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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Top 250 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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Each episode has two titles: the voiceover narration inevitably fails to match the on-screen title. See more »


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

The announcer's episode title and the title shown on screen never matched. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

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Why there were only 6 shows.
26 September 2002 | by (des moines) – See all my reviews

One night I was listening to talk radio and they had Leslie Nielsen on the program. He went on to explain why there were only 6 shows. '

With TV shows like MASH you could go to the fridge to get a beer and as long as you heard what was going on you didn't miss anything. But with Police Squad, you HAD to watch the show, with the sight gags you missed a whole lot if you didn't see them. Who could forget "... the part of town known as "Little Italy"..." with the coliseum in the background.

Even the movies relied heavily on the sight gags, but then again being in the theater you were a captive audience.

Leslie also said the one reason the show, movies and other movies like Airplane were funny is because they didn't attempt to tell what was funny. It was up to the viewer to get the jokes.

Well that's just my 2 cents.

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