The comedic arm of the law

by Ahdar | created - 21 Jan 2014 | updated - 21 Jan 2014 | Public

Sitcoms set in police stations

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1. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 9,530

Sheriff Andy Taylor lays down the law in the sleepy burg of Mayberry while dealing with his overenthusiastic deputy Barney Fife.

2. Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The misadventures of two of New York's finest (a Mutt and Jeff pair) in the mythical 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one either saves the day or muffs ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed, Al Lewis

Votes: 1,049

A pair of mismatched police officers patrol the Bronx in their squad car.

3. Barney Miller (1974–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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The Captain of the 12th Precinct and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come into the building.

Stars: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg

Votes: 3,718

Captain Barney Miller presides over a motley group of law enforcement officers in his Greenwich Village precinct.

4. Carter Country (1977–1979)

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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The comic exploits of a redneck sheriff and his educated black deputy in a small Georgia town.

Stars: Victor French, Kene Holiday, Guich Koock, Barbara Cason

Votes: 127

Sheriff Mobey and Sergeant Baker clean up the tiny Southern town of Clinton Corners.

5. Police Squad! (1982)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Crime

8.5
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Sight gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for the very successful "Naked Gun" film franchise.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton, Ed Williams

Votes: 12,033

Leslie Nielsen stars in this short-lived spoof of contemporary police dramas.

6. Sledge Hammer! (1986–1988)

30 min | Action, Comedy

8.2
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The adventures of a deranged and dumb police detective who always looks for the most violent solution to any problem.

Stars: David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page, Leslie Morris

Votes: 4,992

Inspector Sledge Hammer wreaks havoc on San Francisco despite the efforts of his long-suffering partner and captain to rein him in.

7. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

41 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 4,932

Rowan Atkinson plays the straight-laced Inspector Fowler while James Dreyfus serves as his timid constable hopelessly infatuated with co-worker Maggie.

8. Reno 911! (2003–2009)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

7.9
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An irreverent look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in Reno, Nevada's Police Department.

Stars: Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Votes: 14,240

The incompetent officers of the Reno Sheriff's Department bungle investigations, humiliate themselves and generally fail at everything they do.

9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

Votes: 91,810

Determined to be different, NYPD detective Jake Peralta clashes with the dour new captain of his precinct.