Funky Squad was a hit show set in The '70s. What? You mean you missed it? Completely? Well, here's the deal...
In reality, it was an Australian comedy series created in 1995 by the team who would later be known as Working Dog Productions, as a parody of shows like The Mod Squad where the cops hire a group (in this case, four) of hip undercover cops. Who, in this case, are all wearing bad wigs and hopelessly 1970s fashions.
The characters were:
- Joey Alvarez (Santo Cilauro) as "Stix", the cool one of the bunch. Wears a Funny Afro.
- Blair Steele (Tim Ferguson) as "Grant", the leader.
- Verity Svenson-Hart (Jane Kennedy) as "Cassie", a typical 70's feminist
- and Harvey Zdalka, Jr (Tom Gleisner) as "Poncho", who was mute as he'd "taken a bullet to the tongue" (the joke was that the "actor" spoke little English)
The show contained examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of 'hip' 70s cop shows.
- Angels Pose: Done in the title sequence.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Most notably with the 'spontaneous' laughter in the Everybody Laughs Ending.
- Calling Card: Gentleman Thief the Cat leaves a literal paw print calling card at the scenes of his crimes.
- Catch Phrase: "You wouldn't say much either if you'd caught a bullet in the tongue!" is said Once an Episode.
- Plus Da Chief's final words as he handed the Squad their assignment each week: "Oh, and Funky Squad?... Be careful."
- Da Chief: "And feature Blair Underwood as 'The Chief'."
- External Combustion
- Gentleman Thief: The Cat, who leaves a paw print Calling Card at every crime scene.
- Obfuscating Disability: In "Diamonds Are A Cat's Best Friend", the supposedly wheelchair-bound fencing coach is exposed as Gentleman Thief the Cat because of tar stains on the soles of his shoes.
- Oh, Cisco!/Everybody Laughs Ending: Happens every episode.
- Overly Stereotypical Disguise: One of the square cops attempts to pass himself off a hippy by dressing as a cop's stereotype of a hippy. Not helped by the fact that he arrives driving a police car where he has crudely painted over the word 'Police' on the door so it reads 'Peace'
- Poe's Law: Invoked. Among all the Parody Commercials are some real ads from the 70's, which are so absurd they look like parodies to modern audiences.
- Put Down Your Gun and Step Away
- Tongue Trauma: the reason why Poncho didn't speak was that that he'd "taken a bullet to the tongue".
- Totally Radical