Series / Inspector Rex
aka: Kommissar Rex
What's that, Rex? Timmy fell down the well?

Kommissar Rex, known as Inspector Rex in English-speaking countries, is an Austrian live-action police detective series. The title character, Rex, is a highly-trained German Shepherd dog who works with a team of homicide detectives in the Austrian Kriminalpolizei, initially led by detective Richard Moser.

The series originally ran from 1994 to 2004. In 2008 it was revived as an Italian co-production, with Rex being adopted by a visiting Italian policeman and going to live in Rome. It also produced a short-lived spinoff, Stockinger, in which Richard Moser's first sidekick is transferred to Salzberg.

Inspector Rex provides examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Kurt Hauff in "Moser's Death". Even if he killed Moser you can see he feels some kind of genuine remorse for what he has just done. There's also the way he looks Rex in the eyes before being Driven to Suicide.
  • All Part of the Show: In one episode, the villain plans to invoke this trope by replacing a prop knife in a play with the real thing.
  • Canine Companion: Rex
  • Chekhov's Skill: If Rex demonstrates a new trick at the beginning of an episode, you can bet it will come in handy later on.
  • Connect the Deaths: One episode features a satanic cult that murders women and leaves their bodies so that they form a giant pentagram.
  • Detective Animal: Rex.
  • The Doll Episode: Der Puppenmörder/ The Doll Murderer from Season 3.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see Alex, he takes off his jacket and jumps into a river to retrieve evidence. As you might have guessed, he's very dedicated, isn't afraid of taking risks and very sporty.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Happens quite often.
  • Evil Brit: Many a Villain of the Week has a Northern German accent.
  • Heroic Dog: Guess.
  • Heroic Pet Story: This series about a cop-canine partnership combines the the Heroic Pet Story and Buddy Cop Show genres, as the titular canine cop fights crime with his human handler.
  • Introduction by Hookup: Marc Hoffman and Nikki Herzog have a one-night stand the morning before they start their new jobs. The next morning, they not only discover that they are both police officers, but they are now partners.
  • Mood Whiplash: For a show that on one level is tonally very much akin to a cute, kid-friendly "heroic animal" show like Skippy or Lassie, complete with delightfully corny humour and sometimes implausibly anthropomorphised behaviour by Rex, on the other hand the crimes they investigate are generally murders, and can be quite horrific in nature, not to mention occasionally featuring full frontal nudity.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Brandtner in spades, although Moser has his moments. One episode has Brandtner stripping down to his underwear so show he has no concealed weapons. When asked how he feels about being so exposed, he replies "...Sexy". Moser also goes skinny dipping in "Ein mörderischer Sommer"
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Played for Drama; molested children in an orphanage freak out when their hair is being touched.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Although much of the time it's more like Rex has human sidekicks.
  • Once an Episode: At least one joke involving ham rolls.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping / Unexplained Accent: Moser has a very High German (theatre) accent when alone, but when speaking to other humans or swearing he slips into Viennese. He is supposed to be Viennese so this is more a case of his accent slipping when he is alone.
  • Spin-Off: Sidekick Stockinger got his own Type I series after he transfers to Salzburg. It lasted two seasons.
  • Spiritual Successor: To other Heroic Dog tv series, such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie.
  • Spoiler Title: Moser's final appearance is titled "Moser's Death"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ham rolls, for both Moser and Rex.
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: The killer in one episode was a former high powered executive who was fired and had his career ruined when a female employee framed him for Attempted Rape by going into his office, ripping off her own clothes and screaming. The guy then went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the woman and her co-conspirators. When he's caught, they point out that since he at no point touched the woman, her clothes had no forensic evidence linking it to him and thus if he had simply gone to the police, he could have them all arrested and gone back to his job.
  • Wicked Toymaker: One episode featured an author whose story about a criminal toymaker was rejected by a publishing company, so he used toys to hunt down and destroy the editors who rejected his work, one by one. Much use was made of radio-guided vehicles/aircraft, with simple plunger-triggered bombs on board.
  • Wire Dilemma: Subverted in an episode where the character facing the dilemma takes too long to decide and runs out of time — but his colleague had pulled the detonator out of the explosives.

Alternative Title(s): Kommissar Rex