Vanity Fair – In a hushed tone, Channing Tatum urges me to “watch as much propaganda as you can possibly find.” After a beat, he lets out a laugh—but really, he’s serious.
Tatum stars and is executive producer of Amazon’s Comrade Detective, an eerily timely satire of Romanian Communist propaganda. Created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, with director Rhys Thomas, the six-episode cop drama was brought to Tatum when he asked the creative team to give him their worst idea. As he explains, “When you try to find something that is not working, you figure out what’s cool about it, and you can find some really hidden gems.”
Before I started writing here at Half-Glass I wrote about how I saw this trailer and had already decided it was my favorite TV show. If you haven’t read that blog the premise behind the show is that Channing Tatum told his production company to come to him with the worst idea they could think of and then they’d workshop it to find the humor in it and this is the result. Unfortunately Tatum couldn’t actually get the rights to an old propoganda show so they spoke with a bunch of people who saw them back in the day and set out making an actual one so they could dub it.
It’s been a few weeks since I heard about it but I finally found the time this week to dive in and I’m halfway through the series. Let me tell you… I was 100% correct about this show. It’s an absolutely perfect cheesy 80’s buddy cop show with Romanian Communist propoganda and dubbed by A-list actors – think Channing, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jason Mantzoukas, Daniel Craig, Nick Offerman, and Jake Johnson to name a few. I can’t recommend the show enough – especially if you’re a history buff. Yes as I mentioned it’s not an actual show they dubbed but by all reports they made it as close to what the actual propoganda shows were as possible.
All the episodes are available on Amazon Prime to watch. Let me know what you think of the show in the comments or on twitter at @dgood826