A television show asks the question - who needs the police? Friday and Gannon are invited to sit on the panel to defend the police department from others that think the police are not needed.

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Chuck Bligh
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Tom Higgins
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Jesse Chaplin (as Don Sturdy)
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Mondo Mabamba (as Dick Williams)
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Sgt. Dan Cooke
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Monty Warren
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Charles Varco
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Harry Wilson
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John Dietz
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Diane Newcombe
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Jay Herrera
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A television show asks the question - who needs the police? Friday and Gannon are invited to sit on the panel to defend the police department from others that think the police are not needed.

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19 September 1968 (USA)  »

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The tag scene to the _WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)_ episode "Hold Up" (where an out-of-work announcer hijacks a remote broadcast) spoofs the common tag scenes of "Dragnet". DJ Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman, who appears in this episode) is shown on camera, holding up a police sketch (presumably made from his verbal description) of Richard Nixon. See more »

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Excellent
26 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Joe is asked to come to a show with the title "The Fuzz: Who Needs Them" "Johnny Fever" is a hippie on the "We don't need them" side. Friday & Gannon are defending the police. Joe, in his typical manner, burns the butt of the opposition with his biting one-liners. He is brilliant as he takes on race relations, police brutality, and even the Vietnam war. Police officers have a job that isn't easy. Just like we nurses, the police make decisions that are life or death. He makes a lot of intellectual points. I don't think this is a pointless episode. I think all of our citizens could benefit from what Joe Friday and Bill Gannon have to say on this subject. (And what IDIOTS the uninformed look like)


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