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Police Squad! (1982)

TV Series  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime
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Sight-gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for later very successful "Naked Gun" movies.

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Top Rated TV #157 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Det. Frank Drebin (6 episodes, 1982)
Alan North ...
 Capt. Ed Hocken (6 episodes, 1982)
Rex Hamilton ...
 Abraham Lincoln (6 episodes, 1982)
Ed Williams ...
 Mr. Olson (6 episodes, 1982)
William Duell ...
 Johnny (6 episodes, 1982)
 Norberg (4 episodes, 1982)
Tessa Richarde ...
 Mary (2 episodes, 1982)


Marginally a "straight" police drama in the Jack Webb/Quinn Martin school, Police Squad occurs in a strange universe where everything is taken literally (when a name "rings a bell" we here bells go off everytime someone mentions it), non sequiturs occur (a mime tries to spell out a ransom note, and Officer Nordberg guesses "Theme From a Summer Place") and sight gags abound (while looking for a corpse, someone wants to know the time and the dead man's hand drops out of a tree). Written by <scrow@chop.isca.uiowa.edu>

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There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Here are six.


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Release Date:

4 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Pistole  »

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| (6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although none of the "Special Guest Stars" appeared in any of the episodes of the series due to being killed off during the opening sequence, one guest star (Robert Goulet) DID star in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear"; one of three movies based on the series. See more »


Det. Frank Drebin: [running gag] Cigarette?
Various: Yes, I know.
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Crazy Credits

Rex Hamilton appeared in the opening credits portraying Abraham Lincoln but he never appeared in any of the episodes. See more »


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"Is this Some Kind of a Bust"?
8 August 2003 | by (Lindenhurst, IL) – See all my reviews

...a burlesque dancer to Det. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) as he approaches her in a dressing room...

"Yes, that's very impressive, but that's not why were here"...(Det. Drebin's deadpan response)

The best sight-gag comedy ever. But of course, it got crushed in the ratings and was yanked right away. Our loss.

I recently purchased a VHS tape with three episodes for my dad and watched 'em again with him. I'm happy to report that if you like the Zucker's style of humor (first unleashed in "Airplane"), you'll have a blast.

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