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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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According to Pat Proft, had a second season been commissioned, the spot in the opening credits where Abraham Lincoln was shot at, and retaliates with a pistol would have been replaced by a similar one, featuring Mohandes Karamchand Gandhi and a machine gun.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 »

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Det. Frank Drebin: [running gag] Cigarette?
Various: Yes, I know.
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Rex Hamilton appeared in the opening credits portraying Abraham Lincoln but he never appeared in any of the episodes. See more »

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"Airplane!" Meets QM Productions
19 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was a funny show. It had an "Airplane!" flavor to it and it parodied the Quinn Martin Productions shows that were popular in the 60s and 70s ("The Streets of San Francisco", "Barnaby Jones", "Cannon", etc). If you're familiar with these shows, they all had the same type of beginnings; Same announcer who would go through the starring cast, that night's guest stars, special guest stars (if any) and the name of "tonight's episode". As well as the on screen act numbers and the epilogue after commercial breaks.

It was everything like "Airplane!", in the sense that you had to watch the show to see the gags and other hidden gags that were in the background along with the verbal jokes and gags.

It was a shame that only 6 episodes were produced, since this was one of my favorite shows. Unlike "The Naked Gun" movies, although funny, the problem with those movies were, the show lampooned QM Productions shows, it was probably hard to transfer that to the big screen. It just didn't have the same feeling to it as the tv show.


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