History Series / PoliceSquad

27th Nov '16 12:49:16 AM BeastC
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* ContinuityNod: Each episode ends with Ed or Frank talking about how the criminal of the week will join previous episodes' perpetrators in prison.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** The many times the view from the Police Squad office window changes from a generic city-scape to Paris, to a jungle.
** The very, ''very'' long cadaver that is being carried out in episode 1.
** Frank and Ed drive to Little Italy, which the projected background helpfully indicates by having the two drive away from the Colosseum.
*** And at their destination, you can clearly see the Leaning Tower of Pisa out the window.
** Episode 6 has two coroners trying to stuff a corpse into a cabinet while Frank and Ed discuss the case.



* LiteralMinded: Every character whenever it was funny. A signature style found in all Zucker Abrams Zucker comedies.

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* LiteralMinded: Every character whenever it was funny. A signature style found in all Zucker Abrams Abrahams Zucker comedies.
22nd Nov '16 9:39:23 PM JakesBrain
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** In every indoor scene with a window, some strange background will be visible through it (the U.S. Capitol, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in a scene set in a "Little Italy" neighborhood).



* RuleOfThree: The opening titles introduce "Leslie Nielson as Detective Frank Drebin", who is in an alleyway when someone shoots at him and he returns fire. Then "Alan North as Captain Ed Hocken" who is also fired on and returns fire, even though he's in the police station. Finally, "Rex Hamilton as UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln". He's at the theater and, of course, someone shoots at him. He returns fire.

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* RuleOfThree: The opening titles introduce "Leslie Nielson Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin", who is in an alleyway when someone shoots at him and he returns fire. Then "Alan North as Captain Ed Hocken" who is also fired on and returns fire, even though he's in the police station. Finally, "Rex Hamilton as UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln". He's at the theater and, of course, someone shoots at him. He returns fire.
7th Nov '16 5:46:32 PM Bissek
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* TheAlibi: One episode had Drebin trying to break the alibi of a bombmaker who recently got out of prison in regards to a recent bombing. [[spoiler:While the alibi was bogus, he wasn't the bomber - the reason he was lying about his whereabouts was because he was at a baseball game, and he hadn't cleared leaving the state to attend with his parole officer before he left.]]
23rd Sep '16 8:36:29 PM SmokestackJones
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23rd Aug '16 6:43:19 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: The original newspaper ads for ''{{Airplane}}'' featured a picture of a 747 tied in a knot. The ABC TvGuide ads for ''Series/PoliceSquad'' featured a picture of a police revolver with its barrel tied in a similar knot.

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* ShoutOut: The original newspaper ads for ''{{Airplane}}'' ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' featured a picture of a 747 tied in a knot. The ABC TvGuide ads for ''Series/PoliceSquad'' featured a picture of a police revolver with its barrel tied in a similar knot.
12th Aug '16 11:00:46 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Unfortunately, ABC canceled the program after only six episodes, with network head Tony Thomopoulos giving as the reason that the show required the viewer to pay too much attention -- a pronouncement that earned Thermopolous and the network a considerable amount of derision (''TV Guide'' called it "the most stupid reason a network ever gave for ending a series"). Ironically, the producers themselves were actually grateful, as the six episodes they made were already stretching their ideas thin and they knew they'd never be able to keep up the level of quality much longer. To this day the show is remembered with fondness by many as a program that respected (and tested) the intelligence of its viewers even while making them roll on the floor with laughter. The entire series was released on DVD in 2006.

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Unfortunately, ABC canceled the program after only six episodes, with network head Tony Thomopoulos giving as the reason that [[ViewersAreMorons the show required the viewer to pay too much attention attention]] -- a pronouncement that earned Thermopolous and the network a considerable amount of derision (''TV Guide'' called it "the most stupid reason a network ever gave for ending a series"). Ironically, the producers themselves were actually grateful, as the six episodes they made were already stretching their ideas thin and they knew they'd never be able to keep up the level of quality much longer. To this day the show is remembered with fondness by many as a program that respected (and tested) the intelligence of its viewers even while making them roll on the floor with laughter. The entire series was released on DVD in 2006.
18th Jul '16 2:40:34 AM SilverDragon
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* HiddenDepths: Frank bumbles at just about everything, and is even worse when he goes undercover. but he actually is a skilled entertainer/comedian when he poses as one.

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* HiddenDepths: Frank bumbles at just about everything, and is even worse when he goes undercover. but But he actually is a skilled entertainer/comedian when he poses as one.
17th Jul '16 8:02:52 PM BDA1978
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* HiddenDepths: Frank bumbles at just about everything, and is even worse when he goes undercover. but he actually is a skilled entertainer/comedian when he poses as one.
11th Jun '16 2:16:26 PM eowynjedi
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* BangBangBANG: The opening credits have Frank firing at an unknown attacker. Then his boss, in the squadroom, is fired on. Then ''Abraham Lincoln'' returns fire at his assassin.

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* BangBangBANG: The opening credits have Frank firing at an unknown attacker. Then his boss, in the squadroom, squadroom on the upper floors of the building, is fired on. Then ''Abraham Lincoln'' returns fire at his assassin.



* NauseaFuel: InUniverse when Frank starts using overly-detailed metaphors to try and convince a crime victim that she can't let the mob turn the city into a festering cesspool. Other people in the squadroom yell at him each time he starts on a new description.
--> "Come on, Frank, I'm trying to eat a tuna fish sandwich!"



* WhosOnFirst: The first episode alone had a lengthy conversation that went like this. But what do you expect when you're investigating a double murder involving guys with names like Ralph Twice and Jim Fell? For extra fun, they throw in Phil Din, Once, and a hunch back at the office.

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* WhosOnFirst: WhosOnFirst:
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The first episode alone had a lengthy conversation that went like this. But what do you expect when you're investigating a double murder involving guys with names like Ralph Twice and Jim Fell? For extra fun, they throw in Phil Din, Once, and a hunch back at the office.
28th May '16 8:28:08 PM eowynjedi
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* AlmostDeadGuy: The manager of the check-cashing store in the first episode. He stares at Sally in shock and says her name before staggering into the desk--where he signs and stamps some papers. Then he repeats "Sally!", staggers into the cabinet and files the paperwork. Then, after one final "Sally!" he falls dead.



* BangBangBANG

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* BangBangBANGBangBangBANG: The opening credits have Frank firing at an unknown attacker. Then his boss, in the squadroom, is fired on. Then ''Abraham Lincoln'' returns fire at his assassin.



* BodyOfTheWeek: along with [[DeadStarWalking Dead Star Walking]], the special guest star was killed off as they were being introduced in the credits.

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* BodyOfTheWeek: along Along with [[DeadStarWalking Dead Star Walking]], the special guest star was killed off as they were being introduced in the credits.



* BrickJoke: Frank mentions in the introductory monologue of the first episode that he was doing his laundry when a case came up. About halfway through the episode he finally gets to pick it up.

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Frank mentions in the introductory monologue of the first episode that he was doing his laundry when a case came up. About halfway through the episode he finally gets to pick it up.
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