Police Squad!

ABC (ended 1982)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)

    Aired 7/8/82

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)

    Aired 7/1/82

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)

    Aired 3/25/82

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)

    Aired 3/18/82

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)

    Aired 3/11/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leslie Nielsen

    Detective Frank Drebin

  • Alan North

    Captain Ed Hocken

  • Hank Simms

    Announcer (uncredited)

  • Rex Hamilton

    Abraham Lincoln

  • William Duell


  • show Description
  • From the creators of Kentucky Fried Movie, Airplane!, the Hot Shots! movies, and Top Secret!, Police Squad! began as the brain-child of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. The series would later spawn three follow-up movies under the new Naked Gun titles. The series was set up to spoof the Quinn Martin Productions' police dramas of the 1960s and 1970s, hence the use of "In Color" by the narrator.The show's main staple of entertainment came from sight gags (such as a tow truck being a truck in the shape of a big toe) and misunderstandings in dialogue, mostly from people taking things extremely literally. Several great routines came from these misunderstandings that left characters in the scene very confused, but left the audience with loads of humor. Though critically acclaimed, it never did well in the ratings. In fact, Abrahams, Zucker, and Zucker got the word from ABC right away that the show would be canceled. The reason? Because the audience actually had to watch the show. This isn't a bad thing, but the fast pace of the show was too intellectual for the average viewer, tired after a day's work. All the jokes, puns, and sight gags were too much to handle. Though it was never a ratings hit, the show has achieved cult status today.Police Squad! is available on two VHS tapes, each containing three episodes. The VHS tapes are titled Police Squad! Help Wanted and More Police Squad!.Fun Facts * Each episode has two titles. What appears as the on-screen title differs from the voice-over narration title. * The show contained on-screen act numbers after commercial breaks (Act I, Act II, etc.), with Act II being a gag title. * Each week featured a special guest star who was killed in the opening credits, and never actually appeared in the episode. * In each episode, Frank Drebin runs over a number of garbage cans equal to the episode number. * Starting with the second episode and continuing with each episode, Frank Drebin would reel off a list of the criminals captured from previous episodes. * During the closing credits, the cast would pretend to "freeze frame." However, coffee being poured into a cup would overflow onto a character's shoes, or Nordberg would enter the scene not knowing to stand still. * Frank could come to shoeshine boy Johnny who knew everything on the streets. Inevitably, someone else would come for information on fires, religious advice, baseball coaching, etc. Dr. Joyce Brothers would ask for sexual advice, and Dick Clark for music info and some of his "special face cream." * When Frank came into the lab, scientist Ted would be in the middle of some kind of vaguely sexual or sadistic experiment with a small child as his assistant (echoing Peter Graves' lines in Airplane!). Ted would then dismiss the child with the promise of another weird experiment later. * No matter how quickly Frank got to the scene, his boss Ed would already be there. * ABC wanted the show to have a laugh track, but Abrahams, Zucker, and Zucker wouldn't give in. * Though he was in the opening credits, Rex Hamilton never appeared in any of the episodes. * CBS re-ran the entire series over six-weeks when Naked Gun 2 ½ : The Smell of Fear was released. Unfortunately, it still did poorly in the ratings.moreless

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  • Quotes (72)

    • Mrs. Twice: Oh, poor Ralph. And what about my daughter? What am I going to tell her? Ed: Yeah, you're going to have to tell her something. Tell her he went on a long trip. Frank: No, wait a minute. How about a big monster came and took him to Daddy Heaven. Nah. Ed: How about this? He threw himself on a grenade and saved a battalion. Yeah, that's it. Frank: No, wait a minute. He was killed by left-wing insurgents from Paraguay. No, Bolivia Ed: I got it. I got it. He was, he was traded to the Cubs for Reggie Jackson.

    • Jim: Since this is your first time here, can I see some identification, Mr. Twice.
      Ralph Twice: Yeah, sure. Here's my driver's license.
      Jim: Do you have two major credit cards? Uh, thumb print here please. Now, stand on that line and look directly into the camera. Now look to your left and cough. And again. Now, spread your toes, please. And the other foot. Come and see us any time, Mr. Twice.

    • Frank: My name is Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant, Police Squad, a special detail of the police department. There'd been a recent wave of gorgeous fashion models found naked and unconscious in laundromats on the West Side. Unfortunately, I was assigned to investigate holdups at neighborhood credit union. I was across town doing my laundry when I heard the call on the double-killing.

    • Frank: Cigarette? Sally: Yes, I know.

