L'ispettore Coliandro

L'ispettore Coliandro is an Italian television series aired on Rai 2 since 2006, starring Giampaolo Morelli, directed by Marco Manetti and Antonio Manetti (collectively referred to as Manetti Bros.). The series is a black comedy crime thriller, based on the novels of the crime writer Carlo Lucarelli. The series' visual style and plot contain many quotes from the popular crime and action movies of the 70s and 80s.

L'Ispettore Coliandro
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Genrecrime, black comedy
Created byCarlo Lucarelli
StarringGiampaolo Morelli
Veronica Logan
Alessandro Rossi
Giuseppe Soleri
Opening theme"Coliandro"
Country of originItaly
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes30
Production location(s)Bologna
Running time110 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s)Rai Fiction
Original networkRAI 2
Original releaseAugust 24, 2006
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Coliandro is a young detective that works in Bologna. His peculiar ability of being, at the same time, brave, reckless and particularly non observant put him in many dangerous situations.

In most of the episodes Coliandro tries to investigate cases that his more skilled colleagues cannot solve and somehow he unintentionally gets involved in. This results in him being punished, taken off field work and assigned to “boring” desk jobs such as issuing passports. During his unauthorized investigations he is often helped by two of his colleagues, Trombetti and Gargiulo, whereas his superiors dismiss his efforts and consider him a joke and a nuisance.

Coliandro is ignorant, crude, and despised by all his colleagues except his partner Gargiulo, who is the only one seeing him the way he sees himself: a real-life version of Inspector Callahan. He often quotes from these and other American action and crime movies and tries to imitate the behavior of his idols.

In every case Coliandro is helped by a girl (a victim or a witness) and he always hopelessly falls in love with her but he is, inexorably, dumped at the end of every case. Coliandro seems to be able to close every case with a combination of stubbornness and luck but at the end is always punished due to his “unprofessional behavior”.

The humor of the series is manifest in the difference between the way Coliandro sees himself and the way the rest of the world sees him. Coliandro's very name is a play on the Italian word coglione - a word literally meaning "ball", but most usually used with the meaning of "asshole." (Others who meet him for the first time also often mispronounce his name in various ways making it "coriander" (the spice) or even "confetti." At any rate, he must continually correct its pronunciation.)

One notable characteristic of the "Coliandro" series is that all its episodes are shot in the city of Bologna, a wealthy town which is not really famous for crime, or its immediate surroundings.


The series has hitherto consisted of seven seasons: season 1 to 3 have four episodes each, the fourth has 2, fifth and sixth 6 and the 7th 4. The first season was aired in 2006, the second and third in 2009, the forth in 2010, seasons 5 -7 in 2016-2018. Giampaolo Morelli (Coliandro), Alessandro Rossi (commissioner De Zan), Veronica Logan (prosecutor Longhi), and Giuseppe Soleri (agent Gargiulo, Coliandro's partner) reprised their roles in the second season; the rest of the cast was rotated.

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