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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 later very successful "Naked Gun" movies.
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1982  
Top Rated TV #199 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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4 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Die nackte Pistole  »

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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 »

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

The opening credits format, with the announcer intoning "'Police Squad!', in color!" and on-screen act numbers after commercial breaks(Act I, Act II, etc.) was a parody of Quinn Martin Productions' crime dramas which had a similar format. See more »

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A very funny, but short lived show.
24 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This show has the basic jokes of a spoof, but they work so well. With Nielson's deadpan delivery the six episodes of this show were better than the movies that were for some reason very successful (not that they were bad, but I just wonder why the show didn't work). I especially liked the opening in which the special guest star was killed during the credits and then the man would announce the name of the episode and it would be different from the title. Yes this show was a laugh a second great comedy. Some of the jokes from the series would even find their way to the movie versions.


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