Leslie Nielsen in “Police Squad”

As you’re likely aware, Leslie Nielsen died yesterday. Nielsen led a rather interesting career as an actor. He started out as a serious dramatic actor, but after the success he experienced after starring in the 1980 Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker film Airplane, he switched almost full time to comedic parts. In 1982, the ZAZ team would team up with Nielsen again for an ABC television series called Police Squad. Police Squad was a brilliant parody of 1960s and ’70s cop shows and was so clever that ABC canceled it after six episodes. The show is full of rapid fire jokes, lines with double meanings and background humor all of which keeps Police Squad funny to this day. Leslie Nielsen would later portray Sgt. Lt. Detective Frank Drebin in the three Naked Gun films, also created by Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker. All six episodes are on Youtube and we’ve got the first one here.

 

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