[[caption-width-right:320:Left to right: Linc, Julie, Greer and Pete.]]

''The Mod Squad'' is a television series that ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from September 24, 1968, until August 23, 1973. This series starred Michael Cole as Peter Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, Clarence Williams III as Lincoln "Linc" Hayes, and Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer.

''The Mod Squad'' was a police drama that featured three young, hip crime fighters. "One White, One Black, One Blonde," was the promotional hype-line. The basic premise was that three young people in trouble with the law (wealthy Pete stole a car; Linc was arrested during the Watts riots; Julie ran away from her UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco prostitute mother) can avoid jail by infiltrating the counterculture and exposing criminals who prey on other kids. The show's premise centered on the three young officers using their youthful, hippie personas as a guise to get close to the criminals they investigated.
!!''The Mod Squad'' contains examples of:

* AbandonedMine: In "The Cave," the team takes refuge in one to escape a dust storm, but a man crazed by the death of his son in "the war" blows the entrance with dynamite, trapping them inside.
* BadassPreacher: Father John Banks (Sammy Davis, Jr.), who takes down an armed thug twice his size in "Keep the Faith, Baby."
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The opening credits always made it appear as if Captain Greer was some bad guy pursuing the heroes when he was in fact their benevolent boss.
* BoxedCrook: The three primary heroes.
* TheBoxingEpisode: "The Comeback," featuring "Sugar" Ray Robinson.
* CircusEpisode: "Color of Laughter, Color of Tears." A circus owned by an old friend of Greer's is sabotaged so the team works at the circus undercover to find the culprit.
* CrashCourseLanding: Linc had to do this in "Real Loser" after he knocked the pilot of a small single-engine plane out (to keep the man from killing both of them in an insurance scam).
* DawsonCasting: Despite the series' concept of featuring three "young, hip" cops able to identify with "young people", Pete and Linc were actually played by actors who turned 30 in 1970 and 1969, respectively - making them no younger than most mid-career cops. (Averted with Peggy Lipton, who was only 22 when the series started.)
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: In 1999 (starring Claire Danes, Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi as Julie, Linc and Pete).
* IdenticalStranger: In "A Double for Danger," a young woman who was helping the police as an informant is killed, and Julie looks exactly like her, so she takes her place.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In "A Time of Hyacinths," [[spoiler:it's never completely clear whether John Wentworth was still alive or was actually a ghost]].
* ObfuscatingInsanity: In "Who Are the Keepers, Who Are the Inmates?", Linc fakes being insane to go undercover in an asylum where he suspects abuse and even murder are taking place.
* PsychicPowers: Dr. Eric Santos in "The Girl in Chair Nine." Julie's convinced of his abilities, but the others (especially Greer) spend most of the episode thinking he's a PhonyPsychic. By the end, it seems clear he's the real deal.
* ReunionShow: 1979's ''Return of the Mod Squad'', where the Squad reunites to investigate an attack on now Deputy Chief Greer. It later turns out to be only a ruse for a revenge plot on the Squad itself.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: In "Can You Hear Me Now?", Walter, a friend of Linc's, is shown playing three games of chess simultaneously. He then shows Linc how to break a code a car-stealing ring was using.
* SoulBrotha: Linc Hayes.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:In "We Spy," the team is investigating a shady businessman, Endicott Farraday. They also meet his timid twin brother, Nelson, and at the end it turns out they're the same man.]]
* SunglassesAtNight: Linc wore sunglasses a lot, including at night.
* TokenTrio: Perhaps the prototypical example.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl