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
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Did You Know?
According to Pat Proft
, had a second season been commissioned, the spot in the opening credits where Abraham Lincoln
is shot at and retaliates with a pistol would have been replaced by a similar one, featuring Mohandas K. Gandhi
and a machine gun. This joke was later used in a fake trailer for "Gandhi II" in 'Weird Al' Yankovic's movie UHF (1989). See more
Det. Frank Drebin
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The opening credits format, with the announcer intoning "'Police Squad!', in color!" and on-screen act numbers after commercial breaks(Act I, Act II, etc.) was a parody of Quinn Martin Productions' crime dramas which had a similar format. See more