Police Squad!: Season 1 (1982)


Season 1
Police Squad!

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Wacky, inventive, and endlessly quotable, Police Squad! is a hysterically funny leap forward for TV comedy that was tragically ahead of its time.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 20

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 4, 1982

Leslie Nielsen stars in the spoof police comedy series.

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Air date: Mar 11, 1982

Leslie Nielsen stars in the spoof police comedy series.

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Air date: Mar 18, 1982

Dauntless detective Frank Drebin struggles to identify background noise on a ransom tape in the hope of locating an abducted heiress.

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Air date: Mar 25, 1982

Leslie Nielsen stars in the spoof police comedy series. When an eminent judge falls victim to an exploding gavel, Drebin suspects a revenge killing.

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Air date: Jul 1, 1982

Comedy series about an inept police lieutenant. Drebin poses as a locksmith to expose racketeers terrorising the local business community.

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Air date: Jul 8, 1982

Drebin goes undercover as a nightclub entertainer to expose a drugs ring.

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Cast

Leslie Nielsen
as Det. Frank Drebin
Alan North
as Capt. Ed Hocken
Ed Williams
as Ted Olson

Critic Reviews for Police Squad! Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

When Nielsen tells a pair of uniformed cops to run a suspect in, and they all line up in a three-point stance to wait for the starter pistol-well, as this sentence proves, that's the kind of joke that needs to be seen.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Laugh until you're reduced to a dribbling puddle of helpless humanity.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Police Squad! written and directed by this threesome (Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams), and it is every bit as wickedly funny as their movie.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

An insane shift in the rules of comedy, fusing physical ingenuity with hilarious, highly original wordplay that leapts out and grabs you from behind the deadpan performances.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The creative team behind Kentucky Fried Movie and Airplane! brought their brand of outrageous comedy to television with the series Police Squad!, but audiences were apparently confused by its off-kilter sensibility and lack of a laugh track.

Apr 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Leslie Nielsen stars as a detective who remains oblivious while sight gags ricochet around him-some aimlessly, some dead-on.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Chock-full of bizarre cameos, quotable quips and enthusiastically bizarre humor, Police Squad! is a relic of a happier, sillier time. And this kind of humor just doesn't age, really.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of those Naked Gun or Airplane movies, you'll want to check out Police Squad!

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Though not a hit on the level of the Star Trek movie franchise, it's still the rare example of making something that failed on the small screen work on the big screen with many of the same actors and/or creative people.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

If you are the type who groans at a truly corny pun, then sends it in an e-mail to all of your friends, then the humor here may be right up your alley.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Of the many single season and done series that have littered the highway to TV glory, Police Squad! ranks as one of the greatest.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Police Squad!: Season 1

  • Oct 13, 2019
    A hilarious comedy that was ahead of its time.
  • Aug 21, 2019
    Absolute must see, the gags are mostly visual and out of primary centre focus of main characters interaction. This makes them timeless and always engaging. Such a sad fact that only one season produced; the 30 minute format was great for the rapid scene comedy since the extra focus on what is behind primary interaction can be exhaustive. but even without the over the top crime investigation geeks and exaggeration digital forensics the crimes and the solutions are still relatively recognisable.
  • May 27, 2019
    I bet you cannot predict where the case is going, but even for them, it is the least of their concern. Police Squad! David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker. If listening to these name of the creators light up your face, then, you have lived. After finding this treasure of gold, that I do treasure, as an avid comedy viewer and lover, you can fathom my reaction to their projects. And it is not that they are shooting left and right, but there is a linearity in the process that is much more neat and clear to follow, unlike any other parodies. They draw most of the laughs from using the background and physical sequences, played behind it. The writers and directors should learn how to use the frame, the room, completely and never taking the screen for granted, like they do. It is the reason why their material is hefty and often crowded with gags aplenty on the screen. And they craft it through pinning down the mundane, the obvious things that you cannot miss by. Just like every comedy classics, it has montage sequences like a car being parked incorrectly, a kid taught double entendres by a horrible teacher, the way they end the show claiming it to be an epilogue, the lift in the building where the jibber jabber is mocked by framing unexpected things in the background, the door that is always transparent, the informant who can answer any question and the montage of him fake driving with a silly sidekick or add up in the car. Plus, all the on screen written material- the trump card or a flyer or a headline- is always off the charts. You cannot point finger to this world for being racist or sexist, which is not to mention, it lives and breathes for, their mocking of all of it, even sincerity, begs the question whether it is the Police Squad! or this world or you, who doesn't fit in here- it is them, yes (maybe, I should watch less of these).
  • Apr 30, 2019
    "Police Squad!" is a milestone of comedy if only for boasting the late great Leslie Nielsen in top deadpan form and Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker's trademark absurdist visual and verbal humour. Some episodes are less funny than others and make you wonder if "Police Squad!" has since been surpassed in the brand of comedy it helped create, but at its best this short-lived series is jam-packed with hilarious, original and flawlessly executed jokes.
  • Feb 26, 2019
    what can i say, every episode is a gem and in my humble opinion much better than the later naked gun movies which are also good i might add.....quote...married, one child....that didnt work out so he married a grown woman....class.

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