The undertaker

The undertaker

Season 1 & 2

DVD - 2017 | German
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A former police detective turned funeral home director investigative instincts always seem to get the better of him. These days his job is to comfort and console the bereaved, but as soon as Luc starts to suspect foul play his inner sleuth takes over, and so do the headaches for his on-again/off-again girlfriend, police inspector Anna-Maria Giovanoli.
A former police detective turned funeral home director whose investigative instincts always seem to get the better of him. These days his job is to comfort and console the bereaved, but as soon as Luc starts to suspect foul play his inner sleuth takes over, and so do the headaches for his on-again/off-again girlfriend, police inspector Anna-Maria Giovanoli.
Publisher: [United States] : MHZ Networks Home Entertainment, [2017]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (578 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Fionaenzo
Jun 13, 2018

Swiss German. Light-hearted fun. Recommend.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2018

(English subtitle burnt-in) This police crime comedy series stars an undertaker, a former ex-chief detective, reminds me of the character in the 1970s TV series "Cannon" that also featured a portly brainy detective. Understand that the series is a runaway success (Season 6 just aired) in Europe, particularly Switzerland and Germany. Below are episode descriptions from IMDb. See "Summary" for other perspectives in MHZ web page:
S1.E1 - Grave Legacy: Undertaker Luc Conrad, formerly a police officer, suspects that the accidental asthma related death of a young mother wasn't an accident. His police officer ex-wife investigates.
S1E2 - Flotsam: A black man is found dead floating with a swastika on his forehead. Luc takes the victims son under his care and protection. Fabio helps with the death of a child.
S1E3 - Zero To Sixty: A high speed car crash leads the police and Luc to drag racing and family secrets. Fabio falls for the girlfriend of the victim. Dorig and Anna Maria are having issues with each other.
S1E4 - Thorn In The Side: Conrad continues investigating Mader's death. In doing so he's jailed for Ilgner's death. Anna-Maria succeeds in having him released and they bring the case to a conclusion. A local teacher dies suddenly and two admirers argue over him.

S2E1 - Todesspender: Two bodies kidney removal points Luc and the police to organ trafficking. Meanwhile the police need to identify one of the donors who escaped before dying. Anna Maria and Dorig are joined by federal policeman who leading the investigation.
S2E2 - Bull's Blood: An suspicious explosion in a vineyard leads the investigation of the deceased's family. Meanwhile Anna Maria are working on the organ trade case and Luc is jealous of the relationship of Anna Maria and Pedro.
S2E3 - Death Watch: The cook of a restaurant is murdered two men are fighting over her burial costs. The wake is watched over by her son. The wife of the deceased kidney donor helps police with the organ donation case.
S2E4 - Ghosts: A woman is found in an old castle hanging just like the folklore of the castle. Fabio is enchanted with the romanticism of the castle and gardens. Pedro is still coercing the organ victims wife into helping him.
S2E5 - Blood Sausage: A butcher is dead and a doctor is missing. Luc is unhappy with the coercion of Eva to donate her kidney so the police can track the trade. Fabio is learning to drive.
S2E6 - Under The Ground: The organ trade case is falling apart and Luc is trying to help Eva with the help of an old friend. The police's desperate search for the operating theater leads to dead ends.

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hecto
May 10, 2018

This is a long-running popular series on SRF. An ex-cop takes over the family's funeral business in Aarau, where he continually runs into his ex-girlfriend/colleague and her successive murder cases (which he of course always solves). Gentle humour, quirky characters and wacky situations follow one upon another in easily digested episodes, all in singsong Schweizerdeutsch . Easy watching, but grows repetitive. You could compare it to the 'Brokenwood Mysteries', except that it is more subtle in its humour. Worth sampling.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2018

This conversation with his Boy Scout friend Jurg introduces Luc the detective/undertaker perfectly:
Are you so sensitive with all your customers?
-You’re my friend, not a customer. Damn it…
All of your friends will be customers one day. When did we lose touch with each other?
-You wanted to become a rocket scientist in Zurich. And?
I stayed on the ground. And underneath it. I built a few tunnels and bridges. So I’ve seen the world.
-Yes, I still want to do that.
So do it. Tomorrow you’re dead. Haven’t you learned that with your job? Why didn’t you become a cop?
-I did. Chief inspector. But there weren’t enough dead.
So you took over your dad’s business?
-(Nods.)
Children?
-(Shakes head.)
Wife?
-(Shakes head.)
Thank God you’re not dying yet.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2018

From S2E5 (SPOILER ALERT):
What’s wrong? Anna-Maria… I don’t want to interfere.
-With what?
In your business. But Luc is upset, and you…
-Have you ever slept with two men on the same day?
(Poof!) Well… I didn’t want to know that much.
-Sorry.
You poor girl.
-Erika, I’m not a poor girl. I’m an independent woman.
And you had to prove that to yourself today?
-No, but everyone thinks they can do better. Even Dorig.
Dorig? Good God… (a look that implied she thought Anna-Maria slept with Dorig as well! LOL!)
-Erika, I’m talking about work. Please, don’t tell anyone.
It’s forgotten already.
-I have to go to bed.
Alone! Just a tip.

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jimg2000
May 31, 2018

Episode guide from MHZ site:

https://mhzchoice.vhx.tv/the-undertaker/season:2

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