Friday, July 31, 2015

Random Thoughts On... Police Squad!

For some strange reason, I've decided to pop in my DVD of Police Squad! (In Color) for the first time in a long while. A short-lived television series that would later be adapted into the Naked Gun trilogy of films, the show stars the late, great Leslie Nielsen as Sergeant Captain Frank Drebin, detective-lieutenant at Police Squad, a special division of the police force as he proceeds to solve various crimes. Police Squad! (In Color) is essentially a spoof of the various police dramas of the time, often exaggerating (and sometimes outright mocking in a subtle way) the various tropes that were apparent in shows.

The show lasted six episodes due to low ratings, which is a damn shame because this was a genuinely funny show. In fairness, though, part of my enjoyment stemmed from the Naked Gun films, which I also think highly of, and I had only gotten to see the series when it was released on DVD back in 2006. A lot of the gags and bits used in the films were basically rehashes of Police Squad's own material, but Police Squad is a little more low-key in terms of tone. It was played straight all throughout whereas with the Naked Gun films, it did feel a little more goofy at times... not at all a bad thing.

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, I think.

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