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  •  The USSR no longer exists, but the famous series created at Soviet film studios have remained. And if you want to refresh your memory of your favorite multi-part childhood films or learn something new and interesting about them, we are pleased to present a selection of the 10 best Soviet TV series filmed in the USSR.

10. Adventures of Electronics (1979)

Genre: fantasy, children's, adventure
Kinopoisk Rating: 7.9
Rating IMDb: 7.6
DirectorStory by: Konstantin Bromberg
Music: Evgeny Krylatov

  •  Who in childhood did not dream of finding a brilliant robot-twin who would get fives at school, do homework, and help parents? Alas, so far this is only available in The Adventures of Electronics, one of the best children's fantasy series of all time.

  •  In order to search for Elektronik and his human protégé, trials were arranged for many pairs of twins throughout the Soviet Union. As a result, the brothers Vladimir and Yuri Torsuev were lucky. Already as adults, they slightly exploited the popularity of "Adventures of Electronics", creating, together with the singer Tatyana Mikhailova, the trio "Syroezhkin's Garage". They performed bard songs, jazz and rock.

9. Midshipmen, forward! (1987)

Genre: adventure, history, melodrama
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.1
Rating IMDb: 7.5
Director: Svetlana Druzhinina
Music: Viktor Lebedev

  •  The charismatic trinity – Sergey Zhigunov, Dmitry Kharatyan and Vladimir Shevelkov – who played the main characters, turned out to be not as friendly in life as in the movies. But who cared when they appeared on the screens, brave handsome midshipmen who were looking for adventure, love and service to the Fatherland?

  •  As is the case with many cult Soviet TV series, the original composition of the "Midshipmen" was completely different than what we saw on the screen.

  •  The role of Alexander Belov was to be played by Oleg Menshikov. As a result, he voiced Belov for Sergei Zhigunov, and Dmitry Kharatyan sang songs "for himself and for Sasha."

  •  The owner of the “fly that is worth a lot” was seen in Yuri Moroz, but he refused because of his thesis.

  •  And the son of Svetlana Druzhinina, Mikhail Mukasey, was approved for the role of "bastard", but he fell ill and the role passed to Shevelkov. By the way, Vladimir Shevelkov was dissatisfied with his performance and participation in the "Midshipmen" and was the only one of the trinity who called his role an acting failure.

8. Shield and sword (1968)

Genre: drama, war, adventure
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.1
Rating IMDb: 7.7
Director: Vladimir Basov
Music: Veniamin Basner

  •  The prototype of the "predecessor of Stirlitz" Johann Weiss was the legendary Soviet intelligence officer Alexander Svyatogorov, who led the operations to eliminate the military commandant of Kharkov, General Georg von Braun, and the leader of the UPA, Stepan Bandera.

  •  According to Stanislav Lyubshin, the lead actor, Vladimir Putin liked The Shield and the Sword so much in his time that he influenced his decision to go to the scouts.

7. D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (1979)

Genre: adventure, musical, history
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.1
Rating IMDb: 7.9
Director: Georgy Yungvald-Khilkevich
Music: Maxim Dunaevsky

  •  After the show of this series, many little musketeers appeared on the streets of Soviet and then Russian cities. But none of them suspected that completely different actors could play their favorite characters.

  •  For example, they wanted to invite Alexander Abdulov for the role of a brave Gascon, first Yuri Solomin and then Vasily Livanov for the role of Athos, and Georgy Martirosyan for the role of Porthos.

  •  Lembit Ulfsak (played Jacques Paganel in the 1985 TV series In Search of Captain Grant) auditioned for the role of the cutesy handsome Aramis.

  •  The role of Milady could be played by Elena Solovey, and Constance – by Evgenia Simonova.

  •  However, the "final" cast, approved for the main roles, coped with their task so well that for a long time they became idols not only for children, but also for adults.

  •  By the way, Count Rochefort was still able to defeat D'Artagnan, although not wanting to. During the filming of the scene of the Merleson ballet at the Odessa Opera House, Boris Klyuev, who played Rochefort, injured Mikhail Boyarsky. Klyuev's sword knocked out Boyarsky's tooth and damaged the palate.

6. In Search of Captain Grant (1985)

Genre: Adventure
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.1
Rating IMDb: 8.3
Director: Stanislav Govorukhin
MusicPeople: Maxim Dunayevsky, Igor Kantyukov, Isaac Dunayevsky

  •  Amazing music, brave and noble characters, the mystery that carries the message of Captain Grant ... This series is a delight for the eyes and soul of a teenager who dreams of adventure and romance.

