FRANZ is an homage to a renowned Munich eccentric and a German TV and pop culture icon of the 1980s: “Monaco Franze – der ewige Stenz”. In the eponymous series shot by the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, the building on Sonnenstrasse, which since 1953 had been a residence and had housed commercial premises, attained nationwide fame.
Lovingly staged with plenty of local flair, the ten episodes tell the story of the big-city adventures of CID inspector and later private detective Franz Münchinger, aka “Monaco Franze”, in Munich of the early 1980s. Much to his wife’s annoyance, Monaco Franze investigates crimes after work, too. Because however much he appreciates the wonders of marriage, the feminine appeal of the charming repeat offender is seductive.
Ten-part TV series by the Bayerische Rundfunk
Idea and script:
Helmut Dietl, Patrick Süskind, Franz Geiger
First broadcast on 2 March 1983 on German TV