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Series cast summary:
Walter Davy Walter Davy ...  Paul Schremser 19 episodes, 1976-1983
Curt A. Tichy Curt A. Tichy ...  Alfred Schrammel 19 episodes, 1976-1983
Bibiane Zeller Bibiane Zeller ...  Ilse Kottan 18 episodes, 1977-1983
Carlo Böhm Carlo Böhm ...  Erwin Drballa 15 episodes, 1978-1983
Chris Lohner Chris Lohner ...  TV-Ansagerin 15 episodes, 1976-1983
Peter Patzak Peter Patzak ...  Polizist / ... 15 episodes, 1976-1983
Lukas Resetarits Lukas Resetarits ...  Major Adolf Kottan 14 episodes, 1980-1983
Franz Suhrada Franz Suhrada ...  Fritz Schreyvogel / ... 14 episodes, 1978-1983
Kurt Weinzierl Kurt Weinzierl ...  Oberst Heribert Pilch 13 episodes, 1981-1983
Gusti Wolf Gusti Wolf ...  Mutter Kottan 12 episodes, 1982-1983
Ernst Konarek Ernst Konarek ...  Rudolf Horrak / ... 12 episodes, 1979-1983
Michaela Mock 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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8 August 1976 (Austria) See more »

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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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The Austrian answer to Inspector Clouseau
24 December 2014 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

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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