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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 #201 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Det. Frank Drebin 6 episodes, 1982
...  Capt. Ed Hocken 6 episodes, 1982
Rex Hamilton ...  Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1982
Ed Williams ...  Mr. Olson 6 episodes, 1982
William Duell ...  Johnny 6 episodes, 1982
...  Norberg 4 episodes, 1982
Tessa Richarde ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1982
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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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4 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Die nackte Pistole  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Eye (1989) See more »

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A very funny, but short lived show.
24 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This show has the basic jokes of a spoof, but they work so well. With Nielson's deadpan delivery the six episodes of this show were better than the movies that were for some reason very successful (not that they were bad, but I just wonder why the show didn't work). I especially liked the opening in which the special guest star was killed during the credits and then the man would announce the name of the episode and it would be different from the title. Yes this show was a laugh a second great comedy. Some of the jokes from the series would even find their way to the movie versions.


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