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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  
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

Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the running gags was the man who was so tall, that his head was never seen on-camera, and whose only role was to simply stand there, and he never actually did anything. His name is Tiny Ron, and he played Al on this show and in The Naked Gun film franchise. See more »

Quotes

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

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 »

Alternate Versions

When initially broadcast, the first episode included a scene with Drebin walking past a homemade banner saying "Hello to Howard, Frank, and Dandy Don" - a la Monday Night Football, another ABC program. The banner is not on the video or syndicated versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) See more »

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Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln!!
13 December 2002 | by cruelmoSee all my reviews

Endlessly Hilarious! I taped the first 5 shows years and years ago, and every so often I go back and watch them, and still they are as funny as they were the first time. In fact, there are so many sight gags and whatnot, that you will miss a lot of them the first few times you watch the shows! I see something new every time!! Absolutely hilarious, even more so than the films. Several of the gags are used repeatedly ("Cigarette? Yes it is", or the midget cop who is the intercom), but still manage to be funny each time. Too bad they didn't have Johnny the shoeshine guy in the movies. I wish I had the 6th show!!!

Highly recommended if you liked the Naked Gun or Airplane movies.


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