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?
The episodes end with a mock freeze frame. However, instead of an actual freeze frame, the characters in the frame simply stand as still as possible. In one episode, the frame "freezes" with one character pouring the other a cup of coffee, which proceeds in overflowing as they stand still. Another episode ended with an arrestee attempting to escape the Squad Room as the others remained motionless. See more
Det. Frank Drebin
Yes, I know.
The opening credits always has a guest star who immediately gets killed off in some silly way. See more
The series' Hungarian dubbing changed Frank Drebin's last name to Drebil. This could have been either a simple mishearing, but it might be a joke on the translator's part, as the name sounds similar to the French-derived word "débile" or "debil" (meaning stupid or retarded). In the Hungarian release of the Naked Gun films based on the series, his name was changed back to Drebin. See more
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