Midday Madness: Police Squad! - The Premiere Episode PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Projectionist   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:46

Police Squad! was first broadcast on the ABC television network in 1982. The series was created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker of Airplane fame. Airplane star Leslie Nielsen came along for the ride, starring as Lieutenant Frank Drebbin. (Sound familiar yet?)

The short-lived half-hour comedy series was a spoof of the police procedurals series that had been a staple of 1960s television. Most critics felt it particularly resembled M Squad, a police show that had featured Lee Marvin, and Felony Squad, a late '60s police show.

Police Squad's opening credits resembled many a credit sequence from Quinn Martin productions, a popular producer of television detective and police dramas in the '60s and '70s. (Cannon and Barnaby Jones come to mind.) However, the opening credits always contained two humorous twists: the introduction of that week's "guest star" who was killed off immediately following their introduction, and the announcers reading of that week's episode title, which was always something completely different from what was shown on the screen.

The show was cancelled after only 6 episodes, as ABC felt the lack of a laugh track, along with the series penchant for sight gags and puns made it hard for the home audience to know when to laugh. (That tells you what television executives think of theit intended customers.)

The show later spawned the successful "Naked Gun" trilogy of films, also starring Leslie Nielsen

We hope you enjoy the premiere episode of Police Squad! "(In Color)"


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