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Trăsniții (the Crazies) is a Romanian sitcom that debuted in 2003 on Prima TV, originally was supposed to air on PRO TV with the name "Tot Inainte (Straight Ahead). The show was originally known as Trăsniții în NATO (The Crazies in NATO) and followed a group of 6 soldiers

  • Corporal Pupăză Grigoraș (originally: Pupază Marin)(Grig Chioriu): A bald and greedy corporal.
  • Corporal Chiorete Ilarie (Bogdan Dumitrescu): The second corporal of the group with paranormal powers and Pupăză's best friend.
  • Private Costel Gogoașă (Constantin Zamfirescu): A fat and wimpy momma's boy who grew up at the countryside.
  • Sargent Ferdinand Mârlanu (Toni Ionescu): The fat sargent and leader of the group who likes to boss them around.
  • Private Fane Trașcă (Dan Burghelea): One of the 3 privates in the group
  • Private Anca Iepure (Iepuraș) (Anca Lupu): One of the 3 privates and the only female member of the group.
Who are often given a special task or mission by their Commander, George Șefu (George Stancu).
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As time went by new characters were introduced

  • Frosa Gogoașă (Constantin Zamfirescu): Gogașă's battleaxe and overprotective mom.
  • Iuliana Șefu (Iuliana Margarita): The Commander's manly wife who will also boss around the soldiers
  • Scalzone (Fulvio Balboni): An Italian businessman who buys the military unit from Commander George.
  • Private Van Damme (Cătălin Marin): An orphan soldier, martial arts master and George's right hand man/bodyguard who later joins the group.
  • Ema Cucu (Livia Taloi): A college student who is housed by the military unit after Scalzone buys it and later became a SRI agent.
  • Loredana Balegă: A virgin college student, Ema's best friend and Chiorete's girlfriend who is also housed by the military base after Scalzone buys it.
  • Desiree McLoud (Desiree Malonga): A Senegalese Psychologist sent from Brussels In order to help Chiorete get over his breakup with Loredana.
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  • and Tilică: Mârlanu's mentally retarded brother.

After a series of events the military unit is destroyed leading the characters to live civilian lives (except for Trașcă and Iepuraș who are killed in the process) with once again leads to the apparent of new character.

  • Angelica: A college student who became Mârlanu's girlfriend for a while.
  • Doruleț: The "Crazies" new muscular neighbor who becomes a cop in later seasons
  • Mateescu: A cop who later becomes commissioner
  • Poponeț: The former leader of the police station
  • Solomon: A childish cop obsessed with ponies.
  • Afrodita: A female cop who is housed in Gogoașă's mansion
  • Sofia Gogoașă: Gogoașă's cousin who entered the police
  • Teo Diliman: A psychologist hired by Chiorete in order to help out Iuliana
  • Fane Baros: A mobster who made Mârlanu the president of a football club .

And many many others.


Trăsniții contains examples of:

  • Addictive Foreign Soap Opera: Frosa is shown to love Latin American soap operas on several occasions.
  • Alien Episode: One episode is about 2 aliens who communicate trough sneezing that visit earth.
  • Arab Beoble Talk: Hasan, Osama and Habibi do it.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Almost everyone from the Police Station X.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Chiorete had sex with a chicken in his teen years
    • Frosa had sex with the whole army during World War II. Including the horses.
  • Big Bad: The Al-Qaeda in the NATO seasons.
    • Fane Baros Jr in season 22
  • Big Eater: Mârlanu really loves to eat.
    • Same with Gogoașă but he is fasting compared to Mârlanu.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Aforementioned Aliens have faces made out of metal and their genitals in their palms.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gogoașă is one for the other soldiers. Even when they were no longer in the army he continued being one for some time.
  • Chocolate Baby: When Trașcă and Iepuraș went to the hospital they got a black baby. It later turns out that it was just a mix up
  • Dirty Old Woman: Madame Frosa. At least until later seasons.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gogoașă had many moments where he took his revenge on the other soldiers.
  • Dual Wielding: Pupăză was dual wielding 2 shotguns as a corporal
    • The mafia boss was dual wielding 2 pistols.
  • Flanderization: While Van Damme was good at sex he was still a familist who cared about his wife. However season 24 turned him into a macho man type character who always goes after other women.
    • Pupăză was a always greedy however he was also a businessman who worked a lot of jobs in order to get money unlike his season 24 self who is just sitting on his ass all day long and makes others work to get money.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In an episode Mârlanu gets sexually frustrated because everyone around him has a girlfriend/boyfriend except for him so he formed an organisation called "Liga Adevăraților Bărbați Abstinenți" (the League of the Real Abstinent Men) or L.A.B.A. for short. (season 6, episode 10)
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language:
  • Idiot Ball: Chiorete is normally a smart character. However in season 24 he became an idiot who keeps rejecting Sofica out of fear that if some couple problems arouse then bad things will happen to him now that Sofica is the boss, not taking in consideration that bad things might still happen if he rejects her.
  • I Know Kung-Fu: Van Damme is a martial arts master and a fan of Bruce Lee.
  • Killed Off for Real: Trașcă and Iepuraș died in the explosion which lead to the destruction of the military unit and they never came back again.
  • Long Runner: The show is till running to this day being in it's 31st season.
  • The Mafiya: Scalzone became the leader of the Russian mafia when he immigrated to Russia
    • Igor is a Russian mobster from Moldova
  • Mama Bear: If you harm Gogoașă, get ready to get your ass kicked by Madame Frosa
  • Misidentified Weapons: In one Episode Mârlanu claims that an MP5 is a rifle.
    • In another Episode an Assault Rifle was identified as a machine gun
  • Mistaken for Racist: In an episode the backyard gets invaded by crows so Pupăză makes a special edition of his show were he talks about the crow infestation and how the authorities need to do something about it. However everyone taught that he was a racist who talked about the local Gypsy population. Later he tried holding a placard which says "We are not racist" to show that he has nothing against gypsies but when he holds it he covers the "no" with his hand. (season 20, episode 51)
  • Negative Continuity: When Mârlanu is freed from prison he claims that he was jailed for killing Esteban. Actually he was jailed for crime complicity.
    • In another episode he tells Hassan that he was a Colonel when in reality he was a Sargent. However this might have been just him trying to show off.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Frosa may be an old lady but she is really strong and can easily overpower and kill you.
  • New Season, New Name: The snow was first called "Trăsniții în NATO". After the Military unit was destroyed and they had to live civilian lives it became known as "Trăsniții din NATO" (The Crazies from NATO) and finally it became known simply as Trăzniții.
  • Porn Names: Gogoașă's stage name during his porn star career was Costello "Sex God" Donuts.
  • Prison Rape: Mârlanu experienced it when he was in prison after the events of the season 23 finale.
  • Really Gets Around: Madame Frosa has had a many lovers over the years and she is still chasing men to this day.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Igor appeared out of no were and the characters act like he was always part of the cast.
    • Same can be said about Paliu.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: In the army Pupăză was armed with dual shotguns.
  • Sudden Name Change: Pupăză was originally called "Pupăză Marin" but later his name became "Pupăză G Grigoraș"

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