"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... See full summary »
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Walter Davy ...
 Paul Schremser 19 episodes, 1976-1983
Curt A. Tichy ...
 Alfred Schrammel 19 episodes, 1976-1983
Bibiane Zeller ...
Carlo Böhm ...
 Erwin Drballa 15 episodes, 1978-1983
Chris Lohner ...
 TV-Ansagerin 15 episodes, 1976-1983
Peter Patzak ...
 Polizist / ... 15 episodes, 1976-1983
Lukas Resetarits ...
 Major Adolf Kottan 14 episodes, 1980-1983
Franz Suhrada ...
 Fritz Schreyvogel / ... 14 episodes, 1978-1983
Kurt Weinzierl ...
 Oberst Heribert Pilch 13 episodes, 1981-1983
Gusti Wolf ...
 Mutter Kottan 12 episodes, 1982-1983
Ernst Konarek ...
 Rudolf Horrak / ... 12 episodes, 1979-1983
Michaela Mock ...
 Polizeiärztin 10 episodes, 1981-1983
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"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)... Written by H. Prillinger

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Legendary Austrian crime comedy show. Trademarking stupid detectives, making fun of the broadcasting network, grotesque humor and frequent breaking the fourth wall. See more »

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Spoofed in Tohuwabohu: Episode #1.1 (1990) See more »

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Austrian Cult Series
28 August 2000 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the rare examples of an Austrian TV series with a definite cult status. People strongly disagree about which of the three Kottan incarnations was the best, typically either favouring the subtle Peter Vogel or the wacky Lukas Resitaris. I always favoured Resitaris' interpretation, i.e. when the series went completely over the top.

The real star though was not the title hero, but one of his main adversaries: Polizeipräsident (police commissioner) Pilch, a man possessing the combined egos of Margaret Thatcher and John Shaft. In particular, I was always looking forward to his news conferences, held in that special room in which the ceiling lights created the impression of a halo.


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