Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"Police Squad!" Coming To DVD
Priv8Pete tipped me off to the best news in ages: the brilliantly funny TV series "Police Squad!" is coming to DVD on November 7. From the creators of "Airplane," this was a spoof of cop shows starring Leslie Nielsen that only lasted six episodes. A special guest star was murdered at the beginning of every show and what followed was a series of bad puns, sight gags and dead-pan humor unlike anything TV had ever produced. (My own favorite joke was when Nielsen went to a boxing match. He was in the changing rooms as classic noir-type saxophone music wailed in the backgrouond. Suddenly we saw a boxer sitting in a chair who was actually playing that music. Nielsen took the instrument out of the guy's hand and said, "No sax before a fight.") Though the show flopped miserably, the creators somehow convinced Paramount to let them make "Naked Gun," a feature film spin-off that was broader and more obvious than the show. It became a huge hit. I remember this show as literally one of the cleverest sitcoms of all time and can't wait to see how it's held up.