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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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Each week featured a "Special Guest Star" who was killed off in the opening credits. Lorne Greene and William Conrad were knifed and tossed out of cars; Georg Stanford Brown had a safe dropped on him; Florence Henderson was shot during a musical number; Robert Goulet was executed by a firing squad; and William Shatner avoided a burst of machine gunfire, only to drink a glass of poisoned wine. See more »

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Det. Frank Drebin: [running gag] Cigarette?
Various: Yes, I know.
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The closing credits of each episode would be shown with the cast pretending to "freeze frame" as the credits roll - but coffee being poured would overflow a cup onto a character's shoes, or Norberg would enter the scene not knowing to stand still. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Turkish Batman (2016) See more »

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Why there were only 6 shows.
26 September 2002 | by See 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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