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?
Each week, Frank's snitch, Johnny the Shoeshine boy, who knew everything, would meet with someone else, to whom Johnny could give useful, if esoteric information. In the last three episodes, he met with real-life people Dick Clark
, Joyce Brothers
, and Tommy Lasorda
(even providing Clark with a special bottle of anti-aging face cream). See more
Det. Frank Drebin
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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
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