Inspector Montalbano

The BEST episodes of Inspector Montalbano

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

A look at the life of the police commissioner, Salvo Montalbano, of the Sicilian town of Vigata and the criminal cases solved by him.

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The Potter's Field
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9.18
78 votes

#1 - The Potter's Field

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/14/2011

In a dreadful morning a body cut into pieces and wrapped in a plastic bag is found in a clay deposit. All the signs point to an old-fashioned mafia style execution of a traitor. Strangely enough, Mimì Augello who lately has been unusually irritable and short-tempered, is now driving the entire police station crazy. Augello insists on being assigned to the case and, if he doesn’t get it, is threatening to request a new assignment elsewhere.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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Equal Time
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8.65
46 votes

#2 - Equal Time

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/29/2005

The murder of Angelo Bonpensiero would appear to be the start of a mafia war. Montalbano has his doubts. He is then taken off the case and assigned to investigate the disappearance of a young Ukrainian woman, seemingly unrelated to the previous case he will find out that he should have trusted his instinct after all...

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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Montalbano's Croquettes
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8.61
56 votes

#3 - Montalbano's Croquettes

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/4/2002

As the small town of Vigata prepares for its New Year celebrations, local police inspector Salvo Montalbano is reluctantly making arrangements to travel to Paris with his girlfriend. What he would much rather do, however, is accept a dinner invitation by his cleaner Adelina, who has promised to cook rice croquettes. A wealthy husband and wife are found dead in what appears to be a car accident, but quickly turns into a murder investigation. And as the circumstances surrounding the death of the couple grow more and more mysterious, clues point to the involvement of Adelina's son Pasquale.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Goldfinch and the Cat
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8.60
82 votes

#4 - The Goldfinch and the Cat

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/18/2002

A series of mysterious muggings takes place in Vigata, ending in tragedy when one of the victims is killed. Meanwhile, a man virtually destroys the emergency room at the hospital after finding out that his young daughter is pregnant. A local doctor is also missing and presumed dead. Montalbano investigates all three cases, gradually uncovering the links between them.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Turning Point
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8.50
50 votes

#5 - The Turning Point

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/22/2005

Montalbano finds a decomposed body floating in the water during his morning swim, and that's just the start of the water-borne tragedies.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Gull's Dance
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8.38
47 votes

#6 - The Gull's Dance

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/21/2011

Fazio is missing. He's not at home, his mobile is switched off and he missed a meeting with his father who couldn't find him anywhere. Montalbano is convinced that Fazio started an investigation on his own, and he's probably in great trouble. Following Fazio's tracks, signs of shooting are found on a spot, and an informer reports having seen the young officer captured by two criminals who were planning to throw him in a dried well. Montalbano's search becomes more and more dramatic and frantic, and even if Fazio seems definitely vanished, he's determined to find him alive at all costs.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
The Scent of the Night
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8.34
53 votes

#7 - The Scent of the Night

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/11/2002

Investor Emanuele Gargano has disappeared with the savings entrusted to him by the people of Montelusa. Montalbano's investigation brings him into contact with some of Gargano's staff - his obsessively loyal secretary Mariastella Cosentino and the provocative Michela Manganaro. Meanwhile, Augello is getting cold feet about the prospect of his wedding.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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A Ray of Light
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8.33
51 votes

#8 - A Ray of Light

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/6/2013

A woman is attacked and robbed on her way home late at night, but the case leaves Montalbano wondering whether there isn't more to the story.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Catalanotti Method
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8.18
11 votes

#9 - The Catalanotti Method

Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/8/2021

Commissioner Montalbano investigates the murder of Carmelo Catalanotti usurer and fervent and original theater artist, soul and founder of Trinacriarte, a very active amateur theater company from Vigàta, of which he was the guru. A guru who knew how to be brilliant, but also cruel and sadistic, so much so that Montalbano realizes that it is precisely in his conception of tragic art and his very personal and disturbing method that the solution of the mystery of his death must be sought. But it is above all in his private sphere that the Commissioner must clarify and that he sees him overwhelmed by the passion for a young colleague

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The Age of Doubt
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8.09
47 votes

#10 - The Age of Doubt

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/4/2011

Montalbano wakes up from a nightmare: he dreamt of his funeral, and his bad mood gets worse as the stormy weather floods Vigàta. On his way to the police station, he runs into Vanna Digiulio, a girl just arrived from Palermo to meet her aunt, Livia Giovannini, who’s reaching Vigàta’s harbour on her yacht. As soon as Vanna’s aunt lands in Vigàta later than expected due to the discovery of a corpse at sea, Vanna disappears. Since Livia gets surprised as Montalbano asks after her niece, he starts doubting about the truth of the girl’s real identity.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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A Delicate Matter
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7.85
61 votes

#11 - A Delicate Matter

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/29/2016

Montalbano is visiting Livia in Boccadasse when he is called back to Vigata to investigate the murder of a 70-year-old prostitute - as well as disturbing accusations at an elementary school.

A Diary from 1943
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7.80
25 votes

#12 - A Diary from 1943

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/18/2019

Montalbano investigates the murder of an elderly man in his home and the discovery of a hidden diary from 1943, theorizing they may be connected somehow.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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Carousel
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7.74
23 votes

#13 - Carousel

Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/12/2018

A local shop is burned down in a clear case of arson. Its owner seems to have disappeared into thin air. Montalbano investigates, but is also kept busy by multiple reports of strange kidnappings in which female victims are abducted and released unharmed shortly after, with all of their possessions untouched and for no apparent reason.

