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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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According to Pat Proft, had a second season been commissioned, the spot in the opening credits where Abraham Lincoln was shot at, and retaliates with a pistol would have been replaced by a similar one, featuring Mohandes Karamchand Gandhi and a machine gun. This joke was later used in a fake trailer for "Gandhi II" in "Weird Al" Yankovic's movie UHF (1989). See more »

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Det. Frank Drebin: [running gag] Cigarette?
Various: Yes, I know.
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The opening credits always has a guest star who immediately gets killed off in some silly way. See more »

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

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Hi, I'm Detective Lieutenant Sergeant Frank Drebin Police Squad
16 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

What can be said about this show, one of the funniest if not the funniest comedy ever?

Leslie Nielson played Frank Drebin who seemed to alternate each week between a Sergeant or a Lieutenant. He was joined by other detectives, particularly Al (only ever seen from the neck down).

The plots-if you can call them that-were crazy. The show was crazy from the opening title to the end credits. There were some hilarious one-liners throughout the show. Also, the narrator for each episode used to read out the title of the episode which always differed from the title on-screen. A special guest star was also introduced on the credits but never starred in the show itself. As for the ending credits, well Drebin seemed to be moving whilst the credits rolled. It was crazy.

Even though this series spawned three Naked Gun movies, it is the world's greatest mystery why this show only ran for six episodes. Where is the justice in the world where tripe such as Friends can run for years whilst a truly funny show like this can be cancelled after a mere six episodes?

I strongly recommend checking the series out and will someone please release it onto DVD?


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