Dr. Psycho – Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich

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Dr. Psycho – Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich
Created by Ralf Husmann
Starring Christian Ulmen
Anneke Kim Sarnau
Hinnerk Schönemann
Roeland Wiesnekker
Ulrich Gebauer
Annika Kuhl
Country of origin Germany
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14
Production
Executive producer(s) Cheryl Tayor
Mark Freeland
Producer(s) Brainpool
Running time 45 mins
Release
Original network ProSieben
Original release 16 March 2007
External links
Website

Dr. Psycho – Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich (Dr Psycho - The Bad, The Coppers, My Wife and Me) is a German language crime comedy television series. It was broadcast from March to May 2007 by the German private channel ProSieben and has been renewed for a second season.

Plot[edit]

The series deals with the work of a special unit for organized crime and especially with the work of the police psychologist Dr Max Munzl. He is the new guy in the department and is generally disliked at first because his colleagues don't think they need a psychologist, but rather more police colleagues.

Characters[edit]

Dr. Max Munzl[edit]

Dr. Max Munzl is the protagonist of the series. He is trained as a police psychologist and has been moved to the department for organized crime. Arriving there, he starts immediately to analyze his colleagues and to help them with their problems. On the other hand, however, he can hardly manage his own life. His wife Lena wants to divorce him because he is clumsy, confused and oblivious. Despite the steadfast belief to save the marriage, they finally get divorced.

Kerstin Winter[edit]

Kerstin Winter is the only woman of the department. By her increased male behaviour, however, she tries to fit into her male group of colleagues. That's why she acts as a tight policewoman without mercy within the department. Nevertheless, Max Munzl discovers very fast that she is really much more sensitive and that she owns a teddy bear, for example.

Eddie Stachowiak[edit]

Eddie Stachowiak is the youngest colleague of the department. His colleagues don't concede much intelligence to him and he likes to work more with his hands than with his brain. At the end of the first season he gets engaged.

Victor Kellinghoff[edit]

Victor Kellinghoff is a colleague of Max Munzl. He apparently has a drinking issue about which Max is the first to speak openly about.

Trivia[edit]

Response[edit]

Dr Psycho is nominated for the coveted international television award Rose d'Or and Christian Ulmen is nominated as best main actore for the Bavarian television award in 2007. The public critics rated the first episodes predominantly positive:

  • Quotenmeter.de wrote on 23 March 2007 about the series: "«Dr Psycho» is an utmost well-done and hilarious crime comedy that stands out very positively from the presently produced and aired comedy pabulum of Germany." [1]
  • FAZ praised on 24 March 2007: "Christian Ulmen is a brilliant improvisational comedian. In the new crime series „Dr Psycho“ [...] he proves as a police psychologist how funny he is by realizing completely written screenplays." [2]
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung praised in the succeeding 25 March 2007 issue equally, especially Ulmen's acting skills.
  • Christian Boß wrote for Spiegel Online on 25 March 2007 (in contrast to the praise in the print issue of Spiegel): "No comedy, no crime, no style: The actually exceptionally gifted non-actor Christian Ulmen stumbles from tomorrow on with (...) psychological truisms through a new Pro-Sieben series. [...] But in Dr Psycho neither slapstick nor action works." [3]
  • Die Welt wrote after the broadcast of the first episode a consistently positive review. According to it, there were "again and again moments with smoothed verdicts. They were mostly by the main character, perfectly cast with Christian Ulmen." [4]
  • taz wrote on 26 March 2007 about Ulmen: "That's someone who dares something." taz also wrote, he improved his acting skills in the course of the series visibly.[5]
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung called Munzl "a young Columbo: sappy, racked, shuffled" in its 26 March 2007 issue. According to reviewer Senta Krasser the cast, the text, the direction and even the lead-in fits.[6]
  • Der Spiegel wrote in its printed issue 14 of 2 April 2007 on page 106: ""Actor Christian Ulmen is a godsend of the entertainers' heaven." "Dr Psycho" be "big anarchical fun."
  • Medienhandbuch.de, a portal for media, IT, communication and culture describes the first episode as "a mix of bizarre intelligent to ribald humour with a proper share of action that has not existed like this in the federal German television environment until now." Script, casting and actors are praised "great".[7]
  • On popkulturjunkie.de the plot of the series is described as "not thrilling, not funny, just tough and mediocre". "Dr. Psycho" be "a kind of “Monk” for the poor".[8]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode Original title Title translation First air date
1 Osama Osama 26 March 2007
2 Blow Job Betty Blow Job Betty 2 April 2007
3 Die einzige Zeugin The Only Witness 16 April 2007
4 Der Türke The Turk 23 April 2007
5 Schlimme Kunst Bad Art 30 April 2007
6 Der polnische Maulwurf The Polish Snitch 7 May 2007

Season 2[edit]

Episode Original title Title translation First air date
1 Selbsthilfe Self Help 24 June 2008
2 Kuchenfolter Cake Torture 1 July 2008
3 Blumen, Gedichte und Arschlöcher Flowers, Poems and Assholes 8 July 2008
4 Gammelfleisch Spoiled Meat 15 July 2008
5 Der letzte Wille The Last Will 22 July 2008
6 Tiefschlag Low Blow 29 July 2008
7 Soko WG Task Force Flatshare 5 August 2008
8 Der doppelte Psycho The Double Psycho 12 August 2008

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