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1982: Last Telecast of ‘Police Squad!’

By Max / Published on Monday, 08 Jul 2019 12:17 PM / No Comments / 371 views

This day in 1982 marked the last telecast of Police Squad!

The series, which was packed with sight gags and comedic wordplay, starred Leslie Nielsen as by-the-book police officer Frank Drebin, who’s generally unaware of the comedic activity erupting around him.

Created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker — who wrote and directed the feature film Airplane! — the series lasted just six episodes on ABC, but inspired the popular Naked Gun film series, for which Nielsen reprised the role of Drebin.

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