Vienna, Austria, 1994. In a glass-enclosed restaurant balcony on the Stephansplatz, Vienna, Mr. Pyotr Zhukov is trying to end his shady business relationship with Markus Spitzer. Not because he's going clean, but because the end of the Cold War means he doesn't need middle men anymore – he can keep all the profit for himself. Spitzer excuses himself to visit the restroom, and Zhukov realizes just too late why Spitzer left his briefcase on the table.
The armed response to the explosion is exceptionally quick, and Spitzer doesn't get out of the building before a soldier with Rex, his bomb-sniffing German Shepherd, hold him up. Richard "Richie" Moser also shows up. He's a detective with the Kriminalpolizei Mord Kommission (homicide unit). Suffice it to say, Rex eventually moves from the army to the homicide unit. And It turns out he's a great homicide detective.
Location shots for "Inspector Rex" are shot all over Vienna. The "Murder at Schönbrunn" takes place in the well-ordered forest around the palace's magnificent gardens.
Trivia: Rex's full name is Reginald von Ravenhorst.
Season 1 of "Kommissar Rex" originally aired in Austria from November 1994 to February 1995. These 14 episodes total 680 minutes, about 56 minutes per episode. If you buy it on disc, the audio is the original German with automatic English subtitles. There are no Bonus Extras on the discs. See the comment I added regarding subsequent seasons.
There is quite a bit of humor in this series, though not the laugh-out-loud quirkiness of "Murders at BarLuma". And, of course, you have the delightful dog. I liked the series, and if more seasons are made available on Region 1 DVD, I'll purchase them. I would call Season 1 a "standard" cop comedy-drama, rather like an 80's American TV show – except for the European manner of showing naked breasts once in a while. The murder mystery plots are fine, with occasional flights of fancy, including Moser doing goofy things like breaking and entering. The interactions among the characters are fun, though a 45 minute show can't have the depth of a longer episode. "Inspector Rex" is not an exceptional series, but worth it.
More trivia: Apparently a Canadian production company is shooting a totally new version of "Rex". Since I like a lot of Canadian series, I'm looking forward to it.