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).
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Did You Know?
In 1994, Leslie Nielsen
(Frank Drebin) appeared on the popular British Saturday night entertainment show, Noel's House Party
(1991), which, at the end of the show, Nielsen and host Noel Edmonds
parodied the famous closing credits from this show, during the closing credits, which Nielsen and Edmonds faked a freeze frame, which the cast did in the closing credits of each episode. See more
Det. Frank Drebin
Yes, I know.
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
The series' Hungarian dubbing changed Frank Drebin's last name to Drebil. This could have been either a simple mishearing, but it might be a joke on the translator's part, as the name sounds similar to the French-derived word "débile" or "debil" (meaning stupid or retarded). In the Hungarian release of the Naked Gun films based on the series, his name was changed back to Drebin. See more