Hashoter Hatov

This Israeli police comedy follows officer Danny Konfino, serving in a suburban police station.

VIEWER'S GUIDE

Hashoter Hatov 

Three seasons (2015-2019) | 15 half-hour episodes per season

Available on Netflix

Grade Level: High School and up

Synopsis

Officer Danny Konfino's quick temper often gets him into trouble, but he is as honest as one can get and a highly dedicated crime fighter. With his anger management issues he tries to maneuver between his dysfunctional family, his ex-girlfriend who turned out to be a lesbian, a possible love affair with one of his colleagues, and a station chief totally lacking any trait of self awareness and an obsession to branded hand cream.

Hashoter Hatov has one of the best opening sequences for a comedy, and sets the tone for the series’ premise and humor.

Opening Sequence:

Reviews:

“Episodes of Hashoter Hatov—also the source material for the Netflix remake The Good Cop—are eminently munchable, and the show presents a collection of very Israeli, if caricatured, characters. Imagine Brooklyn Nine-Nine mixed with Larry David–style misanthropy, rendered in an Israeli accent. The opening, a loopy musical number in which the characters dance down the precinct’s hallway, sets the scene for this useful comedic balm; since most Israeli series now streaming focus on terrorism, spies and hostages, it’s nice to experience Israel’s lighter side.” (Source: jweekly)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. In your own culture/setting:

    • What do you consider to be funny?
    • What do you consider to be too serious to make jokes about? Give examples.

2. In Israeli culture/settings:

    • What do you consider to be funny?
    • What do you consider to be too serious to make jokes about? Give examples.

3. Compare the two:

    • Are there similar or different considerations? What are they?
    • Why do you think so?

4. In what ways can humor and satire inform us? Give examples.

5. What could be learned or understood regarding Israel and Israelis from their humor and satire?