regisseur / Rudolf Semorad / Wasserball-Schiedsrichter / Zweiter Taxifahrer   See fewer
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15
Lukas Resetarits
Major Adolf Kottan Major Adolf Kottan   See fewer
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14
Franz Suhrada
Fritz Schreyvogel / Polizist Dvorak Fritz Schreyvogel / Polizist Dvorak   See fewer
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14
Kurt Weinzierl
Oberst Heribert Pilch Oberst Heribert Pilch   See fewer
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13
Gusti Wolf
Mutter Kottan Mutter Kottan   See fewer
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12
Ernst Konarek
Rudolf Horrak / Horrak / Wirt Rudolf Horrak / Horrak / Wirt   See fewer
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Michaela Mock
Polizeiärztin Polizeiärztin   See fewer
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10
Florian Böhm
Walter Kottan Walter Kottan   See fewer
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7
Rudolf Knor
Gerhard Bösmüller / Harald Vukovic Gerhard Bösmüller / Harald Vukovic   See fewer
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Eva Kerbler
Elvira Markl Elvira Markl   See fewer
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Franz Buchrieser
Major Adolf Kottan / Erich Zoderer / Johann 'Joe' Engelhard Major Adolf Kottan / Erich Zoderer / Johann 'Joe' Engelhard   See fewer
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Birgit Machalissa
Sissy Kottan Sissy Kottan   See fewer
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Harald von Koeppelle
Oberstleutnant Alfred Pilch Oberstleutnant Alfred Pilch   See fewer
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Peter Vogel
Major Adolf Kottan / Oberstleutnant Horeis Major Adolf Kottan / Oberstleutnant Horeis   See fewer
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