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Police Squad! 

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime | TV Series (1982)
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.
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1982  
Top Rated TV #198 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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 hear bells go off every time 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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Comedy | Crime

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4 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Die nackte Pistole  »

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In 1994, Leslie Nielsen (Frank Drebin) appeared on the popular British Saturday night entertainment show, Noel's House Party (1991), which, at the end of the show, Nielsen and host Noel Edmonds parodied the famous closing credits from this show, during the closing credits, which Nielsen and Edmonds faked a freeze frame, which the cast did in the closing credits of each episode. See more »

Quotes

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

The opening credits always has a guest star who immediately gets killed off in some silly way. See more »

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Referenced in Cartoon Superheroes Abridged: Episode #1.4 (2015) See more »

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Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln!!
13 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Endlessly Hilarious! I taped the first 5 shows years and years ago, and every so often I go back and watch them, and still they are as funny as they were the first time. In fact, there are so many sight gags and whatnot, that you will miss a lot of them the first few times you watch the shows! I see something new every time!! Absolutely hilarious, even more so than the films. Several of the gags are used repeatedly ("Cigarette? Yes it is", or the midget cop who is the intercom), but still manage to be funny each time. Too bad they didn't have Johnny the shoeshine guy in the movies. I wish I had the 6th show!!!

Highly recommended if you liked the Naked Gun or Airplane movies.


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