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
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Here are six.
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Peter Lupus, who played the recurring character of Nordberg, was replaced by O.J. Simpson in the "Naked Gun" motion picture series that derived from this television series. Alan North, who had played Capt. Ed Hocken, was likewise replaced in the motion pictures by George Kennedy. Although Lupus had had a run on the series "Mission: Impossible," it's likely that both North and Lupus were considered too little-known as actors for a motion picture series, and therefore were replaced by the more bankable Simpson and Kennedy. See more
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The closing credits of each episode included the narrator inviting viewers to "tune in next week for another exciting adventure". The only episode not to feature this voiceover was the final episode. See more