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Police Squad! 

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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1982  
Top Rated TV #214 | 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Pistole See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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

The announcer's episode title and the title shown on screen never matched. 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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Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln!!
13 December 2002 | by cruelmoSee all my reviews

Endlessly Hilarious! I taped the first 5 shows years and years ago, and every so often I go back and watch them, and still they are as funny as they were the first time. In fact, there are so many sight gags and whatnot, that you will miss a lot of them the first few times you watch the shows! I see something new every time!! Absolutely hilarious, even more so than the films. Several of the gags are used repeatedly ("Cigarette? Yes it is", or the midget cop who is the intercom), but still manage to be funny each time. Too bad they didn't have Johnny the shoeshine guy in the movies. I wish I had the 6th show!!!

Highly recommended if you liked the Naked Gun or Airplane movies.


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