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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 #214 | 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 »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The original video release of the series (before DVD) seems not to have obtained the rights to all the songs used in the original show. Songs such as "Happy Birthday" (that are copyrighted and therefore require a royalty) were replaced with alternates that were presumably royalty-free. 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

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

Spoofed in Backfire! (1995) See more »

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Why there were only 6 shows.
26 September 2002 | by kielhoferSee all my reviews

One night I was listening to talk radio and they had Leslie Nielsen on the program. He went on to explain why there were only 6 shows. '

With TV shows like MASH you could go to the fridge to get a beer and as long as you heard what was going on you didn't miss anything. But with Police Squad, you HAD to watch the show, with the sight gags you missed a whole lot if you didn't see them. Who could forget "... the part of town known as "Little Italy"..." with the coliseum in the background.

Even the movies relied heavily on the sight gags, but then again being in the theater you were a captive audience.

Leslie also said the one reason the show, movies and other movies like Airplane were funny is because they didn't attempt to tell what was funny. It was up to the viewer to get the jokes.

Well that's just my 2 cents.


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