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Police Squad! The Complete Series

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Leslie Nielsen as Det. Frank Drebin
Alan North as Capt. Ed Hocken
Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln
William Duell as Johnny the Snitch
Ed Williams as Ted Olson, Scientist

Special Features:
Leslie Nielsen Interview

"Behind the Frames" Featurette

Gag Reel

Casting Test Alan North

Casting Test Ed Williams

Producers' Photo Gallery of Scenery

Sets & Props

List of Celebrity Death Shots

Production Memo Highlights

Other Info:
Fullscreen
English 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 150 Minutes

Synopsis:
This series originally aired in 1982. The following is from the DVD cover:

"There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Here are six.

Join Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and Capt. Ed Hocken (Alan North) as they solve the toughest cases - full of all the sight-gags, puns, and nonsequiturs that made the series famous! Created by David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, who gave us other classics such as Airplane! and The Naked Gun series. Includes:

A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)
Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)
The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)
Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)
Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)
Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)"

"Police Squad! The Complete Series" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
I remember when the "Naked Gun" movies first hit theaters, they said they were based on the "Police Squad!" TV series which I had never heard of. Turns out it was with good reason. There were a whopping six episodes back in 1982. So, like me, most people probably never saw them. Well, now's your chance. If you're a fan of those "Naked Gun" or "Airplane" movies, you'll want to check out "Police Squad!" It features a lot of what you loved about the movies Leslie Nielsen, bizarre sight gags, word play, and parody of cop TV shows. (Sorry, no O.J. Simpson here.) While it's a little watered down for TV, they use many of the same jokes you saw in the films. The TV show also includes amusing cameos in the opening credits by actors like Lorne Greene, William Conrad, and others. They also freeze at the end of each episode with more and more funny results.

There are a few bonus features included. You'll find a modern interview with Nielsen, a gag reel, casting tests, and photo galleries. There's also a long featurette showing how they did one of the more elaborate closing freeze frames.

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