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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 #158 | 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?


At some point in each of the first four episodes, Drebin runs over a set of objects (garbage cans, bikes) equal to the episode number. This joke does not occur in the fifth or sixth episodes. 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 »


Spoofed in Hoodwinked! (2005) See more »

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One of the best TV shows of the 80's!!!
24 August 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

To say that this is a good show is not to say anything at all. After all, this show is made by the same crew responsible for Airplane and other hilarious and brilliant movies. Writing is superb. Even though the show is built on one-liners, they don't become overbearing or annoying. Leslie Nielsen is flexing his comedy muscle to the full extent as if saying: You ain't seen nothing yet. The format was definitely polished to introduce Naked Gun. When watching these movies, notice how many schticks are taken from the TV show. The brilliant part is that they don't have to be changed too much. The show was truly a testing ground for bigger and better versions to come later.

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