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?
After the success of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) and The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991), Comedy Central and CBS, and not ABC, re-aired all six episodes of this series in the summer of 1991. Producers wanted to include the John Belushi
"guest star" appearance in the rerun of episode six, "Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)", which had been cut from the episode due to Belushi's death in 1982. The footage could not be located, and is now presumed to have been lost or destroyed. See more
Det. Frank Drebin
Yes, I know.
The announcer's episode title and the title shown on screen never matched. 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
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #25.14