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8 August 1976 (Austria) See more »
"Kottan ermittelt" (which translates as "Kottan investigates") is one of the defining moments of Austrian television... See more »
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Walter Davy ... Paul Schremser (19 episodes, 1976-1983)
Curt A. Tichy ... Alfred Schrammel (19 episodes, 1976-1983)
Bibiane Zeller ... Ilse Kottan (18 episodes, 1977-1983)
Carlo Böhm ... Erwin Drballa (15 episodes, 1978-1983)
Chris Lohner ... TV-Ansagerin (15 episodes, 1976-1983)
Lukas Resetarits ... Major Adolf Kottan (14 episodes, 1980-1983)
Franz Suhrada ... Fritz Schreyvogel / ... (14 episodes, 1978-1983)
Peter Patzak ... Polizist / ... (14 episodes, 1976-1983)
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)

Series Directed by
Peter Patzak (19 episodes, 1976-1983)
Series Writing credits
Helmut Zenker (19 episodes, 1976-1983)

Series Produced by
Wolfgang Ainberger .... executive producer / producer (19 episodes, 1976-1983)
Otto H. Schneider .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Cinematography by
Dietrich Lohmann (14 episodes, 1978-1983)
Heinz Hölscher (2 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jirí Stibr (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Series Film Editing by
Traudl Gruber (13 episodes, 1978-1983)
Ingrid Koller (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
Series Production Design by
Peter Manhardt (15 episodes, 1976-1983)
Elisabeth Klobassa (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Series Set Decoration by
Susanne Quendler-Kopf (1 episode, 1977)
Fritz Hollergschwandtner (1 episode, 1978)
Margit Manhardt (1 episode, 1978)
Günther Gutermann (1 episode, 1979)
Series Costume Design by
Heidi Melinc (14 episodes, 1979-1983)
Series Makeup Department
Ilse Weisz-Stainer .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1980-1983)
Edda Hackenberg .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Adolf Uhrmacher .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Series Production Management
Anton Dworak .... unit manager (18 episodes, 1976-1983)
Herbert Reutterer .... production leader / production manager (18 episodes, 1977-1983)
Eduard Meisel .... assistant unit manager (16 episodes, 1978-1983)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sissi Boehler .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1976-1983)
Series Art Department
Johannes Slapa .... property master / property master: outside (13 episodes, 1981-1983)
Angelika Korbuly .... property master: inside (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rudolf Hummel .... property master: inside (3 episodes, 1983)
Series Sound Department
Rolf Schmidt-Gentner .... sound (16 episodes, 1977-1983)
Herbert Giesser .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 1978-1983)
Peter Hofmann .... assistant sound (15 episodes, 1977-1983)
Peter Schwaba .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Herbert Koller .... sound (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Special Effects by
Willi Neuner .... special effects (6 episodes, 1983)
Series Visual Effects by
Rudolf Linshalm .... trick photography (1 episode, 1980)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gerhard Ehringer .... gaffer (16 episodes, 1976-1983)
Martin Hack .... lighting technician (8 episodes, 1976-1983)
Franz Ban .... grip (7 episodes, 1976-1983)
Bernd Neubauer .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Andreas Kopf .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 1983)
Reinhold Zaunrith .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 1983)
Martin Zimmermann .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 1983)
Franz Endlicher .... grip / lighting technician (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Werner Höller .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Fritz Ölberg .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gernot Klotz .... grip (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Attila Szabó .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilse Buchelt .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1983)
Erika Navas .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1983)
Series Editorial Department
Brigitte Frischler .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1983)
Zuzana Brejcha .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
Series Music Department
Georg Danzer .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Other crew
Tamara Euler .... script (3 episodes, 1983)
Uwe Flemming .... trainee (3 episodes, 1983)
Nicole Schmied .... script (3 episodes, 1983)
Martin Walch .... trainee (3 episodes, 1983)

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The Austrian answer to Inspector Clouseau, 24 December 2014
Author: t_atzmueller from Germany

By that, I don't mean that "Kottan ermittelt" (eng: "Kottan investigates") has tried to emulate or copy Blake Edwards cult-films. But there are similarities, that are often plain eerie. Major Kottan (played throughout the series by three different actors, first being tragic Peter Vogel, in three episodes by Franz Buchrieser and later still, perhaps in the most popular incarnation, by Lukas Resetarits) is a Major – the running gag is that "there is no Inspector Kottan" – with the Viennese police, specialized in solving murders. Dependent on the actor, Kottan is either a melancholic misanthrope (Vogel), a cynic (Buchrieser) or a anarchistic nihilist (Resetarits). Kottan lives with his nagging wife and mother, who seems preoccupied to read pulp-fiction crime novellas. Despite being generally lazy, Kottan solves various crimes with the help of his incompetent assistant Schrammel (Curth Anatol Tichy) and the one-legged Schremser (Walter Davy). Kottans nemesis is his boss, police-president Pilch (Harald von Koeppelle, later Kurt Weinzierl), who has elements of a megalomaniac, a phobia of flies, fights a hopeless fight against a coffee-dispenser (that Kottan had installed in the office) and seemingly seems to drift evermore toward insanity.

Having seen my fair share of TV-shows, few have I seen that went through such distinct metamorphosis like "Kottan ermittelt". Originally envisioned as a straight police-drama, the stories quickly took a turn toward the satirical, eventually becoming somewhat of a anarchistic slapstick-comedy. The earliest viewers didn't exactly know where to place this show; some (mainly policemen) even criticized, that "Kottan" depicted the police either as buffoons, nihilistic misanthropes or maniacs. But that soon came to pass and today you'd be hard-pressed to find an Austrian household where "Kottan ermittelt" isn't known or considered a cult-series, second only to "Ein Echter Wiener geht nicht unter". If one had to compare it to an American show, "Sledge Hammer" might come to mind, although "Kottan" seems far less scripted, going more into the direction of anarchistic cabaret. In short, you'd never know what to expect from the next episode, apart from the running-gags themselves, which likewise have gained cult-notoriety.

It is difficult to rate such a diverse TV-show, but if we're talking about satirical, Austrian TV, "Kottan" surely stands somewhere between a 8/10 and (for the fans) a straight 10.

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