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?
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was shot at, and retaliates with a pistol would have been replaced by a similar one, featuring Mohandes Karamchand Gandhi and a machine gun.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
Det. Frank Drebin
Yes, I know.
appeared in the opening credits portraying Abraham Lincoln but he never appeared in any of the episodes. See more
When initially broadcast, the first episode included a scene with Drebin walking past a homemade banner saying "Hello to Howard, Frank, and Dandy Don" - a la Monday Night Football, another ABC program. The banner is not on the video or syndicated versions. See more
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