Police Squad! The Complete Series [DVD]  
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Frank Drebbin (Leslie Nielsen) leads his bungling detective squad in the comedy series that inspired the 'Naked Gun' films. This comedy classic mercilessly spoofed every detective show convention known and was the blueprint for the irreverent, 'anything might happen' formula that later made Nielsen a big movie name. Full of ridiculous moments such as when the weekly special guest star is introduced during the opening title sequence - and killed as soon as their name is read, never to be seen in the episode again. William Shatner, for example, dodged several bullets - before sitting down to a glass of poisoned wine. Even the title sequence itself was not straightforward; the title of the episode would come up on screen while a voiceover would say something entirely different. Thus does every episode have two titles; 'A Substantial Gift' (The Broken Promise),' 'Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment),' 'Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood), 'Revenge and Remorse' (The Guilty Alibi),' 'The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)' and 'Testimony of Evil' (Dead Men Don't Laugh).
In addition to spawning the popular Naked Gun movie franchise, Police Squad! had a lasting impact on TV comedy, and it's still a guilty pleasure. Hot from the success of Airplane! two years earlier, the ZAZ team (brothers David and Jerry Zucker and writing partner Jim Abrahams) decided to spoof TV cop shows, using the late '50s Lee Marvin series M Squad and the popular series format of Quinn Martin Productions (e.g., The Streets of San Francisco) as their template for supremely silly, gag-laden satire. With Airplane! star Leslie Nielsen as straight-faced detective Frank Drebin and Alan North as Drebin's befuddled boss, Capt. Ed Hocken, this half-hour series quickly established an irresistible combination of nonstop sight gags, non sequiturs, and repeated routines ("Cigarette?" "Yes, it is") that dared viewers to pay close attention or miss the laughs if they didn't. Ironically, this very quality--you had to actually watch the show instead of casually listening for punchlines--is what ultimately sealed the series' fate. After only six poorly rated episodes, Police Squad! was canceled without fanfare, and six years passed before Drebin returned as the bumbling hero of The Naked Gun.
In addition to the rib-tickling disparity between onscreen episode titles and narrated titles, and "special guest stars" (including William Shatner, Robert Goulet, Lorne Greene, and others) who get killed in the opening credits, loyal viewers could count on a weekly dose of hilarity from Nielsen, North, and their supporting players. Character actor William Duell appeared each week as shoeshine boy "Johnny the Snitch," capable of answering literally any question if you repeatedly greased his palm (a gag that led to info-seeking cameo appearances by Dick Clark, Dr. Joyce Brothers, baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, and others). And while original Mission: Impossible costar Peter Lupus poked fun at himself as the dim-witted Det. Norberg (later played by O.J. Simpson in the Naked Gun movies), Ed Williams--an actual high school science teacher--is hilarious as "Mr. Wizard"-like lab technician Ted Olson, who dispenses dubious science lessons to unsuspecting children. The fast-paced barrage of humour guaranteed that every episode would deliver as many hits as misses, and while some of the jokes have lost their punch, Police Squad! still delivers the belly-laughs... and always will, as long as humans have an appetite for shameless stupidity. --Jeff Shannon
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Top Customer Reviews
"My name is Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective-Lieutenant, Police Squad, a special division of the Police Department"
Forget done-to-death POLICE ACADEMY, this is the best police drama spoof ever! Yes, you may now have guessed it, I refer to POLICE SQUAD (in colour), that marvellous creation of David and Jerry Zucker with Jim Abrahams, who gave us other classics such as AIRPLANE! and, of course, THE NAKED GUN series - which fans may recall of its subtitle comes "from the files of Police Squad."
Which is the original, featuring Leslie Nielsen parodying his previous 'serious' cop series THE PROTECTORS and THE NEW BREED, delivering puns and non-sequiteurs whilst playing it straight amid an avalanche of sight and sound gags. He had recently done deadpan comedy in AIRPLANE! but in POLICE SQUAD (in colour) he found his niche. The opening credits always featured Drebin, his boss Ed Hocken (Alan North) and Abraham Lincoln (Rex Hamilton) confidently returning fire following an ambush by assailants unknown, and "tonight's guest star" suffering some spectacular death, often after they, too, had confidently returned fire during an ambush. Drebin is then seen in his car, with deliberately-awful backdrops, introducing the flavour of the episode. "I'd just come from the stockyards. We'd gotten reports of hundreds of cows had been senselessly slaughtered in the area, but I couldn't find any evidence.Read more ›
Brilliant all the way through from the special guests always being killed off in the credits and such basic old fashioned humor it is brilliant. My wife and I are in hysterics on the train in the morning watching it. Love the forensics guy doing the experiments and the you can see what is going to happen but cant believe it when it does it is so great.
I loved the 1st 2 Naked Gun films and this is a welcome addition to my collection.
The DVD Contains all 6 Episodes:
A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)
Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)
The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)
Revenge and Remorce (The Guilty Alibi)
Rendevouz at the Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighbourhood)
Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)
And the following extras:
Commentaries on three episodes with Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Bob Weiss and Jim Abrahams
Leslie Nielsen Interview
"Behind the Freeze Frames"
Casting Test - Ed Williams
Casting Test - Alan North
Producers' Photo Gallery
List of Celebrity Death Shots
Production Memo Highlights
English Subtitles are available. Sound is available in 5.1 Surround, or original broadcast Mono track.
'Police Squad!' came out in 1982 but was cancelled after just the first series, the American TV network ABC citing the reason that 'the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it'! But for those who are fans of Jim Abrahams and the Zucker Brothers' films ('Airplane', 'The Naked Gun', etc.) you're in for a treat.
Much of the Naked Gun films were extended versions of 'Police Squad!', so expect the same sort of dry humour and fantastic visual gags. Leslie Nielson as Frank Drebin is genius, he's tailor-made for the role.
So I beg you, BUY THIS DVD - complete with Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln!
This is simply the best comedy series ever other than Fawlty Towers. I always wondered why it wasn't a bigger success and now I know... thanks to the Leslie Neilson interview included.
Leslie Neilson and Alan North are superb but watch out for Peter Lupus' one liners - they're just sublime - my favourite bits I think, other than the "Mr Twice" routine which has me rolling around the floor every time I see it. Well worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most underrated comedy show in existence - I wish it had more series! If you like The Naked Gun or Airplane!, this is for you, and where it all started.Published 4 days ago by jonsplaylist
Fantastic film. A must see if you are into comedy's. Loved it from beginning to end.Published 4 days ago by Sarah Buzza
The more you see Police Squad, the wittier it is. So many clever bits to be appreciated time and again. Leslie Nielsen at his best - and that is awesome.Published 2 months ago by Preston
Police Squad series is the prequel to the Airplane 1 and 2 films and those that followed with Leslie Nielsen staring with his hilarious bland faced delivery of the plot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer