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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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Top Rated TV #235 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Leslie Nielsen ...  Det. Frank Drebin 6 episodes, 1982
Alan North ...  Capt. Ed Hocken 6 episodes, 1982
Rex Hamilton Rex Hamilton ...  Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1982
Ed Williams Ed Williams ...  Mr. Olson 6 episodes, 1982
William Duell William Duell ...  Johnny 6 episodes, 1982
Peter Lupus ...  Norberg 4 episodes, 1982
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1982
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Pistole See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Peter Lupus (Nordberg) was replaced by O.J. Simpson in The Naked Gun film franchise. Alan North (Captain Ed Hocken) was likewise replaced in the movies by George Kennedy. See more »

Quotes

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

The closing credits of each episode included the narrator inviting viewers to "tune in next week for another exciting adventure". The only episode not to feature this voiceover was the final episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The home video versions of some episodes have changed music in some scenes. For instance, when they sing "Happy Birthday" at a birthday and when 'Leslie Nielsen' sings Judy Garland tunes in the nightclub. Presumably this is due to a music licensing issue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cartoon Superheroes Abridged: Episode #1.4 (2015) See more »

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Cigarette? Yes...It is!
13 September 2003 | by domino1003See all my reviews

Proof that TV execs don't always know a good show when they see it (See "Family Guy"), all you have to do is look at "Police Squad!" A VERY short lived show (Only 6 episodes were aired) with humor that still holds up 20 yrs later. Leslie Neilsen as Frank Drebin is incredibly funny, with his partner, The late Alan North as Ed Hocken. My favorite episode is "Rendezvous at Big Gulch," (Or, as the announcer says, "Terror In The Neighborhood.")when Drebin runs a locksmith business to check out the thugs (Next to the keys, are "Florida Keys, Francis Scott Keys,""Turkeys," and "Pot Roast."). Too bad the network didn't get a clue to the humor of the show, but at least it inspired 3 very funny movies based on the series! If you haven't seen the movies or the show, you should check out the inspiration behind the movies!


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