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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 later very successful "Naked Gun" movies.
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1982  
Top Rated TV #199 | 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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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4 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Die nackte Pistole  »

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Trivia

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commissioned, the spot in the opening credits where Abraham Lincoln is shot at and retaliates with a pistol would have been replaced by a similar one, featuring Mohandas K. Gandhi and a machine gun.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 »

Quotes

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

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 »

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Referenced in Today at Wimbledon: 2014: Day 13 (2014) 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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