    • Sally: Well, when I first heard the shot, and as I turned, Jim fell. Ed: He's the teller, Frank. Frank: Jim Fell's the teller? Sally: No, Jim Johnson. Frank:Who's Jim Fell? Ed: He's the auditor, Frank. Sally: He had the flu, so Jim... filled in. Frank: Phil who? Ed: Phil Din. He's the night watchman. Sally: Oh, if only Phil had been here. Frank:Now wait a minute, let me get this straight. Twice came in and shot the teller, and Jim fell. Sally: No, he only shot the teller, Jim Johnson. Fell is ill. Frank:Okay, then, after he shot the teller, you shot Twice. Sally: No, I only shot twice. Ed:Twice is the holdup man. Sally: Then I guess I did shoot Twice. Frank:So now you're changing your story. Sally: No, I show Twice after Jim fell. Frank:You shot Twice and Jim Fell? Sally: Jim fell first, then I shot Twice once. Frank:Who fired twice? Sally: Once. Ed:He's the owner of the tire company, Frank. Frank:Okay. Now Once is the owner of the tire company and he fired twice, then Twice shot the teller once. Sally: Twice. Frank:Then Jim fell and you fired twice. Sally: Once.

    • Frank: You've been very helpful. We think we knew how he did it. Sally: Oh, Howie couldn't have done it. He hasn't been in for weeks. Frank: Well. Thank you again, Mrs. Decker. Weeks? Ed: Saul Weeks. He's the controller, Frank.

    • Ted: So, Billy, when the moisture in the air comes in contact with the cold pitcher, it forms water droplets. What we call "condensation." Just like on your mother when she gets out of the shower. Glistening with tiny little beads of... oh, hi, Frank. That'll be all for today, Billy. Next week we'll look into some interesting experiments we can do with discarded swimwear.

    • Ted: If the holdup man had been where Sally Decker said, the bullet should have penetrated deeper. Let me show you what we did. These guns are identical to the one that killed Jim Johnson. Watch carefully as I test-fire this gun into these videotapes of Barbara Walters' interviews. As you can see, it completely destroys the Burt Reynolds interview, and everything from Bo Derek to Paul Newman. But only up to the point where Barbara asks "Is it difficult to love?" Now, let me show you what happens when the gun is fired from 3', which is the distance Sally claims the shots were fired from. Notice? Complete destruction, right up to the point where she asks Katherine Hepburn what kind of tree she'd like to be.

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    Notes (16)

    • John Belushi was originally scheduled to play the Special Guest Star dying in the opening credits. He jokingly suggested the show him dead of a drug overdose. They eventually went with his drowning, gangland style. However, when he died two weeks before the episode was scheduled to air, they replaced his death scene with Robert Goulet's.

    • The song being played on the "Holiday Tubas" tape is "Holiday for Strings" by David Rose and Sam Gallop.

    • Georg Stanford Brown, who directed this episode, had a safe dropped on him in the beginning of the previous episode.

    • This is the first chronological appearance of Peter Lupus as Norberg, who will continue to appear in the remaining episodes of the series. He is formally introduced in the fifth episode, which was produced before this one but aired later.

    • Robert Goulet would later portray villain Quentin Hapsburg in Naked Gun 2 ½ : The Smell of Fear.

    • Johnny's Next Customer: A fireman wanting to know the best way to extinguish a furniture warehouse fire.

    • Next Week's Experiment: "Bring in those magazines you found under your father's bed."

    • Ted Olsen's Experiment: Static electricity, "It's just like when your mom takes a dress out of the dryer, and puts it on and it clings to every subtle curve and soft, round..." before he gets cut off.

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    Trivia (26)

    • Act Two: Yankees One

    • Opening Credits: Special Guest Star Lorne Greene is stabbed and then thrown out of a moving car.

    • Elevator Gag: It opens out on an airport lounge and a stewardess boards. Then she leaves and a female diver enters. She leaves on another floor and dives into a pool - the water just misses Ed.

    • Johnny's Next Customer: A priest wanting to know about life after death.

    • Next Week's Experiment: Interesting experiments with discarded swimwear.

    • Ted Olsen's Experiment: Condensation, which he compares to "just like when your mother gets out of the shower, glistening with tiny little beads..." before getting cut off.

    • During the Epilogue when Frank tells Al he has something on the side of his month, it can be seen that Al actually spits out the piece of banana he had just eaten.

    • Opening Credits: Special Guest Star George Stanford Brown has a safe dropped on him.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Tuba store names Among the tuba stores named in the episode are "Tuba or not Tuba," referring to the famous soliloquy in Hamlet that begins "To be or not to be..."

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Cancelld way way way way way too early

    By Raven77, Nov 21, 2013

  • They got "cop show" in my "sitcom"!!

    By DojinFan_2K, Nov 18, 2010

  • Very funny and not too bad of a cop show, give it a shot.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 19, 2006

  • By bonefactory, May 07, 2006

  • One of the funniest tv shows ever.

    By sfviewer, Sep 04, 2006

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