The Voice of the Violin
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7.74
122 votes

#14 - The Voice of the Violin

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/13/1999

When the naked dead body of a young woman is found in a villa outside Vigata, Montalbano discovers that she had recently bought the villa and was in the process of restoring it using her wealthy husband's money. When the case is taken from Montalbano and given to rival inspector Panzacchi from nearby Montelusa, Panzacchi draws some easy conclusions and the investigation risks going badly off course. Will a proud Montalbano stick his neck out to regain control of the case or will he allow his incompetent colleagues to pin the murder on the wrong suspect?

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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As Per Procedure
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7.71
24 votes

#15 - As Per Procedure

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/6/2017

A young woman is found dead and naked in the foyer of an apartment block, her body showing signs of what can only have been a brutal and sexually motivated murder. Montalbano sets out to investigate the circumstances surrounding the girl's death, but every one of the block's inhabitants claims to never have met her before. Someone must be lying.

The Mud Pyramid
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7.63
60 votes

#16 - The Mud Pyramid

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/7/2016

A man's body is found inside an industrial pipe on a building site. Montalbano and Fazio manage to identify the victim and try to contact his missing wife. Meanwhile, journalist Lucia Gambardella reaches out to Montalbano with information on a local corruption ring involving fraudulent building contracts.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
The Sense of Touch
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7.62
58 votes

#17 - The Sense of Touch

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/28/2002

The seemingly accidental death of a blind man leads Montalbano to an island off the coast of Siciliy. Here the Inspector discovers that both the murder victim and a local fisherman had each deposited huge sums of money in their respective bank accounts. Following the mysterious demise of a second man, who was also blind, the investigation begins to focus on the operations of a charitable foundation which increasingly looks not so charitable after all.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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A Nest of Vipers
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7.61
23 votes

#18 - A Nest of Vipers

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/27/2017

Businessman Cosimo Barletta is found dead in his holiday home, with a gunshot to the head. Montalbano's investigation reveals a series of unexpected facts about the man's life and death - starting with the discovery of an archive of photographs of young women and continuing with the autopsy results, which indicate there might have been more to the man's killing than had initially met the eye. Salvo meets with Barletta's disowned son Arturo, and is helped along the investigation by Arturo's mysterious sister, Giovanna.

A Voice in the Night
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7.59
51 votes

#19 - A Voice in the Night

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/29/2013

A supermarket controlled by the Mafia is robbed, setting off a chain of events in which the Mafia's political links start to transpire.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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Hall of Mirrors
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7.56
81 votes

#20 - Hall of Mirrors

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/22/2013

A bomb goes off outside an empty store-room in a quiet Vigata street. Montalbano commences his investigation, but is soon disorientated by a series of disparate events, including the acquaintance of an attractive and mysterious woman.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
The Mystery of the Terracotta Dog
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7.52
56 votes

#21 - The Mystery of the Terracotta Dog

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/9/2000

A criminal turned state witness informs Montalbano of an arms stash in a cave just outside Vigata. Also uncovered in the cave is a secret chamber where the bodies of two lovers, killed sometime in the 1940s, were buried in a bizarre ritual. An intrigued Montalbano must challenge the Mafia and deal with the arms cache before he can investigate this second find.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Shape of Water
star
7.48
66 votes

#22 - The Shape of Water

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/2/2000

Mr Luparello, a renowned local engineer and leading political figure, is found dead in a car at a notorious prostitution spot on the outskirts of Vigata. The coroner rules that he died of a heart attack following an amorous encounter. Fending off pressure from prominent ecclesiastical figures who wish to keep the case under wraps and navigating the intricacies of local party politics, Montalbano goes about making sense of the available evidence, including the incongruous discovery of an expensive necklace found at the site of the murder.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Patience of the Spider
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7.48
81 votes

#23 - The Patience of the Spider

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/7/2006

The kidnapping of Susanna Mistretta puzzles Montalbano. Her family, once wealthy, has fallen on hard times. Only her uncle, Antonio Peruzzo, a successful local businessman hoping to enter politics, could possibly pay the large ransom. Digging deeper into the family's affairs Montalbano realizes that Peruzzo was the cause of the family's financial ruin and that Susanna is not really in danger after all...

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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The Snack Thief
star
7.41
137 votes

#24 - The Snack Thief

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/6/1999

Detective Montalbano investigates the murder of a local businessman called Lapecora. Lapecora's widow suspects that he was killed by his lover Karima, a young Tunisian woman who mysteriously disappeared on the day of the murder. After succeeding in tracking down Karima's five-year-old son Francois, Montalbano realises that the case might be linked to that of a Tunisian man, also killed in mysterious circumstances on the same day that Lapecora died. Meanwhile, Montalbano's partner Livia, who has been entrusted with looking after Francois, becomes very attached to the young orphaned boy.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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Treasure Hunt
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7.39
46 votes

#25 - Treasure Hunt

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/28/2011

An elderly couple, both religious fanatics, barricade themselves in their home and begin shooting from the windows and balconies apparently with no reason. Montalbano’s men finally succeed in disarming them: there seems to be no reason for this insane action but inside the home they find a strangely disfigured inflatable doll. A few days later, when an identical doll is discovered in a garbage bin, Montalbano has a bad premonition.

Directors: Alberto Sironi
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