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Hilarious pilot for this sadly short-lived TV series

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
4 September 2011

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Bumbling Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen in fine wacky form) investigates a murder case at a bank where the robber shot the clerk and then another staff member Sally (a nicely ditsy portrayal by Kathryn Leigh Scott) shot the robber. However, the autopsy suggests the incident didn't go down quite the way it seems. Writers/directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, the same talented trio who blessed us with the almighty "Airplane!," do an expert job of sustaining a nonstop zippy pace throughout and adroitly milk their trademark winningly broad'n'zany sense of anything-goes outrageous humor for maximum belly laughs. The off-the-wall dialogue is rife with gut-busting non-sequiturs and the nutty sight gags are a complete hoot to behold (keep your eyes peeled for a ridiculously long stretcher being carried out of a crime site, plus a climactic shoot-out between two folks who are only a few feet apart is simply priceless). Nielsen excels as the hopelessly inept, yet earnest Drebin; he receives able support from Alan North as his no-nonsense superior Captain Ed Hocken, William Duell as helpful all-wise informant Johnny, and Ed Williams as nerdy lab tech Mr. Olson. Popping up in nifty guest appearances are Barbara Tarbuck as grieving widow Mrs. Twice and Terence Beasor as orthodontist Dr. Zubatsky. Look fast for Lorne Greene as stabbed man. Extra kudos are also in order for Ira Newborn's rousing "Dragnet"-style score and the absurdly solemn sub-Jack Webb narration. The cheerfully silly humor works exceptionally well thanks to the pseudo straight acting from the game cast and the astutely quasi-realistic look of the show. A total riot.

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Gut busting pilot episode.

8/10
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada
14 February 2012

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It really is a crying shame that the 'Police Squad' TV series was so short lived. But at least it led to the creation of the successful "Naked Gun" film series several years later. Leslie Nielsen is absolutely perfect as deadpan detective Frank Drebin, in this pilot that has Frank investigating the double murder at a bank. (Given that the name of the place is Acme, this must be where Wile E. Coyote gets the money to pay for his gadgets.) Anyway, the perpetrator is the seemingly ditzy Sally Decker (foxy Kathryn Leigh Scott), who needed a substantial amount of money to pay off the debt to her orthodontist. Among other things, Drebin realizes the evidence collected by ballistics isn't verifying the story that Sally told, interviews the widow (Barbara Tarbuck) of the supposed hold up man, and goes to his standard source on the street for info, all knowing Johnny (William Duell). Priceless verbal and visual gags punctuate the good natured mayhem, in the manner formulated by the talented Zucker / Abrahams / Zucker team in "The Kentucky Fried Movie" and "Airplane!". One of the best moments has Frank and Sally shooting it out while just a few feet apart. It's also a total hoot when Frank is interrogating a dentist, ripping one wig after another off of Sally's head, and in addition to the standard chalk outline on the bank floor, there's an Egyptian hieroglyphic. A breathless verbal exchange between Frank, his boss Ed Hocken (Alan North), and Sally makes great use of wordplay. The opening sequence began a standard practice in the series of having a special guest star, in this case Lorne Greene, pop up just long enough to get killed violently. All in all, this is quite hilarious and extremely snappy, and has a brilliant wrap up by parodying any and all TV show that's ever ended an episode with a freeze frame. Just try not to laugh as Nielsen and North stand there blinking while trying - not THAT hard - to maintain their facial expressions. Eight out of 10.

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