This was a fun little short-lived series in 1982. It was very funny,
ahead of its time really, but kind of an 80's "Get Smart" in a way,
and similar to another favorite show of ours,
SledgeHammer!. It made fun of all those 60's and 70's cop dramas by "Quinn
Martin Productions" like Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Streets of San Francisco,
the FBI, etc. It later was spun off into the "Naked Gun" movies
(both the show and the movies were written by the Zucker Brothers of "Airplane" and "Hot
Shots" fame). Both starred Leslie Nielsen and gave him a new career as a comedic
actor. Before that he mostly did straight drama (and he was a good actor!)
but since then he has done mostly comedy. Except for a little mugging I'm
not sure his acting is all that different! The movies co-starred the
infamous O.J. Simpson and Elvis' ex-, Priscilla Presley. Unfortunately I think
they must have decided not to make any more of the movies thanks to the
O.J. trial...so now Nielsen has been starring in some real awful comedies like
"Spy Hard" and "Mr. Magoo". :(
The theme from "Police Squad" sounds an awful lot like the theme
from the old show "M Squad".
Just how much can
you say about a show that only lasted six episodes? (PLENTY!)
In the original series, Peter Lupus played Nordberg (it went to O.J. in the
movies--guess they should have stuck with Lupus!) and Alan North played Frank's
captain Ed (it went to George Kennedy in the movies). Other favorite
characters included Al, who was so tall that you never saw his face in the shot;
Johnny the shoeshine boy who always knew what was going on; and Ted Olson the
police scientist, who was always showing some little kid a Mr. Wizard-like
science experiment of questionable merit.
There were many, many, sight and verbal gags that are still hilarious.
Each show had a title that was shown at the beginning, but the announcer would
say a different title. Each show opened with Abraham Lincoln getting shot
at (and shooting back) and the introduction of a guest star, such as William
Shatner, who got killed in the opening credits.
A common gag was "coffee?" "Yes, it is".
"Cigarette?" "Yes, I know".