Police Squad!

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Police Squad! is a television comedy series first broadcast in 1982. It is a spoof of police dramas, packed with visual gags and non sequiturs.

It was created by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who had previously worked together on The Kentucky Fried Movie and Airplane! The show was cancelled by ABC after just six episodes, apparently because the executives thought it required too much attention from the viewer. However, it gained a strong cult following though repeats on TV, which led to a movie version, The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! in 1988, and two further sequels.

The show was presented in the style of a Quinn Martin show of the early 1970s, with a portentous narrative over the opening titles which made a big feature of the show being "... in color!" The narrative ended with the announcement of the episode's title, which was always different from the on-screen title. A constant running joke was the announcement of a well-known "special guest star", who was always killed off before the opening titles had finished. In addition, as a joke, Rex Hamilton starts in a quick spot as Abraham Lincoln who is narrowly shot by presumably John Wilkes Booth and returns fire.

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Cast

Guest Stars

  1. Lorne Greene (stabbed and thrown from speeding car)
  2. Georg Stanford Brown (crushed by falling safe)
  3. Florence Henderson (gunned down while singing in a kitchen)
  4. William Shatner (dodges salvo of bullets but drinks poisoned wine)
  5. Robert Goulet (executed by firing squad)
  6. William Conrad (stabbed and thrown from speeding car)

Episodes

  1. A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)
  2. Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)
  3. Rendez-vous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)
  4. Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)
  5. The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)
  6. Testimony of Evil (Deadmen don't Laugh)

Quotes

  • "Who are you, and how did you get in here?"
  • "I'm a locksmith, and... I'm a locksmith".

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