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Police Squad!

Police Squad!

Before the Naked Gun movie series, there was Police Squad! Police Squad! is a short series released by ABC in 1982. The creators of this series went on to create the Naked Gun movies (and had previously made the Airplane! spoof movie in 1980). Just like Airplane! is a disaster/thriller movie spoof, Police Squad! is a cop/crime show spoof series.

Leslie Nielson stars as Detective Frank Drebin. Det. Drebin attempts to solve crimes in six episodes. He is joined in his task by Captain Ed Hocken (Alan North), a friendly police scientist (Tedd Olson, played by Ed Williams), a shoe-shine-snitch (Johnny the snitch, played by William Duell), and by Peter Lupus as Norberg.

Be very careful when you watch the series, though, as titles and guest stars are not always what they seem (running gag of having more than one episode title, and killing off the guest stars in the opening credits). Also watch as Drebin’s police car approaches the police station, and notice that the number of trash cans increase with each episode.

Episode Info

Final: 1x06 -- Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh) (Jul/08/1982)

A comedian goes off the road and Police Squad! suspects foul play. Frank takes his place as stand-up comedian at the same club and soon discovers a sinister drug ring.
Leslie NielsenLeslie Nielsen
As Det Frank Drebin
Alan NorthAlan North
As Captain Ed Hocken
Rex HamiltonRex Hamilton
As Abraham Lincoln
Hank SimmsHank Simms
voiced Announcer (uncredited)


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1x6: Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh) recap: At Mr. V's nightclub, comedian Joey Culdiss is finishing up his act when Vic calls him into the office to see the boss, Veronica Rivers. She informs him that the Frenchman reported that some of the money Joey was supposed to deliver for her wasn't there. Joey claims he didn't steal a thing and Veronica tells Vic to tell the Frenchman she'll take care of everything. Veronica secretly drugs Joey's drink and reassures him she's not worried, and they share a toast. Later, Joey is driving home and starts to hallucinate and finally goes off the road to his death... read more.

1x5: Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood) recap: Mobsters are running a protection racket on the streets and demanding a share of everything they can get their hands on. When ballet teacher Jill can't pay, Rocky and Leo beat her up to make an example... read more.

1x4: Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi) recap: Evening at the Hall of Justice, and a mysterious figure walks into the courthouse. The figure bypasses the night guard and enters the courtroom, then replaces the gavel with a special one. The next morning, Judge Maxwell enters the courtroom, calls the courtroom to honor, strikes the gavel, and there's a huge explosion... read more.

1x3: The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand) recap: Warner Burton is hosting a birthday party for his daughter Terri at his expensive home. The butler Thames brings out the birthday cake and Terri's parents Warner and Charlotte watch as she blows out the birthday candles (and the cake). Everyone applauds and Terri's boyfriend Kingsley Adderson asks to speak to her privately in the Japanese garden. Outside, he asks if she's ready to accept his wedding proposal but she admits she's not ready to give him an answer. They're interrupted when a masked man knocks Kingsley out and abducts Terri... read more.

1x2: Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment) recap: Boxer Mike Schultz is in the ring and his manager Sal Cooper tells him to take a dive when they get the high sign from mobster Martin. Martin gives the sign but Mike ignores it and knocks out his opponent. Martin is not pleased. In the locker room afterward, Cooper warns Mike he may have gone too far. The manager leaves and a mob hit man comes in and kills Schultz... read more.
Recurring Guests

William Duell as Johnny (6 eps)
Ed Williams as Ted Olson (6 eps)
Peter Lupus as Norberg (4 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Crime
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 04, 1982
Ended: July 08, 1982
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