Police Squad! (1982)

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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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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The continuing misadventures of Detective Frank Drebin. A remake of the 1988 comedy based on the TV series, "Police Squad!".

Stars: Ed Helms
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Complete series cast summary:
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 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)
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 Norberg (4 episodes, 1982)
Tessa Richarde ...
 Mary (2 episodes, 1982)
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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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4 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Die nackte Pistole  »

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Starting with the 2nd episode, Drebin would reel off a list of the criminals apprehended in all the previous episodes. This joke was slightly ruined as the episodes aired out of order, the fifth episode airing before the fourth and the fourth airing before the third, thus criminals were referred to before they were arrested. This joke was not done in the first or third episodes. See more »

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

The closing credits of each episode included the narrator inviting viewers to "tune in next week for another exciting adventure". The only episode not to feature this voiceover was the final episode. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) See more »

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Time for the DVD
3 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a truly unique show. Many of the comments in this section regret that there were only 6 episodes made. But to be honest, the show used so many jokes per episode, I don't see how they could have gone too much further without running out. The great thing about this show is that every one who watches it has a favorite one-liner that they remember, and like to repeat. One could say the same thing about the movie "Airplane". There are so few things that are really original, especially in television, the medium that thrives so much on imitation of previous success. So the time has come for this limited series to get its chance on DVD. But not just another release. Visualize this. The show did such a good job of satirizing police dramas from M Squad to the QM series, that the DVD should do the same this for DVD special features. In short, the DVD release should have all the usual special features, but they would all be send-ups of special features. Now that would make for a great DVD release of this great show.


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