“Police Squad!” ( Eng. Police Squad! ) Is a 1982 comedy television series created by the trinity Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker with Leslie Nielsen in the title role. It is made in the form of a parody of police dramas and demonstrates visual jokes, puns and absurdity. Although there are parodies in many TV shows and films, this series is more like Lee Marvin 's M Squad police show (especially the opening credits). The series was canceled after episode 6, but has continued in the form of the Naked Gun trilogy.
|Screenwriter||Jim abrahams |
|Cast||Leslie Nielsen |
|Number of seasons||one|
|Number of series||6 ( )|
|Producer||Jim abrahams |
|On the screens||March 4, 1982 - July 8, 1982|
“Police Squad” was created by a trio of comedian screenwriters Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker , who previously worked together on the films “ Solyanka in Kentucky ” and “ Airplane! ". Despite acclaim from critics, the show was canceled on ABC after showing six episodes.  This was enough to get a lot of feedback from fans about the replay of the show,  which took place in 1988 with the release of the Naked Gun cinematographic and two further sequels . For these films, a lot of jokes from the television series have been reused.
- “A broken promise or a significant gift ” (Police Squad! In Color - A Substantial Gift)
- “ Dangerous mission or in the arms of fear ” (Police Squad! In Color - Ring Of Fear)
- “Horror in the neighborhood or meeting at the big gorge” (Police Squad! In Color - Rendezvous At Big Gulch)
- “Revenge and retribution or failed alibi” (Police Squad! In Color - Revenge And Remorse)
- “The dead do not speak or confess evil” (Police Squad! In Color - Testimony Of Evil)
- “The butler is to blame or the burn on the palm” (Police Squad! In Color - The Butler Did It)
The word or in the title of the episode means that in each episode the title given in the credits does not correspond to the title voiced by the narrator behind the scenes.
- At the beginning of each episode, the speaker announces loudly, “Police Squad! In color". The phrase “In Color” came from the era of black and white cinema, when only a few expensive Hollywood movies were painted in color using “ Technicolor ” technology. In 1982, a long time ago, both cinema and television were in color.
- Among the performers of the main roles in each series, Rex Hamilton (as Abraham Lincoln ) is listed among others, although by that time Rex Hamilton had not been among the living for about a century, and he had not appeared in the series itself. The real Rex Hamilton lived in the 19th century and was a staff counterpart to President Lincoln.
- Specially invited actors , represented at the beginning of each episode, die on the initial credits and do not participate in further developments.
- When Detective Drebin goes somewhere (usually to the scene of the incident), his boss, Captain Hawken, is usually already there.
- The title of Frank Drebin varies in every scene.
- At the end of each episode, the actors depict a freeze-frame.
- In the sixth episode, the “star bomber” was to be John Belushi . This episode was filmed, but soon after the shooting of Belushi died. As a result, this scene was cut out. In 1991, after the success of the “Naked Gun”, the series was again broadcast. It was assumed that in the sixth series will insert an episode with Belushi. But for unknown reasons, this was not done. Now this video is considered lost.
- Pat Profft suggested replacing Lincoln with Mahatma Gandhi with an automatic machine gun in the second season.
- Most of the jokes from the show went into the Naked Gun trilogy.
- ABC wanted to make a laugh behind the scenes , but the producers of the series did not agree to this.
- Leslie Nielsen - Detective Frank Drebin
- Alan North - Captain Ed Houken
- Lupus, Peter - Officer Norberg
- Ed Williams - Head by Ted Olsson
- William Duell - Johnny Snitch
- Ronald "Tini Ron" Taylor - Al
- Rex Hamilton - Abraham Lincoln
Awards and nominations
- 1982 : Leslie Nielsen nominated for outstanding lead actor  .
- 1982 : Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker nominated for an outstanding comedy script for the episode "Broken Promise or Significant Gift" 
- 2006 : Satellite nomination for Best TV Show, released on DVD - “The Complete Series” 
Police squad! and Naked Gun
Alan North played the role of captain Ed Hawken on the show; in films, the role of Hawken was played by George Kennedy. Peter Lupus played one of the main roles of officer Norberg, but in the films this role was played by O.J. The Simpson. Ed Williams, who played the scientist Ted Olson in the series, reiterated his role in the films, which makes him and Nielsen the only actors who played in the series and in the films. Robert Gulet, who appeared as one of the "special guest stars" who were invariably killed at the beginning of the episodes, appeared as the villain Quentin Hapsberg in the second Naked Gun movie .
- Barnes and Noble . Police Squad! DVD Release . The date of circulation is January 19, 2008. Archived on February 5, 2012.
- Police Squad! at TV Guide . Premise . The date of circulation is January 3, 2008. Archived on February 5, 2012.
- Advanced Primetime Awards Awards from the Emmy Awards website
- Police Squad! at the Internet Movie Database . Awards . The date of circulation is January 3, 2008. Archived on February 5, 2012.
- " Police squad! ” (Eng.) On the Internet Movie Database