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 theme song, the opening credits, and the character of Lieutenant Frank Drebin were spoofs of M Squad
(1957). Lee Marvin
starred on that show as Lieutenant Frank Ballinger. See more
Det. Frank Drebin
Yes, I know.
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
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