  •  And although, according to the script, Lord Glenarvan and his companions traveled around the islands of the Atlantic, visited New Zealand and Australia and plowed the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, in reality, the shooting took place in Bulgaria, the Crimea and the Black Sea. But this only emphasizes the beauty and diversity of the nature of the republics that were part of the USSR.

  •  An interesting fact: the fate of Captain Grant and his companions in the film adaptation was changed compared to Jules Verne's novel. In the book, both Grant himself and two of his sailors survived the "imprisonment" on the island, in the film, one of the sailors died, and the second lost his mind, only Grant remained safe and sound.

5. Guest from the future (1984)

Genre: fantasy, children's, adventure
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.2
Rating IMDb: 8.2
Director: Pavel Arsenov
Music: Evgeny Krylatov

  •  The story of a girl from the future, with extraordinary physical and intellectual abilities, a brave character and beautiful, wide-open eyes, has fascinated more than one generation of Russian children. Actress Natalya Guseva, who played Alice, received whole bags of letters with declarations of love.

  •  The film was shot for almost three years, but its budget was limited, which is why the audience did not see some interesting scenes. For example, in CosmoZoo, Kolya Gerasimov had to see common skliss, an orange ball from the cold swamps of Ankudina, and a snake that never ended.

  •  But unusual flips were remembered for a long time – flying cars, a myelophone, a spaceport, evil space pirates, and, of course, Alice's prediction about the future. And the song "Beautiful Far Away" became a hymn of hope that the new generations might be more lucky than the current ones.

4. Big change (1972)

Genre: melodrama, comedy
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.4
Rating IMDb: 8.1
Director: Alexey Korenev
MusicPeople: Eduard Kolmanovsky, Mikhail Glinka

  •  This series was originally going to be called The Adventures of a School Teacher. However, this was prevented by the Minister of Education M. Prokofiev, who was not enthusiastic about the fact that a comedy serial film was being shot about teachers.

  •  As a result, the prize for the best new name – a bottle of cognac – was given to cameraman Anatoly Mukasey.

3. 12 chairs (1976)

Genre: comedy, detective, adventure
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.5
Rating IMDb: 8.3
Director: Mark Zakharov
Music: Gennady Gladkov

  •  The story of how Kisa and Osya wanted to become millionaires, and what came of it, is interesting to watch to this day. Comrade Bender turned out to be too charming, whose image on the screen was embodied by Andrei Mironov. And Anatoly Papanov became his friend in search of chairs made by the master Gambs.

  •  Surprisingly, while most episodes of The 12 Chairs take place outdoors, they (and the entire series) were actually filmed on a set.

2. The meeting place cannot be changed (1979)

Genre: crime, detective, drama
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.9
Rating IMDb: 8.8
Director: Stanislav Govorukhin
Music: Evgeny Gevorgyan

  •  The series about the confrontation between the brave employees of the MUR and the cruel gang "Black Cat" was filmed based on the novel "The Era of Mercy", written by the brothers Arkady and Georgy Vainers.

  •  And if for Vladimir Vysotsky the role of Zheglov was practically "booked", then a real battle unfolded behind the scenes for the role of Sharapov. 13 actors applied for it, including Alexander Abdulov, Viktor Fokin and Stanislav Sadalsky. As a result, Vladimir Konkin became Sharapov, much to the displeasure of the Vainers.


  •  The film material shot by Stanislav Govorukhin would be enough for a 7-episode film. But the director failed to defend it, the representative of the State Radio and Television demanded to reduce the series by two episodes. However, even 5 episodes were enough for "The meeting place cannot be changed" is still one of the most famous Soviet series.

1. Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)

Genre: military, drama, adventure
Kinopoisk Rating: 8.9
Rating IMDb: 8.9
Director: Tatyana Lioznova
Music: Mikael Tariverdiev

  •  When Stirlitz walked through the corridors of the Gestapo, the streets of Soviet cities were empty. And after the premiere of the series, Lioznova's phone was torn – the audience wanted to know what would happen to their favorite characters next.

  •  Leonid Armor first auditioned for the role of Hitler. It is good that he was not approved, because it is now impossible to imagine anyone other than Armored as Gestapo chief Heinrich Muller. And this is despite the fact that the cinematic image is very far from the real one, because the film crew did not have a photo of the real Muller.

  •  But Oleg Tabakov turned out to be so similar to the real Walter Schellenberg that Schellenberg's relatives sent him a letter of thanks from Germany.

  •  Until 2009, there was only a black and white version of 17 Moments of Spring. Work on the restoration and coloring of the cult series from the times of the USSR was timed to coincide with May 9th. They took three years, and some of the shots had to be hand-coloured.