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).
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Here are six.
Did You Know?
When the ABC TV Network cancelled the series after 6 episodes, ABC entertainment president Tony Thomopoulos claimed it was because "the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it." TV Guide magazine would condemn that statement as "The most stupid reason a network ever gave for ending a series." However, the producers of the series were privately glad that the network did cancel them so soon because they felt they were rapidly running out of story material and had lost confidence they could continue for a full season. Fortunately, they were able to later continue the series, beginning with The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
(1988), as a theatrical film series with the medium's inherently far less demanding production schedules. See more
Det. Frank Drebin
Yes, I know.
The opening credits format, with the announcer intoning "'Police Squad!', in color!" and on-screen act numbers after commercial breaks(Act I, Act II, etc.) was a parody of Quinn Martin Productions' crime dramas which had a similar format. See more
The home video versions of some episodes have changed music in some scenes. For instance, when they sing "Happy Birthday" at a birthday and when Leslie Nielsen
sings Judy Garland
tunes in the nightclub. Presumably this is due to a music licensing issue. See more