Alternatywy 4

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Alternatywy 4
Ulica Grzegorzewskiej 3 od strony Cynamonowej Warszawa.JPG
Block of flats at 3 Marii Grzegorzewskiej Street in Warsaw, where Alternatywy 4 was shot
Written byStanisław Bareja
Janusz Płoński
Maciej Rybiński
Directed byStanisław Bareja
Composer(s)Jerzy Matuszkiewicz
Country of originPoland
Original language(s)Polish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Original networkTVP
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1986 (1986-09-30)
Followed byDylematu 5

Alternatywy 4 ([ˌaltɛrnaˈtɨvɨ ˈʧ̑tɛrɨ]; "4 Alternative (Disjunction) Street") is a Polish comedy TV series that was completed in 1983 and, due to the censorship, first aired only in 1986. Many famous Polish actors appeared in the series. The filming location used in Alternatywy 4 was a residential complex, still in existence at 3 Marii Grzegorzewskiej Street in Warsaw, Poland. The series was a satire of life under the communist rule in Poland. The dialogues had to be written in a way that they would be approved by the communist authorities censorship office. Due to the censorship, partial or entire scenes had to be cut. 30 years after the series was filmed it underwent a digital reconstruction and the initially deleted scenes were added, after they had been found in the archives of TVP[1]

The series title is a result of a dispute among the real estate developers on what to name a new street in their development (in episode 1). Annoyed by the lack of consensus, one of them quips: "There must be some alternative". In 2005, one of the streets in Ursynów district, where the series plot had taken place, was officially named Alternatywy to commemorate the series.[2] The residential building, where most of the scenes were shot, bears a plaque, that aside from the actual street name (M. Grzegorzewskiej 3) also contains an inscription, "Formerly Alternatywy 4".[3]


The series revolves around inhabitants of a newly-built flat in Warsaw. The main character of the series is Stanisław Anioł, a sneaky and cunning janitor who manipulates the others to do his chores instead of him and takes the glories. The other dwellers want to get him fired but because of his contacts with the governing party he cannot be removed.

The inhabitants of the flat come from various societies l - among them are a medicine doctor named very similar to his neighbour - a crane operator, two professors and several lower class families, such as family of an intelligent drunkie Balcerek who clashes with Anioł. Because of the differences among the people they often have humorous situations.


  1. Przydział (The Assignment)
  2. Przeprowadzka (Moving in)
  3. Pierwsza noc (The First Night)
  4. Profesjonaliści (The Professionals)
  5. 20-ty stopień zasilania (The Blackout)
  6. Gołębie (The Pigeons)
  7. Spisek (The Plot)
  8. Wesele (The Wedding)
  9. Upadek (The Fall)


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  1. ^ ""Alternatywy 4" bez cenzury już wkrótce na ekranach". (in Polish). 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ UCHWAŁA Nr XLV/1114/2005 RADY MIASTA STOŁECZNEGO WARSZAWY z dnia 27 stycznia 2005 r. w sprawie nadania nazwy ulicom w Dzielnicy Ursynów Warszawy.. „Dziennik Urzędowy Województwa Mazowieckiego”. poz. 55 nr 1356, 2005.
  3. ^