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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 #229 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Leslie Nielsen ...  Det. Frank Drebin 6 episodes, 1982
Alan North ...  Capt. Ed Hocken 6 episodes, 1982
Rex Hamilton Rex Hamilton ...  Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1982
Ed Williams Ed Williams ...  Mr. Olson 6 episodes, 1982
William Duell William Duell ...  Johnny 6 episodes, 1982
Peter Lupus ...  Norberg 4 episodes, 1982
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1982
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Storyline

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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Pistole See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

At some point in each of the first four episodes, Drebin ran over a set of objects (garbage cans, bikes) equal to the episode number. This joke did not occur in the fifth or sixth episodes. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Drebin: [running gag] Cigarette?
Various: Yes, I know.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits of each episode would be shown with the cast pretending to "freeze frame" as the credits roll - but coffee being poured would overflow a cup onto a character's shoes, or Norberg would enter the scene not knowing to stand still. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #25.14 (2008) See more »

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"Airplane!" Meets QM Productions
19 February 2004 | by goleafs84See all my reviews

This was a funny show. It had an "Airplane!" flavor to it and it parodied the Quinn Martin Productions shows that were popular in the 60s and 70s ("The Streets of San Francisco", "Barnaby Jones", "Cannon", etc). If you're familiar with these shows, they all had the same type of beginnings; Same announcer who would go through the starring cast, that night's guest stars, special guest stars (if any) and the name of "tonight's episode". As well as the on screen act numbers and the epilogue after commercial breaks.

It was everything like "Airplane!", in the sense that you had to watch the show to see the gags and other hidden gags that were in the background along with the verbal jokes and gags.

It was a shame that only 6 episodes were produced, since this was one of my favorite shows. Unlike "The Naked Gun" movies, although funny, the problem with those movies were, the show lampooned QM Productions shows, it was probably hard to transfer that to the big screen. It just didn't have the same feeling to it as the tv show.


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