Streets of Broken Lights (Russian: Улицы разбитых фонарей, romanized: Ulitsy razbitykh fonarey) is a Russian criminal drama-detective TV series anthology about police work in Saint-Petersburg. The pilot episode, known as Menty (Russian: Менты, literally "Cops") premiered in 1995, while the initial series ran for 16 nonconsecutive seasons from 1998 to 2019, with 500 episodes released overall and making it the longest crime series in Russia. The series eventually spun off two more shows with same and new characters: Deadly Force (2000—2005) and Bandit Petersburg (2000—2007).
|Streets of Broken Lights|
|Written by||Andrey Kivinov|
|Directed by||Alexander Rogozhkin |
|Country of origin||Russia|
|Original release||4 January 1998 –|
|Related shows||Deadly Force|
The main series recounts everyday life of a typical district police establishment in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Police officers have to face uneasy duties, some must go undercover, while others do mostly forensic work. Streets of Broken Lights was inspired in part by a similar series called Petrovka-38, recounting everyday work of a similar unit in Moscow; in part by the blatant crime rate of the 1990s in Russia. Many fictitious cases presented in the show are based on real life cases having occurred during that dangerous period.
- Chronicles of the Deadly Department (2004–2007)
- Liteyny, 4 / Liteyny (2009–2014)
- Insurers (2011)